Established in May 2002, Sidley’s Geneva office is both a leader in shaping and enforcing international trade and investment rules in furtherance of the strategic interests of our clients, and home to one of Europe’s foremost international arbitration and cross-border dispute teams.
WTO and Global Policy Practice - We help companies, trade associations and governments navigate international trade and investment rules that affect every aspect of today’s global economy. Our top-ranked World Trade Organization (WTO) practice is uniquely positioned, both physically and substantively.
Located just steps from the WTO headquarters, Sidley’s Geneva office has been at the forefront of WTO law for more than a decade. Our professionals have been involved in more than half of all complaints brought to the WTO and have taken a leading role in shaping the ongoing development of WTO law. Our WTO litigators have been involved in every procedural phase of WTO dispute settlement – from consultations to panel Appellate Body proceedings – and from implementation challenges to arbitrations regarding retaliatory measures. This includes representation of WTO members as complainants, respondents and third parties in dispute settlement proceedings.
We also assist clients in identifying and securing their objectives in free trade agreements (FTAs) and bilateral investment treaties (BITs). Our group provides guidance on regulatory standards and sanctions programs, on international negotiations to change rules or set new ones and on dealing with government agencies, officials and other players around the globe. We formulate and implement advocacy strategies for clients in trade negotiations, help create government and industry coalitions, analyze developments through our network of contacts and coordinate presentations to governments.
In addition, we advise clients on a wide range of complex topics before other international Geneva-based organizations, including the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). We have direct experience with these organizations, and have handled high-level policy advocacy projects for clients in numerous business and industry sectors.
International Arbitration and Dispute Practice - Sidley’s International Arbitration group is uniquely positioned to assist clients with complex cross-border dispute resolution. We work closely with group members in other key arbitral centers such as London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Washington D.C.
Our skilled international commercial arbitration lawyers represent clients in all types of commercial disputes, providing cost-effective services through all stages of the arbitration process. Our lawyers are first and foremost experienced advocates who have taken many complex, high-stakes disputes through to hearing and award. We focus on crafting strategies that are closely aligned with our clients’ business objectives and understand in-house counsel’s need to effectively manage disputes, large and small.
We represent clients and act as arbitrator in arbitrations governed by many different national laws and under the auspices of international arbitral institutions such as the International Chamber of Commerce, the Swiss Chambers of Commerce, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, the London Court of International Arbitration and the Dubai International Arbitration Center. Our team also handles cross-border litigation in national courts, including judicial assistance, enforcing judgments and arbitral awards, international judicial assistance and internal investigations.
Sidley has also played a prominent role in the field of international treaty arbitration. Our lawyers represent governments and companies in investor-state disputes before all major international arbitral institutions, including International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes and the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague. We also advise Sidley’s corporate clients on structuring cross-border investments to take advantage of the protections and arbitration options that investment treaties have to offer.
The professionals in Sidley’s Geneva office are part of the firm’s global International Trade and International Arbitration practices, and work closely on a daily basis with experienced trade and arbitration practitioners in the firm’s other offices to provide seamless services to our clients in Europe, the former CIS countries, the Middle East, the Americas, and Asia. Our lawyers are qualified in both civil and common law jurisdictions and work with a diverse team of experienced policy advisors, analysts and economists. Our team comprises many nationalities, with professionals fluent in Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.