wpeter@peterandkim.com +41 58 317 70 70
Bar admission
Geneva, 1979
German, English, French


Dr. Wolfgang Peter is recognized by clients and his peers as one of the most in-demand counsels and arbitrators in Europe and globally. Dr. Peter is particularly active in cases involving complex issues of valuations, including post-M&A disputes, joint ventures and projects stemming from the heavy industry. He has particular expertise in cases involving gas & oil contracts, including upstream and downstream projects, as well as price reviews under long-term gas supply agreements. In recent years, he has been involved in numerous arbitrations stemming from transactions in the Asia-Pacific region.
Dr. Peter regularly advises third-party funding companies in evaluating the merits of the Claimant(s)’ cases, especially with regard to damage claims. An active speaker and contributor to the arbitration community at large, he is a member of the LCIA Board of Directors and of the ASA Board. Prior to his new venture, Dr. Peter founded and headed the arbitration group of Python & Peter, and acted as a CEO of two luxury watch-making companies, for 12 years.

Areas of

  • Arbitration / Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Distribution / Agency
  • Joint Ventures / Consortia
  • Investments & BITs
  • Mergers & Acquisitions


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  • Construction & Engineering Icon Construction & Engineering
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  • Fashion & Luxury Goods Icon Fashion & Luxury Goods
  • Gas Icon Gas
  • Oil Icon Oil
  • Pharmaceutical & Biotech Icon Pharmaceutical & Biotech

Wolfgang Peter is one of Europe’s key names when it comes to arbitration matters. His expertise lies in acting as counsel and arbitrator in post-M&A, joint venture and contractual disputes.


  • Counsel in an ad hoc arbitration between a state-owned enterprise and a sovereign state, involving aspects of public international law, with an amount in dispute of USD several billion.
  • Counsel in a case involving two state-owned entities in a highly complex ad hoc arbitration stemming from oil production and delivery agreements, securing an award of more than a billion USD for our clients.
  • Counsel to a major energy conglomerate in its price adjustment disputes against another European major relating to long-term gas supply agreements subject to ICC Rules.
  • Counsel in an ad hoc arbitration stemming from the production sharing agreement for unconventional gas in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Chairman of the Arbitral Tribunal in the Vivendi v. Elektrim arbitration, an important decision on the interrelation between arbitral proceedings and bankruptcy, confirmed by two instances of the English courts.
  • Co-counsel in an ICC arbitration concerning the break-up of Arthur Andersen, resulting in a seminal decision of the Swiss Supreme Court on the joinder of the arbitration agreements.
  • Founding Partner of Python & Peter, Geneva (1981-2015)
  • CEO of Breguet and Jaquet Droz (1987-2000)
  • Adviser to the Federal Minister of Justice and Police (1980-1982)
  • Secretary of the Federal Expert Commission on Swiss Company Law (1979-1980)
  • Doctorate in Law Degree, University of Frankfurt (1986)
  • Visiting Scholar, Harvard Law School (1982-1983)
  • Bachelor of Law Degree, University of Lausanne (1977)
  • Doctorate in Economics, University of Lausanne (1975)
  • Degree in Political Science, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva (1974)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Lausanne (1972)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
  • International Bar Association
  • Geneva Arbitration Association
  • Geneva Association of Business Law
  • Material Adverse Change Clauses: Some Practical Thoughts

    in Contemporary Issues in International Arbitration and Mediation – The Fordham Papers 2015, Edited by Arthur W. Rovine, 2017, p. 203-213

  • Party-Appointed Expert Witnesses v. Tribunal-Appointed Experts

    Is there a Best Practice in International Arbitration?, in Festschrift für Gerhard Wegen zum 65. Geburtstag, 2015

  • Compensation and Damages

    What is Different in Investment Arbitration?, in ASA Special Series No. 34, May 2010

  • Derailment and Delay Tactics: Some Possible Solutions

    in Global Arbitration Review, 2008

  • Some Observations on the New Swiss Rules of International Arbitration

    in ASA Special Series No. 22, May 2004

  • Witness Conferencing Revisited

    in Arbitral Procedure at the Dawn of the New Millenium, Reports of the International Colloquium of CEPANI, October 15, 2004, Extrait, Bruylant

  • Arbitration of Mergers and Acquisitions: Purchase Price Adjustment Disputes

    in Arbitration International, Volume 19 Number 4, 2003

  • Lawyers vs. Non-Lawyers and One vs. Three Arbitrators

    in The Arbitration Process, 2002

  • Witness Conferencing

    in Arbitration International, Volume 18 Number 1, 2002

  • Stabilization Clauses in State Contracts

    in International Business Law Journal 1998 (N° 8), p. 875-891

  • Arbitration and Renegotiation of International Investment Agreements

    in Kluwer Law International, 2nd Edition , 1995

  • International Investment Agreements – Types, Arbitration and Renegotiation

    , in Sonderdruck aus: Heidelberger Kolloquium, Technologie und Recht 1986; Der komplexe Langzeitvertrag, Strukturen und Internationale Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit

  • Arbitration and Renegotiation Clauses

    in Journal of International Arbitration 1986 (Vol.3), p. 29-46