Swiss Arbitration Decisions

Use double-quotes to match a sentence or a date. Format dates as follows: "month dd, yyyy". (eg.: "february 23, 2007")
Found 105 result(s)
September 23, 2008

The case involved a sports arbitration in Lausanne, in which two Argentinean agents had been entrusted with negotiating the transfer of a player to the Spanish club Real Madrid. The transfer was not completed due to a negative medical report. The agents filed a claim with FIFA for fees, which was rejected. On February 29, 2008, the Court of Arbitration for Sports (“CAS”) upheld the dismissal of the claim. The CAS arbitral tribunal was chaired by Prof. Massimo Coccia with Mr. D.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_176/2008
Original language: 
German
Published: 
27 ASA Bull 128 (2009)
also see Vol 2 SwissIntArbRep 451 (2008)
Parties
Appellant: 
Respondent: 
Counsel
Appellant: 
Respondent: 
PDF version of the translation: 
December 16, 2009

This opinion of the Federal Tribunal, dated December 16, 2009, relates to an arbitration in Zurich based on a 2001 contract concerning the delivery of hydrofluoric acid.

The contract was governed by Swiss law. Arbitration proceedings were initiated in Zurich in February 2006 and on April 3, 2009 the ICC Arbitral Tribunal issued an award granting part of the claims and rejecting the counterclaim.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_240/2009
Original language: 
German
Published: 
30 ASA Bull 457 (2011)
Parties
Appellant: 
Respondent: 
Counsel
PDF version of the translation: 
February 26, 2015

The case involved a dispute between a Mexican football club and some Argentine coaches. In 2009, they entered into an employment contract with the club and the contract had dispute resolution clause, yet confusingly providing for jurisdiction of a state court as well as jurisdiction of the Mexican Football Federation.

 

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_374/2014
Original language: 
French
Parties
Appellant: 
Respondent: 
Counsel
Appellant: 
Respondent: 
PDF version of the translation: 
August 20, 2012

In 2007 a Swiss company, a Dutch company and a bank entered into a contract whereby the two companies were to control the delivery and storage of cereals bought by a third party - also a signatory of the contract - by way of the credit lines the Swiss bank was making available for this purpose.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_240/2012
Original language: 
French
Published: 
31 ASA Bull 100 (2013)
Parties
Appellant: 
Respondent: 
Counsel
PDF version of the translation: 
Arbitrator (s): 
November 17, 2008

The opinion is of limited scholarly interest but it provides a good illustration of the “collective mind” of our Supreme Court.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_438/2008
Original language: 
French
Published: 
29 ASA Bull 379 (2011)
2 SwissIntArbRep 535 (2008)
Parties
Appellant: 
Respondent: 
Counsel
PDF version of the translation: 
Chairman: 
January 6, 2010

The case involved an ICC arbitration in Zurich between the successors of a Romanian company, which had entered into a contract with a consortium composed of a Finnish and a German company for the rehabilitation and the modernization of a power plant in Romania. The Consortium initiated arbitral proceedings and a three-arbitrator panel was constituted (Mark Blessing as Chairman, with Andreas Reiner and Victor Tanarescu as arbitrators).

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_348/2009
Original language: 
French
Published: 
28 ASA Bull 772 (2010)
Parties
Counsel
PDF version of the translation: 
Chairman: 
October 16, 2003

Although the case dates back to 2003 and the translations start from 2008 only, with a few exceptions, this case justified an exception in view of its great interest as to the issue of an arbitration clause extended to an individual who had not signed it but was actively involved in the performance of the contract.

 

The opinion is quite long, but it is very interesting and  constitutes required reading.

Case information

Docket number: 
4P.115/2003
Original language: 
French
Published: 
22 ASA Bull 364 (2004), 129 III 727
Parties
Respondent: 
Counsel
PDF version of the translation: 
August 14, 2008

The case involves an attempt at obtaining revision of an award of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) of April 16, 2008, in which the sole arbitrator rejected a claim for a commission on the transfer of a football player. Revision was sought on the basis of subsequent discovery of an alleged lack of impartiality of the arbitrator (see at 2.2.2).

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_234/2008
Original language: 
French
Published: 
29 ASA Bull 512 (2009)
also see 2 SwissIntArbRep 303 (2008)
Parties
Appellant: 
Respondent: 
Counsel
Appellant: 
Respondent: 
PDF version of the translation: 
Arbitrator (s): 
September 23, 2008

The case involved a sports arbitration in Lausanne, in which two Argentinean agents had been entrusted with negotiating the transfer of a player to the Spanish club Real Madrid. The transfer was not completed due to a negative medical report. The agents filed a claim with FIFA for fees, which was rejected. On February 29, 2008, the Court of Arbitration for Sports ("CAS") upheld the dismissal of the claim. The CAS arbitral tribunal was chaired by Prof. Massimo Coccia with Mr. D.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_215/2008
Original language: 
French
Published: 
27 ASA Bull 114 (2009)
also see 2 SwissIntArbRep 361 (2008)
Parties
Respondent: 
Counsel
PDF version of the translation: 
October 28, 2008

The case involved an arbitration in Geneva based on a 2007 contract between a Swiss and a Canadian company. The contract was governed by Swiss law. The arbitration clause provided for arbitration under the aegis of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and Industry. A sole arbitrator was appointed (Mr. Bernd Ehle, a partner of the Geneva arbitration firm Lalive, see www.lalive.ch) and on May 13, 2008 the arbitrator issued a final award granting monetary damages.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_294/2008
Original language: 
French
Published: 
2009, ASA Bulletin 144
2 SwissIntArbRep 495 (2008)
Parties
Appellant: 
Respondent: 
Counsel
Appellant: 
Respondent: 
PDF version of the translation: 
Arbitrator (s): 
February 9, 2009

The decision is certainly an interesting one. It has already been commented by Antonio Rigozzi (Cahiers de l’Arbitrage  2009 / 2 p. 33) and by  Laurent Hirsch in the arbitration forum arbitrage-adr@yahoogroupes.fr in March 2009. The decision was also discussed by Hansjörg Stutzer in the Thouvenin newsletter at http://www.thouvenin.com/pages_e/frame/05aktuell.html

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_400/2008
Original language: 
French
Published: 
27 ASA Bull 495 (2009)
also see 3 SwissIntArbRep 77 (2009)
Parties
Appellant: 
Respondent: 
Counsel
Appellant: 
Respondent: 
PDF version of the translation: 
Chairman: 
February 20, 2009

The decision is quite an unusual one as the case involves the late payment of a deposit to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (“CAS”) and whilst I can think of several cases – of no great scholarly interest incidentally – where a payment was made too late to the Federal Tribunal, I suspect this is the only one involving late payment to an arbitral institution.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_600/2008
Original language: 
French
Published: 
27 ASA Bull 568 (2009)
also see 3 SwissIntArbRep 91 (2009)
Parties
Appellant: 
Respondent: 
Counsel
Appellant: 
Respondent: 
PDF version of the translation: 
Arbitrator (s): 
April 8, 2009

The case involved a consulting agreement, which led to arbitration in Zurich. The sole arbitrator (Swiss lawyer Martin Bernet, a highly regarded arbitrator) assumed jurisdiction in 2005 and also held that the consulting agreement was valid in a subsequent award in 2007. New evidence was discovered and a request for revision was filed in 2008. The Federal Tribunal rejected the request for revision on March 14, 2008.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_69/2009
Original language: 
German
Published: 
28 ASA Bull 124 (2010)
also see 3 SwissIntArbRep 205 (2009)
Parties
Appellant: 
Respondent: 
Counsel
PDF version of the translation: 
Arbitrator (s): 
June 23, 2009

The case will confirm that the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) is likely to remain a very significant source of Swiss jurisprudence on international arbitration for some time. The CAS is based in Lausanne, as you know, and the number of decisions it issues is important.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_62/2009
Original language: 
German
Published: 
28 ASA Bull 562 (2010)
also see 3 SwissIntArbRep 351 (2009)
Parties
Appellant: 
Respondent: 
Counsel
PDF version of the translation: 
January 6, 2010

A football club (Le Sportif de Toluca Football Clubs SA) and a player (Christian Gimenez) entered into an employment contract on August 1st, 2007. The contract was terminated in the summer of 2008 and the player sued. The national federation involved partially granted the player’s claim for lost salary and in an award of April 24, 2009 the CAS, to which both parties had appealed, ordered the club to pay a substantial amount.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_260/2009
Original language: 
French
Published: 
28 ASA Bull 272 (2010)
Parties
Appellant: 
Respondent: 
Counsel
PDF version of the translation: 

Pages