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Michael W. Bühler

“Calm, methodical and excellent at cross-examination.”
Chambers Dispute Resolution – France 2019

“Comes up with a strategy and keeps an eye on the details,
which often makes the difference.”

Chambers, Global Guide 2023, International Arbitration France

"Handling client matters with great professionalism,
and demonstrating the depth of his understanding 
of international dispute resolution in complex arbitrations."

WWL Thought Leaders – Construction 2023

Michael W. Bühler

“Calm, methodical and excellent at cross-examination.”

Chambers Dispute Resolution – France 2019

“Calm, methodical and excellent at cross-examination.”

Chambers Dispute Resolution – France 2019

“Comes up with a strategy and keeps an eye on the details, which often makes the difference.”

Chambers, Global Guide 2023, International Arbitration France

“Comes up with a strategy and keeps an eye on the details, which often makes the difference.”

Chambers, Global Guide 2023, International Arbitration France

"Handling client matters with great professionalism,
and demonstrating the depth of his understanding 
of international dispute resolution in complex arbitrations."


WWL Thought Leaders – Construction 2023

“Clever in terms of big picture.”

Chambers Europe-wide 2019

About

Michael W. Bühler has extensive experience in commercial and corporate disputes, mainly in the areas of oil & gas and energy, construction, and engineering industries.
He started his career in 1985 as counsel at the ICC Court of Arbitration in Paris. From October 1988 to December 2023, Michael worked in large Anglo-Saxon law firms, doing initially both corporate and arbitration work, to eventually focus his practice on international dispute resolution through negotiation, mediation and arbitration, as well as for the purpose of injunctive relief and/or enforcement, also state court litigation.

Since January 2024, Michael’s practice as an independent practitioner centers now around three main activities:

  • providing clients strategic advice in international dispute resolution, by finding solutions to avoid and/or settle disputes efficiently and promptly;
  • acting as senior counsel in commercial and/or investment disputes, alongside international and/or local law firms
  • acting as party-appointed or presiding arbitrator in commercial disputes, including as mock arbitrator for clients seeking to improve their real case performance, and/or as privilege master assisting arbitral tribunals with document disclosure issues.

A former member of the ICC Court of International Arbitration and a former member of the ICC Commission on International Arbitration & ADR, he acted in 2016/2017 as the lead consultant of OHADA for the reform of the Ohada Uniform Arbitration Act and the Arbitration Rules of the CCJA and the adoption of a new Uniform Act on Mediation.

Co-author of one of the leading books on ICC arbitration, the ICC Handbook of Arbitration, now in its 5th edition (2021). A new edition with his co-author T.H. Webster is in preparation by Sweet & Maxwell.

35 Years of Experience

180 Cases as Counsel

70 Cases as Arbitrator

30 Different legal system handled