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Vanessa Alarcon Duvanel is a member of the Firm's International Arbitration and Construction and Engineering groups and is based in Geneva. Her practice focuses on complex international disputes in the construction, engineering and infrastructure sector and in the pharmaceutical industry.  She advises and represents clients in cases governed by both civil and common law under the leading institutional rules of arbitration as well as in ad hoc arbitration cases around the world.

Vanessa is admitted to practice in Geneva/Switzerland and the State of New York/USA and combines a perfect understanding of both civil and common law and different legal cultures.  She represents parties in proceedings in four languages: English, French, Spanish and German. 

In addition, she advises and represents parties in arbitration-related court proceedings, such as setting aside proceedings against arbitral awards, enforcement actions and applications for interim measures. Vanessa also frequently sits as arbitrator.

Vanessa is recognized in Legal 500, 2019 as an "excellent" attorney who "always stays on top of things and is a joy to work with" and as a Future Leader in Who's Who Legal: Arbitration 2022.

Vanessa is an active member of several arbitration associations and institutions (ArbitralWomen, ASA, LCIA, CPR).  She is a member of the European Advisory Board of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) and serves on the Program Committee of NYIAC and regularly speaks at conferences and seminars on international disputes resolution topics.

She is committed to pro bono legal work and assists not-for-profit associations on a variety of Swiss law issues.

Publications

"Annulment of Commercial Arbitral Awards by State Courts: A Comparative Study of Spain and Switzerland", in Matthias Scherer (ed), ASA Bulletin, (© Kluwer Law International; Kluwer Law International 2021, Volume 39 Issue 2) pp. 333 - 354, co-authored with Alex Levin Canal

"Direct and Re-Direct Examination", in: Stephen Jagusch QC and Philippe Pinsolle (eds.), GAR's The Guide to Advocacy, Law Business Research Ltd, 4th edition 2019, co-authored with Anne Véronique Schlaepfer

“A Report on the 2019 CPR European Congress on Business Dispute Management (Part I and Part II)”, 2019, in CPR Speaks (co-authored with Kathleen Fadden).

“A Report on the CPR European Congress on Business Dispute Management (Part I and Part II)”, 2018, in CPR Speaks.

"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", in Jorge Luis Collantes González, Enciclopedia jurídica del Arbitraje, Volumen 47 Biblioteca del Arbitraje del Estudio Mario Castillo Freyre, (Primera Parte), Lima 2018, pp. 189-190

"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, pp. 112-171. Schulthess Juristische Medien AG, 2013.

Speaking Engagements

"Construction and Hospitality disputes Post-COVID" discussion of Oluwaseun Oloruntimehin's paper "COVID and Construction Disputes: Lessons Learnt and the Future Outlook", University of Lausanne, Switzerland, CEDIDAC International Conference, October 2021, Lausanne 

"Story-telling, teoria del caso, e interrogatorio de testigos", 2021 Arbitration Day of the Costa Rican Young Arbitrator, October 2021: online

"The Recognition and Enforcement of Awards in International Arbitration", Harvard International Arbitration Law Student Association (HIALSA) Workshop Session, April 2021: online

“Cybersecurity and Data Protection in the Resolution of Transatlantic Disputes”, CPR Y-ADR/DIS40 joint seminar, March 2019: Frankfurt (Germany)

“Confidentiality and Ethics in ADR”, CPR Annual Meeting, March 2019: Washington, DC (USA)

“Cybersecurity in International Arbitration”, moderator and co-organizer, October 2018: CPR, ICCA and NYCBA Working Group, Geneva (Switzerland)

"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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Review of the Recent Case Law of the Swiss Supreme Court in International Arbitration", 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, 15 November 2013: Neuchâtel (Switzerland)

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

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

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Credentials

LL.M., New York University School of Law

Licence en Droit, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, mention bien

Geneva/Switzerland

New York

ASA - Swiss Arbitration Association

ArbitralWomen

CPR- International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution

ODA - Ordre des avocats de Genève

English

French

German

Spanish

Future Leader


Who's Who Legal Arbitration 2022

"excellent" attorney who "always stays on top of things and is a joy to work with".


Legal 500 Switzerland, 2019

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Recognition

Future Leader


Who's Who Legal Arbitration 2022

"excellent" attorney who "always stays on top of things and is a joy to work with".


Legal 500 Switzerland, 2019

Matters

Representation of a US pharmaceutical company in an Swiss Rules arbitration relating to the development and marketing of a generic drug

Advising a European energy company in a gas price reopener dispute with an African gas producer.

Representing a French company in a dispute under the France-Peru Bilateral Investment Treaty.

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Representation of a US pharmaceutical company in an Swiss Rules arbitration relating to the development and marketing of a generic drug

Advising a European energy company in a gas price reopener dispute with an African gas producer.

Representing a French company in a dispute under the France-Peru Bilateral Investment Treaty.

Representing LIMA EXPRESA S.A.C. (a VINCI Highways subsidiary) in a high profile dispute against the City of Lima relating to allegations of nullity of a concession agreement for a toll road construction project. The matter also involves several construction counterclaims against the City of Lima and criminal proceedings against former mayors and government officials.

Representation of a French multinational railway company acting as 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.

Representation of the Kingdom of Jordan 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).

Representation of a subsidiary of a leading hydro engineering company in an ICC arbitration relating to delay in the construction of a large hydraulic pumping storage plant in Europe.

Representation of a leading surveillance company in an ICC dispute relating to the performance of a collateral management agreement.

Representation of the world's leading fast food restaurant company 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 relating to breaches of distribution and license agreements and intellectual property matters.

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

Advise and representation of parties in setting aside applications against arbitral awards before the Swiss Federal Tribunal.

Advising clients, 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

Representation of a US pharmaceutical company in an Swiss Rules arbitration relating to the development and marketing of a generic drug

Advising a European energy company in a gas price reopener dispute with an African gas producer.

Representing a French company in a dispute under the France-Peru Bilateral Investment Treaty.

See more
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Matters

Representation of a US pharmaceutical company in an Swiss Rules arbitration relating to the development and marketing of a generic drug

Advising a European energy company in a gas price reopener dispute with an African gas producer.

Representing a French company in a dispute under the France-Peru Bilateral Investment Treaty.

Representing LIMA EXPRESA S.A.C. (a VINCI Highways subsidiary) in a high profile dispute against the City of Lima relating to allegations of nullity of a concession agreement for a toll road construction project. The matter also involves several construction counterclaims against the City of Lima and criminal proceedings against former mayors and government officials.

Representation of a French multinational railway company acting as 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.

Representation of the Kingdom of Jordan 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).

Representation of a subsidiary of a leading hydro engineering company in an ICC arbitration relating to delay in the construction of a large hydraulic pumping storage plant in Europe.

Representation of a leading surveillance company in an ICC dispute relating to the performance of a collateral management agreement.

Representation of the world's leading fast food restaurant company 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 relating to breaches of distribution and license agreements and intellectual property matters.

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

Advise and representation of parties in setting aside applications against arbitral awards before the Swiss Federal Tribunal.

Advising clients, 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.

Credentials

LL.M., New York University School of Law

Licence en Droit, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, mention bien

Geneva/Switzerland

New York

ASA - Swiss Arbitration Association

ArbitralWomen

CPR- International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution

ODA - Ordre des avocats de Genève

English

French

German

Spanish

Future Leader


Who's Who Legal Arbitration 2022

"excellent" attorney who "always stays on top of things and is a joy to work with".


Legal 500 Switzerland, 2019

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Recognition

Future Leader


Who's Who Legal Arbitration 2022

"excellent" attorney who "always stays on top of things and is a joy to work with".


Legal 500 Switzerland, 2019