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Gerold Zeiler
Office:
Stubenbastei 2
Entrance Zedlitzgasse 7
A-1010
City:
Vienna
Country:
Austria
Tel:
+43 1 890 1087 80

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Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders - Arbitration

Gerold Zeiler is a graduate of the University of Vienna (Mag iur, 1988; Dr iur, 1996) and Washington University of St Louis (LLM, 2016), and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb). Gerold is regularly involved as counsel and arbitrator in national and international arbitration proceedings – over 200 at the last count. He is a co-editor of the Austrian Yearbook on International Arbitration, the author of commentaries and books on arbitration law, and a former president of the Austrian Arbitration Association (ArbAUT).

What inspired you to focus your practice on arbitration?

I started my career as a litigation lawyer and still like to think of myself as an advocate. But today I spend most of my time sitting as arbitrator. I think it is fair to say that I did not plan to develop my career in this direction. I like the law and probably I would have been happy working in other fields of law as well. I never was very eager to specialise too much in a particular field of law. Perhaps this is the reason I ended up in arbitration, which requires oneself to get acquainted with new legal regimes, new industries and new people almost every day. One has to be very curious and open-minded to be a good arbitrator.

What would be your advice to those practitioners looking to specialise in arbitration?

If you really want to do it, just go ahead. People will tell you that the field is very crowded and it has become difficult to make a career. That is true no matter what. And it will require many years of hard work. But you will never be happy if you don’t pursue your own goals. On the other hand, if you are not so eager to work in arbitration, do something else. There are certainly fields of law where it is easier to pursue a career.

What are the main qualities that clients look for in an arbitrator?

Listen to the parties, be curious to understand the issues and be predictable in what you do.

What would you say are the main challenges currently facing practitioners in the field?

Parties are increasingly looking for inexpensive and fast dispute resolution. But it does not work that way. Arbitration proceedings have to be conducted in a time and cost-efficient manner. Whether this results in fast and inexpensive dispute resolution depends on a lot of variables, most of all on the nature of the matter in dispute and conduct of counsel. Many complex issues cannot be resolved in three months’ time.

Many sources have highlighted the growth and consolidation of the young arbitration community over the past few years. What would you say is driving the growing interest from younger practitioners looking to specialise in the field?

I don’t know but I would hope it is a deep curiosity to understand the world.

How do you differentiate yourself from other practices?

We strive for a lot, but it would be preposterous to say that we have reached our goals. Perhaps it is fair to say that every day we try to be better than we were the day before.

Biographies:

Who's Who Legal Austria - Arbitration

Gerold Zeiler is a founding partner of zeiler.partners. His practice focuses on international commercial arbitration, investment arbitration and international litigation. Gerold has over 20 years of experience, acting as chairman, sole arbitrator, party-appointed arbitrator and expert witness, as well as counsel in more than 200 ad hoc and administered arbitration proceedings, including proceedings under the Vienna Rules (VIAC), ICC Rules of Arbitraton, UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, Rules of the Arbitration Court of the Economic Chamber of the Czech Republic, as well as ICSID arbitration proceedings. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration, and a former board member and president of the Austrian Arbitration Association. He is listed on the panel of arbitrators of the Vienna International Arbitral Centre, the Foreign Trade court of Arbitration at the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and the Arbitration Court at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania. He is fluent in English and German, and speaks Italian.

Gerold Zeiler is the author of numerous articles and books on international litigation and arbitration, including a commentary on the Austrian Arbitration law, Schiedsverfahren (“Arbitration”) (second edition 2014), and is also a co-editor of the Austrian Yearbook on International Arbitration.

zeiler.partners is a dispute resolution boutique focusing on international commercial and investment arbitration, commercial litigation and employment law. The firm has recently been very active in investment disputes, energy-related disputes and post-M&A disputes. The partners of the firm are well known for their experience in international public law and investment arbitration.

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Gerold Zeiler is a founding partner of zeiler.partners. His practice focuses on international commercial arbitration, investment arbitration and international litigation. Gerold has almost 30 years of experience, acting as chairman, sole arbitrator, party-appointed arbitrator and expert witness, as well as counsel in more than 200 ad hoc and administered arbitration proceedings, including proceedings under the Vienna Rules (VIAC), the ICC Rules of Arbitration, the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, the Rules of the Arbitration Court of the Economic Chamber of the Czech Republic, the Rules of the Court of International Commercial Arbitration attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania, as well as ICSID arbitration proceedings. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration, and a former board member and president of the Austrian Arbitration Association. He is listed on the panel of arbitrators of the Vienna International Arbitral Centre, the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, the International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Foreign Trade court of Arbitration at the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and the Arbitration Court at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania. He is fluent in English and German.

Apart from his extensive practical experience in commercial arbitration as counsel and arbitrator, Gerold is the author of numerous articles and books on international litigation and arbitration, including a commentary on the Austrian Arbitration law, Schiedsverfahren (second edition, 2014), and is also a co-editor of the Austrian Yearbook on International Arbitration. More recently he has co-authored Dispute Resolution in Austria (Kluwer, 2015, together with Heider, Nueber, Siwy and Schumacher) and he is the editor of Austrian Arbitration Law (2016), a commentary in English on the rules governing arbitration in Austria.

Gerold has a master's degree (1988) and a doctorate (1996) in law from the University of Vienna, and obtained his LLM degree (2016) from Washington University. He is a member of the Austrian Bar since 1993 and completed the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators' Diploma Course in International Commercial Arbitration (DipICArb, 2004).

zeiler.partners is a dispute resolution boutique focusing on international commercial and investment arbitration, commercial litigation and employment law. The firm has recently been very active in investment disputes, energy-related disputes and post-M&A disputes. The partners of the firm are well known for their experience in international public law and investment arbitration.

WWL says: Gerold Zeiler is "a professional and efficient arbitrator" who receives acclaim for his "extensive experience".

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Arbitration which can be purchased from our Shop.

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