GAR 100 - 8th Edition

Konrad & Partners

Professional notice

This young Viennese firm makes its GAR 100 debut this year

Pending cases as counsel:52
Value of pending counsel work:US$6 billion
Treaty cases:10
Current arbitrator appointments:8 (of which 5 are as sole or chair)
Lawyers sitting as arbitrator:2

NEW ENTRY 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.

Since its foundation, the firm has opened additional offices in London, Prague, Bratislava and Skopje, and has a particularly strong practice in central, south and eastern Europe.

It now has 20 lawyers on staff, including, alongside Konrad, technology disputes specialist Philipp Peters, who became a partner in 2012.

The firm holds back on naming clients, but it is currently advising companies in the 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.

However, Konrad & Partners did successfully defend 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.

Client comment

“This law firm attracts young and bright people,” says Kai Schumacher at financial advisory firm AlixPartners: “It is a rising star.”

Konrad & Partners is a highly specialized international law firm providing comprehensive legal services in the area of dispute resolution, with a particular focus on international commercial and investment arbitration. It has offices in Vienna, Prague, Bratislava, Skopje and London.

The lawyers of Konrad & Partners serve both as advocates and as arbitrators in ad-hoc and institutional proceedings, are qualified in multiple jurisdictions and have extensive expertise in handling high-profile arbitration cases before a wide range of international bodies.

The firm’s extensive experience in the field of international arbitration and with various arbitration rules as well as its strategic and tactical strength, help clients secure their rights in international disputes. The team has recently worked on a number of complex construction and engineering disputes as well as cases involving energy and natural resources contracts, license agreements, infrastructure projects, bilateral investment treaties and post M&A disputes.

Konrad & Partners’ lawyers also regularly advise clients on the enforcement of arbitral awards and court judgments. Furthermore the firm supports clients in protecting their investments and acts as deal counsel for multinational companies and investors searching for and executing investment opportunities in Africa and Central & South Eastern Europe (CEE / SEE). www.konrad-partners.com

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