People

Bernd Ehle

Partner

Admission :

Germany, 1998
Switzerland, 2004

Nationality :

German, Swiss

Languages :

English , French , German , Spanish

Geneva

35, Rue de la Mairie
P.O. Box 6569
1211 Geneva 6
Switzerland

Contact :

+41 58 105 2000 +41 58 105 2060

Bernd Ehle is a partner at LALIVE specializing in international arbitration. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in more than 80 international arbitral proceedings brought under many of the major arbitration rules, including the ICC, SCAI, DIS, VIAC, LCIA, ICSID, NAI, KCAB, DIA and UNCITRAL rules, and governed by civil law and common law.

Bernd Ehle’s practice focuses on complex, high-value disputes involving in particular major infrastructure and construction projects, joint venture agreements, M&A transactions and sales and distribution contracts. He has extensive experience in a broad range of industries, including energy (oil & gas, solar), telecommunications, life sciences, automotive, aviation and shipping. He also represents parties in arbitration-related court proceedings, especially relating to the setting aside of international arbitral awards before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court.

Bernd Ehle has for several years been recognized as a leading practitioner by Chambers, Legal 500 and Who’s Who (both Arbitration and Construction). He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and a former member of its European Branch committee. From 2007 to 2017 Bernd Ehle co-chaired the Geneva Group of ASA (Swiss Arbitration Association). He regularly speaks at conferences and publishes about international arbitration and construction law.

Prior to joining LALIVE in 2003, Bernd Ehle practiced in litigation and commercial law with Graf von Westphalen in Freiburg i.Br., Germany (2000-2003). He studied law at the Universities of Freiburg i.Br., Heidelberg and Geneva from 1991 to 1996 before passing his First and Second State Examinations in 1996 and 1998, respectively. Bernd Ehle holds an LL.M. from Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago (2000) and a Ph.D. from the University of Heidelberg (2001).

Bernd Ehle regularly acts as counsel on cross-border arbitrations. He has a noteworthy experience of construction disputes within the energy sector, as well as commercial disputes between ultra-high net worth individuals. One commentator describes Ehle as "very skilled" and a "really good addition to our team." He is also qualified in Germany and has particular experience of acting for German clients.

Chambers Global, Switzerland, Dispute Resolution, Arbitration Counsel

"Knowledgeable"

Legal 500, Switzerland, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration, 2017

“Absolutely excellent” arbitrator and counsel. He is highly regarded by peers and has experience handing a comprehensive range of commercial transactions in a broad variety of jurisdictions.

Who's Who Legal, Switzerland, Arbitration, 2017

Bernd Ehle is focused on international arbitration and has a strong reputation as counsel. He is also German-qualified and frequently advises on German law matters. Sources describe him as "analytical, strategic, very measured and polished."

Chambers Global, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Counsel, Switzerland (Band 4), 2017

Peers “warmly endorse” Bernd Ehle for his strong expertise in international commercial arbitrations, particularly those relating to commercial transactions.

Who’s Who Legal : Arbitration, 2017

The “well-respected” Bernd Ehle is experienced in disputes involving commercial transactions, and is described by clients as being “very efficient”.

Who's Who Legal, Switzerland, Arbitration, 2016

Bernd Ehle is “really outstanding: very energetic and equally efficient”.

Who's Who Legal, Switzerland, 2016

Geneva-based Bernd Ehle is "highly active in the arbitration community." He acts as both an arbitrator and counsel, has noted experience of German matters and has acted on arbitrations governed by German law.

Chambers Global, Switzerland, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Counsel, 2016

Clients spoke very highly of Bernd Ehle, citing his “very enthusiastic and professional attitude” and rating him “really outstanding".

Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration, 2016

Bernd Ehle is an accomplished arbitration counsel. He is particularly skilled at handling transaction-related disputes as well as those involving the construction, energy and telecommunications sectors. Ehle has significant experience of handling disputes involving Germany. Interviewees are impressed by his strong capabilities on arbitrations, praising him as a "smart lawyer" with "fantastic writing skills."

Chambers Global, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Counsel (Band 4), Switzerland, 2015

Peers are “proud to recommend” Bernd Ehle who maintains a “great reputation” in the field. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in proceedings governed by various laws including Swiss, English, German, Turkish and Ukrainian.

Who's Who Legal, Switzerland, Arbitration, 2014

Bernd Ehle has acted as counsel and arbitrator under various procedural and substantive laws and is praised for his “breadth and depth of expertise”.

Who's Who Legal, Switzerland, 2014

"Smart lawyer" with "fantastic writing skills".

Chambers Global & Europe, Dispute Resolution, Switzerland, 2014

Bernd Ehle is regarded as "an excellent strategist" and one source described him as "among the best of the new generation of experts".

The International Who's Who Legal of Commercial Arbitration, 2014

His clients are "proud to recommend him" and he is viewed in the market as a "brilliant and very disciplined lawyer".

The International Who's Who Legal of Commercial Arbitration, 2013

Sources are impressed by his strong abilities and management of multi-jurisdictional cases.

Chambers Global, Dispute Resolution, Switzerland, 2013

Arbitrage en matière de construction

Bernd Ehle, 2018

In: Laurent Hirsch/Christophe Imhoos (Eds.), Arbitrage, médiation et autres modes pour résoudre les conflits autrement, Schulthess 2018, pp. 195-200

Construction Arbitration in Switzerland

Matthias Scherer, Bernd Ehle, Sam Moss, 2018

In: Manuel Arroyo (Ed.), Arbitration in Switzerland - The Practitioner's Guide, 2nd ed., Wolters Kluwer, The Hague, 2018, pp. 1015-1046

Construction (Switzerland)

Michael E. Schneider, Matthias Scherer, Bernd Ehle, Sam Moss, Cédric Lenoir, 2017

In: Robert S Peckar and Michael S Zicherman (Contributing Eds.), Getting the Deal Through. Construction in27 jurisdictions worldwide - 2017, Law Business Research Ltd, 2017, pp. 139-143

Construction (Switzerland)

Michael E. Schneider, Bernd Ehle, Matthias Scherer, Sam Moss, 2015

In: Robert S. Peckar and Michael S. Zicherman (Contributing Eds.), Getting the Deal Through: Construction in 26 jurisdictions worldwide – 2015, Law Business Research Ltd, 2015, pp. 120-124

Construction Arbitration in Switzerland

Bernd Ehle, Sam Moss, 2014

In: Manuel Arroyo (Ed.), Arbitration in Switzerland - The Practitioner's Guide: Commentary, Wolters Kluwer, The Hague, 2013, pp. 1179-1202

Construction (Switzerland)

Michael E. Schneider, Matthias Scherer, Bernd Ehle, Sam Moss, 2014

In: Robert S Peckar (Contributing Ed.), Getting the Deal Through. Construction in 31 jurisdictions worldwide - 2014, Law Business Research Ltd, 2014, pp. 156-161

Switzerland

Michael E. Schneider, Matthias Scherer, Bernd Ehle, Sam Moss, 2013

Getting the Deal Through - Construction 2014

Emergency Arbitration in Practice

Bernd Ehle, 2013

In: Christoph Müller/Antonio Rigozzi (Eds.), New Developments in International Commercial Arbitration 2013, Schulthess, Zurich/Basel/Geneva, 2013, pp. 87-109

Schweizer AGB-Recht im Umbruch

Bernd Ehle, André Brunschweiler, 2012

Recht der Internationalen Wirtschaft, Betriebs-Berater International, 5/2012, pp. 262-271

The Court of Arbitration for Sport

Bernd Ehle, Guillaume Tattevin, 2012

In: G Wegen and S Wilske (Eds.), Getting the Deal Through - Arbitration 2012, Law Business Research Ltd, London, 2012, pp. 6-9

Privacy and Confidentiality in Arbitration - Switzerland

Bernd Ehle, Noradèle Radjai, 2011

In: A. Sheppard (Ed.), Comparative Smart Charts, Kluwer Law International Practice Tools, 2011

The Arbitrator as a Settlement Facilitator

Bernd Ehle, 2010

In: Walking A Thin Line - What an Arbitrator Can Do, Must Do or Must Not Do, Recent Developments and Trends, Colloquium CEPANI40, 29 September 2010, Bruylant, 2010, pp. 77-95

The Court of Arbitration for Sport

Bernd Ehle, Guillaume Tattevin, 2010

In: G Wegen and S Wilske (Eds.), Getting the Deal Through - Arbitration 2010, Law Business Research Ltd, London, 2010, pp. 10-13

Wege zu einer Kohärenz der Rechtsquellen im europäischen Kollisionsrecht der Verbraucherverträge

Bernd Ehle, 2002

Frankfurt am Main, Bern, etc., P. Lang, 2002, 323 pages, ISBN 3631389272 (commercial edition of the thesis of the University of Heidelberg, 2001)

Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF)

DRBF Regional Conference

Geneva 15/11/2018 Bernd Ehle Speaker: Starting out right: DAAB and FIDIC 2017 clauses

For further information, see the programme.

Global Arbitration Review (GAR)

GAR Live Istanbul

Istanbul 21/06/2018 Bernd Ehle Speaker: Lunchtime Interview – How to appoint arbitrators and organize proceedings

For further information, see the programme.

Center for International Legal Studies (CILS)

International Arbitration Symposium

Salzburg 08/06/2018 Bernd Ehle Moderator and speaker: Site inspections as evidence in construction disputes

For further information, see the programme.

International Bar Association (IBA)

International Construction Projects Committee (ICP): Working Weekend

Amsterdam 13/05/2018 Bernd Ehle Speaker: New 2017 FIDIC contract – a step forward or simply a heavier work load for parties?

For further information, see the programme and flowchart.

LALIVE

Introducing the revised FIDIC Conditions of Contract

Geneva 03/05/2018 Bernd Ehle Organiser and speaker: Dispute Resolution under the revised FIDIC Conditions

For further information, see the programme and flowchart.

Global Arbitration Review (GAR)

GAR Live Zurich

Zurich 26/04/2018 Bernd Ehle Moderator: International arbitration – a play area for deceit, corruption, fraud and money laundering?

For further information, see the programme.

UNCITRAL – Ljubljana Arbitration Centre

Dispute Settlement – turning shadow into light

Ljubljana 20/03/2018 Bernd Ehle Speaker: Red flags and the power and duty of arbitral tribunals to investigate suspicions of economic crime in international arbitration

For further information, see the programme.

German Bar Association (DAV) – Working Group on International Construction Law

The importance of English contract law in international plant engineering and construction

Munich 09/11/2017 Bernd Ehle Speaker: Englischsprachige Verträge in der Praxis des deutschen bzw. schweizerischen Anlagenbaus

For further information, see the programme.

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) / The Nordic Arbitration Centre (NAC)

Effective Dispute Resolution for International Business Transactions

Reykjavík 07/09/2017 Bernd Ehle Speaker: Expedited Procedures: Is Faster Always Better?

For further information, see the programme.

Europa Institut at the University of Zurich (EIZ)

3rd Seminar on Arbitration: Hot Topics

Zurich 31/05/2017 Bernd Ehle Speaker: Discovery: Wieso, weshalb, warum oder die Frage nach dem richtigen Mass

For further information, see the programme.

International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)

Government Contracts – Public Procurement Law and Contract Law

Lausanne 08/04/2017 Bernd Ehle Speaker: Litigating or arbitrating a construction project with a state – some war stories

For more information, see the programme.

Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)

Annual Conference: Shaping Arbitral Proceedings to Best Examine Quantum

Geneva 03/02/2017 Bernd Ehle Speaker: Shaping Arbitral Proceedings to Deal with Claims where Quantum Depends on Information Possessed Solely by the Respondent: the Lawyer’s View

For further information, see the programme.

Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic/KPMG

Prague 13/10/2016 Bernd Ehle Speaker: Whether non-pecuniary remedies are more readily available in commercial arbitration than they are in investment arbitration, and why that might be so

For further information, see the programme.

Young ICCA & DIS40

Skills Training Workshop: Effective Written and Visual Advocacy in International Arbitration

Berlin 27/09/2016 Bernd Ehle Speaker: Best Impressions: Capturing the Tribunal’s Attention

For more information, see the programme.

International Bar Association (IBA)

Annual Conference – International Construction Projects Committee (ICP)

Washington DC 21/09/2016 Bernd Ehle Speaker: Time-related obligations in key jurisdictions: an update (Switzerland)

For further information, see the presentation.

Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) Geneva Group

L’intervention du juge d’appui dans l’arbitrage international et interne

Geneva 16/06/2016 Bernd Ehle Organiser, Moderator

For further information, see the invitation.

Center for International Legal Studies (CILS)

9th Biennial International Arbitration Symposium

Salzburg 05/06/2016 Bernd Ehle Moderator (Panel on Construction Arbitration)

For more information see the programme.

International Bar Association (IBA)

International Construction Projects Committee (ICP): Working Weekend

Lisbon 07/05/2016 Bernd Ehle Moderator: Projects under pressure due to the oil price situation: is there any way out?

For further information, see the programme.

German-Swiss Lawyers’ Association (DSJV)

Schiedsgerichte im Deutsch-Schweizerischen Rechtsverkehr

Berlin 06/11/2015 Bernd Ehle Organiser, Moderator

For further information, see the invitation.

ELSA Switzerland

2nd Summer Law School on Arbitration

Geneva 26/08/2015 Bernd Ehle Speaker: Annulment of International Arbitral Awards / Career Panel

For further information see the programme.

Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) Geneva Group

YUKOS – understanding the legal, quantum and tax issues in a US$ 50 billion award

Geneva 28/04/2015 Bernd Ehle Organiser, Moderator

For further information, see the invitation.

Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) Geneva Group

Séminaire intensif de formation à la pratique de l’arbitrage international

Geneva 13/03/2015 Bernd Ehle Speaker: The Request for Arbitration

For more information, see the programme.

European Society of Construction Law

Annual Conference: Construction Contract, Arbitration and ADR

Milan 10/10/2014 Bernd Ehle Speaker: Extension of Time Claims and Declaratory Relief in International Construction Arbitration

For more information, see the programme.

Center for International Legal Studies (CILS)

8th Biennial Symposium on International Arbitration

Salzburg 25/05/2014 Bernd Ehle Speaker (Panel on Arbitrator Selection and Challenges)

For more information see the programme.

Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) Geneva Group

Arbitrage global et visions régionales: spécificités de l’arbitrage du point de vue de l’Asie, du Moyen-Orient et d’Amérique latine

Geneva 15/05/2014 Bernd Ehle Organiser, Moderator

For further information, see the invitation.

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) European Branch

European ADR: Ethics, Empathy and Exasperation

Warsaw 25/04/2014 Bernd Ehle Moderator/Speaker: Remedies for Misconduct under the 2013 IBA Guidelines on Party Presentation

For more information, see the programme.

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) European Branch

Regional Conference on International Arbitration: Arbitration hearings are different from court hearings

Bratislava 13/03/2014 Bernd Ehle Speaker: How to prepare for arbitration hearings as counsel

For more information, see the programme.

Permanent Arbitration Court at the Croatian Chamber of Economy

21st Croatian Arbitration Days

Zagreb 06/12/2013 Bernd Ehle Speaker: Calculation of Damages in Construction Arbitration

For more information, see the programme.

University of Neuchâtel

New Developments in International Commercial Arbitration 2013

Neuchâtel 15/11/2013 Bernd Ehle Speaker: Emergency Arbitration in Practice

For more information, see the programme.

Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) Geneva Group

Arbitration regarding contracts with intermediaries - procedural and substantive questions, including allegations of illegality

Geneva 07/11/2013 Bernd Ehle Organiser

For more information, please see the invitation.

International Bar Association (IBA)

Annual Conference - International Construction Projects Committee (ICP): Latest developments in Construction

Boston 10/10/2013 Bernd Ehle Speaker: The FIDIC Guidance Memorandum of 1 April 2013 (enforcement of 'binding' DAB decisions)

For further information see the presentation.

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) North American Branch & Georgetown University Law Center

Privately-Financed Infrastructure Projects: Managing and Resolving Disputes Involving Commercial and State Actors

Washington D.C. 04/10/2013 Bernd Ehle Speaker: State Contracts and Commercial Arbitration (Germany- Switzerland- Austria)

For further information see the programme.

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

Advanced PIDA Training International Commercial Arbitration

Paris 01/10/2013 Bernd Ehle Speaker, Moderator: Setting-up of Claimant's Strategy in Preparing the Request for Arbitration

For further information see the programme.

ELSA Summer Law School on Arbitration

Careers in Arbitration

Geneva 04/09/2013 Bernd Ehle

For further information see the programme and paper.

Management Circle Seminar

Schweizer Recht im Anlagenbau (Swiss Law in The Plant Construction Industry)

Frankfurt 16/07/2013 Bernd Ehle Lecturer, Workshop Director

For further information see the programme.

Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) Geneva Group

Carte Blanche à la Professeure Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler

Geneva 16/05/2013 Bernd Ehle Co-organiser, Co-moderator

For further information see the programme.

C5 – Business Information in a Global Context

Construction Litigation & Dispute Resolution in the Gulf

Dubai 11/12/2012 Bernd Ehle Speaker: Insiders’ Perspectives on Successfully Resolving Construction Disputes

For further information see the programme.

Management Circle Seminar

Schweizer Recht im Anlagenbau (Swiss Law in the Plant Construction Industry)

Frankfurt 22/08/2012 Bernd Ehle Lecturer, Workshop Director

For further information see the programme.

Center for International Legal Studies (CILS)

International Arbitration Symposium

Salzburg 27/05/2012 Bernd Ehle Speaker: Getting off on the right foot: Preparing for Case Management Conferences (Art. 24 ICC Rules 2012)

For more information see the programme.

Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) Geneva Group

Joint Seminar with the Association of International Business Lawyers (AIBL): Update on Arbitration for Users – How and Where In-house Counsel could make a Difference

Geneva 10/05/2012 Bernd Ehle Organiser

For further information see the programme.

Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA)

Workshop: Questioning of Expert Witnesses in International Arbitration

Paris 10/12/2011 Bernd Ehle Faculty member

For more information, see programme.

Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners (YAAP)

Anniversary Program: Evidence and Conflict of Laws: Emerging Challenges

Vienna 01/12/2011 Bernd Ehle Speaker: Law Applicable to the Extension of Arbitration Agreements

For more information, see the programme and presentation.

German-Swiss Lawyers' Association (DSJV)

Questions relating to money laundering in the attorney’s practice

Geneva 15/11/2011 Bernd Ehle Organiser

 

For more information see the programme.

Bernd Ehle Lecturer

2016

University of Münster, Faculty of Law
International Commercial Arbitration

Bernd Ehle Lecturer

2012

Fribourg University School of Law, Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Cross-Cultural Business Practice
International Construction Contracts (including dispute resolution)