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GAR 100 - 10th Edition

Konrad & Partners

06 March 2017

The Austrian firm is advising Macedonia

People in Who’s Who Legal 1
Pending cases as counsel 27
Value of pending counsel work US$1.5 billion
Treaty cases 0
Current arbitrator appointments 4 (of which 0 are as sole or chair)
Lawyers sitting as arbitrator 2

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 sits as an arbitrator, and is a member of the panels of various arbitral institutions in the Czech Republic, Malaysia, Indonesia, Iceland and the Netherlands. He’s also a co-founder of the Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners group and an academic adviser for a specialised LLM in dispute resolution at Austria’s Danube University.

The firm has 22 lawyers on staff, including 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 has lately advised companies from the steam and hydraulic power generation, natural gas, real estate and steel piping industries at the ICC and VIAC.  It was also involved in a high-profile Court of Arbitration for Sport 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 helped the owners of a pharmaceuticals company prevail in a US$255 million post-M&A dispute under Austrian law.

Recent events

The firm promoted its first counsel, Martin Hackl, who is acting in six arbitrations against state entities in eastern Europe concerning power plant projects.

Christian Konrad is meanwhile acting as exclusive advisor to Macedonia’s ministry of justice in connection with the implementation of a country-wide alternative dispute resolution programme.

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