Dr. Petra Rihar specializes in litigation and arbitration. She represents individuals and companies before state courts and arbitral tribunals in domestic and cross-border disputes, in interim relief proceedings as well as in the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments. She also advises on national and international commercial, contract and corporate law, labour law and international private law.

Petra Rihar has served as party representative, arbitrator, legal expert and secretary to the tribunal in numerous institutional and ad hoc arbitrations governed by a variety of substantive and procedural laws. Her work experience covers a wide range of industries and contracts, complex cross-border disputes and foreign investments in state infrastructure (investor-state disputes).

Petra is recommended as Global Leader in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2022: «Peers and clients say: “Petra is an excellent arbitrator”, “She combines an extremely quick analytical mind with excellent knowledge of the law”, “She is a prominent arbitration mind”, “There is a lot to be learned from her”».

She is also ranked in Who’s Who Legal: Switzerland 2022. Further recommendations:

Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2021 – Future Leaders: «Peers and clients say: “Petra is a highly experienced arbitration practitioner who is valued for her thorough work, excellent legal knowledge and talent for efficient procedural solutions in complicated situations”, “She is excellent arbitrator and counsel”, “Petra is an absolutely reliable and highly professional lawyer, with an outstanding work ethic and friendly approach”».

Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2020 – Future Leaders: «Petra Rihar is “an outstanding arbitrator” who is well acquainted with handling complex commercial and investment-related disputes».

CAREER
2020 Partner with LANTER
2013 Partner with law firm in Zurich
2006 Associate and Senior Associate with international law firms in Zurich and London
2006 University of Lucerne, Dr. iur.
2006 Columbia Law School, LL.M.
2004 Legal Counsel at The Thomson Corporation, Zug
2004 Admission to the Zurich bar (admitted to all Swiss courts)
2001 Law clerk at the District Court of Zurich and teaching assistant in corporate, banking and securities law, University of Zurich
2000 University of Zurich, lic. iur.
LANGUAGES

German
English
Slovenian
Croatian
Serbian

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Arbitration (institutional and ad hoc, commercial and investment disputes)
Litigation (domestic and cross-border)
Corporate and commercial law
Contract law
Labour law
International private law

PUBLICATIONS

Scope and Interpretation of Arbitration Agreements under Swiss Law, ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin 2021, Issue 2 (June 2021)

Case Analysis of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court Decision 4A_187/2020 of 23 Feb 2021, LexisNexis, 1 April 2021

Decisions of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court in 2020, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 5 Feb 2021

Decisions of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court in 2019 – Part I, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 9 Feb 2020

Decisions of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court in 2019 – Part II, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 9 Feb 2020

Decisions of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court in 2018: Part I, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 9 Feb 2019

Decisions of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court in 2018: Part II, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 9 Feb 2019

Swiss Federal Supreme Court Confirms the Principles for the Admissibility of a Success Fee, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 7 Oct 2018 (co-author)

The right to a tribunal appointed expert, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 9 Aug 2011 (co-author)

Swiss Federal Supreme Court Denies the Applicability of an Arbitration Clause in the Articles of Association to Liability Claims Against Board of Directors of an Insolvent Company, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 7 July 2010 (co-author)

The Swiss Federal Court Dismisses Two Appeals Concerning the Constitution of an Arbitral Tribunal, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 7 July 2010 (co-author)

The Swiss Federal Court Confirms an Award Granting Damages for the Violation of an Arbitration Clause, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 7 July 2010 (co-author)

New Rules on Domestic Arbitration and Their Relation to the Rules Governing International Arbitration in Switzerland, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 19 Feb 2010 (co-author)

Piercing the Corporate Veil – Effect on the Arbitration Clause and Jurisdiction, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 24 Nov 2009 (co-author)

A decision based on a written submission of a third party does not violate the right to be heard if the parties to the proceedings had enough time to comment on it, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 15 Oct 2009 (co-author)

Right to be heard not violated by arbitrator’s refusal to hear witness whose evidence anticipated to be irrelevant, Practical Law Arbitration, 2 May 2012 (co-author)

Supreme Court finds that right to appointment of expert by arbitral tribunal was not violated as request made out of time and not in proper form, Practical Law Arbitration, 4 Aug 2011 (co-author)

Swiss Supreme Court dismisses appeal to set aside CAS award for lack of jurisdiction, Practical Law Arbitration, 30 Jun 2011 (co-author)

Swiss Federal Supreme Court dismisses appeal to set aside decision of the FEI Tribunal and CAS award, Practical Law Arbitration, 30 Sep 2010 (co-author)

Swiss Federal Supreme Court dismisses an appeal to set aside a CAS award, Practical Law Arbitration, 31 Aug 2010 (co-author)

Swiss Federal Supreme Court is bound by factual findings of lower courts, Practical Law Arbitration, 13 Aug 2010 (co-author)

Swiss Federal Supreme Court dismisses appeal without examining the merits where the party filing the appeal declined to pay advance on costs, Practical Law Arbitration, 4 Aug 2010 (co-author)

Directors cannot rely on arbitration clause in articles of association of an insolvent company for liability claims by company’s creditors, Practical Law Arbitration, 30 Jun 2010 (co-author)

Swiss Federal Supreme Court dismisses two appeals concerning the (irregular) constitution of an arbitral tribunal, Practical Law Arbitration, 5 May 2010 (co-author)

Swiss Federal Supreme Court confirms award granting damages in principle for breach of an arbitration clause, Practical Law Arbitration, 5 May 2010 (co-author)

Switzerland: anticipated arbitration developments of 2010, Practical Law Arbitration, 4 Feb 2010 (co-author)

Switzerland: important arbitration developments of 2009, Practical Law Arbitration, 16 Dec 2009 (co-author)

Court of Arbitration for Sport amends its rules, Practical Law Arbitration, 5 Nov 2009 (co-author)

Michael Schneider appointed as the new President of the Swiss Arbitration Association, Practical Law Arbitration, 5 Nov 2009 (co-author)

Effect on arbitration agreement of piercing the corporate veil, Practical Law Arbitration, 2 Oct 2009 (co-author)

Swiss Federal Supreme Court holds right to be heard not violated, Practical Law Arbitration, 3 Sep 2009 (co-author)

Law firm providing services to an arbitral tribunal is exempt from VAT, Practical Law Arbitration, 3 Sep 2009 (co-author)

Ongoing international arbitration discontinued vis-à-vis insolvent co-respondent, Practical Law Arbitration, 13 Aug 2009 (co-author)

Award based on matters not directly addressed in submissions does not violate the right to be heard, Practical Law Arbitration, 12 Aug 2009 (co-author)

Petra Rihar, Das Einzelunternehmen im Schweizer Privatrecht (The Sole Proprietorship under Swiss law), Zurich 2007 (Luzerner Beiträge zur Rechtswissenschaft, Band 17)

Petra Rihar, Obseg varstva pravic blagovnih in storitvenih znamk (The Scope of Protection of Trade and Service Marks under Swiss and Slovene Law), 11 Pravnik 717 (1997)