Beata Gessel is an expert practitioner in arbitration, M&A, private equity and commercial law. She has acted as an arbitrator or counsel in cases under rules of ICC, FCC, SCC, IAA, SCAI, UNCITRAL, Lewiatan, KIG and National Depository for Securities. Between 2011 and 2017, she served as president of the Lewiatan Arbitration Court; upon leaving this position, she was appointed honorary president. She is a member of the ICC International Arbitration Court. She chairs the audit committee of the Polish Private Equity Association. Beata Gessel is an adjunct professor in commercial arbitration as well as commercial law at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University.
In 2015 to 2017, she ran comparative law research on M&A transactions, as a visiting academic at Oxford University Law Department and at Cambridge University Law Department within the Herbert Smith Freehills Visiting Professors Scheme.
Her recent book Legal, Real and Converged Interest in Declaratory Relief published by Kluwer Law International, focuses on declaratory relief in litigation and arbitration.
For many years, she has been distinguished in Chambers Global and Chambers Europe in the most in-demand arbitrators category. She has been praised for her inquisitive style, effectiveness and strong business sense, as well as for the strength which she brings to bear in promoting Polish arbitration: “Beata Gessel has put Poland on the international arbitration scene”. Chambers Global (2017) commentary named her the “first lady of arbitration in Poland”. In 2017, Beata was recognised as a leading individual in dispute resolution in The Legal 500. According to clients, she has “exceptional business acumen and second-to-none legal knowledge” and is a “strong leader”.