Fabrice Robert-Tissot


Bonnard Lawson Geneva Area Ltd
Route du Grand-Lancy 2
P. O. Box
CH-1211 Geneva 26

T. +41 22 322 25 00


Fabrice Robert-Tissot specializes in commercial and sports arbitration, as well as in domestic and cross-border litigation. He regularly appears before arbitral tribunals and Swiss courts in commercial disputes.

Fabrice’s experience includes participation in over 50 commercial and sports disputes, whether as counsel or arbitrator, under various rules, such as ICC, UNCITRAL, LCIA, Swiss Rules and the CAS Code.

With respect to commercial disputes, he has expertise in various fields of business, such as oil and gas, other natural resources, international sales of goods, share and purchase agreements, shareholders’ agreements, construction and infrastructure, joint ventures and consortia agreements, and service agreements, among others.

In sports disputes, he regularly appears as counsel before CAS representing athletes, clubs and sports federations. He has been involved in high-stake disputes during the last decade.

He has acted as counsel before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court in several setting aside proceedings against arbitral awards. He regularly represents clients in proceedings for the enforcement of arbitral awards and foreign judgments in Switzerland.

Fabrice holds a Ph. D. (doctoral thesis) and has published several articles on commercial and sports arbitration, contracts, international insolvency and the enforcement of arbitral awards.

Fabrice Robert-Tissot has been recognized as Thought Leader in Who’s Who Legal: Sports & Entertainment and leading individual in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration. He is also ranked as leading individual in Chambers Europe 2023: Sports.


Ph.D. (summa cum laude, Walther Hug Award), University of Fribourg, Switzerland (2010)
LL.M. (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar), Columbia Law School, New York (2011)
Law degree (magna cum laude), University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland (2002)


Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
Swiss Bar Association (FSA)
Geneva Bar Association
Association Suisse du Droit du Sport (ASDS)
Member of Swiss Basketball’s Disciplinary Chamber

Bar admissions

Attorney-at-law, New York (2013)
Attorney-at-law, Geneva (2011)
Attorney-at-law, Neuchâtel (2004)


French (mother tongue)
English (bilingual proficiency)
German (professional working proficiency)
Spanish (reading proficiency)

Professional experience

Partner, Bonnard Lawson, Geneva (2017 – present)
Senior associate, Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, Geneva (2011–2017)
Research assistant and Ph.D. candidate, University of Fribourg (2006–2010)
Legal trainee, Swiss Competition Commission, Bern (2004–2005)
Legal trainee, Juvet Schweizer, Neuchâtel (2003–2004)
Legal trainee, District Court of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland (2002–2003)

Selected publications

How Will the COVID-19 Pandemic Change Arbitral Proceedings?”, in: New Developments in International Commercial Arbitration 2020
Enforcement of claims in football-related matters – A practitioner’s view (Available remedies to obtain the payment of monetary claims, in particular based on Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) awards), Football Legal # 5, May 2016, pp. 106-120
“Consent” in Sports Arbitration: Its Multiple Aspects – Lessons from the Cañas decision, in particular with regard to provisional measures, in: Geisinger/Trabaldo-de Mestral (eds), ASA Special Series No. 41 – Sports Arbitration as a Coach for Other Players, Huntington (NY) 2015, pp. 59-94

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