Daniel Gal
Australia
  • PositionPartner
  • FirmDechert LLP
  • Age-
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Daniel Gal

Daniel Gal

Australia
  • Position: Partner
  • FirmDechert LLP
  • Age: -

Partner
37
Dechert, London
Australian-Hungarian

Why international arbitration?

Because of the ability so often to work with and get to know a group of diverse and interesting people from all around the world; and constantly to learn about how differing legal systems deal with what are often very similar legal problems.

What’s been the highlight of your career so far?

Representing the then-controlling shareholders of Brasil Telecom in their lengthy dispute with one of the world’s most significant telecoms groups over the control of the company.

Who do you consider your mentor?

Arthur Marriott was really the individual who took me under his wing and gave me the opportunities to suceed.

Who else in the field do you admire?

Donald Donovan, who I think is one of the best advocates in the game.

What other career might you have chosen?

I would have been a barrister at the Sydney bar.

What are the biggest challenges facing arbitration?

Transparency and quality of decision-making. Too often these days one can accurately say that arbitration is second-rate justice.

What’s been your most memorable moment in a hearing?

Arthur Marriott’s quip in response to lead opposing counsel’s light-hearted suggestion that the lights were being reduced in the hearing room so that it would be a bit more romantic: “My dear boy, I did not come here to make love to you.”

What’s your favourite city to arbitrate in?

Paris - because it is Paris.

What’s your favourite restaurant?

Bar Lagoa, Rio de Janeiro. The cariocas will understand.

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