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


    Client in Chambers Europe 2016

  • "The team has great analytical skills."


    Chambers Europe 2018

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


    Legal 500 2013

  • "Excellent legal technical expertise."


    Chambers Europe 2018

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


    Chambers Europe 2016

  • "Best in class."


    Legal 500 2018

  • "A very skilled team. "


    Legal 500 2017

  • "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

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


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015

  • "Great experience of cross-border matters."


    Chambers Europe 2016






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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Deals & Cases

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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Arbitrating Labor Disputes
Johnson Alexandra C.,

in Manuel Arroyo (ed), Arbitration in Switzerland: The Practitioner's Guide, 2nd ed., 2018, pp. 1193-1248

Authorization pursuant to article 271 para. 1 Swiss Criminal Code (SCC) for direct cooperation with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
Laenzlinger Andreas D. / Athanas Martina,

Bär & Karrer Briefing June 2019

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Trust in Arbitration: Die neue ICC-Schiedsklausel für Truststreitigkeiten
Wüstemann Tina,

ICC Germany-Magazin, Achte Ausgabe, 2019, S. 64-65

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Speaking Engagements

Towards Greater Efficiency in International Arbitration
Smahi Nadia,

11th AIJA Annual Arbitration Conference, 27-29 June 2019, Zurich

Die Schiedseinrede - Optik des Gerichts vs. Optik des Schiedsgerichts
Jaisli Kull Nadja,

ASA Local Group Basel & Fachgruppe Zivilprozess- und Vollstreckungsrecht der Advokatenkammer Basel, 20. Mai 2019, Basel 

Combating or Embracing Codification and "Soft Law"? Predictability vs. Flexibility
Jaisli Kull Nadja,
The Future of International Arbitration (Organizer: KNect365), 26 March 2019, London
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