Who's Who Legal

“Philippe is an outstanding lawyer. He is very client-oriented, and excellent in both written work and oral advocacy”

Who's Who Legal

“One of the best in the market”

Who's Who Legal

“Excellent balance between legal, procedural and practical issues paired with his ability to meet the toughest deadlines”


“communications skills, both orally and in writing, consistent availability, attention to the changing circumstances and ability to provide focused and detailed advice.”

Legal 500

“Outstanding counsel, extremely clear submissions be it orally or in writing”


“creative, incredibly responsive and gets your answers quickly”


“great leadership”

Who's Who Legal

“An excellent arbitration practitioner who gets to the heart of the issue very quickly”

Who's Who Legal

“An excellent practitioner with a wealth of knowledge and experience”


“He is very convincing, very calm, good in cross-examination and to the point”

Philippe Bärtsch

Nathalie Wille



Philippe Bärtsch is Schellenberg Wittmer's current Managing Partner, a Vice-Chair of our International Arbitration Practice Group and a Co-Head of our Sports Practice Group. He represents clients in complex international commercial, investment and sports arbitration matters as well as in setting-aside proceedings before the Swiss Supreme Court. Philippe is highly recommended by the legal directories, both as an arbitration and as a sports lawyer.


  • Counsel and arbitrator in more than 100 complex commercial arbitrations seated in common law and civil law jurisdictions worldwide, involving a wide array of matters and under many different laws
  • Main areas of specialization include post M&A disputes, energy, construction / engineering, commodities, pharmaceutical, consumer goods and sports
  • Counsel in close to 100 different proceedings before sports arbitral institutions and adjudicative bodies of sports federations, including in some of the highest profile sports cases in recent history


Professional Experience
Managing Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer
Member of Schellenberg Wittmer's Management Committee
Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer
Foreign Associate in a leading US firm in New York
Associate at Schellenberg Wittmer
Education and Admission
LL.M., Harvard Law School
Bar Admission in Switzerland
lic. iur., University of Geneva
Additional Professional Activities
  • Regular publications and speaking engagements on topics related to arbitration
  • Member of the Academic Council of the Swiss Arbitration Academy
  • Member of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Arbitration Centre
  • Co-chair Young Arbitration Practitioners (YAP)
  • Co-chair the marketing committee of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)

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