Franz Stirnimann Fuentes

Froriep - Switzerland

4, rue Charles-Bonnet, P.O.Box 399


+41 228 396 300

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Practice area:

Commercial and transactions
International arbitration
White collar crime

Dr Franz Stirnimann Fuentes focuses his practice on international arbitration and litigation as well as Swiss commercial law.

Dr Franz Stirnimann has acted as counsel and arbitrator (chair, party-appointed, sole) in over 60 international arbitrations (ICC, ICSID, Swiss Rules, CAM, SCC, DIS, LCIA, UNCITRAL and ad hoc) governed by various procedural and substantive laws. He also regularly acts as counsel in arbitration-related proceedings before Swiss courts, including the Swiss Supreme Court.

Dr Franz Stirnimann is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and is listed in the panel of arbitrators of a number of arbitral institutions (ICC, SCAI, LCIA, WIPO, CIMA, KLRAC, CAIC, etc.). He is ranked by Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Who's Who Legal and Expert Guides, among others, for arbitration and dispute resolution. Dr Franz Stirnimann specialises in disputes relating to international joint ventures, M&A, shareholders, manufacture, licensing/IP, sales and investment disputes in the energy, mining, aviation, telecommunications, construction, infrastructure and finance sector and also regularly acts as transactional counsel in these areas.

Dr Franz Stirnimann, who is of Swiss and Latin American origin, is fluent in English, German, Spanish and French, and also works in Italian and Portuguese. He is both civil and common law trained and admitted to practise in Geneva, England and Wales, and New York. He holds a PhD from the University of Zurich, an LLM from Georgetown University and a JD from the Universities of Fribourg and Durham. He speaks and publishes regularly on arbitration-related topics and has been a lecturer teaching arbitration at a number of Swiss and Latin American universities.

Year Joined Firm: 2015


  • 2013 – Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London/UK (FCIArb)
  • 1998 - 2003 – Universität Zürich, Zurich/Switzerland (Dr. iur.)
  • 2000 – 2001 – Georgetown University, Washington, DC/USA (LL.M.)
  • 1991 – 1996 – Université de Fribourg, Fribourg/Switzerland (lic. iur.)
  • 1993 – 1994 – Durham University, Hatfield College, Durham/UK

Languages Spoken: German, Spanish, English, French

Last updated 27th November 2018 

  • Banking and financial services
  • Commercial arbitration
  • Competition/antitrust
  • Construction
  • Energy
  • Intellectual property
  • International arbitration
  • White collar crime