Anne Véronique Schlaepfer | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

Anne Véronique Schlaepfer

Partner, Geneva (White & Case S.A.)

“an accomplished arbitration counsel. Clients note: “She is very experienced and precise. She has an impressive command of the arbitration process.””

Chambers Europe 2015

Overview

Anne Véronique Schlaepfer is a Partner in the Firm's International Arbitration Practice and is based in Geneva.

Anne Véronique has acted as counsel in more than 100 arbitration proceedings involving, amongst others, construction contracts, pharmaceuticals, energy (upstream and downstream), joint venture agreements, sales contracts, collateral management agreements, and know-how license agreements.

She also regularly serves as arbitrator and represents parties before Swiss courts in arbitration-related court proceedings, in particular in challenges to arbitral awards.

Anne Véronique is Senior Co-Chair of the Arbitration Committee of the IBA, a Vice-President of the ICC Court and a member of the LCIA Court. She has been at the forefront of the development of international arbitration in Switzerland, including as: Chairperson of the Arbitration Court administering Swiss Rules arbitrations (2010-2013), Member of the Arbitration Committee of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce until 2014 and Member of the working group for the revision of the Swiss Rules (2010-2011).

Bars and Courts

  • Geneva Bar

Education

  • Law, University of Geneva
  • Business Administration, University of Geneva

Languages

  • French
  • English
  • German

Experience

Large infrastructure projects*

Representing parties in various arbitration proceedings relating to large infrastructure projects.

Design / supply of wind turbines*

Representing a US company in LCIA arbitration relating to the design/supply of wind turbines.

Production lines for vegetable oil*

Representing a Belgian company in ICC arbitration relating to the design and supply of production lines for vegetable oil production.

Production line in the textiles industry*

Representing an Algerian company in a Swiss Rules arbitration relating to the design and supply of a production line in the textiles industry.

Collateral management agreements*

Representing parties in various arbitration proceedings (ICC and Swiss Rules) relating to the performance of collateral management agreements.

Gas price reviews*

Advising on res judicata effect of previous decisions under Swiss law in a gas price review dispute.

License and know-how agreements*

Representing a party in ICC arbitration relating to a license and know-how agreement in the pharmaceutical field.

*Matters worked on prior to joining White & Case

Speaking Engagements

"The Future of International Arbitration", 3-4 March 2016: conference chair of the 19th Annual IBA International Arbitration Day, conference presented by the IBA Arbitration Committee, supported by the IBA Asia Pacific Regional Forum and the Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (SHIAC),
Shanghai

"Decisions as to Costs in International Arbitration", 3 March 2016: moderating the panel "Costs Allocation Considerations: What Criteria do Arbitral Tribunals Take into Account?", ICC Conference,
Shanghai

"Evidence in Arbitration", focusing in particular on the topic of "Expert evidence in international arbitration", 2-3 July 2015: IX Congress Commercial Arbitration Center, Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry,
Lisbon

"Costs in International Arbitration", 18-19 June 2015: supported by the IBA European Regional Forum,
Munich
, conference co-chair and held the closing remarks at the end of the conference, conference presented by the IBA Arbitration Committee

"Subconscious Influences in International Arbitration", focusing in particular on the topic of "Oral advocacy, subconscious influences, and differing cultural expectations", 17-19 June 2015: 27th Annual ITA Workshop,
Dallas

"The evolution of arbitration in the last decade", focusing in particular on the topic of "Conflicts of interest in international arbitration", 8-10 June 2015: 10th International Conference of the Club Español del Arbitraje,
Madrid

"Expert Witnesses", focusing in particular on the questions of "What makes an effective party-appointed expert?" and "To what extent should the Tribunal invite the parties to present expert witness testimony in a certain way", 30 March 2015: Eleventh Annual Leading Arbitrators' Symposium organized by Juris Conferences LLC on the Conduct of International Arbitration,
Vienna

"A retrospective and a forecast of the future of investment arbitration", 26-27 February 2015: 18th Annual IBA International Arbitration Day / ICSID's 50th Anniversary,
Washington DC
, member of the Organising Committee and held the closing remarks at the end of the conference

"New Developments in International Commercial Arbitration 2014", focusing in particular on the topic of "Adaptation of Contracts by Arbitrators: the Example of Gas Price Revision Disputes", 14 November 2014: Conference organized by the CEMAJ (French acronym for Research Center on Alternative and Judicial Dispute Resolution Methods), an interest group Center of the University of Neuchâtel Faculty of Law, Neuchâtel

"New challenges in arbitration in the Asia Pacific region", focusing in particular on the topic of "Harmonising arbitration laws in the Asia Pacific region", 23 October 2014: session co-chaired at the IBA Annual Conference,
Tokyo

"Are we getting value?", 7 May 2014: GAR Live,
London
, addressing in particular the issue of arbitrators' fees and what is expected from them

"A Plea for Precision", focusing in particular on the topic of "The Burden of Proof in International Arbitration", 7 April 2014: ICCA Congress 2014 Legitimacy: Myths, Challenges, Realities,
Miami

Publications

  • Striking the Right Balance: The Roles of Arbitral Institutions, Parties and Tribunals in Achieving Efficiency in International Arbitration, in: Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution, International Arbitration Review, Volume 2, Number 2, December 2015, Kluwer Law International, pp. 329-341, co-authored with Marily Paralika
  • The Burden of Proof in International Arbitration, in: A.J. van den Berg, ed., Legitimacy: Myths, Realities, Challenges, ICCA Congress Series no. 18, Kluwer Law International, pp. 127-133., 2015
  • Adaptation of Contracts by Arbitrators: the Example of Gas Price Revision Disputes, in: Müller/Rigozzi/Besson (eds.), New Developments in International Commercial Arbitration 2014, Schulthess Juristische Medien AG, pp. 105-119, 2014
  • Offers in International Arbitrations and their Impact on the Allocation of Costs: A Focus on Sealed and Final Offers, in: Arbitration: The International Journal of Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Management, Volume 80, Issue 4, pp. 405-412, 2014, co-authored with Alexandre Mazuranic
  • Jurisdiction and admissibility: a subtle distinction, not always easy to make in international arbitration, in: Les Cahiers de l'Arbitrage (The Paris Journal of International Arbitration), Issue 2, pp. 327-336., 2013
  • La motivación de los laudos en arbitraje comercial internacional y en arbitraje de inversión, in: Liber Amicorum in honour of Yves Derains & Bernardo Cremades, Instituto Peruano de Arbitraje, pp. 1411-1435, 2013, co-authored with Anne-Carole Cremades
  • The Role of the Institution at the Commencement of the Proceedings, in: P. Habegger et al. (eds.), Arbitral Institutions under Scrutiny, ASA Special Series No. 40, Huntington, N.Y.: Juris, pp. 55-63, 2013
  • Institutional versus Ad Hoc Arbitration, in: Geisinger/Voser/Petti (eds.), International Arbitration in Switzerland: A Handbook for Practitioners, 2nd ed., The Hague: Kluwer Law International, pp. 13-24, 2013, co-authored with Angelina M. Petti
  • The Revised Swiss Rules of International Arbitration, in: Revista de Arbitragem e Mediação RArb Ano 9 • 35 • Outubro-Dezembro • 2012, Editora Revista dos Tribunais Ltda., pp. 215-224, co-authored with Philippe Bärtsch
  • Swiss Supreme Court: arbitral tribunal competent to make new award after original award annulled, in: PLC Arbitration, July 2012, co-authored with Philippe Bärtsch
  • The Swiss Rules of International Arbitration and the Practices of the Swiss Chambers' Court of Arbitration and Mediation, in: World Arbitration Reporter (International Encyclopedia of Arbitration Law and Practice), 2nd ed., 2010, edited by Loukas Mistelis and Laurence Shore, co-authored with Philippe Bärtsch