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New high-profile hire confirms Liedekerkes leading position in international arbitration


Belgian law firm Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick is pleased to announce the hire of Gabriele Ruscalla as Senior Associate within the International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution practice.

Previously Counsel of the Italian-Swiss team at the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce, Dr Ruscalla will complement one of the largest arbitration teams in Belgium. He will assist on matters involving corporate clients, States and State-owned entities in both international commercial arbitration and investment arbitrations, conducted under the ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, and LCIA Rules.

Arnaud Nuyts, Head of the IADR practice comments:We are thrilled and honoured to have such an esteemed arbitration practitioner join our team. His extensive knowledge and experience will bolster the firm’s International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution practice and will be a tremendous asset to our clients”.

Andrea Carlevaris, Former ICC Court’s Secretary General and partner at BonelliErede commented: “I had the good fortune of working with Gabriele at the ICC Secretariat for four years. He is a sharp legal mind, detail-oriented and, importantly, a most pleasant colleague. Moreover, he brings to Liedekerke a large network of contacts he created during his years at the Secretariat. Gabriele is a great addition to the firm’s international arbitration team.”

“Anyone who had the pleasure of interacting with Gabriele during his time at the ICC, will have been impressed by his rigorous legal analysis, thoughtful comments and people skills.  I have no doubt that he will thrive in his new position.” added Professor Dr. Maxi Scherer, Special Counsel at WilmerHale and Professor of Law at Queen Mary University of London.

While at the ICC, I met a great number of lawyers from law firms all over the world. When I decided to take the plunge and return to private practice, I identified the law firms which interested me the most in terms of structure, cases, business development, regional interests, etc. Liedekerke ticked all the boxes of my ‘checklist’: clients in industries in which I have a lot of interest, a strong international footprint steadily increasing, a fantastic team of incredibly talented and dynamic young lawyers led by two very well-known arbitration practitioners with a vast experience in the field.” said Gabriele Ruscalla.


Prior to his role at the ICC, Gabriele held a position as a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Dispute Resolution and Public International Law of the Max Planck Institute for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law. He carried out research in international arbitration (investment and commercial) and dispute settlement mechanisms in other areas of international law.

Earlier on in his career, he worked as an associate at a global law firm in Paris, in the International Arbitration Group, for almost three years.

Gabriele regularly teaches international arbitration and international law in several universities and publishes articles and notes on international arbitration-related subjects.

Gabriele holds a PhD in International Law & Economics from the Università Bocconi in Milan. He defended his thesis “Transnational Public Policy and International Arbitration: How to Secure the Integrity of the Arbitral Legal Order" in 2015. Previously, he obtained a Research Master in Global Business Law and Governance, organised by the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Columbia Law School and Sciences PO Paris, under the aegis of the Alliance Programme (2010). He also completed a Master in International Relations (specialisation in International Law) from the University of Milan (2008). He is a member of the Paris Bar (Avocat à la Cour).




About the IADR practice

Liedekerke’s International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution (IADR) Practice focuses on high-stakes international arbitration proceedings and litigations in commercial and investment disputes, in Belgium and abroad, and also assists clients in the organisation and coordination of multi-jurisdiction claims and defense strategies.

Our team is particularly active in international disputes related to distribution, mining, engineering and construction, corporate/M&A, and banking disputes. We represent national, foreign and multinational companies or State-owned entities active in these sectors, especially in Europe, the Middle East and francophone Africa, in international arbitration proceedings governed by a wide range of applicable laws – from both the civil and the common law traditions – and before State courts. The team also represents States or investors in international investment arbitrations and before State courts.

Liedekerke is one of the only two Belgian law firms to be recognised in the leading GAR100, the Global Arbitration Review’s ranking of law firms specialised in international arbitration.

The IADR Practice is also a leader on the Belgian market for setting-aside proceedings, and enforcement proceedings of arbitral awards (for both investment and commercial arbitrations), and Liedekerke has been involved in some of the largest multi-jurisdictional enforcement proceedings in Europe over the past few years.

Liedekerke also counts with one of only a handful lawyers admitted to the Bar of Cassation among its Partners, allowing us to represent clients before all courts in Belgium.


About Liedekerke

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick, is one of Belgium’s foremost full-service business law firms. Based in Brussels, with a London representative office, it is also present in Africa through its offices in Kinshasa (DRC) and in Kigali (Rwanda). Independent since its creation in 1965, the firm has established an international reputation upon an unchallenged expertise.

Our clients are active in a broad range of industries including financial services and financial institutions, energy, real estate and construction, environment, retail, consumer goods and trade, public authorities and government agencies, automotive, funds and asset management amongst others.

The firm has a strong advisory practice based on sector expertise and an in-depth knowledge of Belgian and European law. As an essential complement to its advisory activities, it represents clients in complex litigation before national, European and international courts, both judicial and arbitral, the Court of Cassation, the Council of State and the Belgian Constitutional Courts.

With over 110 lawyers, including 29 partners, Liedekerke is recognised for its ability to quickly mobilise competent, flexible and multidisciplinary teams anywhere.