René Cienciala is a collaborating attorney-at-law and a head of international arbitration practice. Prior joining the law firm Urban & Hejduk, he worked in a leading Czech law firm for almost 10 years. He provides comprehensive legal advice to Czech and foreign clients in all stages of court proceedings as well as in domestic and international commercial arbitration (ICC, LCIA, or UNCITRAL). He has equally acted as counsel in numerous cases before the Czech Arbitration Court. He assists clients in preparing structured arbitration clauses, setting aside domestic arbitral awards, or recognizing and enforcing foreign judgments and foreign arbitral awards in the Czech Republic. He likewise has an extensive experience in sports law as arbitrator before the Czech Football Association (FACR) and as counsel in international sports arbitration (CAS) or international disciplinary proceedings (UEFA). Furthermore, he specialises in protection of foreign direct investments and has acted as local counsel in investor-state arbitration (ICSID). Besides the foregoing, he is active as arbitrator and in various professional associations; e.g., as Secretary of the Commission on International Arbitration of the ICC Czech Republic. He is also among the few Czechs who have earned the leading Geneva LL.M. in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS).

René speaks Czech and English.

T: +420 226 207 507

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