The former Secretary General of the International Arbitral Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (VIAC), Dr Manfred Heider, 65, has joined as Special Counsel the international law firm Konrad & Partners.

Konrad & Partners, the international arbitration law firm, is delighted to announce that Dr Manfred Heider, former Secretary General of the Vienna International Arbitral Centre, has joined the firm as Special Counsel, effective 1 January 2018.

Dr. Heider has served for more than 16 years as Secretary General of the Vienna International Arbitral Centre. Under his leadership and during his term of office, the most important reforms of the Austrian arbitration law as well as of the Vienna Arbitration and Mediation Rules took place. He is a recognized expert in arbitration and is highly esteemed in Austria and internationally, foremost in the CEE region, for his expertise and know-how.

We are extremely pleased about the future cooperation with Dr Heider, a proven expert in international arbitration. His expertise strengthens our commitment to provide the best possible support to our clients in all areas of dispute resolution”, stated Dr Christian W. Konrad, Partner, Konrad & Partners.

I look forward to working with Dr. Konrad and his team. I have known him for many years now and have closely witnessed him becoming one of the leading arbitration experts. We have maintained over the years our dialogue initiated during his research for his commentary on arbitration in Austria and I am very pleased that after my departure from the Vienna International Arbitral Centre, I will be at the services of his law firm”, says Dr Manfred Heider.