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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 is recommended in the Who's Who Legal: Arbitration 2021

Frank Spoorenberg assists clients with commercial and post-M&A disputes. Sources highlight his "thorough analysis and ability to develop the best strategy" and add that "even under pressure, he is able to remain on top of things." He also chairs commercial, construction and contractual arbitrations, particularly in the energy industry. Interviewees describe him as "very efficient and smart." Chambers Global and Chambers Europe (Arbitration), 2020

Frank Spoorenberg acts for clients on competition and commercial arbitration cases, including advising on shareholder and post-M&A disputes. Interviewees report that they are " impressed by his drafting style," and additionally note that "he is always to the point." Chambers Global and Chambers Europe (Arbitration), 2019

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Geneva and Swiss Bar Associations

Swiss Arbitration Association (former board member)

Court of the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution (former Vice-President)

International Bar Association

Inter-Pacific Bar Association