Beata Gessel-Kalinowska vel Kalisz, D.Sc.

Beata Gessel-Kalinowska vel Kalisz, D.Sc.

Senior partner
radca prawny
(attorney-at-law)

arbitration

Experience

Founding (1993) and senior partner leading GESSEL’s arbitration practice.

Beata is an expert practitioner in arbitration, M&A, private equity and commercial law. Former member of the ICC International Arbitration Court (2015-2021). Honorary President of the Lewiatan Arbitration Court (2017). She chairs the Audit Committee of the Polish Private Equity Association. To this date, Beata Gessel has participated, as an arbitrator, counsel and expert, in approx. 150 both domestic and international, arbitration cases (conducted according to rules including those of the ICC, UNCITRAL, SCC, VIAC, SAC, FCC, IAA, SCAI, SIDiR, Lewiatan, Polish National Chamber of Commerce and the National Depository for Securities). Member of the ICDR/AAA Rules Revision Task Force.

Widely recognised as an expert in arbitration as well as M&A transactions, in legal aspects of private equity / venture capital, and in business law. For many years Beata Gessel has been recommended by Chambers Europe and Chambers Global in “Most In-Demand Arbitrators” category. In 2021 she made a list of the “Most in Demand Arbitrators Europe”, as the only arbitrator representing CEE region. She is praised for her “inquisitorial style” and is described as “efficient with a strong commercial sense” as well as “heavily involved with various arbitration bodies”. Beata Gessel has been also recognised in Legal500 ranking as a Leading Individual in the Dispute Resolution Category, where she was named a “strong leader” and praised for “exceptional business acumen and second-to-none legal knowledge”. Featured as Thought Leader Arbitration by Who is Who Legal since 2019.

 

Education

Beata Gessel is an adjunct professor in commercial arbitration as well as M&A transactions at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw. Having received her PhD from Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw in 2009; her monograph titled ‘Legal Character of Representations and Warranties in a Limited Liability Company Share Purchase Agreement (in Light of the Freedom of Contract Principle)’, published by Wolters Kluwer, became an essential source of legal doctrine in this respect in Poland. In 2019 Kluwer Law International published her habilitation thesis titled ‘The Legal, Real and Converged Interest in Declaratory Relief’. The book focuses on declaratory relief in litigation and arbitration. In 2021, she was awarded the title of habilitated doctor.

 

She ran comparative law research on M&A as a visiting academic at Oxford University Law Department for 2015/2016, Cambridge University within the Herbert Smith Freehills Visiting Professors Scheme for 2016/2017 and as visiting scholar at Wolfson College for 2018; and on arbitrators’ discretionary powers at Wolfson College for 2021.

Languages: English, Russian, Polish (native)

Please see the full list of publications and speaking engagements.

Academic publications

  • Arbitral Award during the Pandemic. Permissibility of Contemporary Electronic Forms, Przegląd Prawa Handlowego 2020/7, p. 24-31.
  • Admissibility of Electronic Awards in the UNCITRAL Model Law Jurisdiction: Polish Law Example, Journal of International Arbitration, Volume 38, Issue 2.
  • Legal interest in a claim for declaratory relief before an ADR tribunal – Commentary to the National Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Court judgment SA 193/05, Jubilee volume dedicated to Prof. Andrzej Kidyba, Wolters Kluwer 2020, s. 777-787. 
  • The Legal, Real and Converged Interest in Declaratory Relief, Kluwer Law International 2019.
  • The Concept of Legal Interest in Declaratory Relief and Access to Justice Problem: an Introduction to the Discussion. Analysis of the Statistical Data*, [in:] Przegląd Prawa Handlowego 1 (317)/2019.
  • Beata Gessel-Kalinowska vel Kalisz, Joanna Kisielińska-Garncarek, Arbitrability of a Dispute Concerning Exclusion of a Shareholder from a Limited Liability Company. Commentary on Decision of the Court of Appeal in Katowice of 15 December 2016, V ACz 1309/16*, Glosa 1(171)/2019.
  • Gessel-Kalinowska vel Kalisz, K. Czech, The Role of Precedent in Investment Treaty Arbitration [in:] Investment Treaty Arbitration Review (ed. B. Legum), London 2018.
  • On usefulness of distinguishing the branch ‘corporate finance law’ in the field of commercial law [in:] Private Law Dissertations. Liber Amicorum to Professor Wojciech Popiołek*, Wolters Kluwer 2017
  • European mixed jurisdiction of the new era – Polish law evidence, the European Review of Private Law, publication in process.
  • UNCITRAL Model Law: Composition of the Arbitration Tribunal Re-considering the Case upon Setting Aside of the Original Arbitration Award’. Journal of International Arbitration 34, no. 1 (2017).
  • Repeal of the arbitral award and the composition of the arbitration court in the case of retrial [in:] Usus Magister Est Optimus. Rozprawy prawnicze ofiarowane Profesorowi Andrzejowi Kubasowi (Usus Magister Est Optimus. Legal hearings offered to Professor Andrzej Kubas),  Beata Gessel-Kalinowska vel Kalisz, CH Beck 2016.
  • Arbitration court proceedings. Commentary to the Lewiatan Arbitration Court Rules*, ed. Beata Gessel-Kalinowska vel Kalisz, Wolters Kluwer 2015.
  • Evolution of interim measueres as an example of the judicalisation of 21st century international commercial arbitration [in:] The challenges and the future of commercial and investment arbitration (ed. Beata Gessel-Kalinowska vel Kalisz), Warsaw 2015
  • Written form of the arbitration agreement as a form for evidentiary purposes*. [in:] Państwo i Prawo, 12/2015.
  • A Defect of the Enterprise as a Defect of a Share – One of the Dilemmas of M&A Transactions (Polish law perspective) [in:] Global Wisdom on Business Transactions, International Law and Dispute Resolution, CH Beck 2015.
  • Chapter Lewiatan Court of Arbitration [in:] World Arbitation Reporter (WAR) 2 nd Edition. International Institutions.
  • Polish Arbitration Law (ed. Beata Gessel-Kalinowska vel Kalisz), Warsaw 2014.
  • Representations and Warranties in Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions:The Challenges of Cultural Diversity, ICC International Court of Arbitration Bulletin, Vol. 24/Number 1-2013, June 2013.
  • Perception of the practices followed in the field of the confidentiality obligation in arbitration [in:] Arbitration E-Review No. 2-3(10-11)/2012, January 2013.
  • Normative basis of confidentiality principle in Polish commercial arbitration*n [in:] Przegląd Prawa Handlowego No. 1(245), January 2013.
  • CEE Overview Chapter [in:] The International Comparative Legal Guide to International Arbitration 2012. A practical cross-border insight into international arbitration work. Global Legal Group Ltd. and Commercial Dispute Resolution (CDR), London 2012.
  • New Rules of the Lewiatan Court of Arbitration . Co-author of a Chapter in YAR – Young Arbitration Review, April 2012.
  • Chapter “Poland” [in:] The International Comparative Legal Guide to: International Arbitration 2011. A practical cross-border insight into international arbitration work. Global Legal Group Ltd. and Commercial Dispute Resolution (CDR), London 2011.
  • Solving corporate disputes in arbitration proceedings [in:] Arbitration in Poland (ed. Beata Gessel-Kalinowska vel Kalisz), Warsaw, 2011.
  • The European Parliament draft Resolution on Brussels I: A return to the pre-West Tankers era? Arbitration e-Review, No. 4 (7)/2011
  • Class Action Arbitration* . Chapter in the book commemorating 60 th Anniversary of the Arbitration Court at the Polish Chamber of Commerce. Warsaw, 2010.
  • Legal Character of Representations and Warranties in a Limited Liability Company Share Purchase Agreement (in Light of the Freedom of Contract Principle)* , WoltersKluwer, Warsaw 2010.
  • Distinct Evidentiary Proceedings in Cases Heard by Alternative Dispute Resolution Tribunals* [in:] ADR Arbitraż i Mediacje, Beck, Poland, 2010.
  • Conflicts of interests involved where arbitrators are members of law firms [in:] International and Domestic Commercial Arbitration at the Outset of the 21 st Century. The Commemorative Book to Honor dr. hab Tadeusz Szurski*, 2008.
  • Capital share in a limited liability company as a subjective right*, Przegląd Prawa Handlowego No. 5 (189) May 2008.
  • Mergers and Acquisitions: Don’t Buy a Pig in a Poke* [in:] Law at 2008 Company, Harvard Business Review, Poland, Supplement, March 2008.

*Published in Polish

 

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