Partner, Lalive


Bernd Ehle joined Lalive in 2003. He specialises in international arbitration and has acted as counsel and arbitrator in numerous administered and ad hoc international arbitral proceedings governed by various procedural and substantive laws, including Swiss, English, French, German, New York, Turkish and Ukrainian law. He is experienced in disputes involving the main aspects of commercial transactions, in particular disputes relating to joint ventures, M&A, distribution and agency, and projects in the construction, telecommunications and energy sectors. He also represents parties in Swiss court proceedings related to arbitration.

Bernd Ehle is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and a committee member of the European branch of the institute. He acts as co-chair of the Geneva group of ASA (Swiss Arbitration Association) and is also a member of several other international arbitration associations, including the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), the Austrian Arbitration Association (ArbAut), and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). Bernd Ehle features in The International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration.

He is a frequent lecturer on Swiss construction law to corporate counsel in the construction industry in Germany and in Austria. Prior to joining Lalive Bernd Ehle practiced in corporate and commercial law, litigation, and EU law in Germany with Graf von Westphalen, in Freiburg (2000-2003), and Ehle & Schiller, in Cologne (1998-1999).

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  • Education

    University of Freiburg
    University of Heidelberg
    University of Geneva
    Graduate Institute of International Studies (IUHEI)
    Northwestern University School of Law: LLM, 2000
    University of Heidelberg: PhD, 2001


    First State Examination (Heidelberg), 1996
    Second State Examination (Freiburg), 1998
    Geneva Bar, 2004