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Bernd Ehle

Partner

Admission

Germany, 1998
Switzerland, 2004

Nationality

German, Swiss

Languages

German , English , French , Spanish

Geneva

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

Contact

+41 58 105 2000

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 the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA). He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA) and co-chairs the Construction Group of the German Arbitration Institute (DIS). Bernd Ehle 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 is described as “a first-class practitioner” who is “very thorough, on point and provides clear communication”.

Who’s Who Legal, Switzerland, Construction and Real Estate, 2019

Bernd Ehle is a standout name in the Swiss arbitration market and is widely respected for his excellent work acting as counsel and arbitrator in high-value construction and infrastructure disputes. He is praised by peers across Europe as a “very thorough and on point practitioner, who is clear and business-oriented.”

Who’s Who Legal, Most Highly Regarded in Arbitration, Switzerland, 2019

Sources describe Bernd Ehle as "very diligent and thorough."

Chambers Global, Switzerland, Dispute Resolution, 2019

Bernd Ehle is endorsed as “a very elegant arbitration practitioner” by prominent peers, who add that he is “well prepared and articulate with a profound knowledge of the law and an internationally minded, hands-on approach.”

Who’s Who Legal, Arbitration, 2019

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

Privacy and Confidentiality in Arbitration – Switzerland

Ehle Bernd, Noradèle Radjai, 2019

In: A. Sheppard (éd.), Comparative Smart Charts, Kluwer Law International Practice Tools, 2019

Arbitrage en matière de construction

Ehle Bernd, 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, Ehle Bernd, 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, Ehle Bernd, Sam Moss, Lenoir Cédric, 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 Arbitration in Switzerland

Ehle Bernd, Sam Moss, 2014

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

Emergency Arbitration in Practice

Ehle Bernd, 2013

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

Emergency Arbitration in Practice

Ehle Bernd, 2013

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

Switzerland

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

Getting the Deal Through - Construction 2014

Schweizer AGB-Recht im Umbruch

Ehle Bernd, André Brunschweiler, 2012

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

The Court of Arbitration for Sport

Ehle Bernd, 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

Ehle Bernd, Noradèle Radjai, 2011

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

The Arbitrator as a Settlement Facilitator

Ehle Bernd, 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

Ehle Bernd, 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

Ehle Bernd, 2002

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

DIS Construction Group

Inaugural Meeting

10/10/2019 Frankfurt Ehle Bernd Co-organiser/Moderator: The Party-Appointed Expert’s Duty to the Tribunal in International (Construction) Arbitration – Do’s and Don’ts

For further information, see the programme.

 

Centre of Excellence for Cooperation in Construction

International Construction Contracts Conference

16/05/2019 Prague Ehle Bernd Moderator: Efficient Risk Allocation and Cooperation is the Key!

For further information, see the programme.

Istanbul Arbitration Centre (ISTAC) / LALIVE

Turkish-Swiss Arbitration Day

09/05/2019 Istanbul Ehle Bernd Speaker: The Swiss Courts’ Approach to the Setting-Aside and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards

For further information, see the programme.

German-Swiss Lawyers’ Association (DSJV)

SIA Norm 150:2018

10/04/2019 Zürich Ehle Bernd Organiser and Speaker: Neue Schweizer Schiedsregeln für die Baubranche: Überblick und Ausblick

For further information, see the programme.

Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF)

DRBF Regional Conference

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

For further information, see the programme.

Global Arbitration Review (GAR)

GAR Live Istanbul

21/06/2018 Istanbul Ehle Bernd 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

08/06/2018 Salzburg Ehle Bernd 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

13/05/2018 Amsterdam Ehle Bernd 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

03/05/2018 Geneva Ehle Bernd 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

26/04/2018 Zurich Ehle Bernd 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

20/03/2018 Ljubljana Ehle Bernd 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

09/11/2017 Munich Ehle Bernd 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

07/09/2017 Reykjavík Ehle Bernd 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

31/05/2017 Zurich Ehle Bernd 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

08/04/2017 Lausanne Ehle Bernd 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

03/02/2017 Geneva Ehle Bernd 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

13/10/2016 Prague Ehle Bernd 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

27/09/2016 Berlin Ehle Bernd 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)

21/09/2016 Washington DC Ehle Bernd 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

16/06/2016 Geneva Ehle Bernd Organiser, Moderator

For further information, see the invitation.

Center for International Legal Studies (CILS)

9th Biennial International Arbitration Symposium

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

For more information see the programme.

International Bar Association (IBA)

International Construction Projects Committee (ICP): Working Weekend

07/05/2016 Lisbon Ehle Bernd 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

06/11/2015 Berlin Ehle Bernd Organiser, Moderator

For further information, see the invitation.

ELSA Switzerland

2nd Summer Law School on Arbitration

26/08/2015 Geneva Ehle Bernd 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

28/04/2015 Geneva Ehle Bernd 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

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

For more information, see the programme.

European Society of Construction Law

Annual Conference: Construction Contract, Arbitration and ADR

10/10/2014 Milan Ehle Bernd 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

25/05/2014 Salzburg Ehle Bernd 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

15/05/2014 Geneva Ehle Bernd Organiser, Moderator

For further information, see the invitation.

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) European Branch

European ADR: Ethics, Empathy and Exasperation

25/04/2014 Warsaw Ehle Bernd 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

13/03/2014 Bratislava Ehle Bernd 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

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

For more information, see the programme.

University of Neuchâtel

New Developments in International Commercial Arbitration 2013

15/11/2013 Neuchâtel Ehle Bernd 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

07/11/2013 Geneva Ehle Bernd Organiser

For more information, please see the invitation.

International Bar Association (IBA)

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

10/10/2013 Boston Ehle Bernd 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

04/10/2013 Washington D.C. Ehle Bernd 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

01/10/2013 Paris Ehle Bernd 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

04/09/2013 Geneva Ehle Bernd

For further information see the programme and paper.

Management Circle Seminar

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

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

For further information see the programme.

Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) Geneva Group

Carte Blanche à la Professeure Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler

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

For further information see the programme.

C5 – Business Information in a Global Context

Construction Litigation & Dispute Resolution in the Gulf

11/12/2012 Dubai Ehle Bernd 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)

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

For further information see the programme.

Center for International Legal Studies (CILS)

International Arbitration Symposium

27/05/2012 Salzburg Ehle Bernd 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

10/05/2012 Geneva Ehle Bernd Organiser

For further information see the programme.

Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA)

Workshop: Questioning of Expert Witnesses in International Arbitration

10/12/2011 Paris Ehle Bernd Faculty member

For more information, see programme.

Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners (YAAP)

Anniversary Program: Evidence and Conflict of Laws: Emerging Challenges

01/12/2011 Vienna Ehle Bernd 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

15/11/2011 Geneva Ehle Bernd 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)