Markus Schifferl is a partner at Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich. He is a specialist in international and domestic arbitration, contentious proceedings before the national courts and company law.

Markus regularly represents clients before ICC, VIAC, UNCITRAL, DIS and ad-hoc arbitral tribunals as well as before Austrian Courts, including the Austrian Supreme Court and the Austrian Constitutional Court. Markus also sits as arbitrator – including as chairperson – among others under the ICC, VIAC and DIS Rules. His focus is on disputes regarding technology, plant engineering, construction, energy related matters, joint-ventures, corporations and private foundations, post-M&A and European competition law.

Markus is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR and a former co-chair of the Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners. He is a guest lecturer of Austrian civil law at the University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna and regularly holds lectures about arbitration and litigation at international conferences. Markus has authored numerous legal publications in the field of dispute resolution. Since 2008, he annotates the arbitration related decisions of the Austrian Supreme Court in the Austrian Yearbook on International Arbitration.

Markus works in English (fluent) and German (native), and has good knowledge in French.

Highlights of Markus’ work include the following:

  • Representation of a Czech energy company in an ICC arbitration against state owned energy companies regarding a joint-venture for the building and operation of a coal power plant (amount in dispute EUR 60 million)
  • Representation of an oil & gas multinational in an ICC arbitration against a pipeline operator concerning long-term capacity contracts (amount in dispute EUR 55 million)
  • Representation of a large Austrian multinational in four interrelated ad-hoc arbitrations regarding the validity of various strategic corporate decisions (amount in dispute EUR 40 million)
  • Representation of an Italian gas trader in ad-hoc arbitral proceedings against a German multinational regarding the revision of gas storage contracts (amount in dispute EUR 15 million)
  • Representation of a South European plant-engineering manufacturer in proceedings on the annulment of an arbitral award (EUR 40 million, Austrian Supreme Court) – 2016.
  • Representation of a market-leading furniture manufacturer and retailer in an ICC arbitration against an Austrian supplier regarding damages for breach of contract (amount in dispute EUR 5 million)
  • Representation of a minority shareholder before Austrian Courts regarding the ownership of 40% of the shares in a large Austrian company (amount in dispute EUR 800 million)
  • Representation of a German plant engineering company in an VIAC arbitration against a Belarussian dairy producer regarding the construction, installation and commissioning of a production line for dairy products
  • Representation of an Austrian multinational before the Austrian Constitutional Court concerning the constitutionality of the Austrian Squeeze-Out Act
  • Representation of an oil & gas multinational before the Austrian Constitutional Court concerning questions of the constitutionality of arbitration related issues
  • Representation of an Austrian multinational before Austrian Courts including the Austrian Supreme Court in the squeeze-out of a minority shareholder (amount in dispute EUR 10 million)
  • Representation of an Austrian plant engineering company in various proceedings before Austrian Courts (amounts in dispute up to EUR 3 million)
  • Appointment as presiding arbitrator in a VIAC arbitration regarding plant engineering issues (amount in dispute EUR 4 million)
  • Appointment as presiding arbitrator in a DIS arbitration regarding an M&A transaction (amount in dispute EUR 400,000)
  • Appointment as co-arbitrator in a VIAC arbitration regarding the building of hydro-power plants (amount in dispute EUR 10 million)
  • Appointment as co-arbitrator in a VIAC arbitration regarding a post M&A dispute (amount in dispute EUR 5 million)
  • Appointment as co-arbitrator in a VIAC arbitration regarding a price revision clause (amount in dispute EUR 2 million)
  • Appointment as sole arbitrator in an ICC arbitration regarding the delivery of ammunition (amount in dispute USD 500,000)

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

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich, Vienna/Austria (since 2020)
  • Partner, zeiler.partners, Vienna/Austria (2015-2020)
  • Partner (previously Attorney and Associate), Torggler, Vienna/Austria (2007-2015)
  • Associate, Schönherr, Vienna/Austria (2005-2007)
  • Court Clerkship, Vienna/Austria (2004/2005)
  • Associate, bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte OG, Vienna/Austria (2003)
  • Assistant, Rutgers University Law School, New Jersey/US (2002)

Education

  • Doctor of Law (with distinction), University of Vienna, Vienna/Austria (2006)
  • LL.M. (with merit), University College London, London/UK (2004)
  • Magister Iuris, Karl-Franzens-University Graz, Graz/Austria (2002)
  • Erasmus Exchange Student, Sciences-Po Paris, Paris/France (2000-2001)
  • Austria: Arbitrators and Counsel (2021)

Benchmark Litigation 2020

  • Dispute Resolution Star (Commercial and Transactions, Commercial Arbitration, Construction, International Arbitration)

Chambers Global & Chambers Europe 2020

  • Recognised Practitioner 2020
  • Austria: Arbitration 2020

Chambers Global 2019

  • Recognised Practitioner 2019

LMG Expert Guides 2019

  • Recommended Expert: Commercial Arbitration 2019
  • "Markus Schifferl is a 'hard-working and persuasive counsel', praised for his 'very diligent and sophisticated approach' to joint venture and post-M&A disputes."
  • "Markus Schifferl is a favourite among clients who admire the way he is able to “grasp the issues at hand in record time“."
  • "Markus Schifferl is a “bright guy – quick and efficient“"

JUVE 2014

  • Markus Schifferl is a favourite among clients who admire the way he is able to “grasp the issues at hand in record time“.