Gerold Zeiler is partner with our firm and an expert in national and international dispute resolution, with a strong focus on international commercial arbitration and complex litigation.

Gerold has extensive experience representing clients and serving as an arbitrator in both commercial and investment arbitration forums – more than 200 at the last count and is a seasoned litigator before Austrian courts.

In 2018, the ICC World Council appointed Gerold as the Austrian member of the ICC Court. He is also listed on the panel of arbitrators of the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB), the International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Arbitration Court at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania, the Russian Arbitration Center at the Russian Institute of Modern Arbitration, the Indian Council of Arbitration, the Thailand Arbitration Center (THAC) and  the Czech Arbitration Court.

A graduate of the University of Vienna (Mag.iur. 1988; Dr.iur. 1996) and the Washington University in St. Louis (LL.M. 2016), Gerold is a co-editor of the Austrian Yearbook on International Arbitration, a member of the Publications Board of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and a former president of the Austrian Arbitration Association (ArbAUT). His published work includes a comprehensive commentary on Austrian arbitration law (Schiedsverfahren, 2nd edition, 2014). He regularly speaks at international conferences and guest lectures a university course at Graz University.

Gerold works in English (fluent) and German (native), has a basic Italian and a reading Spanish.

Highlights of Gerold’s work include the following:

  • Representing a manging director of a municipal transport service company on the renewal of his appointment toward the company.

  • Representation of a South-Eastern European companies in a dispute regarding the construction of a power plant against an insolvent claimant (EUR 73 million, ICC).

  • Representing a former board member of an Austrian international gambling company in the negotiations of his separation from the company.

  • Representation of a Korean luxury car dealer in a court proceedings against an Austrian supplier (Austrian courts).

  • Representation of a global leader in packaging and paper in a post M&A dispute regarding the purchase of an Asian company ( EUR 70 million, ICC/Singapore).

  • Representation of an Austrian construction company in arbitral proceedings against a large European engineering and construction group regarding damage claims arising from the construction of an industrial plant (EUR 15 million, ICC).

  • Representation of a Southern European state in an investment arbitration against a Slovenian investor regarding the privatisation of a power plant (EUR 720 million, ICSID).

  • Representation of a Central European construction company in court proceedings on disbursement of performance and advance payment guarantees (EUR 1.4 million, Austrian court).

  • Representation of a major European insurance group in arbitral proceedings against a major American insurance group regarding reinsurance claims arising from a global insurance programme (EUR 8 million, VIAC).

  • Representation of an European industry holding company in arbitral proceedings against an Asian industrial group regarding indemnity and warranty claims following an M&A transaction in the paint and coatings industry (EUR 7 million, ICC).

     

Interested in specific aspects of Gerold’s recent work? Contact office@zeilerfloydzad.com for further reference cases.

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich, Vienna/Austria and New York/USA (since 2020)
  • Partner, zeiler.partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH, Vienna/Austria (2014-2020)
  • Austrian member of the ICC Court (since 2018)
  • Member of the Publications Board of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution (since 2018)
  • Guest Lecturer at University of Graz (since 2017)
  • Co-Editor Austrian Arbitration Yearbook (since 2007)
  • Partner (Attorney, Associate) at Schönherr Rechtsanwälte GmbH (1988-2014)
  • President and Board Member of ArbAUT (2008-2013)
  • Clerkship, Vienna/Austria (1987-1988)

Education

  • California Bar Exam (2017)
  • LL.M., Washington University, St. Louis/US (2016)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London/UK (2006)
  • Doctor of Law, University of Vienna, Vienna/Austria (1996)
  • Austrian Bar Exam, Vienna/Austria (1993)
  • Magister Iuris, University of Vienna, Vienna/Austria (1988)
  • Thought Leader - Litigation 2021
  • Austria: Arbitrators and Counsel (2021)

Best Lawyers 2021

  • Arbitration and Mediation, Labour and Employment Law, and Litigation 2021
  • Lawyer of the year for Litigation 2021

Benchmark Litigation 2020

  • Dispute Resolution Star (Commercial Arbitration, International Arbitration )

Chambers Global & Chambers Europe 2020

  • Dispute Resolution: Arbitration 2020 - Band 1; Dispute resolution: Most in demand arbitrator - Band 1
    "Gerold Zeiler is'very impressive and very good with clients,' according to one source. He is active on energy-related disputes involving investments and competition issues, with additional strength in insurance mandates."
  • Recommended lawyer 2020, Leading individual 2020

TREND Anwaltsranking 2020

  • Top 1 der Prozess- und Schiedsrechtsexperten 2020
  • Austria: Arbitration 2020
  • Austria: Thought Leader in Arbitration 2020
    “Gerold Zeiler is a key name in the market who is lauded by sources as 'one of the top counsel and arbitrators of his generation'.”

Chambers Global 2019

  • Leading Individual 2019 (Band 1)
    "Gerold Zeiler remains a top-flight practitioner in the arbitration sphere handling investment and commercial cases, most notably in the energy sector." "He is especially intelligent, I would describe him as one of the grands-seigneurs of the arbitration scene in Austria."
  • Most in demand arbitrator 2019 (Band1)

Handelsblatt 2019

  • Schiedsverfahren, Streitbeilegung, Mediation, Konfliktlösung 2019

LMG Expert Guides 2019

  • Recommended Expert: Commercial Arbitration 2019 – Best of the Best
  • Austria: Litigation 2019
  • "Gerold Zeiler is described by sources familiar with his work as "really, really impressive", with one source stating that they have "hardly ever seen a practitioner who identifies the critical issues of a case so quickly"."

Chambers Global 2018

  • Most in demand arbitrator 2018 (Band1)
  • Leading Individual 2018 (Band 1)
    "Gerold Zeiler is recognised as one of the most prominent names in the field of arbitration, where he excels as both counsel and arbitrator. In addition to his outstanding expertise, a client also notes his ""great business acumen,"" adding that he is ""sharp and comes straight to the point in a few minutes.""

Client Choice Award 2018

  • Client Choice Award 2018 für Arbitration und ADR in Österreich
  • "fantastic court room performer"
  • "Gerold Zeiler is ”a professional and efficient arbitrator” who receives acclaim for his ”extensive experience”."

Chambers Europe 2017

  • Leading Individual 2017 (Band 1, Dispute resolution)
  • "Founding partner Gerold Zeiler is an unrivalled arbitration expert, acting as both arbitrator and counsel on high-stakes international cases. Clients extol him as “one of the grands seigneurs of the Austrian arbitration community. He is very experienced, very smart but very friendly, with very good business acumen.” He is instructed by a strong banking and energy names as well as government entities.""

Chambers Global 2017

  • Most in demand arbitrator (Band1)
  • Leading Individual 2017 (Band 1)

Chambers Global 2015

  • "Gerold Zeiler of zeiler.partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH is widely regarded as a leading arbitrator in the market."

Chambers Europe 2014

  • "He is excellent at what he does. His know-how is not only local, but international, which sets him apart. He doesn't get emotional, which makes him excellent for meetings that take unexpected turns. He is also flexible and extremely efficient." "Highly rated Austrian arbitration lawyer Gerold Zeiler recently acted on several significant BIT and other investment-related cases on behalf of major European clients. He is noted for his focus on energy-related disputes."