International Arbitration Guide

Describe the international arbitration governing bodies/structure in your jurisdiction.

Switzerland is one of the world’s leading arbitration centers. Among other Conventions, Switzerland has signed and ratified the New York Convention which applies to the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards and the referral by a court to arbitration. At a legislative Level, international arbitration proceedings are governed in the 12th Chapter of the Swiss Private International Law Act (PILA; the so-called Swiss lex arbitri).

Describe any unique circumstances in your country that affect international arbitration (i.e., change in government, etc.).

Switzerland’s neutrality, its cultural diversity (with four national languages – German, French, Italian and Romansh) and the quality and integrity of its legal system are among the reasons why Switzerland is one of the world’s leading arbitration centers. Most arbitration proceedings are conducted in Zurich (in the German-speaking part) and Geneva (in the French-speaking part). Furthermore, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) located in Lausanne handles sports-related disputes.

Please provide a brief overview of your firms international arbitration capabilities (team members, experience as litigators in arbitration as well as experience as arbitrators).

We have extensive experience in representing clients or acting as arbitrators in complex arbitration proceedings with a national or international background.

In which areas does your firm handle arbitration? (i.e., international investment, infrastructure, public works, energy, construction, etc.)

We handle arbitration cases in all areas of commercial law.

Which industries does your firm serve in this area (i.e., energy, insurance, public concessions, etc.)?

We handle arbitration cases in all industries.

Does your firm provide lawyer representation or certified arbitrator resources, or both? Please describe.

We conduct arbitration proceedings as legal representative or arbitrators in German or English, under various arbitration rules such as ICC Rules, Swiss Rules, etc.

Blum and Grob Ally Law Firm

Blum & Grob


Blum & Grob Attorneys at Law
Neumühlequai 6

P.O. Box 3954
Zurich 8021 Switzerland
Tel: +41 58 320 00 00