Michael Cartier

Michael Cartier

Dr. iur., Attorney at Law, ACIArb




Direct phone: +41 58 658 55 09

Curriculum Vitae

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Michael Cartier represents parties in international arbitrations under all major institutional rules and in ad-hoc proceedings, before state courts and in enforcement and legal assistance matters. He is listed as an expert for arbitration in Who's Who Legal 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. He also acts as arbitrator and is listed on the panel of arbitrators of the ICC National Committee (Switzerland), the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB International), the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC), and the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC). The focus of his work is on construction disputes, international commercial law and M&A disputes. He has substantial subject-matter experience in energy-related matters (solar cell manufacturing, wind turbine engineering, peat and coal firing power plants, gas delivery, disposal of radioactive waste). He also advises clients in white-collar criminal law matters and corporate investigations as well as cross-border insolvency matters.

Born in 1978, Michael Cartier attended St. Gall University (lic. iur. HSG 2001, Dr. iur. 2007). During his studies he spent a year in Japan studying Japanese and working for a Japanese trading company. He clerked at the District Court of Ober-/Neutoggenburg (Canton St. Gall) and the Department of Construction, Energy and Environment of the Canton Appenzell Ausserrhoden, and has been practicing law in Zurich since 2004.

Michael Cartier’s professional languages are English and German. He also speaks French and some Japanese. He is registered with the Zurich Bar Registry and admitted to practise throughout Switzerland. He is also a Registered Foreign Lawyer before the Singapore International Commercial Court.

Michael Cartier has been admitted to the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC)'s Register of Foreign Lawyers

Michael Cartier has been admitted to the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC)'s list of arbitrators

WWL ranking - Arbitration Switzerland 2023

Leaders League Ranking 2023 - Excellent for Internal Investigations & Compliance

Chambers and Partners has moved Walder Wyss’s Arbitration Team up to Band 2 in its 2023 Global Ranking

Who’s Who Legal has again recognized a record number of Walder Wyss arbitration practitioners as leaders in their field

Michael Cartier appointed as presiding arbitrator in a DIS-Rules arbitration

Record number of arbitration practitioners of Walder Wyss featured in Who’s Who Legal 2020

Participation of a parent company in settlement discussions leads to consolidation of two separate Swiss Rules proceedings

Who’s Who Legal names three arbitration experts of Walder Wyss’s disputes team as future leaders of arbitration

„Future Leaders“ in arbitration elected

Who's Who Legal names three young practitioners of Walder Wyss's disputes team as future leaders of international arbitration

Who's Who Legal names three young practitioners of Walder Wyss's disputes team as future leaders of international arbitration

Dr. Michael Cartier elected officer of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)

Dispute regarding Waste Oil Recovery System

Ad hoc Arbitral Award re Force Majeure in Syria

Post-M&A Dispute regarding a Mining Operation

Arbitral Tribunal rules that insurance company lacks standing to sue in light of subrogation waiver clause

Federal Supreme Court facilitates the recognition and enforcement of English language arbitral awards in Switzerland

Contractual Penalty Clauses and Reduction of Excessive Penalty Amounts

Recognition of a foreign/Austrian bankruptcy decree (mini-bankruptcy)

Restructuring & Insolvency 2022 - Chapter Switzerland

Complex Commercial Litigation 2020: Chapter Switzerland

Arbitrator Selection by Arbitral Institution: Looking into the Blackbox and the use of LegalTech

Switzerland: Good News on Cross-Border Insolvencies

Complex Commercial Litigation in Switzerland 2019

Recent Developments in the Investment Arbitration Landscape – Efficient Protection of European Investments in the Aftermath of the Achmea Ruling

The Digitalization of Construction Projects (BIM): what does it mean for construction arbitration?

Technology and International Arbitration, AI for IA?

Commentary on Art. 193, 194 PILS, Art. 29 Swiss Rules, and Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards

Getting the Deal Through: Complex Commercial Litigation 2018 - Switzerland

Bound before signing on the dotted line

The Use of Illegally Obtained Evidence in Arbitration Proceedings

Swiss cross-border insolvency; quo vadis?

Big Data – Legal Challenges and Commercial Opportunities

Technology for the Litigator

Law firm 2.0 – The Technologically Enhanced Law Firm

Commentary on Article 193 PILS

Commentary on Article 29 Swiss Rules

Commentary on Article 194 PILS

IPBA Regional Conference: Bridging Cultures in Arbitration – A Special Focus on Asia and Europe

IP/IT Challenges in the Regulatory Landscape Panel discussion on the developments and challenges on data protection and privacy, in respect to mobile communications and internet services.

CSR and Anti-Corruption Legislation

Recognition and Enforcement of Awards

Dispute Resolution in Mega Construction Contracts

E-Discovery and Data Privacy – Chapter on Switzerland

Continuing Pending Litigation in case of Insolvency - A Swiss Law Perspective

Confidentiality in International Arbitration: Myth or Reality

The Concept of Wrongfulness according to Art. 41 Swiss Code of Obligations