He has been acting since 1991 in the field of international and domestic commercial arbitration. Until September 2012, he was counsel and arbitrator (chairman, sole arbitrator and party-appointed arbitrator) in Switzerland and abroad in a total of 150 arbitration proceedings both ad hoc (including UNCITRAL) and administered (ICC, Swiss rules, LCIA, WIPO, FOSFA, Vienna International Arbitral Centre, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, etc). He is regularly appointed arbitrator by the leading arbitration institutions. He is experienced in disputes involving agency, sales, distribution, joint ventures, construction and complex projects, telecommunications and IT, intellectual property, pharmaceutical, real estate, hotel management, commodity and international trade, and energy (in particular, gas disputes).
He also frequently represents parties in arbitration matters before the Swiss Supreme Court (appeals filed against arbitration awards) and before other Swiss courts.
Before joining Python & Peter, Mr Gunter worked with the firm Lalive & Partners under the supervision of Professor Pierre Lalive and as a foreign associate for two years in London and Paris with the International Arbitration Group of Clifford Chance under the supervision of John Beechey.
Between 1996 and 1999, he was a member of the arbitration committee of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and Industry (today Geneva Swiss Chamber) and between 1991 and 1998 he was a member of the editorial board of the Swiss Arbitration Bulletin (Bulletin ASA). Between 2007 and 2009 he was co-chair of the international arbitration committee of the American Bar Association (section international law and practice).
Mr Gunter was selected in a global peer survey as one of 45 leading arbitrators under 45 (2006). As from March 2009, he sits as board member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and from December 2009, he has been associate member of the ICC institute of world business law. He graduated in 1987 from the Law School of Neuchâtel University, summa cum laude, and holds a LLM (1991) from Harvard Law School. He has written various articles on international arbitration and frequently appears as speaker at conferences on arbitration. He is fluent in English and French and has a good command of German as well as a basic knowledge of Italian.
Mr Gunter is a member of the Geneva, Swiss and International Bar Associations, the London Court of International Arbitration, the Swiss Arbitration Association, the Institut de l'Arbitrage International, the Comité Français de l'Arbitrage, the London International Arbitration Club, the Center for American and International Law and of the Curatorium of the Harvard Law School Foundation, Switzerland.
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He established his telecommunications practice prior to 1998, and as early as 1997 was asked by several foreign operators to conduct their legal lobbying in the context of the adoption of the new telecoms legislation. In that capacity, he drafted several proposed amendments and advised several operators on the filing of their application for a licence and negotiation of interconnection agreements.
With the assistance of lawyers in the telecommunications group, as well as other lawyers at the firm, he assists his telecommunications clients with matters such as tax, competition, labour, lease, work permits, contractual, corporate, mergers and acquisitions, arbitration and litigation issues.
He has so far acted for 23 telecoms operators. His practice also involves construction and right of way issues. He assisted several operators in the context of the construction of the Swiss section of their European operations.
He has published several works in the field of telecoms, the main one being his article on 'Infrastructures' (Neues Fernmelderecht, Erste Orientierung, Zurich 1998 page 51), and he speaks at international telecoms conferences.
He was asked by the International Chamber of Commerce to become a member of a group of experts in charge of examining arbitration, telecommunications and electronic commerce.
Today, his expertise as counsel and arbitrator is often sought for arbitration cases in the field of telecommunications.
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