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Jiří Zeman is a senior partner at ROWAN LEGAL. He is a leading specialist in the field of procedural law, copyright protection and ICT law. He also focuses on the issue of damages in commercial relations and compensation for damage to health. Jiří is also a lawyer with extensive theoretical and practical experience in the field of real estate law and construction law.

He has prepared or consulted on complex terms and conditions in many contracts on public works. He has also participated in the negotiations and drafting of a series of contracts related to the execution of works in the private sector. Finally, he has also represented a particular client in various disputes arising from contracts for work with the value of the disputes reaching tens of millions of Czech crowns.

Jiří has been working in advocacy since the 1970s. During his career, he has represented hundreds of clients in domestic and international disputes related to trade and other obligations and participated in the representation of companies and countries in international commercial arbitrations and in the context of investment disputes. He is the author of a series of model contracts, particularly focusing on information technology, used by major local and international companies.

He is the author of numerous publications and articles, such as Intervention in Civil Proceedings (Bulletin advokacie, 1982), and Liability for Damage Caused by Vehicles (Právník, 1983). He lectures regularly at seminars and conferences such as Compensation in the Czech legal Procedure, 2009 (Prague); Compensation Under the law of the Slovak Republic, 2009 (Bratislava); Submissions in Arbitration Proceedings, 2009 (Prague and Bratislava) ; Investment Disputes, 2008 (Prague); System Integration, 2008 (Prague); Selected Questions of Civil Procedure, 2005 (Prague); Outsourcing vs. IT Security, 2005 (Prague) and Security requirements in contracts with suppliers, 2002 (Prague), to name but a few.

REPRESENTATION BEFORE ARBITRATION COURTS:

Represented the Slovak Republic EUREKO B.V. (ACHMEA) vs. THE SLOVAK REPUBLICin international investment arbitration against Eureko B.V. (Achmea) under the UNCITRAL rules in the case of alleged violations of the rights of the investor due to changes in the legislation concerning health insurance of 5.1 billion.

Represented the Slovak Republic in an international investment arbitration against the JCC.HICEE B.V. under the UNCITRAL rules in the case of alleged violations of the rights of the investor due to changes of the legislation concerning health insurance of EUR 750 million.

Represented the Czech Republic against a Dutch investor in arbitration proceedings concerning the financial sector under the UNCITRAL rules with a dispute value of EUR 6 million.

Represented the Czech Republic against a Canadian investor in arbitration proceedings, under UNCITRAL rules, in the natural resources sector and aerospace industry with the dispute value of USD 320 million.

Represented the Slovak Republic against A.J. Oostergetel and T.Laurentius in arbitration proceedings under UNCITRAL rules in the industrial sector with a dispute value of EUR 297 million.

Represented the Slovak Republic against Branimir Menšík in arbitration proceedings in the natural resources sector, under the ICSID rules, with a value of the dispute of USD 16.6 million.

Represented Ministry of health of the Slovak Republic against Branimir Menšík in arbitration proceedings in accordance with the ICC rules in the natural resources sector, with the value of the dispute of USD 45.4 million.

Represented the Slovak Republic against Achmea B.V. in arbitration proceedings under UNCITRAL rules in the health sector (health insurance) on claims to refrain from expropriation and unspecified cash claims.

Represented the Slovak Republic against European American Investment Bank AG in arbitration proceedings under UNCITRAL rules in the health sector (health insurance) with a dispute value of EUR 131,4 million.

 

OTHER LEGAL SERVICES:

Represented a top supply company providing building equipment as plaintiff in a dispute over approximately CZK 37 million arising from a contract on work.

Provided legal services and representation in disputes to SAP CR.

Represented a major company organizing cultural, social and sports events: in arbitration proceedings for alleged violations of their obligations to pay compensation to the applicant for mediation services.

Represented an important company organizing cultural, social and sports events in a dispute over the payment of a sum worth over CZK 140 million.

Title: Fundamentals of Law on Information
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
Publication date: 2013

Title: Liability for damage caused by vehicles
Publisher: Právník
Publication date: 1983

Title: Interventions in civil proceedings
Publisher: Bulletin advokacie
Publication date: 1982

Education

Institution: Charles University, Law Faculty in Prague
Field of studies: Law

Professional experience

Organization: ROWAN LEGAL
Position: Senior Partner
Period: 1991 – present
Job description: Leading specialist in the field of procedural law, copyright protection and ICT law

Organization: Urban Bar Association
Position: Consultant
Period: 1979 – 1990

Organization: Techno Export
Period: 1977 – 1979