Fully trained and qualified as a Swiss and American lawyer, Laurence understands the complexities of transnational legal issues arising in international commercial disputes. In advising her clients Laurence draws from her extensive knowledge of both common and civil law to offer them coherent and fully integrated solutions. Laurence also advises clients in Swiss law in non-contentious matters.
The main emphasis of Laurence’s legal practice is in international commercial dispute resolution, be it in arbitration and before courts. She has also acted as sole arbitrator, president or as a member of arbitral tribunals. Her skills as an international litigator and arbitration practitioner were honed first as an associate in the litigation department of Hughes Hubbard & Reed in New York, and then in the arbitration department of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Paris and as Counsel with the Geneva office of Winston & Strawn.
Laurence has dealt with disputes in a variety of economic sectors such as energy transmission, steel supply, defense contracts, information technology, investor-state disputes involving various Latin American and Eastern European countries, sports, telecoms, construction, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, shipping and the food and beverage industry.
Laurence currently presides the European Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and as member of the Institute’s faculty, teaches general arbitration and advocacy skills. She is also frequently invited as speaker at international arbitration law conferences in Europe and the Middle East.
Of French mother tongue, Laurence’s working languages are English and French. She is also fluent in German and has a working knowledge of Spanish.