Recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards in Switzerland

Fabio Leonini studied law at University of Geneva and Zurich in Switzerland. He is a Swiss-qualified lawyer and has five years of experience working either as a white-collar crime litigator in various Swiss and International criminal proceedings or as a legal counsel at the Prosecution Office in Geneva in the same field of law.


Switzerland has been, for several years, one of the preferred venues for hosting international arbitrations, whether in ad hoc proceedings or in proceedings administered under the rules of the leading arbitration institutions such as ICC and ICSID.

Switzerland is a politically neutral country. As such, it hosts many international organizations and dispute settlement institutions, such as the United Nations, the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC), the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS/TAS).

The Swiss Chambers of Commerce have been offering arbitration services for many years. With the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration, they offer uniform, efficient and cost-effective means of binding dispute resolution based on best practices and international standards. Arbitration under the Swiss Rules is administered by the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution (SCAI), a neutral body, which acts with complete independence and is comprised of experienced international arbitration practitioners.

Arbitration practice has illustrated that many international contracts referring to arbitration in Switzerland are governed by Swiss substantive law as a neutral law, easily accessible and intelligible for lawyers and non-lawyers alike.

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About Wagner Arbitration

The law firm WAGNER Arbitration has its offices in Berlin and specializes in dispute resolution with a focus on arbitration. In addition, the firm offers comprehensive counseling services related to domestic and international business disputes and transactions.


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The answers provided in this questionnaire are as of July 2020. Please note that the relevant legal provisions may be subject to amendments.