Swiss Arbitration Decisions

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March 8, 2006

1. The judgment issued by the Supreme Court of Switzerland (“Federal Tribunal”) on March 8, 2006 in the case of Tensacciai S.P.A v. Freyssinet Terra Armata S.R.L will be the object of praise and criticism for a long time. The original decision is in French.

Case information

Docket number: 
4P.278/2005
Original language: 
French
Published: 
24 ASA Bull 550 (2006)
132 ATF III 389 (2006)
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December 10, 2007

The ENUSA decision of the Federal Tribunal, which is the Supreme Court of Switzerland, related to a dispute between a Spanish company and an American company arising from a Marketing Agreement of August 1, 2003. The Marketing Agreement had been concluded between SHS CERAMICAS S.A., a Spanish company, which subsequently assigned its claim to ENUSA Industrias Avanzadas S.A. and LIPO CHEMICALS Inc. of New Jersey.

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Docket number: 
4A_352/2007
Original language: 
French
Published: 
26 ASA Bull 322 (2008)
also see 2 SwissIntArbRep 29 (2008)
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January 9, 2008

The appeal was directed against an ICC award issued by Prof. Wolfgang Wiegand on September 21, 2007. Prof Wiegand, a leading speciallist of international arbitration, was sole arbitrator and the venue of the arbitration was Geneva.

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Docket number: 
4A_450/2007
Original language: 
French
Published: 
2 SwissIntArbRep 15 (2008)
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January 22, 2008

The appeal was directed against an ICC award issued by three well known arbitrators, Andreas Reiner (chair), Klaus Sachs and Bernard Hanotiau on October 10, 2007. The venue of the arbitration was Zurich. A previous award had been issued on May 27, 2007 and also appealed. The English version of the opinion of the Federal Tribunal of the same date, January 22, 2008, with regard to the first appeal may also be downloaded from our web site :  4A_244/2007.

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Docket number: 
4A_468_2007
Original language: 
French
Published: 
2 SwissIntArbRep 71 (2008)
134 ATF III 186 (2008)
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January 22, 2008

Here is a decision of January 22, 2008, which dealt with the somewhat arcane issue of a subsidiary, which was a party to an arbitration clause, but then left the Group of companies involved as a consequence of an MBO. It was argued that by doing so, the former subsidiary would no longer be a party to the arbitration agreement. The argument was rejected (see pages 6 and 7).

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_244/2007
Original language: 
German
Published: 
26 ASA Bull 549 (2008)
also see 2 SwissIntArbRep 45 (2008)
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February 21, 2008

This decision dated February 21, 2008 came on line in late March.  In view of its interest it has already been the object of a short comment (in French) by Laurent Hirsch in the discussion group  arbitrage-adr@yahoogroupes.fr. Laurent's comment was mailed on April 10.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_370/2007
Original language: 
French
Published: 
2 SwissIntArbRep 89 (2008)
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March 6, 2008

This decision is dated March 6, 2008 and its object was an appeal against an award issued by an Arbitral tribunal composed of three arbitrators, Dr. Cesare Jermini, Chairman, Prof. Sergio Carbone and Mr Charles Poncet. Since I was one of the arbitrators, I would rather not comment the decision, for reasons you will understand.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_500/2007
Original language: 
French
Published: 
27 ASA Bull 94 (2009). also see 2 SwissIntArbRep 133 (2008)
134 ATF III 260 (2008)
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March 14, 2008

The case involved a petition to the Federal Tribunal for the revision of an international award issued by Swiss arbitrator Martin Bernet in Zurich on February 23, 2007. As you know, Swiss case law has determined that the revision of international awards falls within the jurisdiction of the Federal Tribunal. The case is interesting because after the award was issued, the petitioner discovered in its own archives a number of documents, which could have established that bribery had taken place.

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Docket number: 
4A_42/2008
Original language: 
German
Published: 
2 SwissIntArbRep 153 (2008)
134 BGE III 286 (2008)
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February 29, 2008

The case involved an appeal against an award issued in Zurich on September 28, 2008. The Arbitral tribunal (Pierre A. Karrer, Daniel Girsberger and Daniel Wehrli, chairman) denied jurisdiction in part and this was the main object of the appeal. The Court confirmed that an award denying jurisdiction in part is final to that extent, whilst the same award, to the extent that it accepted jurisdiction in part, is an interlocutory award.

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Docket number: 
4A_452/2007
Original language: 
German
Published: 
26 ASA Bull 765 (2008)
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March 20, 2008

The case involved an appeal against an award issued in Lausanne on October 30, 2007. The Arbitral tribunal (Dirk-Reiner Martens, Efraïm Barak and Juan José Pinto, chairman) constituted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport was under attack in the appeal due to an alleged lack of independence.

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Docket number: 
4A_506/2007
Original language: 
French
Published: 
2 SwissIntArbRep 191 (2008)
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April 4, 2008

The case involved a request for revision of an arbitral award issued on August 7, 2007 by the Court of Arbitration for Sport ("CAS") with three arbitrators sitting, Luigi Fumagalli, Jose Juan Pintó Sala and Chairman Jan Paulsson. The award was not appealed but some months later an application was made for revision, supposedly because one of the arbitrators was not independent.

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Docket number: 
4A_528/2007
Original language: 
German
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June 20, 2008

This decision of June 20, 2008 was an appeal against a decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sports of December 4, 2007. The case involved clubs in Argentina and Spain. A well known player was transferred for a large amount of money and a claim was made for a solidarity contribution based on FIFA Regulations. The FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber rejected the claim and the Court of Arbitration for Sports upheld the decision.

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Docket number: 
4A_18/2008
Original language: 
German
Published: 
2 SwissIntArbRep 269 (2008)
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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)
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August 19, 2008

The case involved an appeal against a partial award issued on January 31, 2008 by an arbitral tribunal sitting in Geneva, with Sebastien Besson as chairman.

The dispute revolves around an industrial complex in Qatar where a company incorporated in Cyprus undertook to perform certain dredging work. A contract to that effect was signed on November 9, 2002. The contract is governed by Swiss law and it contains an ICC arbitration clause.

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Docket number: 
4A_128/2008
Original language: 
French
Published: 
26 ASA Bull 777 (2008)
134 ATF III 565 (2008)
also see 2 SwissIntArbRep 323 (2008)
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August 21, 2008

The case is nothing to write home about but it still diserves a quick perusal. It involved an ICC arbitration in Bern with Prof. Wolfgang Wiegandt as chairman, dealing with a 1986 Joint Venture Agreement ("JVA") between two companies in Italy and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The case was stayed due to the political situation for quite a while, then a partial award was issued determining, among other things, that Swiss law applied to the JVA.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_194/2008
Original language: 
German
Published: 
26 ASA Bull 793 (2008)
also see 2 SwissIntArbRep 283 (2008)
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