Antoine Romanetti Français Espagnol

  • International arbitration
  • Commercial and civil litigation
  • Criminal law
  • Bankruptcy law
  • Construction law
  • Shipping

Antoine Romanetti specialises in international arbitration, commercial and civil litigation, criminal law, bankruptcy law, construction law and shipping.

Before joining Rappard Romanetti Iafaev & Avocats (2019), he worked for Romanetti Avocats (2010-2019), and in the arbitration department of Lalive in Geneva and Qatar (2006-2019), and Wilmer Hale LLP in London (2004-2006). He has also worked for Sonier & Associés (2001-2003) and Norton Rose (1999-2001) in Paris.

Antoine holds a LLM in International Arbitration Law from Queen Mary University in London (2004), and a DESS-DJCE in Business Law and Taxation from the University of Aix-Marseille (Marseille III) (1995). He also holds a Master’s degree in Private Law and the Diploma from the Institute of Business Law (IDA) from the University Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) (1993 and 1994).

He is a member of several professional associations, including the Geneva Bar Association (ODA), the Swiss Association of Arbitration (ASA), the French Committee of Arbitration (CFA), the Forum of Construction Law (ODA group), and the Propeller Club.

  • Acting as sole arbitrator under the accelerated procedure of the Swiss Arbitration Rules in a Geneva-based arbitration concerning a contract for the international sale of goods
  • Representing a wealthy individual in complex construction litigation before the Swiss State courts, with in parallel a commercial mediation under the Swiss Mediation Rules
  • Representing a European company in an arbitration under the Swiss Arbitration Rules concerning a loan agreement
  • Acting for a European trading company in pre-arbitration proceeding concerning a contract for international sales of goods and a charter party
  • Acting for an individual in enforcement proceeding of a foreign arbitral award and recovery of assets in Switzerland
  • Co-counsel of two multinational companies in an ICC arbitration concerning a joint venture agreement
  • Acting for passengers of the Costa Concordia vessel before the Swiss State courts

"L’arbitrage ICC et le contentieux devant l’OMC", Echanges internationaux, No. 101, October 2014

WTO Litigation, Investment Arbitration and Commercial Arbitration, Kluwer Law International, July 2013 (co-éditeurs avec Jorge A. Huerta Goldmann et Franz X. Stirnimann)

"Defining Investors: Who is Eligible to Claim?", Journal of International Arbitration, Vol. 29, No. 3, June 2012

"Preventing The Multiple And Concurrent Arbitration Proceedings: Waiver Clauses” Stockholm International Arbitration Review (SIAR) 2009:2

“Reparations for Historical Wrongs: From ad hoc Mass Claims Programs to an International Framework Program?”, Uluslararasi Suclar ve Tarih, Yardimcisi: Ankara, 2006, 91 (co-author with M. Henzelin and V. Heiskanen), Uluslararasi Suclar ve Tarih, Yardimcisi: Ankara, 2006, 91

Member and Deputy Rapporteur of the Working Group of the Comité français de l’arbitrage (CFA) on “arbitration and international investments”

Former Assistant editor of the Journal du Droit international (JDI) - CLUNET (Revue des revues and coordinator for the Revue de jurisprudence étrangère)

Headnotes of ICSID awards – Oxford University Press – Investment

Lomonosov International Centre, Speaker on various issues of international trade law, including the settlement of trade disputes, Geneva, Switzerland, 1 and 2 March 2016

Madrid Arbitration Day 2, Moderator of a panel - Arbitration and International Trade at a Crossroads, Madrid, Madrid, Spain, 22 May 2015

Kaliningrad Technical State University, Speaker: "The implementation of decisions of the panels and of the WTO Appellate Body: a comparative analysis with the enforcement mechanisms of arbitration awards", Kaliningrad, Federation of Russia, 20 March 2014

Capítulo Suizo del Club español de arbitraje (CEA), Seminario Alpestre Speaker: "Los tabús en el arbitraje internacional, la corupción ... lo que se dice, lo que se hace". "La corupción de los arbitros", Megève, France, 15 March 2014

The University of Fribourg Law School, Switzerland, Master of Laws in Cross-Cultural Business Practice Visiting lecturer: “Investment Arbitration. An Overview”, Fribourg, Switzerland, 11 November 2011

FDI Moot London, sponsored by Skadden Speaker: “Defining investors: who is eligible to claim?”, London, United Kingdom, 4 November 2011

Conference on “WTO Litigation, Investment and Commercial Arbitration, Cross-fertilization and Reciprocal Opportunities”, WTO Headquarters Organiser, Geneva, Switzerland, 9 May 2011

Third Investment Arbitration Forum, Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas / UNAM Speaker: “Aspectos Jurisdiccionales: La Nacionalidad del Inversor”, Mexico City, Mexico, 2-3 September 2010

Association of International Business Lawyers (AIBL) - Ordre des Avocats (ODA), Cross border practice/lawyers without borders Speaker: “Confidentiality and Attorney Client privilege”, Geneva, Switzerland, 21 April 2010

The Attorney General’s Office of the Treasury of the Argentine Republic and the School of Law of the University of Buenos Aires, “International Investment Law Today: Contemporary Problems of a New Era in International Law” Speaker: “Legitimacy of Investment Arbitration”, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 11 December 2009

“Arbitraje commercial internacional” Conférencier: séminaire donné à des étudiants chiliens suivant un MBA Geneva, Switzerland, September 2006