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Gerold Zeiler

Gerold Zeiler


Vienna, AUT

Dr. Gerold Zeiler, FCIArb

Areas of Practice

International Commercial Arbitration, Investment Arbitration, Litigation, Commercial Law


More than 20 years of experience in litigating commercial cases before Austrian courts and international as well as domestic arbitral tribunals. Listed as arbitrator on various panels, including the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC), the Serbian Chamber of Commerce (FTCA), and the Court of International Commercial Arbitration at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania and Bucharest.

Chairman, sole arbitrator, party appointed arbitrator, expert witness, as well as counsel in more than hundred and fifty ad hoc and administered arbitration proceedings, including proceedings under the Vienna Rules (VIAC), ICC Rules of Arbitration, UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, Rules of the Arbitration Court of the Economic Chamber of the Czech Republic, as well as ICSID arbitration proceedings.

Co-editor of the Austrian Yearbook on International Arbitration, Member of the Editorial Board of the Ukrainian ADR Journal and Austrian Correspondent for the Romanian Arbitration Journal.
Recent cases include counsel of Claimant in investment arbitrations against Romania and Bulgaria, representation of the Government of Montenegro in ICSID arbitration proceedings, various gas and energy related litigations and arbitrations, including the representation of a South-East European Government against a foreign investor and the appointment as Chairman and party appointed arbitrator in arbitrations concerning construction disputes, the energy business, Post M&A Disputes, and foreign investment disputes.


  • since 2012, Austrian Arbitration Association (ArbAUT), President
  • since 2008, Austrian Arbitration Association (ArbAUT), Board Member
  • since 2007, Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC) Panel of Arbitrators
  • since 2007, Co-Editor Austrian Arbitration Yearbook
  • since 2006, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) Fellow
  • since 2005, ICC Commission on Arbitration, Member
  • since 1998, Schönherr Rechtsanwälte, Partner and Head of International Arbitration
  • since 1993, Admitted to the Bar (Austria)


  • 2004 DiplCArb
  • 1996 University of Vienna, doctorate in law
  • 1988 University of Vienna, master's degree (Mag. iur.)


  • Chambers 2013 Arbitration (Band 1), Most in demand arbitrators (Band 1)
  • Chambers Europe 2012 Arbitration (Band 1), Most in demand arbitrators (Band 2)
  • PLC Which Lawyer 2012 Arbitrators, Counsel to arbitration, Litigation (endorsed)
  • Legal 500 2013 Arbitration (Tier 1 Schönherr Attorneys at Law)
  • Presse Handbuch, Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit (empfohlen)
  • Who's Who Legal Commercial Arbitrators 2012
  • Who's Who Legal Commercial Litigation 2012
  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration 2013



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