Vanessa Alarcon Duvanel | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

Vanessa Alarcon Duvanel

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

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Vanessa Alarcón Duvanel is a member of the international arbitration group based in the Geneva office. She represents parties in commercial arbitrations around the world, governed by various substantive laws under all major international arbitration rules as well as in ad hoc arbitral proceedings. Vanessa has experience of all aspects of international arbitration, from the drafting of dispute resolution clauses to mediation and arbitration proceedings, settlement negotiations, setting aside applications to the Swiss Federal Tribunal and enforcement actions around the world.

Vanessa advises clients on a wide range of commercial and construction disputes including in relation to construction/EPC contracts, license, franchise, distribution, sales and agency agreements, post-M&A disputes, and joint venture and shareholders disputes.

In addition, Vanessa also serves as an arbitrator and has represented clients in commercial disputes before the Swiss and US courts.

Vanessa speaks and publishes on international arbitration matters. She is the Secretary of the European Advisory Board of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) and serves on the Program Committee of NYIAC and on the CPR Transactional Committee. She is also a member of various arbitration associations (ASA; ASA Below 40; ICC YAF; LCIA-YAG).

Bars and Courts

  • Geneva Bar
  • New York State Bar


  • LLM, New York University School of Law
  • JD, University of Neuchatel


  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • German


Representing an EPC Contractor in an ICC arbitration relating to the termination of a subcontract for a petrochemical plant in the South-Pacific region.

Vanessa is committed to pro bono work and has represented pro bono parties in arbitration proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Representing two energy companies in a SCAI arbitration relating to an agency agreement.

Representing a leading surveillance company in an ICC dispute relating to the performance of a collateral Management Agreement.

Representing the lead partner of an international consortium of contractors in an ICC arbitration relating to consequences of the termination of a FIDIC Silver Book contract relating to the construction of a commuter railway.

Representing a Middle Eastern Government in a Zurich-based ICC arbitration and a parallel ICSID arbitration brought by a railway company and its Kuwaiti shareholders relating to a failed construction project (successful award recognized in June 2013). *

Representing one of the world's leading fast food restaurant companies in a Geneva-based ICC arbitration relating to the termination of franchise agreements in Eastern Europe.*

Representing a major US pharmaceutical company and some of its affiliates in several ICC arbitration and mediation proceedings.*

Representing a luxury jewellery and watch maker in domain name arbitration under the WIPO Arbitration Rules.*

Representing a US music company in a Frankfurt based DIAS arbitration against a world leading music corporation relating to the failed acquisition of a music catalogue.*

Advising and representing parties in setting aside applications against arbitral awards before the Swiss Federal Tribunal.

Advising various parties, including a Nigerian oil trading company and an Eastern European sovereign state, in connection with enforcement of arbitral awards and freezing applications before Swiss and foreign courts.*

*Matters worked on prior to joining White & Case.

Speaking Engagements

"Optimizing the Successful and Efficient Resolution of Commercial Disputes", April 2018: SCC & CPR joint conference, Stockholm (Sweden) (co-organizer)

"Effective Dispute Resolution Clauses:Perspectives on Drafting Do's and Dont's", March 2018: CPR Annual Meeting, Atlanta (USA) (Speaker)

"The Swiss Arbitration Perspective" ASA at the 2017 Casablanca Arbitration Days, November 2017: Casablanca (Morocco) (Speaker)

"How do in-house counsel view their role in international arbitration?", April 2017: CPR Y-ADR Seminar,
Geneva, Switzerland
, (moderator)

"Skills-Building Training Session”, March 2017: CPR Annual Meeting,
Miami, FL
, (panelist)

"A Mock Procedural Hearing under CPR Rules for Administered Arbitration of International Disputes"acting as counsel for Claimant, February 2016:
New York, NY

"Franchise Agreements: Legal Risks and their Management", 22 October 2014: at Legal Risk Management Conference organized by Akademik Conferences,
Alexander Palace Hotel Skopje, Macedonia

"Everything You Wanted To Know From Corporate Counsel But Were Afraid To Ask", February 2014: CPR Annual Meeting,
San Diego, CA
, (moderator of Y-ADR panel)

"Review of the Recent Case Law of the Swiss Supreme Court in International Arbitration", 15 November 2013: Conference on New Developments in International Arbitration organized by CEMAJ (French for Research Center on Alternative and Judicial Dispute Resolution Methods) a group of the Faculty of Law of the University of Neuchâtel

"How are corporations addressing the high cost of litigation", September 2013:
, (moderator and organizer of CPR Y-ADR Seminar)

"The potential of bifurcation or"summary judgment" in arbitration", November 2012: ASA Below 40 Fall Seminar,


  • Direct and Re-Direct Examination, in: Stephen Jagusch QC and Philippe Pinsolle (eds.), GAR's The Guide to Advocacy, Law Business Research Ltd, 2nd edition 2017, pp. 62-75, co-authored with Anne Véronique Schlaepfer
  • Jurisprudencia de la Corte Suprema de Suiza en el Arbitraje International, en 2014 – Resumen de un nuevo año de un enfoque de alto nivel respetuoso al arbitraje Revista de arbitraje comercial y de inversiones, ©KluwerLaw International; IproLex 2015, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp.589-600
  • Bifurcación, Enciclopedia jurídica del arbitraje en español, publication forthcoming.
  • Review of the Recent Case Law of the Swiss Supreme Court in International Arbitration, in: Müller/Rigozzi/Besson (eds.), New Developments in International Commercial Arbitration 2013, Schulthess Juristische Medien AG, 2013, pp. 112-171.