• "A very skilled team. "


    Legal 500 2017

  • "This excellent litigation and arbitration practice provides top shelf advice combined with excellent availability."


    Legal 500 2013

  • "Outstanding practice for both arbitration and litigation with a presence across Switzerland."


    Chambers Europe 2015

  • "The firm offers the perfect package of quality, diversity and personal contact."


    Chambers Europe 2016

  • "Great experience of cross-border matters."


    Chambers Europe 2016

  • "Stellar bench that excels in all areas of dispute resolution, including sports arbitration."


    Chambers Europe 2016

  • "The team is active on high-profile and complex disputes work."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015

  • "The team has great analytical skills."


    Chambers Europe 2018

  • "The rates are fair and we had a very positive experience."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2016

  • "Best in class."


    Legal 500 2018

  • "Excellent legal technical expertise."


    Chambers Europe 2018






Bär & Karrer represents clients in commercial arbitrations and related court and enforcement proceedings. We act in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations governed by Swiss or foreign law. We are experienced in proceedings administered by major arbitral institutions, including the ICC, the Swiss Chambers of Commerce, WIPO, LCIA, the Vienna Center, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, AAA/IDCR, and CAS.


Members of our arbitration team regularly serve as party-appointed arbitrators, sole arbitrators, and chairpersons of arbitral tribunals, as well as mediators. Partners of the firm are also active members of executive bodies of arbitral institutions (such as the Swiss Chambers). In addition they lecture on arbitration in LL.M. programs and specialized programs such as the courses of the Swiss Arbitration Academy.


The quality, size, and experience of our international arbitration team allow us to handle large and complex cases. We regularly act in cases involving international acquisitions, joint ventures, privatizations, R&D, technology transfers, financing, sales of goods, commodity trading, sports arbitration, oil and gas concessions, and access to networks.


  • Party representation as counsel in arbitration proceedings
  • Chairman, co-arbitrator or sole arbitrator
  • Counsel in the enforcement or challenging of arbitral awards and in preliminary measures supporting arbitration proceedings
  • Mediator or counsel in mediation






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Bär & Karrer Successfully Assisted the National Library of Israel in Proceedings to Obtain Long-Hidden Works of Franz Kafka Located in Swiss Safes more »
Bär & Karrer Successfully Assisted UEFA Before the Court of Arbitration for Sport more »
Bär & Karrer Successfully Represents PNK Group Company in SCAI-Arbitration more »
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Arbitral Women's Report on the 2019 AIJA Annual Arbitration Conference: Towards Greater Efficiency in International Arbitration
Smahi Nadia,

in: Arbitral Women Newsletter, Issue 35, 19

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Enforcement of Judgments
Conrad Hari Aurélie,

Chambers Global Practice Guides, 2019, Chambers & Partners, p. 2 - 9

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Propriété intellectuelle et horlogerie – Résumé du Rapport sur l'Aropiade 2017 du 14 septembre 2017
Smahi Nadia,

in: sic! – Revue du droit de la propriété intellectuelle, de l'information et de la concurrence, sic! 2019, 287

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Speaking Engagements

"Hot Topics" in International Arbitration
Smahi Nadia,

Arbitration Ireland Young Practitioners' Seminar, 14 November 2019, Dublin, Ireland

Expert Cross Examination Workshop
Jaisli Kull Nadja,

Arbitrator, DIS40 Zurich Workshop, 24 September 2019, Zurich

The Price-Quality Equation – Arbitrating Small and Medium Value Claims
Jaisli Kull Nadja,

Co-Organizer, ASA Conference 2019, 13 September 2019, Bern

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