Wolfgang Peter

Wolfgang Peter

  1. Partner
  2. Bar admission: Geneva, 1979
  3. Nationality: Swiss
  4. Languages: German, English, French
  5. +41 58 317 70 70
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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.

Representative Cases

  • 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.

Career

  • 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)

Education

  • 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)

Professional Associations

  • 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

Publications

  • “Arbitration and Renegotiation of International Investment Agreements”, Kluwer, 2nd edition, 1995
  • Various articles on business law and international commercial arbitration (list available on request)