Rostislav Pekař is global co-head of Squire Patton Boggs’ investment arbitration practice and leads the firm’s international dispute resolution team in Prague. His main focus is international and domestic dispute resolution including investment arbitration, commercial arbitration and litigation.
Rostislav has been listed as a leading individual for dispute resolution in the Czech Republic in all major legal guides and is ranked in Chambers Europe 2016 in Band 1 for arbitration work. He is described as “the universal go-to guy in the field of investment disputes” and “an extremely knowledgeable, analytical adviser with a straightforward approach."
Rostislav has advised in a number of complex commercial and investment arbitration matters under the major arbitrations rules such as ICSID, ICC, SCC, VIAC, and UNCITRAL. He represented the successful defendants in the landmark cases Phoenix Action Ltd v The Czech Republic (ICSID Case No. ARB/06/5) and, more recently, the 2014 victory for Slovakia against Achmea BV resulting in dismissal of the insurance company’s case on jurisdictional grounds (UNCITRAL). GAR recognised the Achmea victory as one of the most important jurisdictional awards of 2014.
Rostislav has also handled numerous court and arbitration proceedings in the Czech Republic. He chaired the committee for increased transparency and predictability of arbitration proceedings at the Prague-based Arbitration Court attached to the Economic Chamber and the Agrarian Chamber of the Czech Republic, where he also serves as a registered arbitrator.
Rostislav is fluent in Czech, English, French and Polish.
WWL says: Rotislav Pekař has "the best legal mind I have come across, and a track record representing states in investment arbitration that is difficult to beat".
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