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Frank Spoorenberg


Frank Spoorenberg acts as counsel before arbitral tribunals and as co-arbitrator, sole arbitrator and chairman. He also assists parties in pre-arbitration phases, as well as in annulment proceedings against awards before the Swiss Supreme Court. His cases relate among others to M&A, joint ventures, distribution, agency, licensing, service agreements and international sales. His industry experience includes among others telecommunications, trading, machine industry, automobile, pharma, luxury industry, robotic, construction, oil and gas, bank and finance, sport industry and real estate.

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Partner, Tavernier Tschanz, Geneva (since 2007)

Associate, Tavernier Tschanz, Geneva (2002-2006)

Foreign Associate, White & Case, New York and Washington, D.C. (2001)

Associate, Tavernier Tschanz, Geneva (1997-2000)

Associate, Swiss law firm, Geneva (1997)

Trainee, Associate, Tavernier Tschanz, Geneva (1993-1996)

Bar admission

Geneva Bar (1995) – admitted to all Swiss courts


LL.M., College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium (1993)

Master of Law, University of Fribourg, Switzerland (1991)


French, English, German (read and understood)

Deals and cases

Counsel in an LCIA arbitration in the oil and gas industry, representing an African bulk distribution company against a leading commodity trading company

Counsel in a CiArb arbitration in the shipbuilding industry, representing a top tier European shipbuilder and shipyard operator

Counsel in an Emergency arbitrator proceeding (ICC) in the steel industry, representing top tier international groups

Counsel in a Swiss Rules case in the air travel food and beverage industry, brand owner against a multinational group

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Frank Spoorenberg acts as arbitrator on commercial arbitration cases, including construction as well as supply and distribution agreement disputes. He also represents clients in post-M&A cases. A source states: "What makes him very pleasant to work with is that he is very calm, he is always on top of the issues and he is very straightforward." Chambers Global and Europe (Counsel, Arbitrators), 2022

"Frank Spoorenberg is recommended in the Who's Who Legal Global Leader (Arbitration)", 2022 and in National Leader – Switzerland (Arbitration), 2022

Frank Spoorenberg possesses "extensive knowledge of the arbitration process" and provides a "strategic and professional approach" in M&A, financing and contract disputes. Who's Who Legal (Arbitration), 2021

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Geneva and Swiss Bar Associations

Swiss Arbitration Association (former board member)

Court of the Swiss Arbitration Centre (former Vice-President)

International Bar Association

Inter-Pacific Bar Association