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Joachim Knoll

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Admission

New York (2004)

Paris (2011)

Geneva (foreign lawyer) (2011)

Nationality

German

Languages

German

English, French

 


Biography

Joachim Knoll is a partner at Lalive and has been practising international arbitration, both commercial and investment treaty arbitration, since 1999. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in over 60 international arbitral proceedings, ad hoc (including UNCITRAL) or administered (ICC, ICSID, Swiss Rules, LCIA, DIAC, AAA/ICDR), governed by various procedural and substantive laws, including Swiss, French, German, English, New York and Turkish. Joachim Knoll is experienced in disputes involving the main aspects of commercial transactions, in particular disputes relating to the international sale of goods, distribution and investment disputes in the construction, energy, mining, telecommunications, broadcasting and aviation sectors.

 

He also advises clients on arbitration-related matters including drafting of arbitration agreements, challenges and enforcement of arbitral awards. In addition, he provides advice to governments in the negotiation of investment treaties, as well as to investors on how to structure their investments to ensure effective investment protection.

 

Joachim Knoll is a former member of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Chambers' Arbitration Institution which administers arbitrations subject to the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration. He also acted as co-chair of ASA below 40 (Swiss Arbitration Association) from 2010 to 2012. He is head lecturer and a member of the academic council of the Swiss Arbitration Academy.

 

Since 1999, Joachim Knoll has practised in arbitration in France with Shearman & Sterling in Paris (1999-2006) and in Switzerland with LALIVE (2006-2008) and with Brown&Page in Geneva (2008-2012). He studied law at the universities of Hamburg and Cologne and passed his First State examination in Cologne in 1998. He holds LLM degrees from Boston University (2004) and King's College London (1999), as well as a degree in European law and public international law from the University of Aix-Marseille III, Aix-en-Provence, France (1995).

Publications

How (not) to behave as Counsel in Arbitration – Practical tips and observations – Arbitrator’s point of viewJoachim Knoll, 2015

In: Vanessa Foncke/Benoît Kohl (Eds.), What Counsel in Arbitration can do, must do or must not do? Cepani 40, bruylant, Brussels, 2015, pp. 129-134



Commentary on Articles 182 and 185 of the Swiss Private International Law ActJoachim Knoll, 2013

In: Manuel Arroyo (Ed.), Arbitration in Switzerland – The Practitioner’s Guide: Commentary, Wolters Kluwer, 2013, pps. 101-117 and 141-145



Commentary on Article 45 of the Swiss Rules of International ArbitrationJoachim Knoll, 2013

In: Tobias Zuberbühler, Christoph Müller, Philipp Habegger (Eds.), Swiss Rules of International Arbitration, Schulthess Verlag, Juris, 2nd ed. 2013, pp.484-492



Waivers of Recourse in International Arbitration – Where Switzerland and Tunisia Meet Joachim Knoll, 2012

International Journal of Arab Arbitration, Vol. 4, No. 4, 2012



The Search for ‘Truth’ in Arbitration – Is Finding the Truth what Dispute Resolution is About?Joachim Knoll, Marcus Wirth, Christina Jodidio, 2011

In: Juris, New York / ASA, Switzerland (Eds.), ASA Special Series No. 35



Non-Monetary Relief in International Arbitration: Principles and Arbitration PracticeMichael E. Schneider, Joachim Knoll, 2011

In: Juris, New York / ASA, Switzerland (Eds.), ASA Performance as a Remedy, Chapter 1, ASA Special Series No. 30, pp. 3-48



SwitzerlandJoachim Knoll, Dominique Brown-Berset, Dominique Ritter, Isabelle Hering, Dirk Langer, 2010

Global Arbitration Review Reference, 2010-2012, http://www.globalarbitrationreview.com/reference/



Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards against Sovereigns – Switzerland Michael E. Schneider, Joachim Knoll, 2009

In: Doak Bishop (Ed.), Enforcement of Arbitral Awards against Sovereigns, Juris Publishing, 2009



Notice Requirements in Cases of Hidden and Evolving Defects Matthias Scherer, Joachim Knoll, 2008

International Law Office, August 2008, Newsletter, http://www.internationallawoffice.com



Contract termination: Rights and obligations of employers and contractorsMatthias Scherer, Joachim Knoll, 2008

Construction Law International, Vol. 3, No.2, June 2008, pp. 33-34



Owner's Defect Notice and Remedies in Case of Hidden Defects Matthias Scherer, Joachim Knoll, 2008

International Law Office, February 2008, Newsletter, http://www.internationallawoffice.com



Public Procurement in Construction Projects: Issues for Foreign Contractors Michael E. Schneider, Matthias Scherer, Joachim Knoll, 2007

International Law Office, November 2007, Newsletter, http://www.internationallawoffice.com



SwitzerlandMichael E. Schneider, Matthias Scherer, Joachim Knoll, 2007

In: Robert S Peckar (Ed.), Getting the Deal Through - Construction 2008 in 21 jurisdictions worldwide, 2007, Getting the Deal Through, pp. 106-112



Standing of consortium members in consortium disputes with third partiesMatthias Scherer, Joachim Knoll, 2007

International Law Office, 2007, Newsletter, http://www.internationallawoffice.com



Pricing of additional worksMatthias Scherer, Joachim Knoll, 2007

International Law Office, 2007, Newsletter, http://www.internationallawoffice.com



Academic Positions

Head lecturer and member of the Academic Council

Swiss Arbitration Academy

Post-graduate course in arbitration (in cooperation with the University of Lucerne and the University of Neuchâtel), Geneva

2013-


Conferences

Ukranian Bar AssociationKIEV Arbitration Days 2016: Think Big!
Kiev, 3 November 2016
Speaker: How to help the decision-maker reach the ‘right’ decision (and strategies in the context of tribunal-appointed experts)

For more information, see the programme.



Stockholm Chamber of Commerce / Advokatfirman LindahlDo Arbitrators tend to stretch their Jurisdiction in Investment Arbitration? A debate based on the Yukos awards
Stockholm, 7 September 2016
Speaker: The rules of interpretation of bilateral investment treaties


Club Español del Arbitraje (CEA) BelgiumEU law and arbitration
Brussels, 19 February 2016
Speaker: Conclusive remarks

For more information, please see the programme.



Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)Commercial Arbitration Involving States: Public Interests and Private Justice?
Zurich, 22 January 2016
Speaker: Setting the scene: Commercial Arbitration Involving States – Successes and Failures of the Process. The states’ perspectives

For more information, please see the programme.



Indian Council of Arbitration International Conference – Arbitration in the era of globalization
Delhi, 11-12 December 2015
Speaker: Best arbitration practices across borders

For more information, please see the programme.



The Belgian Center for Arbitration and Mediation (CEPANI40)What Counsel in Arbitration can do, must do or must not do?
Brussels, 20 October 2015
Speaker: How (not) to behave as counsel in arbitration - practical tips and observations: the arbitrator’s point of view

For more information, please see the programme.



International Bar Association (IBA) – International Construction Projects Committee2015 Annual Conference; Panel: See spot run: a construction lawyer’s primer on the all-important ICC rules of arbitration
Vienna, 8 October 2015
Speaker: Joinder and Consolidation under the ICC Rules

For more information, see the programme.



Ghana Bar Association / American Bar Association’s Section of International LawThe Evolving Spectrum in Dispute Resolution Management
Accra, Ghana,16-17 July 2015
Speaker: Procedural Issues in Arbitration – The Civil Law Perspective
Speaker: Introduction to Investment Arbitration

For more information, see the programme.



Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)YUKOS – Understanding the legal, quantum and tax issues in a US$ 50 billion award
Geneva, 28 May 2015
Speaker

For more information, see the programme.



Queen Mary University of London – Centre for Commercial Law StudiesThe Procedure of International Arbitration: How Effective are the Tools?
London, 22 April 2015
Speaker: Current and Preferred Practices in the Arbitral Process vs New Initiatives to Increase Efficiency and Reduce Costs

For more information, see the programme.



International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)Third Party Funding in Investment Arbitration
Frankfurt, 9 March 2015
Speaker: Representation of Host State in Mock Arbitration on Third-Party-Funding questions

For more information, see the programme.



ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF)Looking back on 2014 as we look to 2015
London, 9 December 2014
Speaker


Barcelona International Arbitration Congress3rd Barcelona International Arbitration Congress
Barcelona, 18 October 2014
Speaker: Case management and the production of evidence

For more information, see the programme.



Association of International Business Lawyers (AIBL)The Use and Abuse of International Investment Arbitration - The State's and the Investor's Perspective
Geneva, 29 November 2013
Speaker


Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic / Price Waterhouse Coopers3rd Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference 2013. Investor versus State Settlement Cases: Winning Hands
Prague, 31 October 2013
Speaker: Successful defences of Respondent States


Lisbon Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Center / APA sub 40 The Powers of Arbitrators
Lisbon, 28 June 2013
Speaker: The Arbitrators’ Powers


Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA)Questioning of fact witnesses in international arbitration
Geneva, 19-20 April 2013
Faculty member


Swiss Arbitration Association – ASA below 40Kompetenz-Kompetenz Reloaded! / Bifurcation, Trifurcation – Slicing and Dicing the Case
Zurich, 9 November 2012
Co-organiser


Swiss Arbitration Association – ASA below 40Prove it! – Evidence in International Arbitration
Neuchâtel, 29-30 June 2012
Co-organiser


Fordham Conference on International Arbitration and MediationLondon, 27 April 2012
Speaker: Setting Aside Arbitral Awards – Switzerland


Swiss Arbitration Association – ASA below 40Musical Chairs – Choosing the Right Seat in Times of Change
Geneva, 13 April 2012
Co-organiser


Swiss Arbitration Association – ASA Group Espace MittellandBerne, 24 October 2011
Speaker: Tatsächliche Ueberraschungen in Schiedssprüchen und deren Folgen (Factual suprises in arbitral awards and their consequences)


Swiss Arbitration Association – ASA below 40Unusual and multiple parties in arbitration
Zurich, 21 October 2011
Co-organiser


Swiss Arbitration Association – ASA below 40Perspectives – A meeting with arbitral institutions, in-house counsel, and young arbitrators
Neuchâtel, 24-25 June 2011
Co-organiser


ICCA50 – Young ICCA/YAP/ASA Below 4050th Anniversary of ICCA: Today and Tomorrow’s Trends in International Arbitration
Geneva, 19 May 2011
Co-organiser


Swiss Arbitration Association – ASA below 40Terms of Reference and Procedural Orders / Enforcement of Awards
Zurich, 5 October 2007
Speaker: Securing enforcement in advance of the award: what can be done (security for claim, attachment of assets, and other conservatory measures)?


Events

Young Arbitrators Forum
29 February 2016


ASA Conference
22 January 2016


Recommendations

Joachim Knoll is an “excellent lawyer”.
Who's Who Legal, Switzerland, Arbitration, 2017


Joachim Knoll is widely respected among peers, who “would strongly recommend” him for his “exceptional” work as both arbitrator and counsel.

Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration, 2017


Joachim Knoll is “very impressive in terms of his knowledge and his presentation.”
Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration, 2016


Joachim Knoll has a “prestigious reputation”.
Who's Who Legal, Switzerland, Arbitration, 2015


The “internationally renowned” Joachim Knoll is an “expert” on disputes in the construction, energy, mining, aviation, telecommunications and broadcasting sectors.
Who's Who Legal, Switzerland, 2014


Joachim Knoll impresses peers with his “determination and drive”.
Who's Who Legal, Switzerland, Arbitration, 2014


The ‘top notch' Joachim Knoll is experienced in disputes in a variety of sectors and peers praise him for his ‘versatiliy'.
The International Who's Who Legal of Commercial Arbitration, 2014


Joachim Knoll joined Lalive in January 2013 and is rated as a 'real asset to the firm'. He is very well regarded in the market and received votes from Switzerland and abroad.
Who's Who Legal, Switzerland, Arbitration, 2013