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

Anne Véronique Schlaepfer

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

““She is a really experienced specialist in the international arbitration area. She knows the strategies of every step of the arbitration procedure and defends the client’s interests in every way.” She has particular knowledge of construction and energy disputes.” (Chambers Europe and Global 2017) “The “always well-prepared and never less than excellent” Anne Véronique Schlaepfer is one of the foremost counsel in Geneva.” (Who’s Who Legal, Arbitration 2017: Analysis)

Overview

Anne Véronique Schlaepfer is a Partner in the Firm's International Arbitration Practice and is based in Geneva. She is also the Executive Partner of the Firm's Geneva office.

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 has also served as arbitrator in more than 30 cases and represents parties before Swiss courts in arbitration-related court proceedings, in particular in challenges to arbitral awards.

Anne Véronique is a member of the ICC Executive Board and a Vice-President of the ICC Court.

She is also a member of the LCIA Court and on the panel of arbitrators of the British Virgin Islands International Arbitration Centre.

She has been at the forefront of the development of international arbitration, including as: Co-Chair of the Arbitration Committee of the IBA (2015-2016); 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

Representation of a European general contractor in a dispute relating to the construction of a refinery in Western Europe (ICC arbitration proceedings).

Representation of a major European engineering and construction company in a dispute relating to the construction of a refinery in South-East Europe (EPCm contract, ICC arbitration proceedings).

Representation of a European general contractor in a dispute with a subcontractor relating to the construction of a petrochemical plant in Australia (ICC arbitration proceedings).

Representation in mediation proceedings of a general contractor in a dispute with the owner relating to the delayed completion of a plant.

Representation of a mechanical works contractor in a dispute relating to the construction of a hydro-power plant.

Representing the lead member of a consortium for a major infrastructure project in a dispute against other members of the consortium (ICC arbitration).

Representing a major Asian company specialized in the mining industry in a dispute concerning the development and exploitation of mines in Africa (ICC arbitration).

Representing of a major player in the oil and gas sector in arbitration proceedings relating to a gas price review dispute.

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

Representing a party from the USA in a dispute relating to the design and supply of wind turbines (LCIA arbitration).

Speaking Engagements

Anne Véronique speaks at and chairs conferences on international arbitration across the world. Recent examples include the IBA Arbitration Days in Washington, Shanghai and Milan; the IBA Annual Conference in Tokyo; the ICCA Congress 2014 in Miami; the ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy for Latin America in São Paulo; and the 4th Annual GAR Live Conference in Istanbul.

Publications

  • Direct and Re-Direct Examination, in: Stephen Jagusch QC and Philippe Pinsolle (eds.), GAR's The Guide to Advocacy, Law Business Research Ltd, 2016, pp. 47-59, co-authored with Vanessa Alarcón Duvanel
  • 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