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GAR 100 - 9th Edition

Konrad & Partners

18 February 2016

A Viennese firm founded by a Freshfields alumnus

People in Who’s Who Legal: 1
Pending cases as counsel: 57
Value of pending counsel work: US$7.2 billion
Number of treaty cases: 2
Current arbitrator appointments: 10 (of which 5 are as sole or chair)
Lawyers sitting as arbitrator: 3

Konrad & Partners was founded when Christian Konrad left Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Vienna office to open his own boutique in 2009.

Konrad’s practice has an emphasis on engineering, construction and energy infrastructure cases, as well as public international law. He also sits as an arbitrator, and is a member of the panel of various international institutions, including the Czech Arbitration Court, the Netherlands Arbitration Institute, the Kuala Lumpur Regional Arbitration Centre, the Indonesian National Board of Arbitration, and the Court of Arbitration of the Iceland Chamber of Commerce, among others.

In 2015, he was appointed academic adviser for a specialised Master of Laws programme in dispute resolution for the Danube University in Austria.

The firm has 22 lawyers on staff, including, alongside Konrad, technology disputes specialist Philipp Peters, who became a partner in 2012.

Since its foundation in Vienna, it has opened additional offices in London, Prague, Bratislava and Skopje, and has a particularly strong practice in Central, South and Eastern Europe.

The firm holds back on naming clients, but it is currently advising companies in the steam and hydraulic power generation, real estate development, steel piping supply and power station supply sectors at the ICC. It was also involved, though ultimately unsuccessful, in a high profile CAS case in 2012, acting for Austrian tennis player Daniel Köllerer.

It successfully defended an Austrian construction and engineering company in an arbitration under the Vienna Rules arising out of a refurbishment project in South Africa. It also reaped success for the owners of a pharmaceuticals company in a US$255 million post-acquisition dispute under Austrian law.

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