Alexandre Mazuranic

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

Biography

Overview

Alexandre Mazuranic is a Swiss-qualified lawyer and a partner in the Firm's International Arbitration Practice, based in Geneva.

Alexandre's practice concentrates on international disputes. He has a wide range of experience in arbitration in the areas of construction, mining & metals, energy (including oil & gas), sales of goods, commodities, pharmaceutical & healthcare, and mergers & acquisitions. He has served as counsel and arbitrator in arbitration conducted under institutional and ad hoc rules and various governing laws.

In addition, he has represented parties before the Swiss Supreme Court in proceedings related to challenges of arbitral awards.

Alexandre also regularly advises clients on Swiss contract law and on international sanctions (with a focus recently on sanctions related to Ukraine).

Bars and Courts
Geneva Bar
Education
LLM
University of Geneva
LLM in International Business Law
King's College University London
Languages
French
English

Experience

Alexandre's recent work as counsel includes:

Construction disputes

Representing a European general contractor in an ICC arbitration concerning an industrial plant in Saudi Arabia.

Representing a European general contractor in an ICC arbitration concerning the design and construction of an industrial process plant in Australia.

Representing a European general contractor in an ICC arbitration concerning civils works in an industrial process plant in Australia.

Representing a European general contractor in an ICC arbitration relating to the construction and upgrade of a refinery in Western Europe.

Representing a European engineering and construction company in an ICC arbitration relating to the construction of a refinery in South-East Europe.

Representing a European engineering and construction company in an ICC arbitration relating to the breach of a joint venture agreement.

Advising a Swiss-based international company in relation to a design contract and a construction contract for a R&D center.

Energy matters

Advising a European buyer on price review and under deliveries in a long-term gas supply contract.

Advising a State-owned energy company in relation to a dispute regarding a long term gas supply agreement.

Representing a Swiss company in a Swiss arbitration relating to an exclusive representation agreement for the purchase and sale of oil products.

Advising a State on a long-term contract with a foreign company in the oil and gas sector (exploration and production).

Mining & metals disputes

Representing Asian State-owned companies and local joint venture companies in two ICC arbitrations related to the development and exploitation of mines in Africa.

Representing an Asian State-owned company in an ICC arbitration concerning a cooperation agreement aimed at exploiting mines in Africa.

Other matters

Representing a State in five international arbitrations (under the ICC rules and the Swiss Chambers' Arbitration Institution rules) relating to various supply contracts governed by Swiss law.

Advising an international company headquartered in Switzerland in relation to various disputes governed by Swiss law and subject to litigation before the Swiss courts.

Advising a sovereign client on Swiss contract law issues and arbitration in relation to a dispute with a consultant.

Representing an IP licensor in an ICC arbitration relating to a license and know-how agreement in the pharmaceutical industry (cancer treatment).

Representing an Asian Korean university in an ad hoc arbitration arising out of the termination of a long-term cooperation agreement with a European University.

Representing a Middle East entity in an ICC arbitration concerning the termination of a long-term contract related to the food & beverage business.

Representing a US based worldwide manufacturer in LCIA arbitration relating to the design and supply of wind turbines for Asia.

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

Representing a global bank and a major inspection company in various arbitration proceedings (ICC and LCIA) relating to collateral management agreements (cereals, oil products).

Representing parties in an ICC arbitration relating to a share purchase agreement and a shareholders' agreement.

Speaking Engagements

"BACK TO THE FUTURE – Old problems, new solutions?", ASA below 40 special anniversary seminar, 22 October 2021, Zurich

"Variations", The New FIDIC Suite of Contracts: Practical Overview of Major Changes Conference, 4 October 2018, Warsaw

Panelist on the Skills Training Workshop, 7th P.R.I.M.E. Finance Annual Conference "Arbitration and Finance: A Starter", 23 January 2018, The Hague

Faculty member of the Foundation for International Advocacy in Arbitration's (FIAA) workshop on Questioning of factual witnesses for the Master in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS), 20-21 May 2017, Geneva

"Setting aside arbitral awards – dos and don'ts", Swiss Arbitration Academy, 6 June 2016, Geneva

"Closing Statements", IBA Arb 40 Young International Arbitration Practitioner's Workshop, 4 October 2015, Vienna

"Costs in International Arbitration, Security for costs", IBA Regional Conference, 19 June 2015, Munich

"The Better Seat? France v. Switzerland, Getting to the Award", ASA below 40 / CFA-40 Conference, 24 April 2105, Paris

"The Hearing: Evidence and Argument", Young ICCA Workshop, 7 October 2014, Geneva

"Bad Faith Claims in Challenge Proceedings and Counsel's Liability for Costs", Swedish Arbitration Association, 13 May 2014, Stockholm

"The Legal Business in the Commodity Trading Industry", Commodity Trading Alumni Conference / 28 November 2013, 28 November 2013, Geneva

"Commodities trading arbitration: what users want", ICC YAF, 11 January 2013, Geneva

"Interest and Costs in International Arbitration, What to do when the Respondent does not pay (Orders for security for costs and separate awards on advance on costs)?", ASA below 40, 11 June 2010, Geneva

Publications

Lexology GTDT Energy Disputes 2022 - Switzerland

"Drafting Arbitration clauses in M&A Agreements", in Amy C. Kläsener (ed.), GAR's The Guide to The M&A Arbitration, 2021 (co-authored with Anne Véronique Schlaepfer)

"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, 2014, pp. 405-412 (co-authored with Anne Véronique Schlaepfer)

"Bad faith claims in challenge proceedings and counsel's liability for costs", published on Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 27 October 2014

"The Geneva 'ACT'", in: Global Arbitration Review - The European, Middle Eastern and African Arbitration Review 2014, pp. 145-150 (co-authored with Elena Trabaldo Togna)

"Challenge and Revision of the Award", in: Geisinger/Voser/Petti (Eds), International Arbitration in Switzerland: A Handbook for Practitioners, 2nd ed., Kluwer Law International, 2013 (co-authored with Elliott Geisinger)

"Costs in Arbitration", in: Geisinger/Voser/Petti (Eds),International Arbitration in Switzerland: A Handbook for Practitioners, 2nd ed., Kluwer Law International, 2013 (co-authored with Anne-Carole Cremades)

"La Révision du Règlement Suisse d'Arbitrage International", in: Cahiers de l'Arbitrage – The Paris Journal of International Arbitration, 2013-1

"Has the Swiss Federal Tribunal opened Pandora's Box by setting aside an award on the ground of public policy?", in Arbitration News, Newsletter of the International Bar Association Legal Practice Division, Vol. 16 No. 1, March 2011

Awards and Recognition

"Future Leader: Arbitration" 2021 Who's Who Legal

Peers describe him as "a very skilled and sharp lawyer with a strong reputation in the construction arbitration space" (Who's Who Legal: Switzerland - Arbitration 2022), "'excellent advocacy" and "widespread international knowledge" (Who's Who Legal: Switzerland - Arbitration 2021).

"A go-to lawyer for commercial disputes" (Who's Who Legal: Arbitration – Future Leaders 2018), with strong expertise which "spans disputes across a range of sectors from pharmaceuticals to construction" (Who's Who Legal: Arbitration – Future Leaders 2019).