Michael Feit

Michael Feit

Dr. iur., LL.M., Attorney at Law




Direct phone: +41 58 658 55 08

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Michael Feit is singled out by market observers as "a superb lawyer with a very strong track record” in complex international arbitrations.
(WWL Thought Leaders - Arbitration Switzerland)

Michael Feit is a partner in the Litigation & Arbitration Team. He has extensive experience in representing parties in complex arbitration disputes under all major arbitration rules (including ICC, LCIA, WIPO and Swiss Rules) and in ad hoc proceedings. He also sits as an arbitrator, both in commercial and investment arbitrations (ICC, ICSID, Swiss Rules). Michael Feit has acted in arbitrations seated in civil law and common law jurisdictions on disputes governed by laws from around the globe, including English, French, Russian, Delaware law and the laws of a number of Eastern European States. His practice encompasses a broad range of industries, such as pharmaceuticals, renewable energy, distribution, construction, aviation, telecommunication, railway services, and post M&A disputes. Michael Feit has published numerous articles on commercial and investment arbitration, including more than one hundred reports on arbitration decisions of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. Michael Feit is regularly invited to speak at arbitration conferences.

Michael Feit is singled out by market observers as "a superb lawyer with a very strong track record” in complex international arbitrations.
(WWL Thought Leaders - Arbitration Switzerland)

Michael Feit’s recent victories for his clients include rescinding a share purchase agreement in the value of one billion Russian rubles for fraudulent misrepresentation, fending off a post-M&A claim with an amount at stake exceeding one hundred million US dollars and defending against the extension of an arbitration agreement to a non-signatory under Swiss and French law.

Michael Feit is ranked as a 'Leading Individual' in Swiss arbitration in the current edition of Legal 500, calling him 'THE lawyer in the field of arbitration and there is no greater expert'. In earlier editions, he was consistently ranked as a 'Next Generation Lawyer' in Swiss arbitration, praising him as an 'excellent attorney with outstanding understanding of the relevant matters', 'very knowledgeable in both Swiss and international arbitration rules and law', 'extremely diligent and provides first class legal services to his clients', 'stand-out practitioner' who is 'recommended for his investment arbitration expertise' and as an 'excellent team player and inventive thinker'. Michael Feit has also been repeatedly recognized as a 'Thought Leader' in Swiss arbitration by Who’s Who Legal, including in the current edition, quoting peers and clients underlining his 'stellar understanding of arbitration proceedings', calling him 'highly regarded', 'an excellent lawyer', 'highly intelligent and incredibly knowledgeable', a 'very talented arbitration lawyer!' and 'a very experienced counsel and arbitrator'. In earlier editions, Michael Feit has been recommended by Who’s Who Legal as a 'Global Leader', 'National Leader' and 'Future Leader' praising him as 'a sharp thinker', 'a future heavyweight in the arbitration community', 'a very quick thinker, a real professional and an excellent lawyer who we have always found to be very supportive, always on time and responsive', and lauding him that he 'stands out as a highly intelligent arbitration lawyer, a true strategic thinker and a very effective advocate' and that 'he is a brilliant attorney who has great understanding and knowledge not only of Swiss law but also various parallel relevant laws'. Michael Feit is also recommended by other leading directories Chambers & Partners and Best Lawyers as an arbitration expert.

Michael Feit was educated at Zurich University (lic. iur. 1999, Dr. iur. 2007 awarded with the Issekutz Prize) and New York University (LL.M. 2009, Dean's Graduate Award Scholar). He worked as a law clerk, as a teaching and research assistant at the University of Zurich and as a senior associate in the international arbitration practice group of a major law firm in London.

Michael Feit practices in German and English. He is registered with the Zurich Bar Registry and admitted to practice in all Switzerland.

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