Patrick Gerardy’s practice focuses on domestic and international litigation and arbitration.

Patrick has acted as counsel to clients in a wide variety of international litigations and arbitrations, with a particular focus on international commercial arbitration and cartel follow-on damages litigation and further fields of antitrust litigation as well as post-M&A disputes. He also represents clients before national courts in general commercial matters and advises in connection with regulatory enforcement proceedings.

Patrick joined the firm in 2017 and became a senior attorney in 2024. In 2016, he was a stagiaire (Referendar) in our Cologne office.

Notable Experience

  • The Republic of Argentina in connection with bondholder litigation and related advice.

  • A Danish pharmaceuticals company in cartel damages litigations in Germany and the United Kingdom in relation to “pay-for-delay” allegations.

  • Synthomer in connection with the Styrene monomer cartel investigation.

  • A leading automobile manufacturer in civil litigations, administrative court proceedings, and criminal investigations in Germany relating to emissions.

  • Agfa-Gevaert Group in ICC arbitrations related to the divestiture of Agfa-Gevaert’s consumer imaging business to the AgfaPhoto group of companies, as well as in related state court proceedings in Germany.

  • A major telecommunications company in the context of an ICC arbitration concerning a patent/FRAND dispute, and related advice.

  • A North American automotive supplier in a DIS arbitration and subsequent annulment proceedings before the German courts, and in related discovery proceedings pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §1782 as well as proceedings in the courts of England.

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Selected Activities

  • Since 2020: Guest Lecturer on International Arbitration at Heidelberg University.
  • Since 2022: Member of the Board of Reporters/Country Reporter for Germany at the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) Arbitration Report.

  • Organizer of Cleary’s moot court activities in Germany.


Global Arbitration Review’s “Litigation 2024”, Germany chapter, April 24, 2024 (together with Rüdiger Harms)

Global Arbitration Review’s “Litigation 2023,” Germany chapter, May 10, 2023 (together with Rüdiger Harms)

Vollständige kartellrechtliche Schiedsspruchüberprüfung durch staatliche Gerichte im Rahmen der materiellen Ordre-public-Kontrolle” [Comprehensive judicial review of arbitral awards for breaches of antitrust law within German public policy exception] – Commentary on German Federal Court of Justice’s (BGH) decision of September 27, 2022 (case no KZB 75/21), SchiedsVZ 2023, p. 171 et seq.

Referentenentwurf des BMJ zur Umset zung der EU-Verbandsklagenrichtlinie,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum, February 27, 2023 (co-authored with Berta Boknik, Rüdiger Harms, Samira Meis, and Julian Alexander Sanner)

Recent Developments in International Civil Procedure: Document Discovery and the Recognition of Foreign Court Decisions in Germany,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum, December 15, 2022 (co-authored with Nils Andräs, Rüdiger Harms, Samira Meis, Julian Alexander Sanner, and Polina Lehmann)

Global Arbitration Review’s “Litigation 2022,” Germany chapter, June 6, 2022 (together with Rüdiger Harms)

The Changing Landscape of Arbitration in Switzerland: Advent of the Swiss Arbitration Centre and the 2021 Swiss Rules Revision,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum, June 17, 2021 (co-authored with Richard Kreindler, Harry Nettlau, Zachary S. O’Dell, Laura Reichen, Rüdiger Harms, and Samira Meis)

Global Arbitration Review’s “Litigation 2021,” Germany chapter, June 29, 2021 (together with Rüdiger Harms)

The Law Governing the Arbitration Agreement – A Fresh Look at an Old Debate After the UK Supreme Court’s Enka Judgment and Recent Clarification by the German Federal Court of Justice,” SchiedsVZ 2021, 208, June 2021 (co-authored with Naomi Tarawali) 

Global Arbitration Review’s “Litigation 2020,” Germany chapter, July 17, 2020 (together with Rüdiger Harms)

“Reform of Germany’s Most Important Institutional Arbitration Rules: The New 2018 DIS Arbitration Rules,” International Arbitration Law Review, 2020 (co-authored with Elisabeth Macher)

BGH Rules That Violation of a Jurisdiction Agreement May Result in Liability for Counsel Fees,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum, December 9, 2019 (co-authored with Richard Kreindler, Harry Nettlau, Matthias Schrader, Johannes Schmidt, Rüdiger Harms and Elisabeth Macher)

New EU Directive Strengthens Protection of Whistleblowers”, Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum, October 22, 2019 (co-authored with Rüdiger Harms, Johannes Natus, J.F. Daniel Weyde, and Richard Kreindler)

U.S. discovery für den deutschen Zivilprozess – eine unterschätzte Option,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum, February 19, 2019 (co-authored with Richard Kreindler, Thomas Kopp, Rüdiger Harms, Zachary S. O’Dell, and Harry Nettlau)

The BGH’s Achmea Decision: Arbitration Clauses in ‘Intra-EU BITs’ Are Invalid,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum, November 30, 2018 (co-authored with Claudia Annacker, Severin Klinkmüller, Thomas Kopp, Rüdiger Harms, Greg Lourie, Richard Kreindler, and Matthias Schrader)

New DIS Arbitration Rules as of March 1, 2018,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum, February 21, 2018 (co-authored with Thomas Kopp, Rüdiger Harms, Matthias Schrader, and Johannes Schmidt) 

Germany” chapter of the online IBA (International Bar Association) Arbitration Guide, February 2018 (co-authored with Richard Kreindler and Thomas Kopp)

“Ausgestaltung von Bilanzgarantien – objektive und subjektive Elemente,” in: Bilanzgarantien bei M&A-Transaktionen (Drygala/Wächter et al., eds.), C.H. Beck, 2015, (co-authored with Dr. Christoph Witte)