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 commercial, post-M&A, and IP disputes. He also represents clients before national courts in general commercial matters and advises in connection with regulatory enforcement and white-collar investigations.

Patrick joined the firm in 2017. In 2016, he was a stagiaire (Referendar) at our Cologne office.

Notable Experience

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

  • Agfa-Gevaert Group in an ICC arbitration related to the divestiture of Agfa-Gevaert’s consumer imaging business to the AgfaPhoto group of companies.

  • A major telecommunications company in the context of a potential 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

  • Organizer of Cleary’s moot court activities in Germany, most importantly as host of a number of mock pleadings arranged for student teams in Cleary’s German offices.
  • 2020: Guest Lecturer on International Arbitration at Heidelberg University (together with Harry Nettlau)


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)