Martin Gusy is chair of the firm's International Arbitration Practice Group. He has more than a decade of international dispute resolution, litigation and corporate experience. Martin focuses on international arbitration and complex cross-border litigation involving private parties and sovereigns. Martin also advises on corporate matters for European businesses entering and operating in the U.S. marketplace.
Martin primarily represents European and North American clients with interests spanning the globe, from New York to Paris, London to Frankfurt, Vienna to Zurich, and Sao Paulo to Singapore. Martin has worked in a broad range of substantive areas, including technology, energy, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, insurance, intellectual property, construction, mining, and oil and gas. He has deep experience in high-stakes cross-border commercial disputes under all major institutional sets of rules and has represented industry leaders in hundred-million-dollar ICSID arbitrations against sovereign states.
European companies with corporate interests in the United States also regularly turn to Martin for counsel. He is called upon to advise on initial corporate structures and contracts, as well as to lead transactions, including the formation of joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions.
Martin’s advocacy work is informed by his serving as an arbitrator in European and U.S.-based arbitrations, including AAA/ICDR, ICC, UNCITRAL, and ad hoc panels. Parties involved have been based in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Martin is a member of the AAA/ICDR International Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators as well as the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb).
Before joining Cozen O’Connor, Martin co-founded Gusy Van der Zandt LLP and led that firm’s Litigation & Arbitration practice. Gusy Van der Zandt was recognized by Corporate Intl magazine as the “International Arbitration Advisory Firm of the Year in the USA” in 2010. Martin was listed by Lawyer Monthly as a Leading Lawyer 100 in the field of Dispute Resolution in 2011 and ranked as a 2014 New York Metro Super Lawyer for International Law.
Martin is an active member of numerous professional associations, including the International Arbitration Institute (IAI), German Arbitration Institution (DIS), German-American Lawyers’ Association (DAJV), Inter-American Bar Association (IABA), New York State Bar Association, and the New York City Bar Association. He was involved in drafting a set of institutional arbitration rules and served on a model contracts drafting committee with the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN). Martin is co-author of A Guide to the ICDR International Arbitration Rules, a leading industry text published by Oxford University Press.
A native of Germany, Martin holds German law degrees and received an LL.M. from Cornell Law School in 2002. Martin is German/English bilingual and can read and speak Spanish and French.