Małgorzata Surdek-Janicka

Małgorzata Surdek-Janicka is an independent arbitrator, founder of SURDEK ARBITRATION and Vice-President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. Before establishing her own independent arbitrator’s practice in autumn 2022, Małgorzata was a dispute resolution partner at CMS with 25 years of experience in the field, and a member of its global International Arbitration Group. She has regularly acted as counsel and arbitrator in infrastructure and construction, post-M&A and commercial disputes in the energy, mining, transportation, technology, and manufacturing sectors.  As counsel she has also represented parties in investment arbitrations in the energy and mining industries.

Małgorzata is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, the Arbitration Commission at ICC Poland, and the Arbitral Women.

Małgorzata has been recognized by Chambers and Legal 500 as a most-in-demand arbitrator and in the dispute resolution (Hall of Fame) and insurance categories (Leading Individual). According to Chambers, clients are impressed with “the way she leads the case and her team, as well as the way she formulates her argumentation”. They admire the fact that “she focused on the right things and devised a strong strategy for the hearings”, praise her as “perfect in negotiations”, and commend her “business- oriented attitude”. According to Legal 500, clients and peers consider her “one of the best international arbitration specialists in Poland, highly competent and professional when conducting proceedings”, “a class-act” with “breadth of experience and her own style”.

She speaks fluent Polish, English, and French.