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International Trade and Arbitration

International trade

Legal counselling in the area of international trade belongs among the main focuses of our firm. We help our clients minimize their risks and maximize the opportunities linked to the growing regulation of international trade with goods and services. We always try to find a fast and efficient solution which would fully reflect up-to-date trends in the sector and, primarily, take specific needs of the client into account. Thanks to our knowledge and experience in this field as well as to a contact network linking top foreign experts, we are able to provide highly professional, complex and innovative legal solutions even in complex commercial disputes crossing various sectors of international trade.

Our legal practice includes the preparation, revision and assessment of basically all types of contracts and contractual obligations in cases with an international element, as well as participation in complicated cross-border commercial transactions or in extraterritorial and multijurisdictional matters and disputes. We have broad experience with the application of the Vienna Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) and model contract clauses like INCOTERMS, FIDIC etc. We also follow and analyse recommendations, harmonization and unification projects of the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).

We represent clients solving contentious matters, including the conciliation proceedings, mediation, judicial proceedings and arbitration. As legal counsels we have protected the interests of both the defendants and the plaintiffs in the wide range of international commercial transactions.

International arbitration

Our firm offers a qualified legal counselling also in the area of international commercial and investment arbitration. We are able to represent our clients before various arbitration courts and institutions (ICC, LCIA, DIS, SCC, VIAC, ICSID, etc.). We have gained experience with a direct representation of clients also through cooperation with prominent foreign experts and leading foreign law firms in this area. Due to our contact network we are able to provide legal counselling even in difficult cases concerning multiple jurisdictions.

Our legal practice includes the preparation of structured arbitration clauses, assistance with the selection of a convenient arbitration body, counselling before proceedings, conciliatory dispute resolution as well as leading of the arbitration itself in accordance with the rules of many acknowledged international arbitration centres. However, our work does not stop there; furthermore we are able to represent our clients in the consequent recognition and enforcement of the arbitration award as well as in the proceedings on actions to set aside an arbitration award or during an extrajudicial settlement.

We also have a vast experience with providing a complex legal counselling in the area of international investment protection, including conducting of proceedings according to the Washington Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States (ICSID). We are able to provide a qualified opinion on various obligations deriving from international treaties on investment protection, as well as on related questions of state immunity or the application of the doctrine of necessity.

In addition to providing of a complex legal counselling, in each phase of international commercial or investment arbitration we are able to work as experts or to author expert opinions and various assessments. We offer our service in this area also to law firms which do not focus on international arbitration matters.

Petr Bříza gives regular presentations on various topics from the area of international trade and arbitration within academia as well as within the commercial sector. He heads a team of authors of a commentary to the Act on International Private Law and is an author of a book titled Choice of Law and Choice of Court in International Trade. In addition, he has published numerous articles on these topics, some of them were published in foreign legal magazines (e.g., Journal of Private International Law or Civil Justice Quarterly).