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, SIDiR and National Depository for Securities. Between 2011 and 2017, 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 and Vice-President of ICC CEEAG and ICC CEEAIG. She chairs the audit committee of the Polish Private Equity Association. Beata Gessel is an adjunct professor in commercial arbitration as well as M&A Transactions in the Polish Legal System at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University.
Author of numerous legal publications on M&A and commercial arbitration, including: ‘Polish Arbitration Law’ and ‘The Challenges and the Future of Commercial and Investment Arbitration’ and the recent book ‘Legal, Real and Converged Interest in Declaratory Relief’ published by Kluwer Law International, which focuses on declaratory relief in litigation and arbitration.
For many years, distinguished in numerous rankings including Chambers Global and Chambers Europe in the most in-demand arbitrators category.
She has been praised for her ‘inquisitorial style’, ‘exceptional business acumen and second-to-none legal knowledge’ and described as ‘efficient with a strong commercial sense’ as well as ‘heavily involved with various arbitration bodies’, one of the sources noted that she ‘has put Poland on the international arbitration scene.’ She has been also called ‘the first lady of arbitration in Poland’.