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GAR 100 - 13th Edition

Konrad Partners

15 April 2020

The Austrian firm is advising clients in the healthcare and power sectors in commercial matters

People in Who's Who Legal 2
People in Future Leaders 3
Pending cases as counsel 11
Value of pending counsel work US$1.5 billion
Treaty cases 0
Current arbitrator appointments 9 (3 as chair or sole)
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 on the panels of various arbitral institutions in the Czech Republic, Malaysia, Indonesia, Iceland and the Netherlands. He’s also a co-founder of the organisation Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners, and an academic adviser for a specialised LLM in dispute resolution at Austria’s Danube University.

The firm has 35 lawyers on staff, including technology disputes specialist Philipp Peters, who joined as partner in 2012. Manfred Heider joined the firm as special counsel in 2018 after nearly two decades at the Vienna International Arbitration Centre, where he oversaw two sets of revisions to the centre’s rules as secretary general and had a hand in a major reform to Austrian arbitration law.

Network

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

Who uses it?

The firm doesn’t identify clients, but says it 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.

Track record

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. In another case, it helped the owners of a pharmaceuticals company prevail in a US$255 million post-M&A dispute under Austrian law.

The firm represented the former directors of a large real estate development company in the High Court in London in a case valued at €2 billion.

Recent events

The firm is representing a global player in the field of construction and operation of healthcare facilities in an ICC arbitration against an African state in connection with several hospital management agreements.

It is advising a leading manufacturer of industrial dryers in an ICC case over a sales contract; a supplier in an ICC case relating to a major power plant project; and a global insurance company in two LCIA arbitrations.

Client comment

A client that has used the firm for disputes over projects in Romania and Hungary says the team is “truly outstanding”. Partner Philipp Peters “combines deep understanding of arbitration, the ability to familiarise himself with foreign law and technical issues, and quick thinking”. Counsels Martin Hackl and Heidrun Halbartschlager are also rising stars.

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