Wolfgang
Peter

Dr.
Partner

wpeter@peterandpartners.com +41 58 317 70 70
Bar admission
Geneva, 1979
Nationalities
Swiss
Languages
German, English, French

PROFESSIONAL
PRACTICE

Dr. Wolfgang Peter is recognized by clients and his peers as one of the most in-demand counsels and arbitrators in Europe and globally. Dr. Peter is particularly active in cases involving complex issues of valuations, including post-M&A disputes, joint ventures and projects stemming from the heavy industry. He has particular expertise in cases involving gas & oil contracts, including upstream and downstream projects, as well as price reviews under long-term gas supply agreements. In recent years, he has been involved in numerous arbitrations stemming from transactions in the Asia-Pacific region.
Dr. Peter regularly advises third-party funding companies in evaluating the merits of the Claimant(s)’ cases, especially with regard to damage claims. An active speaker and contributor to the arbitration community at large, he is a member of the LCIA Board of Directors and of the ASA Board. Prior to his new venture, Dr. Peter founded and headed the arbitration group of Python & Peter, and acted as a CEO of two luxury watch-making companies, for 12 years.

Areas of
Expertise

  • Arbitration / Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Distribution / Agency
  • Joint Ventures / Consortia
  • Investments & BITs
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

Industry
Sector

  • Automotive & Heavy Industry Icon Automotive & Heavy Industry
  • Construction & Engineering Icon Construction & Engineering
  • Electricity Supply Icon Electricity Supply
  • Fashion & Luxury Goods Icon Fashion & Luxury Goods
  • Gas Icon Gas
  • Oil Icon Oil
  • Pharmaceutical & Biotech Icon Pharmaceutical & Biotech

Wolfgang Peter is “regarded as one of the foremost energy arbitrators in switzerland.”

WHO’S WHO SWITZERLAND ENERGY, 2017

  • Counsel in an ad hoc arbitration between a state-owned enterprise and a sovereign state, involving aspects of public international law, with an amount in dispute of USD several billion.
  • Counsel in a case involving two state-owned entities in a highly complex ad hoc arbitration stemming from oil production and delivery agreements, securing an award of more than a billion USD for our clients.
  • Counsel to a major energy conglomerate in its price adjustment disputes against another European major relating to long-term gas supply agreements subject to ICC Rules.
  • Counsel in an ad hoc arbitration stemming from the production sharing agreement for unconventional gas in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Chairman of the Arbitral Tribunal in the Vivendi v. Elektrim arbitration, an important decision on the interrelation between arbitral proceedings and bankruptcy, confirmed by two instances of the English courts.
  • Co-counsel in an ICC arbitration concerning the break-up of Arthur Andersen, resulting in a seminal decision of the Swiss Supreme Court on the joinder of the arbitration agreements.
  • Founding Partner of Python & Peter, Geneva (1981-2015)
  • CEO of Breguet and Jaquet Droz (1987-2000)
  • Adviser to the Federal Minister of Justice and Police (1980-1982)
  • Secretary of the Federal Expert Commission on Swiss Company Law (1979-1980)
  • Doctorate in Law Degree, University of Frankfurt (1986)
  • Visiting Scholar, Harvard Law School (1982-1983)
  • Bachelor of Law Degree, University of Lausanne (1977)
  • Doctorate in Economics, University of Lausanne (1975)
  • Degree in Political Science, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva (1974)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Lausanne (1972)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
  • International Bar Association
  • Geneva Arbitration Association
  • Geneva Association of Business Law
  • Material Adverse Change Clauses: Some Practical Thoughts

    in Contemporary Issues in International Arbitration and Mediation – The Fordham Papers 2015, Edited by Arthur W. Rovine, 2017, p. 203-213

  • Party-Appointed Expert Witnesses v. Tribunal-Appointed Experts

    Is there a Best Practice in International Arbitration?, in Festschrift für Gerhard Wegen zum 65. Geburtstag, 2015

  • Compensation and Damages

    What is Different in Investment Arbitration?, in ASA Special Series No. 34, May 2010

  • Derailment and Delay Tactics: Some Possible Solutions

    in Global Arbitration Review, 2008

  • Witness Conferencing Revisited

    in Arbitral Procedure at the Dawn of the New Millenium, Reports of the International Colloquium of CEPANI, October 15, 2004, Extrait, Bruylant

  • Some Observations on the New Swiss Rules of International Arbitration

    in ASA Special Series No. 22, May 2004

  • Arbitration of Mergers and Acquisitions: Purchase Price Adjustment Disputes

    in Arbitration International, Volume 19 Number 4, 2003

  • Witness Conferencing

    in Arbitration International, Volume 18 Number 1, 2002

  • Lawyers vs. Non-Lawyers and One vs. Three Arbitrators

    in The Arbitration Process, 2002

  • Stabilization Clauses in State Contracts

    in International Business Law Journal 1998 (N° 8), p. 875-891

  • Arbitration and Renegotiation of International Investment Agreements

    in Kluwer Law International, 2nd Edition , 1995

  • International Investment Agreements – Types, Arbitration and Renegotiation

    , in Sonderdruck aus: Heidelberger Kolloquium, Technologie und Recht 1986; Der komplexe Langzeitvertrag, Strukturen und Internationale Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit

  • Arbitration and Renegotiation Clauses

    in Journal of International Arbitration 1986 (Vol.3), p. 29-46