Alexander Zojer



Alexander Zojer is an attorney with zeiler.partners. His practice covers commercial and investment arbitration as well as litigation. He also advises clients in matters of intellectual property and competition law.

Alexander is a graduate of the University of Vienna, where he studied law and theater studies.

Alexander organizes and moderates the annual Conference on Intellectual Property Disputes (IPDC Vienna) and regularly publishes in the fields of dispute resolution and IP. Alexander currently teaches Austrian civil law at the University of Applied Science Vienna. He is an active member of the Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners (YAAP) and the Austrian Association for Intellectual Property (ÖV).

Alexey Anischenko



Alexey Anischenko is a partner at Sorainen, where he is leading international arbitration. He is based in Minsk, Belarus and has over fifteen years of experience as counsel, expert, arbitrator and mediator with a particular focus on complex international disputes involving Belarusian state and private companies in such sectors as infrastructure, machinery, TMT, banking, insurance and construction. He has experience with arbitrations under the auspices of most of leading arbitration institutions, including ICC, LCIA, SCC and VIAC. Among his many professional activities Alexey has participated in the Prague Rules Working Group

Beata Gessel-Kalinowska vel Kalisz

Founding & Senior Partner


Beata Gessel is an expert practitioner in arbitration, M&A, private equity and commercial law. She is a renowned arbitrator, 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. A member of the ICC International Arbitration Court and an adjunct professor at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University. In 2015 – 2018; as a visiting academic at Oxford University, Cambridge and Wolfson College; she run comparative law research on M&A. Her recent book “Legal, Real and Converged Interest in Declaratory Relief” published by Kluwer Law International, focuses on declaratory relief in litigation and arbitration.

Ana Stanič


E&A Law Limited

Ana Stanič, an English Solicitor Advocate, has over 25 years of experience of advising states, companies and international institutions on matters of energy law, EU law and international law with specific emphasis on dispute resolution.

She has been appointed as an arbitrator in ICC and SCC arbitrations and regularly represents states and companies in investment treaty arbitrations and international commercial arbitrations (including  price  review arbitrations) with a particular focus on energy, infrastructure, maritime border disputes, and shareholder disputes. She also advises states on inter-state disputes including before Court of Justice of the European Union. As a member of the Slovenian government she negotiated 10 Bilateral Investment Treaties and a Free Trade Agreement. Since August 2019 she is a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

Ana is Slovenian, Australian and British national who has worked in numerous countries around the world and has particular expertise in CEE and CIS countries.

Markus P. Beham

Assistant Professor

University of Passau, Germany

Markus is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Passau, Germany, and an adjunct lecturer in international law at the University of Vienna, Austria. Prior to that, he worked as an Associate in the International Arbitration Group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, resident in the firm’s Vienna office and as a fellow at the Department of Legal Philosophy of the University of Vienna. The author holds a joint doctoral degree from the Université Paris Ouest – Nanterre la Défense and the University of Vienna and a doctoral degree in history from the latter as well as an LL.M. degree from Columbia Law School in New York. His research focuses on international law and dispute resolution.

Werner Jahnel



Werner Jahnel is a Partner at international law firm LALIVE and is based in its Zurich office. His practice focuses on international commercial arbitration and international litigation, with a focus on private client related disputes, including trusts.

Dr. Jahnel acts as counsel and arbitrator in international arbitration proceedings, ad hoc or administered. He also advises clients on contractual negotiations, on the protection of their investments and on challenges and the enforcement of arbitral awards before state courts. Furthermore, he is certified by the Swiss Bar Association as a Specialist in Inheritance law and advises private clients on international estate planning and in international inheritance law matters.

Eva Niel


Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partner

Eva works as an associate at SCWP Schindhelm in Vienna and is specialised in international arbitration, commercial litigation and corporate law. Prior to joining SCWP Schindhelm, Eva worked as a trainee at the Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York and interned in various law firms in Austria as well as in Germany. Eva holds a degree in law from the University of Vienna and Universidad Carlos III in Madrid (Mag. Iur., 2017). Eva is fluent in German, English and Spanish.

Jonathan Barnett

Senior Case Manager / Head Vienna Office


Jonathan Barnett is admitted to the Courts of England and Australia, and Senior Case Manager / Head of the Vienna office at Nivalion, a Swiss-based disputes funder. He was previously an Investment Manager with an established Australian disputes funder, focusing on arbitration in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. Before funding, Jonathan was in private practice for over 15 years specialising in international arbitration and litigation in leading law firms in London, Paris, Sydney, Vienna and Zurich, as well as Counsel at the ICC Court Secretariat and a Researcher at UNCITRAL

Irina Paliashvili

Managing Partner

RULG - Ukrainian Legal Group

Irina Paliashvili graduated with highest honors from the Kyiv State University School of International Law and received a Ph.D. in Private International Law from the same school.  She also holds an LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from George Washington University.  She is a member of the Kyiv Bar and is licensed to practice Ukrainian law as a Special Legal Consultant in the District of Columbia.  Irina serves as the Chair of the Legal Committee of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council and is regularly included in the top 10 best lawyers in Ukraine, as well as named “Lawyer of the Year” in several practice areas by Best Lawyers®.

Evgeny Raschevsky


Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

Evgeny Raschevsky practices international commercial arbitration and litigation, and specializes in management of complex cross-border disputes.  He is experienced in the arbitration proceedings under ICAC of CCI of Russia (MKAS), ICC, LCIA, SCC and Swiss Rules. His portfolio includes coordination of high-profile court cases in the UK, the USA, Germany, Turkey, India and other countries. His industry specialties include energy development and supply, commodities, shipping, pharmaceutical regulation.

Evgeny is a lecturer at the Moscow State University; he has authored numerous articles in specialised Russian and international legal publications in the area of international arbitration and civil law.

Evgeny is recommended by Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, The Legal 500, Best Lawyers and Kommersant.

Christian Oetiker



Christian Oetiker is one of VISCHER's proven specialists in litigation and arbitration. He represents businesses in proceedings before national courts as well as before national and foreign arbitral tribunals. He also acts as arbitrator. Since Christian studied at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and the London School of Economics, he has an in-depth understanding of economic issues. Recently, Christian has been involved in a number of litigations dealing with complex financial transactions governed by the ISDA Master Agreement. Christian publishes and speaks regularly on litigation and arbitration matters. He is a member of the Board of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) and a former member of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Chambers' Arbitration Institution.

Hendrik Puschmann


Farrer & Co

Hendrik Puschmann is a Partner of Farrer & Co in London and co-head of the firm’s arbitration group. He represents clients in a broad range of commercial and investor-state cases.  He also increasingly sits as an arbitrator.


Multilingual (he is a certified English/German translator), Hendrik is qualified in England, Germany, Ireland and Northern Ireland.


Outside of Farrer & Co, he is a fellow of Clare Hall in the University of Cambridge and Visiting Lecturer in international commercial law and arbitration at Johannes Kepler Universität Linz. Hendrik publishes regularly on a variety of dispute resolution topics; he is the editor and principal author of Butterworths Challenges in Arbitration, the main textbook on challenges against arbitrators, awards and enforcement in England.

Roman Zykov


Roman Zykov specialises in international arbitration in the construction, energy, water, mining, oil & gas industries. He has represented clients and acted as arbitrator under the ICC, LCIA, SCC, VIAC, NAI, SIAC, HKIAK and other Arbitration Rules. Roman’s previous roles included head of international arbitration and litigation group of a TSX-V listed gold mining company, a member of the dispute resolution groups in the leading law firms in the Netherlands and Scandinavia. Since 2013 Roman acts as Secretary General of the Russian Arbitration Association. From 2016, Mr Zykov is the managing partner of a leading Russian dispute resolution law firm Mansors.
Roman is a lecturer in the Russian State University of Oil and Gas, Institute of Mining and Energy Law.

Florian Stefan


Vavrovsky Heine Marth

Florian Stefan is an attorney in the arbitration team of Vavrovsky Heine Marth in Vienna. Florian represents clients in complex commercial and investor-state arbitrations and has broad experience in arbitrations under the auspices of leading institutions such as ICC, VIAC, HKIAC and ICSID. In addition to representing parties, he also acts as arbitrator and administrative secretary to arbitral tribunals. Florian has published various works in the field of international arbitration and is a frequent conference speaker.

Christoph Herbst


Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwaelte

Christoph Herbst practices international and national commercial arbitration and litigation. His industry specialisation includes inter alia financial market, energy, pharmaceutical, sports, Community and international and national public law. Since 2011, he is Member of the Austrian Constitutional Court, Vienna. Beside he is lecturer at Wirtschaftsuniversität Vienna, and Johannes Kepler Universität, Linz. He is fluent in German, English and Italian.

Marianela Bruno

Legal Officer

International Trade Law Division

Marianela Bruno Pollero is a legal officer at the International Trade Law Division (ITLD) of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, which functions as the substantive secretariat for the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). Currently, Ms. Bruno Pollero is the Repository of Published Information under the UNCITRAL Rules on Transparency.

Before joining UNCITRAL, Ms. Bruno Pollero worked for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) at the Division on Investment and Enterprise, International Investment Agreements. After that, she was the Legal Advisor at the Embassy of Uruguay in Washington D.C. and liaison officer to ICSID.

Ms. Bruno Pollero holds Degrees in Law and International Relations from the Universidad de la República in Uruguay and a LL.M in International and Comparative Law from the George Washington University School of Law, United States.

Clemens Treichl



Clemens is a member of the Vienna-based international arbitration group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Holding law degrees from the University of Vienna and Columbia Law School, he supports in advising throughout complex international commercial and investment arbitrations with a focus on Central and Eastern European markets. Before entering the practice of arbitration, he gained experience as a judicial clerk and in various research assistant positions. He specialised in the field of public international law and served as Senior Editor at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment. Clemens’ publications include articles on international institutional law. He speaks German, English and intermediate French.

Gunnar Pickl



Gunnar Pickl is a counsel at DORDA and joined the firm in 2007. He is specialising in arbitration, litigation, construction and insurance law. He focusses on disputes with complex technical backgrounds, in particular international construction disputes and commercial liability insurance cases. Gunnar Pickl is also the co-head of DORDA's construction practice.

He is a member of the Austrian Arbitration Association and the Young Austrian Arbitration Practioners as well as of the International Young Lawyers Association (AIJA), for which he acted as the Austrian National Representative from 2013 through 2016.

In addition to his advisory work, Gunnar Pickl regularly speaks at seminars on the topic of international arbitration, litigation and construction.

Ulrich Kopetzki



Ulrich Kopetzki is an associate at DORDA in Vienna. Ulrich regularly acts as party counsel in international arbitrations and also sits as arbitrator. Before joining DORDA, Ulrich worked at the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris, where he headed first the German-speaking and then the Eastern European case management team. In this capacity, Ulrich supervised more than 500 arbitrators and was involved in the scrutiny of some than 100 awards. In addition, Ulrich focuses on other forms of ADR and teaches negotiation and mediation at various universities. He was also a Visiting Scholar at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Illinois, United States, where he researched negotiation and mediation at Kellogg’s Dispute Resolution Research Center.

Elisabeth Rath



Elisabeth Rath is an Associate at KNOETZL specialising in international arbitration. Elisabeth holds a law degree from the University of Vienna as well as a master’s degree in comparative and international dispute resolution from Queen Mary University of London. During her diploma studies, she spent two semesters studying as an exchange student at the University of Hamburg, Germany, focusing in particular on European and international law as well as investment arbitration.

Before joining KNOETZL in 2017, Elisabeth gained substantial experience working in various renowned multinational law firms both in Austria and Germany, primarly in the fields of construction, corporate, employment and finance law.

Paul Nimmerfall



Paul Nimmerfall is an Associate at Schoenherr and a PhD-Candidate at the University of Vienna specialising in competition law and M&A. He studied law in Vienna and Edinburgh and worked as a Teaching and Research Assistant at the Department for Civil Law.

Paul is an External Lecturer at the University of Vienna and the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). At the WU, he currently coaches the WU Vis Moot Team.

Paul regularly publishes articles and papers in legal journals focusing mainly on competition law, corporate law, and civil procedural law.

Ilya Nikiforov

Managing Partner

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

Ilya Nikiforov is a founding member and revered leader of Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners. The firm’s arbitration team is regarded as top (co-)counsel in Russia and ot he only team from the CIS ranked by the Global Arbitration Review (GAR 100).

Mr. Nikiforov is a visible figure in the Russian arbitration world and perennially acclaimed by Chambers as an Eminent Practitioner. Has an edge in finance, energy, construction and technology arbitration. A degree in information technology enables him to understand technical aspects.

ot heas an arbitrator by ICDR (including Energy Arbitrators List), SIAC (first panel member from Russia), HKIAC, VIAC, ICAC (Moscow) and other European institutions.

Ilya Nikiforov co-authored a commentary ot he Russian Civil Code. Author of monographies on UNCITRAL rules and FIDIC contracts.

Ilona Zekely


Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasiev & Partners

Ilona Zekely, Partner and Head of European Desk at EPAM focuses on advising international companies in the CIS and CIS based blue chips in Europe. Having almost 30 years of legal practice, Ilona brings a wealth of experience to the firm in dealing with European clients, in their activities across the CIS. She practices in the areas of Corporate, M&A, Banking & Finance, Energy, Oil & Gas and Real Estate. She is highly recognized by Chambers, The Legal 500, IFLR1000 and other legal guides. Prior to coming to the CIS in 2007, she worked for Baker & McKenzie and other prominent law firms in Vienna. She obtained her Master of law degree from Law Faculty at the University of Vienna.