Markus Wirth

Senior Counsel

Markus Wirth is Senior Counsel in Homburger's Litigation | Arbitration practice team. He has more than 30 years' practice in contract and corporate law (advising) and as counsel in commercial and civil law disputes before the Swiss Courts as well as in arbitration proceedings.

For many years the focus of his practice has been on international arbitration. Today he acts primarily as arbitrator, occasionally as advisor to parties or as legal expert. As counsel, he has represented Swiss and foreign companies as well as foreign governments and state organizations in numerous arbitrations seated in Switzerland and abroad under a variety of institutional rules and ad hoc proceedings. As arbitrator he has served in some 150 international arbitrations in Switzerland and abroad (Europe, North America and Asia), in the majority as chairman of the panel or as sole arbitrator. Chambers Global (editions 2013 - 2017) list Markus Wirth as one of the Most in Demand Arbitrators globally.


Markus Wirth's arbitration experience extends to disputes relating to M&A transactions, joint ventures|shareholder agreements, licensing and distribution, EPC contracts (coal, biomass and nuclear power plants, chemical plants, underground gas storage facilities, pipelines, oil refineries, steel mills, manufacturing facilities of all kinds), long-term energy supply contracts (electricity, oil and gas), project financing, start-up ventures, air and railway transportation, telecommunication, competition|state aid matters and investor­-state disputes.


Mr. Wirth is an honorary president of the Swiss Arbitration Association (served as president 2005-2009), a former member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration (2009-2015), a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London (1996-) and a former lecturer on arbitration on the University of Zurich's postgraduate programmes in international business law (1999-2014). He also served as a member of the Supervisory Board on Attorneys of the High Court of the Canton of Zurich (1995-2015).

Career
  • 2016 Senior Counsel at Homburger
  • 1981 Partner at Homburger
  • 1979 Associate at Baker & McKenzie, Washington, DC, USA
  • 1977 Attorney at Homburger, Achermann, Müller and Heini, Zurich
  • 1976 University of Zurich (Dr. iur.)
  • 1972 University of Toronto, Canada (LL.M.)
  • 1971 Researcher | assistant lecturer, Swiss Institute for National, Regional and Local Planning, Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich
  • 1969 Swiss Delegation to the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission, Panmunjom, Korea
  • 1969 University of Zurich (lic. iur.)
Languages
German, English, French
Bar registration
At all Swiss courts
Address
Prime Tower
Hardstrasse 201
CH-8005 Zurich
P+41 43 222 15 33
F+41 43 222 15 00

Markus Wirth is Senior Counsel in Homburger's Litigation | Arbitration practice team. His practice focuses on international arbitration where he primarily acts as arbitrator and occasionally as advisor and legal expert.

Career
  • 2016 Senior Counsel at Homburger
  • 1981 Partner at Homburger
  • 1979 Associate at Baker & McKenzie, Washington, DC, USA
  • 1977 Attorney at Homburger, Achermann, Müller and Heini, Zurich
  • 1976 University of Zurich (Dr. iur.)
  • 1972 University of Toronto, Canada (LL.M.)
  • 1971 Researcher | assistant lecturer, Swiss Institute for National, Regional and Local Planning, Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich
  • 1969 Swiss Delegation to the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission, Panmunjom, Korea
  • 1969 University of Zurich (lic. iur.)
Languages
German, English, French
Bar registration
At all Swiss courts
P+41 43 222 15 33
F+41 43 222 15 00
Address
Prime Tower
Hardstrasse 201
CH-8005 Zurich