Xavier Favre-Bulle Partner, Head of Arbitration
Dr. iur., Attorney at Law, LL.M. (D.E.S.)

Xavier Favre-Bulle

Partner, Head of Arbitration
Dr. iur., Attorney at Law, LL.M. (D.E.S.)
+41 58 450 70 00
xavier.favre-bulle@lenzstaehelin.com
Geneva
Route de Chêne 30
CH-1211 Geneva
www.lenzstaehelin.com
  • Expertise

    Dr. Favre-Bulle has 30 years of experience in dispute resolution (arbitration as counsel or arbitrator, ADR, court litigation). He has been involved in some 260 arbitrations (e.g. sales agreements, agency & distribution, licences, joint ventures, shareholders agreements, post-M&A disputes, etc., in various business industries such as energy, construction, luxury goods, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, banking, aerospace, sports, investment protection, etc.). At Lenz & Staehelin in Geneva, Dr. Favre-Bulle leads the Arbitration group and the Sports law sector. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and the author of some 80 books and articles.

  • Practices

  • SECTORS

  • Professional Experience and Education

    and Education

    2003Partner at Lenz & Staehelin
    2000Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales
    1994Joined Lenz & Staehelin
    1988-1994Research assistant, Commercial Law Department, University of Geneva
    1999College of Law, London (UK), Visiting foreign lawyer, Herbert Smith, London
    1998Ph.D., Faculty of Law, University of Geneva
    1996Bar exam, Geneva (admitted to Geneva Bar in 1997)
    1992Academy of European Law, European University Institute, Florence (Italy)
    1991Diplôme d'études supérieures en droit (LL.M.), Faculty of Law, University of Geneva
    1988Licence en droit (LLB), Faculty of Law, University of Geneva
  • Specialist Areas

    Litigation and Arbitration, Commercial and Contracts, Sports
  • Languages

    French, English, German
  • Memberships

    Panels of Arbitrators of ICC Switzerland, International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC), Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), Tehran Regional Arbitration Centre (TRAC), Russian Arbitration Association (RAA), Arbitration Centre at the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entre-preneurs (RSPP) and Russian Arbitration Center (RAC) at the Russian Institute of Modern Arbitration (RIMA). Member of, among others, Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), SIAC Users' Council, DIFC-LCIA Users' Council, Comité français de l'arbitrage (CFA), Associazione Italiana per l'Arbitrato (AIA), International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), International Arbitration Institute (IAI), International Bar Association (IBA), Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA), The Law Society of England & Wales, Geneva Bar and Swiss Bar Associations, Société suisse des Juristes, Association of International Business Lawyers (AIBL), Association suisse de droit du sport (ASDS) etc.
  • SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

    • Favre-Bulle Xavier, Case Notes on International Arbitration, Switzerland 2022, in: Swiss Review of International and European Law (SRIEL), 2023, 691-719
    • Favre-Bulle Xavier, Wehland H., Swiss Arbitration Centre, in: Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Zivilprozess- und Zwangsvollstreckungsrecht (ZZZ), 60/2022, 429-431
    • Favre-Bulle Xavier, Case Notes on International Arbitration, Switzerland 2021, in: Swiss Review of International and European Law (SRIEL), 2022, 675-701
    • Ohlhoff-Smahi Nadia, Panorama de jurisprudence suisse – Swiss Arbitration Case Law Review, in: Les Cahiers de l’Arbitrage – The Paris Journal of International Arbitration; 4/2022; 4/2021; 2/2020; 3/2019; 3/2018; 4/2017; 3/2016; 3/2015; 4/2014; 3/2013
    • Favre-Bulle Xavier, The Swiss Rules of International Arbitration, Practice Note - Introduction, in: ASA Bulletin 2/2022, 259-260
    • Favre-Bulle Xavier, Case Notes on International Arbitration, Switzerland 2020, in: Swiss Review of International and European Law (SRIEL), 2021, 793-822
    • Favre-Bulle Xavier, Frey Harold, Rötheli Andreas, Riz à Porta Gian, Switzerland, in: The Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation Review, Law Business Research, 2021, 142-180
    • Frey Harold, Rötheli Andreas, Favre-Bulle Xavier, Riz à Porta Gian, The Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation Review - Switzerland, in: The Law Reviews, 1st edition, December 2020, 120-128
    • Favre-Bulle Xavier, Case Notes on International Arbitration, in: Swiss Review of International and European Law (SRIEL), 2020, 757-784
    • Favre-Bulle Xavier, Why Arbitration in Switzerland Becomes Even More Attractive, Why Arbitration in Switzerland Becomes Even More Attractive?, in Russian Arbitration Association Newsletter N. 8 (22), September-October 2020, 10-14
    • Favre-Bulle Xavier, Case Notes on International Arbitration. Switzerland 2019, in: SRIEL, 4/2019, 659-689
    • Favre-Bulle Xavier, Frey Harold, Arbitration 2019 Switzerland, in: Getting the Deal Through, February 2019, 285-292
    • Favre-Bulle Xavier, Natural resources exploitation: business and human rights (Editor), in: UIA-LexisNexis publications collection, November 2018
    • Favre-Bulle Xavier, Yukos Arbitration Saga: the Swiss Part, in: Russian Arbitration Association Newsletter N. 2 (2), October 2018, 21-24
    • Favre-Bulle Xavier, Case Notes on International Arbitration. Switzerland, 2017, in: SRIEL, 3/2018, 425-453
    • Favre-Bulle Xavier, Frey Harold, Arbitration 2018 - Switzerland, in: Getting the Deal Through, February 2018, 317-323
    • Favre-Bulle Xavier, Case Notes on International Arbitration. Switzerland, 2016, in: SRIEL, 3/2017, 447-474
    • Favre-Bulle Xavier, Frey Harold, Arbitration 2017 - Switzerland, in: Getting the Deal Through, March 2017, 339-345
    • Frey Harold, Favre-Bulle Xavier, Aebi Martin, Arbitration procedures and practice in Switzerland, in: Practical Law Multi-Jurisdictional Guide, Arbitration 2016/17
    • Favre-Bulle Xavier, Case Notes on International Arbitration. Switzerland, 2015, in: SRIEL, 4/2016, 673-700
    • Favre-Bulle Xavier, Frey Harold, Arbitration 2016 - Switzerland, in: Getting the Deal Through, Law Business Research 2016, 353-359
    • Favre-Bulle Xavier, Pechstein v. Court of Arbitration for Sport: How Can We Break the Ice?, in: Müller C./Besson S./Rigozzi A. (ed.), New Developments in International Commercial Arbitration 2015, Zurich, 2015
    • Favre-Bulle Xavier, The UIA in Valencia, The Commodisation of Sport Through Trade Marks, in: Juriste International, No 2015-3, 13
    • Frey Harold, Favre-Bulle Xavier, Aebi Martin, Arbitration procedures and practice in Switzerland, in: Practical Law Multi-Jurisdictional Guide, Arbitration 2015/16
    • Favre-Bulle Xavier, CAS Arbitration Proceedings: Is Sports Arbitration so Different?, in: Journal of International Trade and Arbitration Law (JITAL), 2015
    • Favre-Bulle Xavier, Frey Harold, Arbitration 2015 - Switzerland, in: Getting the Deal Through, Law Business Research 2015, 423-429
    • Favre-Bulle Xavier, Case Notes on International Arbitration. Switzerland, 2014, in: SRIEL, 2/2015, 287-331
    • Favre-Bulle Xavier, Case Notes on International Arbitration. Switzerland, 2012-2013, in: SRIEL, 2/2014, 297-336
    • Frey Harold, Favre-Bulle Xavier, Aebi Martin, Arbitration procedures and practice in Switzerland, in: Practical Law Multi-Jurisdictional Guide, Arbitration 2014/2015
    • Favre-Bulle Xavier, Patocchi P.M., Case Notes on International Arbitration (II). Switzerland, 2011, in: SRIEL, 3/2013, 541-560
    • Favre-Bulle Xavier, Monismo y dualismo de las leyes de arbitraje: ¿Son todas ellas dualistas?, in: Arbitraje Internacional, Pasado, Presente y Futuro, Libro Homenaje a Bernardo Cremades e Yves Derains, Ed. Carlos Alberto Soto Coaguila y Delia Revoredo Marsano de Mur, Instituto Peruano de Arbitraje, Lima 2013, 1437-1457
    • Favre-Bulle Xavier, Patocchi P.M, Case Notes on International Arbitration (I). Switzerland, 2011, in: SRIEL, 2/2013, 305-334
    • Favre-Bulle Xavier, Babel C., Contrat de Transaction, in: Marchand/Chappuis/Jeandin (eds.), Contrats commerciaux en droit suisse, Basle 2013
    • Favre-Bulle Xavier, L'effet cassatoire des décisions du Tribunal fédéral suisse et les pouvoirs (circonscrits) des arbitres de restatuer, in: Les Cahiers de l’Arbitrage/The Paris Journal of International Arbitration, 2013-2, 417-438
    • Favre-Bulle Xavier, Le Règlement Suisse d’Arbitrage International (« Swiss Rules ») : de 2004 à la révision (légère) de 2012, in: Revue de Droit des Affaires Internationales (RDAI) 2013, 21-39
  • Other Activities

    • President, Arbitration Court of the Swiss Arbitration Centre.
    • Co-Chair, Arbitration Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA); former Senior Vice-Chair, Sport Law Committee.
    • Academic Council Member of the Swiss Arbitration Academy.
    • Member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR.
    • Member of the ICC Institute of World Business Law.
    • Past activities include:
    • Member of the ADR Commission of the Geneva Bar Association.
    • Member of the Arbitration Committee of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2002-2012) as well as the Arbitration Committee and Special Committee of the Swiss Chambers of Commerce (2004-2012).
    • President of the International Arbitration Commission, of the Sports Law Commission and member of the Governing Board of Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA).
    • Lecturer in law at the University of Versailles (Master “Arbitration and International Business Law"); University of Zurich (LL.M. “International Sports Law”); University of Geneva (various fields in contract law); Swiss Arbitration Academy.
  • Contact Details

  • Assistant

  • Other Activities

    • President, Arbitration Court of the Swiss Arbitration Centre.
    • Co-Chair, Arbitration Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA); former Senior Vice-Chair, Sport Law Committee.
    • Academic Council Member of the Swiss Arbitration Academy.
    • Member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR.
    • Member of the ICC Institute of World Business Law.
    • Past activities include:
    • Member of the ADR Commission of the Geneva Bar Association.
    • Member of the Arbitration Committee of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2002-2012) as well as the Arbitration Committee and Special Committee of the Swiss Chambers of Commerce (2004-2012).
    • President of the International Arbitration Commission, of the Sports Law Commission and member of the Governing Board of Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA).
    • Lecturer in law at the University of Versailles (Master “Arbitration and International Business Law"); University of Zurich (LL.M. “International Sports Law”); University of Geneva (various fields in contract law); Swiss Arbitration Academy.
  • References

    Lawyer of the Year in Arbitration and Mediation in Geneva

    Best Lawyer, 2024

    He is very smart, responsive, fully committed to the cases and provides excellent advice.

    Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, 2022

    He is a dynamic, reliable and easy to deal with counsel.

    Legal 500, 2021

    He provides strategic advice and is always thinking one step ahead and sources state that they would recommend him without any doubt.

    Chambers, 2021

    He is an excellent choice for anyone looking for an experienced arbitrator with a Swiss law background.

    Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, 2022

    He is perfect from a technical point of view and always provides strategic advice.

    Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, 2022

    He is a fast thinker and is very precise in his analysis.

    Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, 2022

    An excellent arbitration practitioner with strong skills in cross-examination

    Who’s Who Legal Arbitration, 2022

    A star in the field and has vast experience in high-profile sports arbitration matters

    Who’s Who Legal Sports & Entertainment 2022

    He is a great CAS strategist.

    Who’s Who Legal Sports & Entertainment 2022

    Xavier Favre-Bulle is singled out among peers for his extensive experience providing strategic advice to clients in complex sports disputes.

    Who’s Who Legal Sports & Entertainment 2022

    Really outstanding arbitrator

    Legal 500, 2022

    Knowledgeable in sports arbitration matters

    Legal 500, 2022

    His cross-examination of witnesses at the arbitration proceedings was particularly impressive.

    Chambers, 2021

    Provides strategic advice and is always thinking one step ahead

    Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, 2021

    Would recommend him without any doubt

    Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, 2021

    produces top-quality work as arbitrator and counsel and distinguishes himself as a top practitioner in Switzerland

    Who’s Who Legal Arbitration, 2021

    Xavier Favre-Bulle's “reputation speaks for itself” remark impressed sources, adding he is “great on sports arbitration”, “acting for a number of international federations”.

    Who’s Who Legal Sports & Entertainment, 2021

    He is highly knowledgeable, experienced, engaged and supportive. He surrounded himself with an A-team of lawyers.

    Legal 500, 2021

    leading arbitrator having brought to sport arbitration his perfect command of commercial arbitration

    Legal 500, 2021

    very competent and reactive

    Legal 500, 2021

    dynamic, reliable and easy to deal with counsel

    Legal 500, 2021

    very reliable and a pleasure to work with

    Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, 2020

    very active and someone who really follows the file

    Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, 2020

    Excellent both as an arbitrator and as counsel

    Chambers, 2020

    powerful counsel who will leave no stone unturned, with a strong arbitration experience, having been involved in more than 200 disputes across a range of industries.

    Who’s Who Legal Switzerland, 2020

    a top-notch arbitrator and advocate

    Who’s Who Legal Arbitration, 2020

    a go-to person for arbitration matters in Geneva

    Who’s Who Legal Arbitration, 2020

    one of Switzerland's best arbitrators

    Who’s Who Legal Arbitration, 2020

    very highly regarded as both counsel and arbitrator

    Who’s Who Legal Sports & Entertainment 2020

    top star in the field

    Who’s Who Legal Sports & Entertainment 2020

    has vast experience in high-profile sports arbitration matters

    Who’s Who Legal Sports & Entertainment 2020

    One of the most experienced, diligent and practised Swiss arbitration lawyers; one of the brilliant brains in Swiss arbitration

    Chambers, 2019

    Sharp-minded and brilliant lawyer who considers every matter in a smart way that is in the best interest of the client

    Chambers, 2019

    Xavier Favre-Bulle is a top name in the Swiss arbitration space who is recognised by sources for ‘his excellent arguments, and meticulous organisation and preparation´.

    Who’s Who Legal Switzerland, 2019

    a widely respected figure in the Swiss market, recognised by peers for his exceptional work with an extensive experience in the field

    Who’s Who Legal Arbitration, 2019

    stands out in the market for his excellent sports law practice and is recognised for his top-class work handling related disputes in both international and domestic arbitration proceedings

    Who’s Who Legal Sports & Entertainment, 2019

    He has an excellent reputation both locally in Switzerland and in other European jurisdictions.

    Chambers, 2018

Lawyer of the Year in Arbitration and Mediation in Geneva

Best Lawyer, 2024

He is very smart, responsive, fully committed to the cases and provides excellent advice.

Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, 2022

He is a dynamic, reliable and easy to deal with counsel.

Legal 500, 2021

He provides strategic advice and is always thinking one step ahead and sources state that they would recommend him without any doubt.

Chambers, 2021

He is an excellent choice for anyone looking for an experienced arbitrator with a Swiss law background.

Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, 2022

He is perfect from a technical point of view and always provides strategic advice.

Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, 2022

He is a fast thinker and is very precise in his analysis.

Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, 2022

An excellent arbitration practitioner with strong skills in cross-examination

Who’s Who Legal Arbitration, 2022

A star in the field and has vast experience in high-profile sports arbitration matters

Who’s Who Legal Sports & Entertainment 2022

He is a great CAS strategist.

Who’s Who Legal Sports & Entertainment 2022

Xavier Favre-Bulle is singled out among peers for his extensive experience providing strategic advice to clients in complex sports disputes.

Who’s Who Legal Sports & Entertainment 2022

Really outstanding arbitrator

Legal 500, 2022

Knowledgeable in sports arbitration matters

Legal 500, 2022

His cross-examination of witnesses at the arbitration proceedings was particularly impressive.

Chambers, 2021

Provides strategic advice and is always thinking one step ahead

Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, 2021

Would recommend him without any doubt

Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, 2021

produces top-quality work as arbitrator and counsel and distinguishes himself as a top practitioner in Switzerland

Who’s Who Legal Arbitration, 2021

Xavier Favre-Bulle's “reputation speaks for itself” remark impressed sources, adding he is “great on sports arbitration”, “acting for a number of international federations”.

Who’s Who Legal Sports & Entertainment, 2021

He is highly knowledgeable, experienced, engaged and supportive. He surrounded himself with an A-team of lawyers.

Legal 500, 2021

leading arbitrator having brought to sport arbitration his perfect command of commercial arbitration

Legal 500, 2021

very competent and reactive

Legal 500, 2021

dynamic, reliable and easy to deal with counsel

Legal 500, 2021

very reliable and a pleasure to work with

Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, 2020

very active and someone who really follows the file

Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, 2020

Excellent both as an arbitrator and as counsel

Chambers, 2020

powerful counsel who will leave no stone unturned, with a strong arbitration experience, having been involved in more than 200 disputes across a range of industries.

Who’s Who Legal Switzerland, 2020

a top-notch arbitrator and advocate

Who’s Who Legal Arbitration, 2020

a go-to person for arbitration matters in Geneva

Who’s Who Legal Arbitration, 2020

one of Switzerland's best arbitrators

Who’s Who Legal Arbitration, 2020

very highly regarded as both counsel and arbitrator

Who’s Who Legal Sports & Entertainment 2020

top star in the field

Who’s Who Legal Sports & Entertainment 2020

has vast experience in high-profile sports arbitration matters

Who’s Who Legal Sports & Entertainment 2020

One of the most experienced, diligent and practised Swiss arbitration lawyers; one of the brilliant brains in Swiss arbitration

Chambers, 2019

Sharp-minded and brilliant lawyer who considers every matter in a smart way that is in the best interest of the client

Chambers, 2019

Xavier Favre-Bulle is a top name in the Swiss arbitration space who is recognised by sources for ‘his excellent arguments, and meticulous organisation and preparation´.

Who’s Who Legal Switzerland, 2019

a widely respected figure in the Swiss market, recognised by peers for his exceptional work with an extensive experience in the field

Who’s Who Legal Arbitration, 2019

stands out in the market for his excellent sports law practice and is recognised for his top-class work handling related disputes in both international and domestic arbitration proceedings

Who’s Who Legal Sports & Entertainment, 2019

He has an excellent reputation both locally in Switzerland and in other European jurisdictions.

Chambers, 2018

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