As counsel and arbitrator, we handle cases in all the major seats of arbitration and represent our clients before all the major arbitral institutions, including:
We have also handled disputes under the rules of various regional arbitral institutions such as:
Furthermore, we have resolved disputes under certain specialized arbitral rules, for instance:
We also routinely apply the UNCITRAL Rules, typically in ad hoc arbitrations.
We pride ourselves on adopting a pragmatic approach based on the facts of each case and the commercial goals of our client. We work out the strategy of a case at an early stage and frequently do this with the relevant industry experts if needed.
For each case, we assemble a dedicated team, including at least one partner, who then stays on the case. Because of our diversity in industry experience and legal background, we can adapt our advocacy to the legal culture and expectations of different parties, arbitral tribunals and opposing counsel.
With our offices in Switzerland, South Korea and Australia working together as a team, we work closely with clients in both Europe and Asia. As a global network, we offer an in-depth understanding of local business practices and organizational requirements relevant to our clients’ needs.
We understand that a client will almost always need a realistic assessment of whether it has a viable case at an early stage in a dispute. Such advice can be vital to deciding whether to fight a case or to reach an early settlement.
If a client considers it necessary to go to arbitration, the sooner the client can start assembling documents and other evidence for its case the better. If a case is weak, then a client should be spared the expense of an arbitration.
We have successfully advised clients on their prospects early on in a dispute before significant costs have been incurred. Third-party funders have sought our advice when making a funding decision.
We are well-placed to devise and implement an effective strategy based on the client’s needs at every stage in the proceedings. Most importantly, our attorneys have considerable experience in choosing the best suitable arbitrators for each dispute. We also have a wide network of quantum, industry and legal experts, and are familiar with various procedural applications, including complex applications for interim relief, and for security for costs. With our knowledge and expertise, we handle all aspects of an arbitration: from written and oral advocacy in an arbitration, to arbitral award enforcement.
The issuance of an award does not always mark the end of an arbitration. We have successfully acted for our clients in setting aside proceedings before the Swiss and Korean courts at all levels. We also advise clients on enforcing arbitral awards in other jurisdictions, as well as strategies for effective asset recovery.
Not every dispute leads to an award. We are conscious of our clients’ needs to reach a commercially viable solution to their disputes and accordingly have successfully assisted them in obtaining a negotiated settlement.
Members of our team are experienced in mediation and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution. We are well-placed to assist clients in preparing and conducting mediations and ADR.
We routinely defend or challenge awards and judgements before the Swiss and Korean courts at all levels.
In particular, we have significant experience in recognition and enforcement proceedings of foreign judgments and awards. Also, we often deal with applications for an attachment order against assets owned by the debtor, in particular funds held in Swiss bank accounts. We also routinely seek provisional injunctions and preliminary attachments from the Korean courts in aid of arbitration.