Elliott Geisinger heads Schellenberg Wittmer’s international
arbitration group as Global Chair. He has acted as counsel and
arbitrator in over 120 international arbitrations in complex
commercial disputes involving international construction contracts,
consortia and joint venture agreements, sponsorship contracts, and
sales and distribution contracts. He has also advised foreign States and
Swiss corporations in investment disputes.
Elliott is particularly specialized in construction and engineering matters.
He is co-founder of the Istanbul International Construction Law
Conferences project, with Professor Dr Yesim Atamer of Istanbul Bilgi
University (www.construction-law.bilgi.edu.tr). Contract management
in large-scale construction and infrastructure projects is a further
specialization of his.
Elliott regularly represents clients in arbitration-related court
proceedings. Elliott has represented parties before the Swiss Supreme
Court in several landmark cases, many of which have been reported in
the official collection of Swiss Supreme Court cases and in arbitration
Elliott is highly recognized and ranked for his work as Counsel and
Arbitrator by leading international directories such as Chambers &
Partners, Legal 500, GAR, Expert Guides, ILO and Who’s Who Legal.
They describe him as “a high-caliber arbitration counsel who is a
fantastic technician and construction specialist.” As a winner of ILO’s
Client Choice Award, clients said “as a lawyer, Elliott is flexible enough
to think like an engineer or a project manager.” Additionally according
to clients “he is very careful with the details, but never lets go of the big
picture. He is reliable, responsive and quick.” He comes “highly
recommended,” by sources, who report that he is “extremely well
regarded, efficient and organized”. Elliott’s reputational expertise is
further described as “a well-known arbitrator with a wealth of
experience acting as both counsel and arbitrator in complex
Elliott is President of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) since
2014, having been elected to the ASA Board in 2007 and becoming
ASA Vice-President in 2007. He sat on the Arbitration Committee of
the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and Industry from 1999 to 2003.
Elliott is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for
International Arbitration Advocacy. Elliott is one of four arbitration
experts currently advising the Swiss government on the on-going
revision of Swiss law of international arbitration. He has authored
several publications in the fields of international arbitration and
private international law.
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