Teresa Giovannini

Teresa Giovannini is a founding partner of LALIVE (1994) specialising in international arbitration (including setting aside proceedings with the Swiss Supreme Court), as well as art law. She has participated in more than 170 international arbitrations (115 as arbitrator, including 81 as presiding or sole arbitrator), either ad hoc, in particular UNCITRAL, or administered by various institutions including AAA/ICDR, ICC, ICHEIC, ICSID, LCIA Court, SCC, Chamber of Commerce of Milan, Chamber of Commerce of Venice and Swiss Chambers (Geneva, Zürich and Ticino). Her areas of specialization include disputes relating to procurement contracts, sales, license, agency, joint venture and shareholder agreements in a wide range of sectors, infrastructure projects, aviation, transfer of technology, construction of turnkey factories, pharmaceuticals, insurance, luxury goods and arts. Teresa Giovannini is a member of the ICC Court of Arbitration, the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, the ICC Swiss National Commission of Arbitration and ADR, and the Council of the ICC Institute of World Business Law. She was a member and vice-president of the LCIA Court from 2008 until 2011, and member of the Arbitral Council of the Milan Chamber of Arbitration from 1997 to 2005. Teresa Giovannini is currently member of the Club of Arbitrators of the Milan Chamber of National and International Arbitration, the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution’s (ICDR) European Advisory Committee. She furthermore presides the ICDR’s Committee on Ethics. Mrs. Giovannini is member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA). Teresa Giovannini is also member of several panels of arbitrators, including the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), the Executive Council of CPR European Advisory Board and the Panel of Distinguished Neutrals. She is currently member of the International Law Association Committee on Arbitration (Swiss Member). Mrs. Giovannini is a member of many other professional associations, including the Swiss Society of International Law, the Comité français de l’arbitrage (CFA), the International Arbitration Institute (IAI), and the Arbitration Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA). Teresa Giovannini is also a frequent speaker at international conferences on international arbitration as well as the author of many publications in the field of international law and arbitration. She has been ranked for many years by Chambers Europe and Chambers Global for Dispute resolution – Arbitrators for Switzerland, as well as in the International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration. She has recently been listed among the Best Prepared/Most Responsive Arbitrators by the Global Arbitration Review (GAR). Before joining Lalive Budin & Partners in 1985, Teresa Giovannini trained in Rome (Chiomenti & Partners, 1983-1985) and in Geneva (Turrettini & L’Huillier, 1981-1983), after having worked as a legal counsel in Geneva (University Hospital, 1977-1981) and in Freiburg (Public Health Department of the Cantonal Government). She graduated from the University of Freiburg in Switzerland and studied at The Hague Academy of International Law (1974).

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