People

Joachim Knoll

Partner

Admission :

New York (2004)
Paris (2011)
Geneva (foreign lawyer) (2011)

Nationality :

German

Languages :

English , French , German

Geneva

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

Contact :

+41 58 105 2000 +41 58 105 2060

Joachim Knoll is a partner at Lalive and has been practising international arbitration, both commercial and investment treaty arbitration, since 1999. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in over 60 international arbitral proceedings, ad hoc (including UNCITRAL) or administered (ICC, ICSID, Swiss Rules, LCIA, DIAC, AAA/ICDR), governed by various procedural and substantive laws, including Swiss, French, German, English, New York and Turkish. Joachim Knoll is experienced in disputes involving the main aspects of commercial transactions, in particular disputes relating to the international sale of goods, distribution and investment disputes in the construction, energy, mining, telecommunications, broadcasting and aviation sectors.

He also advises clients on arbitration-related matters including drafting of arbitration agreements, challenges and enforcement of arbitral awards. In addition, he provides advice to governments in the negotiation of investment treaties, as well as to investors on how to structure their investments to ensure effective investment protection.

Joachim Knoll is a former member of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution which administers arbitrations subject to the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration. He also acted as co-chair of ASA below 40 (Swiss Arbitration Association) from 2010 to 2012. He is head lecturer and a member of the academic council of the Swiss Arbitration Academy.

Since 1999, Joachim Knoll has practised in arbitration in France with Shearman & Sterling in Paris (1999-2006) and in Switzerland with LALIVE (2006-2008) and with Brown&Page in Geneva (2008-2012). He studied law at the universities of Hamburg and Cologne and passed his First State examination in Cologne in 1998. He holds LLM degrees from Boston University (2004) and King’s College London (1999), as well as a degree in European law and public international law from the University of Aix-Marseille III, Aix-en-Provence, France (1995).

Joachim Knoll is “conscientious, responsive and insightful” and boasts “great personal skills”, opine sources. One commentator says: “He is an excellent mentor to many younger practitioners in the arbitration community.”

Who's Who Legal: Arbitration, 2018

Joachim Knoll is an “excellent lawyer”.

Who's Who Legal, Switzerland, Arbitration, 2017

Joachim Knoll is widely respected among peers, who “would strongly recommend” him for his “exceptional” work as both arbitrator and counsel.

Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration, 2017

Joachim Knoll is “very impressive in terms of his knowledge and his presentation.”

Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration, 2016

Joachim Knoll has a “prestigious reputation”.

Who's Who Legal, Switzerland, Arbitration, 2015

The “internationally renowned” Joachim Knoll is an “expert” on disputes in the construction, energy, mining, aviation, telecommunications and broadcasting sectors.

Who's Who Legal, Switzerland, 2014

Joachim Knoll impresses peers with his “determination and drive”.

Who's Who Legal, Switzerland, Arbitration, 2014

The ‘top notch' Joachim Knoll is experienced in disputes in a variety of sectors and peers praise him for his ‘versatility'.

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

Joachim Knoll joined Lalive in January 2013 and is rated as a 'real asset to the firm'. He is very well regarded in the market and received votes from Switzerland and abroad.

Who's Who Legal, Switzerland, Arbitration, 2013

Commentary on Articles 182 and 185 of the Swiss Private International Law Act

Joachim Knoll, 2013

In: Manuel Arroyo (Ed.), Arbitration in Switzerland – The Practitioner’s Guide: Commentary, Wolters Kluwer, 2013, pps. 101-117 and 141-145

Commentary on Article 45 of the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration

Joachim Knoll, 2013

In: Tobias Zuberbühler, Christoph Müller, Philipp Habegger (Eds.), Swiss Rules of International Arbitration, Schulthess Verlag, Juris, 2nd ed. 2013, pp.484-492

Waivers of Recourse in International Arbitration – Where Switzerland and Tunisia Meet

Joachim Knoll, 2012

International Journal of Arab Arbitration, Vol. 4, No. 4, 2012

The Search for ‘Truth’ in Arbitration – Is Finding the Truth what Dispute Resolution is About?

Joachim Knoll, Marcus Wirth, Christina Jodidio, 2011

In: Juris, New York / ASA, Switzerland (Eds.), ASA Special Series No. 35

Switzerland

Joachim Knoll, Dominique Brown-Berset, Dominique Ritter, Isabelle Hering, Dirk Langer, 2010

Global Arbitration Review Reference, 2010-2012, http://www.globalarbitrationreview.com/reference/

Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards against Sovereigns – Switzerland

Michael E. Schneider, Joachim Knoll, 2009

In: Doak Bishop (Ed.), Enforcement of Arbitral Awards against Sovereigns, Juris Publishing, 2009

Notice Requirements in Cases of Hidden and Evolving Defects

Matthias Scherer, Joachim Knoll, 2008

International Law Office, August 2008, Newsletter, http://www.internationallawoffice.com

Owner's Defect Notice and Remedies in Case of Hidden Defects

Matthias Scherer, Joachim Knoll, 2008

International Law Office, February 2008, Newsletter, http://www.internationallawoffice.com

Switzerland

Michael E. Schneider, Matthias Scherer, Joachim Knoll, 2007

In: Robert S Peckar (Ed.), Getting the Deal Through - Construction 2008 in 21 jurisdictions worldwide, 2007, Getting the Deal Through, pp. 106-112

Public Procurement in Construction Projects: Issues for Foreign Contractors

Michael E. Schneider, Matthias Scherer, Joachim Knoll, 2007

International Law Office, November 2007, Newsletter, http://www.internationallawoffice.com

Pricing of additional works

Matthias Scherer, Joachim Knoll, 2007

International Law Office, 2007, Newsletter, http://www.internationallawoffice.com

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Mayer Brown, Paris Arbitration Week

FinArb: A new frontier?

Paris 13/04/2018 Joachim Knoll Speaker: Available options for financial institutions in treaty arbitration: Access to protection of investments via international law

For more information, see the programme.

University of Basel, Faculty of Law

Arbitration and Crime Dealing with Allegations of Economic Crime in Arbitration

Basel 12/01/2018 Joachim Knoll Speaker: The effects of illegality during the performance of an investment

For more information, see the programme.

Indian Council of Arbitration / Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry

Arbitration in the Era of Globalization – The Second Edition

New Delhi 09/12/2017 Joachim Knoll Speaker: Arbitration: India and the Global Contours

For more information, see the programme.

Ukranian Bar Association

KIEV Arbitration Days 2016: Think Big!

Kiev 03/11/2016 Joachim Knoll Speaker: How to help the decision-maker reach the ‘right’ decision (and strategies in the context of tribunal-appointed experts)

For more information, see the programme.

Stockholm Chamber of Commerce / Advokatfirman Lindahl

Do Arbitrators tend to stretch their Jurisdiction in Investment Arbitration? A debate based on the Yukos awards

Stockholm 07/09/2016 Joachim Knoll Speaker: The rules of interpretation of bilateral investment treaties

Club Español del Arbitraje (CEA) Belgium

EU law and arbitration

Brussels 19/02/2016 Joachim Knoll Speaker: Conclusive remarks

For more information, please see the programme.

Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)

Commercial Arbitration Involving States: Public Interests and Private Justice?

Zurich 22/01/2016 Joachim Knoll Speaker: Setting the scene: Commercial Arbitration Involving States – Successes and Failures of the Process. The states’ perspectives

For more information, please see the programme.

Indian Council of Arbitration

International Conference – Arbitration in the era of globalization

Delhi 12/12/2015 Joachim Knoll Speaker: Best arbitration practices across borders

For more information, please see the programme.

The Belgian Center for Arbitration and Mediation (CEPANI40)

What Counsel in Arbitration can do, must do or must not do?

Brussels 20/10/2015 Joachim Knoll Speaker: How (not) to behave as counsel in arbitration - practical tips and observations: the arbitrator’s point of view

For more information, please see the programme.

International Bar Association (IBA) – International Construction Projects Committee

2015 Annual Conference; Panel: See spot run: a construction lawyer’s primer on the all-important ICC rules of arbitration

Vienna 08/10/2015 Joachim Knoll Speaker: Joinder and Consolidation under the ICC Rules

For more information, see the programme.

Ghana Bar Association / American Bar Association’s Section of International Law

The Evolving Spectrum in Dispute Resolution Management

Accra, Ghana 17/07/2015 Joachim Knoll Speaker: Procedural Issues in Arbitration – The Civil Law Perspective / Speaker: Introduction to Investment Arbitration

For more information, see the programme.

Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)

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

Geneva 28/05/2015 Joachim Knoll Speaker

For more information, see the programme.

Queen Mary University of London – Centre for Commercial Law Studies

The Procedure of International Arbitration: How Effective are the Tools?

London 22/04/2015 Joachim Knoll Speaker: Current and Preferred Practices in the Arbitral Process vs New Initiatives to Increase Efficiency and Reduce Costs

For more information, see the programme.

International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)

Third Party Funding in Investment Arbitration

Frankfurt 09/03/2015 Joachim Knoll Speaker: Representation of Host State in Mock Arbitration on Third-Party-Funding questions

For more information, see the programme.

ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF)

Looking back on 2014 as we look to 2015

London 09/12/2014 Joachim Knoll Speaker

Barcelona International Arbitration Congress

3rd Barcelona International Arbitration Congress

Barcelona 18/10/2014 Joachim Knoll Speaker: Case management and the production of evidence

For more information, see the programme.

Association of International Business Lawyers (AIBL)

The Use and Abuse of International Investment Arbitration - The State's and the Investor's Perspective

Geneva 29/11/2013 Joachim Knoll Speaker

Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic / Price Waterhouse Coopers

3rd Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference 2013. Investor versus State Settlement Cases: Winning Hands

Prague 31/10/2013 Joachim Knoll Speaker: Successful defences of Respondent States

Lisbon Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Center / APA sub 40

The Powers of Arbitrators

Lisbon 28/06/2013 Joachim Knoll Speaker: The Arbitrators’ Powers

Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA)

Questioning of fact witnesses in international arbitration

Geneva 20/04/2013 Joachim Knoll Faculty member

Swiss Arbitration Association – ASA below 40

Kompetenz-Kompetenz Reloaded! / Bifurcation, Trifurcation – Slicing and Dicing the Case

Zurich 09/11/2012 Joachim Knoll Co-organiser

Swiss Arbitration Association – ASA below 40

Prove it! – Evidence in International Arbitration

Neuchâtel 30/06/2012 Joachim Knoll Co-organiser

Fordham Conference on International Arbitration and Mediation

London 27/04/2012 Joachim Knoll Speaker: Setting Aside Arbitral Awards – Switzerland

Swiss Arbitration Association – ASA below 40

Musical Chairs – Choosing the Right Seat in Times of Change

Geneva 13/04/2012 Joachim Knoll Co-organiser

Swiss Arbitration Association – ASA Group Espace Mittelland

Berne 24/10/2011 Joachim Knoll Speaker: Tatsächliche Ueberraschungen in Schiedssprüchen und deren Folgen (Factual suprises in arbitral awards and their consequences)

Swiss Arbitration Association – ASA below 40

Unusual and multiple parties in arbitration

Zurich 21/10/2011 Joachim Knoll Co-organiser

Swiss Arbitration Association – ASA below 40

Perspectives – A meeting with arbitral institutions, in-house counsel, and young arbitrators

Neuchâtel 25/06/2011 Joachim Knoll Co-organiser

ICCA50 – Young ICCA/YAP/ASA Below 40

50th Anniversary of ICCA: Today and Tomorrow’s Trends in International Arbitration

Geneva 19/05/2011 Joachim Knoll Co-organiser

Swiss Arbitration Association – ASA below 40

Terms of Reference and Procedural Orders / Enforcement of Awards

Zurich 05/10/2007 Joachim Knoll Speaker: Securing enforcement in advance of the award: what can be done (security for claim, attachment of assets, and other conservatory measures)?
Joachim Knoll Head lecturer and member of the Academic Council

2013

Swiss Arbitration Academy
Post-graduate course in arbitration (in cooperation with the University of Lucerne and the University of Neuchâtel), Geneva