Beata Gessel-Kalinowska vel Kalisz, D.Sc.

Beata Gessel-Kalinowska vel Kalisz, D.Sc.

Senior partner
radca prawny
(attorney-at-law)

arbitration

Experience

As of 1995, arbitration has been an important element in Beata’s professional practice. She has built up comprehensive experience in ADR, participating – whether as arbitrator, counsel, or expert – in approximately 100 arbitration cases, domestic as well as international (conducted according to rules including those of the ICC, UNCITRAL, FCC, IAA, SCAI, Lewiatan, Polish National Chamber of Commerce and the National Depository for Securities). The majority of the arbitral proceeding she has been involved in featured elements of M&A transactions and construction law (including FIDIC regulations). A detailed list of appointments can be viewed here.

Between 2011 and 2017, served as President of the Lewiatan Arbitration Court; upon leaving this position, she was appointed Honorary President. She is a member of the of ICC International Arbitration Court (2015).

Beata Gessel is also an adjunct professor in commercial arbitration as well as M&A transactions at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University.

In 2015/2016 she ran comparative law research on breach of M&A transactions as a visiting academic at Oxford University Law Department and in 2016/2017 continued her research at the Cambridge University Law Department within the Herbert Smith Freehills Visiting Professor Scheme.

Member of the Polish Arbitration Association (at which she sits on the Audit Committee); also chairs the Audit Committee of the Polish Private Equity Association, an organisation assembling all the private equity funds active in Poland.

Education

Graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw (1989). Received her PhD in legal studies from Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw in 2009; her PhD thesis entitled “Legal Character of Representations and Warranties in a Limited Liability Company Share Purchase Agreement (in Light of the Freedom of Contract Principle)” is a cornerstone of the Polish literature on the subject. Author and editor of many publications dealing with M&A and commercial arbitration, including Polish Arbitration Law (Warsaw 2014) and The Challenges and the Future of Commercial and Investment Arbitration (Warsaw 2015). A full list of her publications can be viewed here.  

Recommendations

For many years, recommended as a leading M&A practitioner in the annual ranking of lawyers compiled by the “Rzeczpospolita” daily. The Practical Law Company included her in the “highly recommended” category in Private Equity/ Venture Capital and in Corporate/ M&A (2007 through 2011). In “Private Equity Global Counsel Handbooks”, she is recommended in the Private Equity and Venture Capital category. Beata Gessel has been recommended in Chambers Global’s “The World’s Leading Lawyers” and in “Chambers Europe Legal Directory” since 2001 (the latter’s 2008 edition points out that “ Beata Gessel is something of a private equity celebrity in Polish legal circles, with a highly impressive track record in the sector ”). For many years, distinguished in Chambers Global and Chambers Europe in the field of Dispute resolution: for her inquisitive style, effectiveness, and strong business sense as well as for the strength which she brings to bear in promoting Polish arbitration: “ Beata Gessel has put Poland on the international arbitration scene ”. She is often called the first lady of arbitration in Poland. In 2017 dr Beata Gessel-Kalinowska vel Kalisz has been recognised as a Leading Individual in Dispute Resolution in the Legal 500 ranking. According to Clients, she has “exceptional business acumen and second-to-none legal knowledge” and is a “strong leader”.

Languages

Fluent in English and in Russian.

Modern art being one of her hobbies, Beata established (in 1996) the Foundation for Contemporary Art of the National Museum in Warsaw, which has purchased almost 50 works to augment the Museum’s own collections. In her leisure time, she enjoys mountain hiking in the Tatra Mountains and in Podhale.

 

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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