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Giovanni Maria Fares, LL.M.


CMS von Erlach Poncet Ltd.
Rue Bovy-Lysberg 2
P.O. Box 5824
1211 Geneva 11
Languages Italian, English, German, French

Giovanni Maria Fares is an associate with the Geneva office, where he focuses on dispute resolution. His main fields of activity are arbitration and litigation, commercial and contract law, as well as IP and relocation matters.

He graduated from the University of Lucerne, where he obtained a Bachelor of laws in 2010 and a Master of Law in 2012. During his studies, Giovanni Maria Fares was working as a legal counsel with the Swiss Railways Company (SBB CFF FFS). Afterwards, he gained experience as a legal intern at the Swiss Competition Commission. He then joined a leading law firm in Lugano as a junior associate, where he continued to work as an associate after he was admitted to the Ticino Bar in June 2015. In 2018, he completed an LL.M. in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution at Queen Mary, University of London.

He joined CMS in September 2018.

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  • 2018 – LL.M. in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution, Queen Mary, University of London (United Kingdom)
  • 2015 – Bar exam
  • 2012 – Master of Laws, University of Lucerne (Switzerland)
  • 2010 – Bachelor of Laws, University of Lucerne (Switzerland)
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  • Swiss Bar Association (FSA)
  • Association Suisse de Droit du Sport (ASDS)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Swiss Arbitration Association’s young practitioners group ("ASA Below 40")
  • London Court of International Arbitration – Young International Arbitration Group (LCIA-YIAG)
  • International Council for Commercial Arbitration – Young ICCA
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