Maurice Courvoisier focuses on international commercial disputes. He has represented clients in numerous arbitrations, both ad hoc and institutional, at seats in and outside Switzerland. Matters included a wide range of legal areas (such as sales, distribution and licencing, research and development, joint ventures, M&A, IP/IT, and logistics) and industries (such as construction, engineering, pharmaceutical, aviation, oil and gas, entertainment, transport, and telecom).
Maurice has dealt with pre- and post-arbitration issues (such as attachments and injunctions, recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards, and challenging arbitral awards with the Swiss Federal Supreme Court) and has advised clients regarding international judicial assistance matters (like the taking of evidence in Switzerland for foreign dispute resolution instances). He sits as an arbitrator and speaks and publishes regularly on dispute resolution topics.
Maurice completed his graduate and postgraduate studies at Basel University (lic. iur. 1995; Dr. iur. 2001) and Columbia University in New York (LL.M. 1998). He was a research and teaching fellow for Prof. Dr. Ingeborg Schwenzer and Swiss Federal Supreme Court Judge Prof. Dr. Thomas Geiser. Maurice was admitted to the Basel Bar in 2000 and to the New York Bar in 2001. He has been involved in international dispute resolution ever since then.
Maurice is a member of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), the German Institution for Arbitration (DIS), the American Bar Association (ABA), the International Bar Association (IBA), as well as the Basel and the New York Bar Associations. He is the vice-president of the Basel Bar Association. In 2012 the Swiss Federal Government has appointed him to the Swiss Federal Arbitral Commission on the Exploitation of Copyrights (CAF). He speaks German, English, French and Italian.
With approximately 190 lawyers, Walder Wyss is one of the largest Swiss law firms, with offices in Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Berne, Lausanne and Lugano. It offers a full range of services for the business community in Switzerland, as well as public, private and international clients. Walder Wyss' practice teams handle business transactions, banking and finance matters, taxes, arbitration and litigation as well as IP/IT and competition matters. Walder Wyss' dispute resolution team is one of the largest and most experienced teams in Switzerland.