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Arbitration 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Cosmin Vasile is "a star" in the arbitration market, say peers who note he is "experienced and reliable, and has a great attitude".


Dr Cosmin Vasile is managing partner of Zamfirescu Racoți Vasile & Partners and head of the firm’s arbitration practice group. He has extensive experience of more than 15 years in handling cross-border disputes and boasts already an outstanding track-record of around 100 international arbitration proceedings as counsel and arbitrator conducted under various laws and sets of arbitration rules, including ICC, LCIA, CAM, SCC, VIAC, UNCITRAL, ICSID and CICA.

Cosmin has successfully coordinated an impressive number of significant and mission critical disputes for his clients, often in the glare of media attention. Winning ground-breaking awards for his clients in Romania has brought him international recognition and a well-deserved place among the best arbitration practitioners worldwide, being held in esteem for his work as a counsel. As one of the leading experts in construction, capital markets, privatisation and energy arbitrations in Romania, Cosmin is called upon to provide legal counsel to both government institutions and private companies. Outside these areas of specialisation, Cosmin has acted in cases concerning a wide range of commercial contracts in various industry sectors. Cosmin regularly sits as arbitrator in domestic and international proceedings. Since 2011, he has joined the group of arbitrators of the Bucharest Court of International Commercial Arbitration attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania. Since 2015, he is a member of the Court College in the same institution.

In court, Cosmin has an impressive record, being popular among major domestic and international corporations for advice in high-profile commercial, administrative-contentious, public procurement and capital markets disputes. During the last years, he has focused on cross-border litigations, international private law matters and a wide range of commercial disputes in various industry sectors, such as construction, energy, privatisation and M&A. Cosmin also acts for a significant client roster in intellectual property matters, being a highly regarded IP litigator in both patent and trademarks.

Cosmin was the ICC YAF regional representative for the Europe and Russia chapter for the 2017 to 2019 mandate. From this position, he was responsible for the promotion and development of the dynamic global network of young arbitration talent in the regions he oversaw. He regularly speaks and publishes on topics related to arbitration and is newsletter editor for the mediation committee of the International Bar Association (IBA), as well as a member of the dispute resolution international board in the same association. He holds a doctorate degree from the University of Bucharest and defended his doctoral thesis on the topic “The Applicable Law in the Ad Hoc Commercial Arbitration” (2011). Cosmin is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London (FCIArb) since 2012, and holds a diploma in international arbitration from this institute. He has been awarded the Certificate of the ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy for Central and Eastern Europe and the Certificate of the International Academy for Arbitration Law (Paris).

WWL Ranking: Recommended
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