Rowan Legal is one of the leaders in providing services in the field of arbitration, as evidenced by its repeated placement among the “highly recommended offices” in the Law Firm of the Year awards in this area and in its high rankings from prestigious foreign rankings (LEGAL500 and Chambers & Partners). We have successfully represented clients in a number of national and foreign commercial arbitrations. We have extensive experience in resolving commercial disputes according to the rules of ICC, SCC, LCIA, VIAC, RSHKAKČR, etc. Our lawyers have participated in resolving major investment disputes based on agreements to protect and promote investment, before the ICSID and in ad hoc proceedings (UNCITRAL).

Miloš Olík, Vilém Podešva and Michal Čáp are active arbitrators working at various arbitration institutions (ICSID, ICC, VIAC, SCIA, RSHKAKČR, etc.). Our clients appreciate that thanks to the extensive experience of our lawyers as arbitrators with hundreds of completed complicated cases behind them, we are able to offer a unique view on new cases and the practical know-how of arbitrators.

Our goal is to resolve disputes in the most effective way while minimizing our clients’ costs.

How we can help:

Commercial arbitration:

  • Advising on a suitable way of resolving potential disputes within the preparation of contractual documentation with regard to the specific area of ​​the client’s business.
  • Legal analysis of the case and recommendation of a procedural strategy.
  • Negotiations with the counterparty with a view to settling disputes amicably, including applying negotiation and mediation techniques.
  • Representation in arbitration proceedings, proceedings on the annulment of arbitral awards, and proceedings on the execution of arbitral awards.
  • Ensuring the execution of foreign arbitral awards.

Investment arbitration:

  • Advice before making investments (industry analysis, considering existing international protection, etc.).
  • Evaluation of whether the investment has been harmed by the host state.
  • Representation of clients in amicable settlements of disputes with the host state/foreign investor.
  • Representation in arbitration proceedings.
  • Representation in proceedings on the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards, proceedings on the annulment of arbitral awards.

Selected references:

Representation of clients:

LEADING CZECH BANKING INSTITUTION
Successful representation of the client in arbitration proceedings and subsequently also proceedings on the annulment of the arbitration award against an investment company which is one of the most active investor groups in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, in connection with the expiry of a bank guarantee.

J. OOSTERGETEL A T.LAURENTIUS VS. SLOVENSKÁ REPUBLIKA
Successful representation of the client, the Slovak Republic, in international investment arbitration conducted in accordance with UNCITRAL rules on violations of the Slovak-Dutch bilateral agreement on investment protection and promotion (BIT), with investors in the textile industry.

ACHMEA B.V. (EUREKO B.V.) VS. SLOVENSKÁ REPUBLIKA
Successful representation of the client, the Slovak Republic, in international investment arbitration conducted in accordance with UNCITRAL rules on violation of the Slovak-Dutch bilateral agreement on investment protection and promotion (BIT) in a dispute concerning public health insurance. Amount of funds saved: 65%, and after the annulment of the finding: 100%.

Appointment as an arbitrator:

UNICREDIT BANK AUSTRIA AG AND ZAGREBAČKA BANKA D.D. VS. CHORTVATSKO (ICSID CASE NO. ARB/16/31), ADDIKO BANK AG AND ADDIKO BANK D.D. VS. CHORVATSKO (ICSID CASE NO. ARB/17/37), 
Miloš Olík has been appointed as an arbitrator by the Republic of Croatia in two investment arbitrations according to ISCID rules in disputes concerning breaches of the Austro-Croatian Bilateral Agreement on the Promotion and Mutual Protection of Investments (BIT). The disputes concern changes in the regulation of banking services and debt instruments.

ICC arbitráž:
Miloš Olík was appointed as an arbitrator in a dispute between a Hungarian and an Italian company in proceedings under the Rules of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).