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Dr. Michael W. Bühler


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  • Columbia University (LL.M. 1985); Second State Examination in Law (Düsseldorf, 1984); University of Geneva (Dr. jur. summa cum laude 1983); First State Examination in Law (Bonn, 1979)

Bar Admissions

  • Düsseldorf, New York, and Paris Bars

Michael Bühler focuses on international dispute resolution in complex arbitrations. He has represented major corporations and state-owned entities in more than 150 arbitrations and has acted as chairman, sole arbitrator, and party-appointed arbitrator in more than 40 arbitrations worldwide.

Michael represents clients in dispute resolutions prior to arbitration (including DABs, expert adjudications, and mediations) and acts as lead or co-counsel in arbitrations under the ICC Rules and those of the arbitration associations of Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, and the United States and under the UNCITRAL Rules, ICSID, WIPO (Geneva), and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Lausanne). He conducts arbitrations throughout Europe, North America, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region in the following fields: civil construction, engineering, supply of industrial equipment, and industrial or power plants (often involving the application of the FIDIC Conditions of Contract, in common, civil, and Islamic law); oil and gas projects; hotel development projects and hotel management contracts; and distribution and license agreements in various sectors, including the chemical, pharmaceutical, food, liquor, and luxury goods industries.

Michael started his career as counsel at the ICC International Court of Arbitration, of which he was the German member (1997-2009). He is co-chair of the Task Force of the ICC Commission on Arbitration on the Revision of the ICC Arbitration Rules (2008-2011), a member of the ICC Commission on International Arbitration, the IBA, and of various arbitration institutions. Michael is coauthor of the Handbook of ICC Arbitration (4th edition, 2018, Sweet & Maxwell).

Honors & Distinctions

  • Chambers Global: "highly praised (…) for his "ability to identify the issues that will be the turning point of the matter" (2016); "a superb strategist" who "inspires confidence, always in complete control (…)" (2013)

    Jeune Afrique/Jeune Afrique Business+: among Top 20 of "The 50 Business Lawyers of Year 2016" (2017)


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