"In my view, the best investment-treaty specialist of his generation in Germany"
"He is versatile, hard-working and possesses an excellent mix of the intellectual and the practical"
"A great advocate with outstanding legal skills and a brilliant legal mind"
"He is a very dedicated and hard-working arbitrator in both smaller and larger cases"
"Offered convincing case management as a chairperson"
Gebhard is a partner at Seven Summits Arbitration (7SA), a Munich-based disputes specialist firm which combines the expertise and cross-border track record that clients expect from a leading international law firm with the flexibility and efficiency of a boutique practice. He serves as counsel and as arbitrator.
Gebhard has acted in many investment and commercial disputes in a variety of industries, including energy and natural resources, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, private equity, and financial services, with seats in Geneva, London, Munich, New York, Paris, Stockholm and Zurich. He has substantial experience in post-M&A disputes and arbitrations arising from long-term contracts, such as IP licensing agreements and service or supply contracts, including in the energy sector, where he acted in pricing matters related to some of Europe’s largest gas import contracts.
Qualified to practise law in New York (since 2010) and in Germany (since 2007), Gebhard holds law degrees from Columbia Law School and LMU Munich. His publications include the well-known monograph Proportionality in Investor-State Arbitration (Oxford University Press), for which he received a PhD with the highest academic honours, supervised by Judge Bruno Simma. He teaches international law at LMU Munich and regularly guest lectures at the University of St Gallen. Prior to 7SA, Gebhard practised with an international law firm in Paris and a German dispute resolution firm in Munich.