3rd SELS Geneva Speakers

We were proud to welcome the following speakers within the framework of our academic programme.

Introduction to arbitration & interactive mock competition workshop on arbitration : Mr. Elliott Geisinger  and Ms. Elena Trabaldo-de Mestral (Schellenberg Wittmer  Ltd., Attorneys at Law)

Mr. Elliott Geisinger (Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd.), Switzerland, Geneva

Elliott Geisinger is Global Chair of Schellenberg Wittmer’s International Arbitration group. With over 30 years’ experience, he has acted as counsel and arbitrator in complex commercial disputes involving international construction contracts, consortia and joint venture agreements, sponsorship contracts, and sales and distribution contracts. In addition, Elliott Geisinger has regularly represented clients in arbitration-related court proceedings, and several of his cases have been reported on in the official collection of Swiss Supreme Court cases and in arbitration journals. Additionally, Elliott specializes in contract management in large-scale construction projects. He also has advised Swiss corporations in investment disputes. Elliott Geisinger is president of the Swiss Arbitration Association (“ASA”). ASA is one of the world’s foremost thought leaders in international arbitration. Prior to becoming President in 2014, he became a Board member of ASA in 2007 and Vice-President in 2010. Elliott has authored and co-authored several publications in the fields of international arbitration and private international law. [Back to the top]

Ms. Anne-Carole Cremades (Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd.), Switzerland, Geneva

Anne-Carole Cremades is Counsel in Schellenberg Wittmer’s International Arbitration Group in Geneva. She specializes in international commercial arbitration and has acted as counsel before international arbitral tribunals in a broad range of disputes involving share purchase agreements, oil & gas contracts, joint venture agreements, sales and distribution contracts, international construction contracts and investment disputes between states and foreign investors. In addition, she has served as arbitrator as well as secretary to arbitral tribunals in several ICC and ad hoc arbitrations. Additionally she has represented parties before the Swiss Supreme Court in proceedings related to challenges of arbitral awards. Prior to joining Schellenberg Wittmer in 2010, Anne-Carole worked in a renowned Paris law firm, where she practiced international commercial and investment arbitration as well as domestic and international litigation. Anne-Carole Cremades is a member of several professional associations, including the Club Español de Arbitraje, the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), ASA Below 40 and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) Young & International. She is President of the Swiss chapter of the Club Español de Arbitraje. Anne-Carole has authored various publications on international arbitration issues and regularly speaks at arbitration conferences.

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Ms. Alexandra Johnson (Bär & Karrer), Switzerland, Geneva

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Alexandra Johnson is a partner at Bär & Karrer Ltd. with over 15 years of experience in international arbitration. She has acted as counsel and arbitrator in numerous arbitration proceedings, both ad hoc and institutional. Moreover, Alexandra Johnson frequently advises clients on Swiss contract law and represents parties in enforcement or setting aside proceedings before Swiss cantonal courts and before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. Alexandra Johnson graduated summa cum laude from the Law School of Neuchâtel University and holds an LLM from Harvard Law School (Fulbright Scholar). She is admitted to the Geneva and New York bars.[Back to the top]

Dr. Mercédeh Azeredo da Silveira (Bär & Karrer), Switzerland, Geneva

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Mercédeh Azeredo da Silveira is a Senior Associate with Bär & Karrer Ltd. and specializes in international arbitration. She represents corporate entities and governments before arbitral tribunals in both commercial and investment arbitration proceedings. Mercédeh Azeredo da Silveira has also acted as legal expert on economic sanctions and as official secretary to arbitral tribunals in various arbitration proceedings. She regularly speaks and publishes on international arbitration, international trade, contracts, economic sanctions, and mediation. Mercédeh Azeredo da Silveira holds a Ph.D. from University of Geneva Law School, an LL.M. from Columbia University School of Law and is admitted to the Geneva and Paris Bars.[Back to the top]

Workshops on commercial arbitration:  Dr. Niklaus Zaugg (CMS von Erlach Poncet Ltd.).

Dr. Niklaus Zaugg (CMS von Erlach Poncet Ltd.), Switzerland, Zurich


Niklaus Zaugg is a member of the CMS dispute resolution team. He has engaged in various international and domestic arbitrations as counsel, arbitrator, and secretary to the arbitral tribunal. Most arbitrations he was involved in related to construction projects, supply agreements, and post M&A disputes. He has also repeatedly published and lectured in the area of international arbitration. Niklaus Zaugg has graduated from the Universities of Geneva and Zurich in 2003. In 2006, he was admitted to the bar and passed the Concours Diplomatique of the Swiss Foreign Ministry. He further holds an LL.M. degree from the University of Sydney Law School, obtained in 2011. In 2014, Niklaus Zaugg’s doctoral thesis on the effects of interim and partial arbitral awards was approved by the University of Lucerne. [Back to the top]

Ms. Marjolaine Jakob (CMS von Erlach Poncet Ltd.), Switzerland, Zurich

Marjolaine Jakob joined CMS von Erlach Poncet AG as an associate in 2017. Previously, she has worked as a research assistant, specialising in international insolvency law and arbitration, at a chair for civil procedure law, private law, international private law and comparative law at the University of Zurich. From 2009 till 2014 Marjolaine Jakob has worked first as a trainee and later on as an associate in a boutique business law firm. Furthermore, Marjolaine Jakob is a lecturer at the University of Zurich. [Back to the top]

Ms. Aline Wey Speirs (CMS von Erlach Poncet Ltd.), Switzerland, Zurich

Aline Wey Speirs is a counsel with CMS von Erlach Poncet Ltd with over 10 years of experience in dispute resolution. She advises and represents private and corporate clients throughout all stages of the dispute resolution process, in national and international litigation and arbitration. Aline Wey Speirs specializes in resolving complex international law issues. She has represented clients in multijurisdictional trust litigations, commercial disputes, employment disputes, and family law matters. Furthermore, she has broad experience in enforcing judgments and arbitral awards. Parallel to her work as attorney, Aline Wey Speirs served as Associate Judge at the Disctrict Court of Horgen (Canton of Zurich) and in this capacity tried a variety of cases from 2006 until 2013. Aline Wey Speirs has graduated from the University of St. Gallen, HSG in 2002. She was admitted to the bar in Zurich in 2005 and she holds an LL.M. degree from the University of Melbourne, obtained in 2015. [Back to the top]

Ms. Aileen Truttmann (CMS von Erlach Poncet Ltd.), Switzerland, Geneva

Aileen Truttmann is Counsel within the CMS Dispute Resolution and Commercial Practice Groups. Aileen Truttmann specialises in international arbitration and litigation. She mainly acts as counsel and arbitrator in international matters. She also advises and represents clients before Swiss courts in commercial matters, mainly international. Aileen Truttmann joined CMS in May 2015. Before that, after having obtained a LL.M. in Commercial Law in London, she worked for almost six years in the arbitration departments of a Swiss leading business law firm, in Geneva and in Zurich. She also gained considerable experience at the Swiss Supreme Court where she clerked for nearly three years. [Back to the top]

Arbitration institutions and rules: Prof. Dr. h.c. Pierre Tercier

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Pierre Tercier, Switzerland, Fribourg


Professor Pierre Tercier is Honorary Chairman of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). He is a Member of the Board of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration . He is highly respected in the international legal and business community as an arbitrator, lecturer and author and has been president, sole arbitrator or member of tribunals in numerous domestic and international arbitration proceedings (both commercial and investment). Professor Tercier is Professor Emeritus at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. [Back to the top]

Tour and introduction to CCIG (Geneva Chamber of Commerce): Ms. Valériane Oreamuno

Ms. Valériane Oreamuno, Switzerland, Geneva

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Valériane Oreamuno heads the Secretariat of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution (“SCAI”) in Geneva, which main tasks are to administer arbitration cases conducted under the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration and mediation cases submitted under the Swiss Rules of Commercial Mediation. Prior to joining SCAI, Valériane practiced as an arbitration lawyer for over 6 years in the international arbitration groups of major international law firms in Paris and in Geneva. She gained experience both as counsel and as secretary to arbitral tribunals, working both on international commercial and investment arbitration cases conducted under various arbitration rules, and concerning disputes arising in a variety of industries. Having also worked as a legal counsel to the trade mission of the French embassy in Mexico, Valériane has a good understanding of multilateral trade issues. Valériane speaks fluently English, French and Spanish. [Back to the top]

Investment Arbitration:
 Prof. Dr. Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler (Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler)

Prof. Dr. Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler (Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler), Switzerland, Geneva

Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler is a professor at Geneva University Law School, the founder and director of the Geneva LLM in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS) as well as co-director of the Center for International Dispute Settlement (CIDS). Among other positions, Gabrielle is the President-elect of ICCA, an Honorary President of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) over which she presided from 2001 to 2005.

Gabrielle practices in international commercial, investment and sports arbitration. She acted in over 200 international arbitrations, mainly as arbitrator. She is regularly ranked among the top arbitrators worldwide; a study of investment arbitration released in 2016 concluded that she was the “most influential arbitrator in the world”.

Gabrielle studied at the University of Geneva (law degree 1974) and holds a doctorate from the University of Basle (1979). She is admitted to the Geneva Bar (1976) and New York State Bar (1982).

Sports Arbitration: Mr. Alex McLin (ASA)

Alex McLin is the Executive Director the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), which has more than 1200 members. He is responsible for leading the Association’s operations as well as the overall development of its activities. Alex holds a variety of roles in international sport, among others he is a member of the panel of arbitrators of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). He has also sat as arbitrator for commercial matters in ICC  (International Chamber of Commerce) proceedings. Alex holds a JD from the Duke University School of Law and is a member of the New York Bar. He speaks French, English, Spanish and German.[Back to the top]

Workshops on arbitral procedures: Mr. David Roney (Sidley Austin LLP), Ms. Dominique Brown-Berset and Vanessa Liborio Garrido de Sousa (Orrick)

Mr. David Roney (Sidley Austin LLP), Switzerland, Geneva


Mr. David Roney is a Partner with Sidley Austin LLP’s International Arbitration Practice. Based in Geneva, he has extensive experience as counsel and arbitrator in a broad range of international arbitrations around the world. Mr. Roney is a Co-Founder and President of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA), Co-Chair of the ICC Commission’s Task Force on the New York Convention, and a Member of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution and the Users Council of the Singapore International Arbitration Center. He holds a BA from Queen’s University and a JD from the University of Toronto.[Back to the top]

Ms. Dominique Brown-Berset (Brown&Page), Switzerland, Geneva


Ms. Dominique Brown-Berset is a Partner at Brown&Page, a Geneva law firm specializing in dispute resolution. She practices mainly in the field of international arbitration and business transactions. Ms. Brown-Berset holds law degrees from Lausanne University Law School, Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne and Harvard Law School. She is a former co-chair of the arbitration committee of the International Bar Association and former International Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She is currently President of the Executive Board of ArbitralWomen. [Back to the top]

Mrs. Vanessa Liborio Garrido de Sousa (Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP), Switzerland, Geneva


Vanessa A. Liborio Garrido de Sousa is a Partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and a member of the International Arbitration practice group. Her practice focuses on complex, high-value disputes involving major infrastructure construction projects, consortia and joint venture agreements, sales of goods, collateral management agreements, insurance coverage, aviation and consultancy agreements. Mrs. Liborio Garrido de Sousa has acted as counsel in numerous international arbitration proceedings before the International Chamber of Commerce, the London Court of International Arbitration, the Swiss Chambers of Commerce and other international fora and subject to a variety of procedural and substantive laws (including English, French, New York and Swiss law). She has also represented parties in setting aside proceedings before the Swiss Supreme Court, and has acted as an arbitrator in arbitral proceedings. Prior to joining Orrick, Mrs. Liborio Garrido de Sousa practiced for Swiss and international firms based in Geneva and Miami. [Back to the top]


Panel on careers in arbitration: Dr. Bernd Ehle (LALIVE)

Dr. Bernd Ehle (LALIVE), Switzerland, Geneva


Dr. Bernd Ehle is a Partner specialised in international arbitration at LALIVE. He acts as co-chair of the Geneva Group of ASA (Swiss Arbitration Association). He studied law at the Universities of Freiburg and Heidelberg in Germany, and at the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International Studies (IUHEI) in Switzerland. Bernd Ehle holds an LL.M. from Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, USA (2000), and a Ph.D. from the University of Heidelberg, Germany (2001).[Back to the top]