Dispute Resolution: Germany
“Seasoned practitioner” Christian Duve maintains an excellent reputation for banking litigation. Over the past twelve months he has represented a range of prominent international banks in litigation and arbitration relating to issues such as the tax treatment of closed-end funds and the termination of hedge fund certificates.
Christian Borris is a recognised figure in the dispute resolution arena. He is currently acting for several leading German energy providers on multiple high-value arbitration proceedings against gas producers.
The talented Wilhelm Danelzik is best known for insurance disputes, but also has a strong focus on corporate law and professional negligence matters.
Peers rate Rolf Trittmann as an outstanding arbitration counsel and litigator, praising his extensive expertise, long-standing experience, and international outlook. He is currently defending a leading domestic industrial enterprise in a EUR2 billion dispute with the German government, and representing a German automotive manufacturer in US patent cases and consumer class actions.
Düsseldorf-based litigator Thomas Kreifels attracts plaudits for his “proactive, client-oriented and responsive” service.
Highly regarded up-and-comer Boris Kasolowsky is “very hands-on and good at communicating with clients,” according to interviewees.
Interviewees describe the “superb” Peter Heckel as “number one for disputes.” A versatile practitioner, he is active as arbitration counsel, arbitrator and litigator. Clients appreciate his strategic approach and ability to take the big picture into account when planning strategy. “He is extremely professional, very much into the details, and always has a grip of the facts of the case,” say clients.
Markus Meier has an excellent reputation for litigation. Clients say “he did a really great job in a very technical and complex case,” whilst peers view him as a “safe pair of hands.” He is currently defending several fund companies against investor claims.
Interviewees highlight arbitrator and litigator Guenter Pickrahn as a star performer. He is “very sharp in the smart sense of the word,” says a client; “he knew our case inside-out and the preparation was outstanding.” Clients appreciate Pickrahn's “thorough, diligent” preparation and formidable legal expertise.
Clients believe head of dispute resolution Jörg Risse's ability to see cases from the perspective of the arbitrator is key to his continued success as arbitration counsel. As a result of his long-standing experience, he has developed an excellent sense of judgement, and “knows exactly what to write in a brief and what to leave out.” Interviewees also value his excellent connections within the arbitration community.
Ricardo Truppel is based in Buenos Aires, where he is a prominent member of the German-Argentine Lawyers Association. He frequently advises German companies operating in Argentina on corporate/M&A and litigation matters.
Practice head and experienced litigator Uwe Hornung is consistently recommended by clients, who say he “has great judgement based on wide experience. He combines outstanding legal and personal insights for a very balanced and practical approach of the case inside and outside of the courtroom. Great authenticity.”
Fabian von Schlabrendorff remains a well-known arbitrator within the German market.
Frankfurt partner Burkhard Schneider impresses sources with his experience of working for the defendant in litigation matters.
Observers deem Klaus Michael Sachs to be “one of the most active and visible arbitrators” in the German market. He is acting as party-nominated arbitrator for Volkswagen in two prominent, high-value ICC cases, and sources repeatedly describe him as “impressive, outstanding, charismatic and internationally credible.”
Torsten Lörcher is an experienced arbitration counsel and regularly acts as arbitrator. He is also well versed in alternative dispute resolution matters. He handles disputes in the M&A, engineering, technology and general commercial sectors, and is lauded as “one of the best arbitrators and counsel.”
Dorothee Ruckteschler heads the German dispute resolution practice at the firm. She defends important listed companies in high-value damage claims disputes, and also acts on behalf of significant private investors on arbitrations under DIS regulation.
Dispute resolution practice head Stefan Rützel is a well-recognised and highly active arbitration counsel and litigator. Peers admire his considerable expertise and long-standing experience in the dispute resolution arena.
Industry insiders appreciate arbitrator Gerhard Wegen's dedicated focus on corporate/M&A law.
Peers commend Stephan Wilske's performance as counsel in arbitration matters. Clients value his approach to dealing with the counterparty.
Andreas Rittstieg regularly arbitrates in M&A transactions and corporate litigation cases.
Department head Detlef Hass remains a highly regarded market player. He is based in Munich, and focuses on the firm's insolvency-related and post-M&A disputes. He led the group's recent work with Eurex Clearing.
Karl Pörnbacher is highly regarded for his arbitration practice. He also acts as president of the arbitration court of the German-Polish Chamber of Commerce.
Practice head Rupert Bellinghausen advises major companies on D&O liability issues and handles multiple top litigations and arbitrations, especially post-M&A disputes, corporate litigation, commercial and capital markets disputes and product liability. Sources commend him for his thorough approach and effective decision making.
Sources recognise Alexandros Chatzinerantzis for his keen litigation and arbitration skills. Market commentators highlight him as being “case-oriented, fast and logical.” He is lead adviser to the Independent Petroleum Group with regards to the enforceability of an ICC arbitration against the State of Eritrea.
Commentators praise Klaus Saffenreuther's zeal for complex banking and finance and capital markets litigation, as well as internal investigations. He advises top banks and government bodies on corporate and commercial litigation.
Sources recommend Laurenz Schmitt for his skills in corporate litigation and as an excellent negotiator who thinks strategically. He advised Telekomunikacja Polska on a multi-jurisdictional dispute settlement, which amounted to EUR550 million. Market observers deem him to be “extremely bright.”
Daniel Busse is a key contact for dispute resolution in the Frankfurt office. He has received numerous nominations to act as both party-appointed arbitrator and chairman in high-profile ICC and DIS arbitrations. Market sources confirm that he is “precise, detailed and thoroughly committed.”
Hamburg partner and global chair of the international arbitration practice group, Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert impresses clients with his experience and legal intuition: “He is a very experienced guy and has great judgement; he can walk into a room and in ten minutes he understands what's going on and not just what is being said. It's a rare skill.”
Frankfurt-based Finn Zeidler is currently representing plaintiff Helmut von Finck in Germany’s largest estate-related law suit. He also wins praise for his experience in US and UK dispute resolution.
Joint head of Noerr's litigation practice, Michael Molitoris is “a name in product liability.” He is adept in several key fields, including insurance and reinsurance, banking and financial litigation, white-collar crime and private international law.
Philip Smitka of Noerr in Prague is noted for his German expertise. He is "extremely involved," says a client.
Prominent in both arbitration and litigation matters, head of department Richard Kreindler is appreciated by clients for his good standing within the market and for his expertise in US matters: "He is particularly well suited to representing an American client in a German proceeding. Coupled with his knowledge of German law he provides a good service."
"Terrific" up-and-coming practitioner Amy Kläsener has worked together with Richard Kreindler on a number of the practice's most significant recent mandates.
Department head Christian Wirth has a strong focus on banking and insurance litigation.
Philipp Beckers leads the Ashurst dispute resolution practice from his base in Munich. His areas of expertise include disputes relating to domestic and international M&A transactions.
Frank Roth is a key contact at the practice. He handles general commercial litigation and arbitration, and has a particular focus on the banking and energy sectors. Dr Thomas Gädtke is involved in D&O liability, corporate and insurance-related cases.
Daniel Sharma heads the firm's India group in continental Europe and advises clients on international disputes and EU and German competition law. He is president of the Indo-German Lawyers Association.
At Mayer Brown, group head Mark Hilgard recently represented UBS in a litigation proceeding before the Regional Court of Leipzig as well as the High Court in London, against Kommunale Wasserwerk Leipzig (KWL).
Highly respected as a senior figure and an in-demand arbitrator, Düsseldorf partner Wolfgang Kühn advises many of the main players within the energy sector.
Ulrike Gantenberg is acknowledged by peers in the market for her strength in arbitration proceedings, and continues to gain recognition within this field.
Peers commend practice head Thomas Mahlich for his depth of expertise in commercial litigation. He is also active in securities, shareholder, product liability and post-M&A disputes.
Department head Michael Weigel recently represented Bernd F. Lunkewitz in claiming damages against the former Treuhandanstalt (now BvS).
Co-head of the department Klaus Eyber continues to be a recognised presence within dispute resolution.
Market commentators deem department head Ulrich Theune to be “eloquent and an extremely strategic thinker.” He handles complex domestic and international arbitration proceedings with a particular focus on heavy industries, construction and energy. He is noted for his "profound business experience.”
Sources regard arbitration co-head Richard Happ as being “very accomplished.” He represents clients such as the Inmaris Group and Dr. Undritz in substantial ICSID arbitration proceedings. He is skilled in national and international arbitration proceedings for major clients in the banking energy sectors.
Acknowledged in the market for his excellent pharmaceutical litigation expertise, head of department Peter Klappich remains busy advising national and multinational organisations within this industry sector. One appreciative client describes him as “very strong on technical matters and also very commercial – he always gives sound advice.”
Georg Maier-Reimer recently advised KfW and the Federal Government regarding an action brought by Deutsche Telekom.
Silvanne Helle co-heads the firm's India desk and has vast experience in advising Indian clients on investment and trade relations in Germany.
Clients prize Karl Wach's considerable experience in M&A follow-on disputes and professional liability claims: “He has a vast pool of experience we can draw on, which is invaluable because he knows what the result of the case should be.” Interviewees are convinced that his meticulous preparation and solid legal knowledge are the key to his success, saying: “We feel well equipped to tackle a complex case when he is on our side.”
Highly regarded co-founding partner Frank Meckes has extensive experience of domestic and international arbitration, and regularly handles a variety of disputes relating to M&A transactions, D&O, and professional and product liability, amongst other areas.
Dispute Resolution: Germany (Desks Based Abroad)
This firm's sizeable German desk has extensive experience advising on cross-border disputes and transactions. The group advises Swiss, German and Austrian clients with interests in the Iberian Peninsula, as well as assisting Spanish and Latin American entities with their business in German-speaking jurisdictions. Kai Christian Fischer is the key contact for the desk.
Peers recognise Arndt Overlack
of Baas Overlack Witz for his work on M&A-focused domestic and international arbitrations.
Sources describe sole practitioner Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel
as the “grand seigneur of German arbitration.”
His significant experience as an arbitrator makes him an obvious choice for the most prominent corporate cases.
Prominent sole practitioner and arbitrator Stefan Kröll
combines private practice with research and lecturing commitments.
An increasingly visible presence in German arbitration circles, Inka Hanefeld
of Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte is one of a younger generation of arbitrators active in the field. Sources describe her as a “leading figure in arbitration”
despite her relative youth. She focuses on international trade, construction and post-M&A disputes.
Peers single out Klaus Gerstenmaier
of Haver & Mailänder as one of the best-known individuals currently active in German arbitration. He is a member of such notable institutions as the ICC Court of Arbitration and the German Institution of Arbitration.
Department head Joos Hellert
of Heisse Kursawe Eversheds regularly advises clients from the retail and consumer goods industries. Interviewees praise his strategic advice and client-oriented service. Christian Thomas Stempfle
recently joined Reed Smith LLP's Munich office from Noerr. He litigates and arbitrates for clients in the fields of insurance, product liability, transport and white-collar crime. Düsseldorf-based Volker B Triebel
recently left Hogan Lovells to act as a sole practitioner. He continues to handle notable domestic as well as international arbitration cases.
Focusing on international investment law and energy, Jan Schäfer
of King & Spalding continues to impress his clients: "I am impressed by his legal knowledge. He is a perfectionist. He is calm, convincing and very firm, without being aggressive."
of Lörcher & Lörcher commands respect in the market due to his vast experience of international and domestic arbitration. He has a particular focus on post-M&A, technology and commercial disputes, and has acted as chairman and sole arbitrator in numerous cases over the course of his long and distinguished career.
The “extremely charismatic” Horst Eidenmüller
of Ludwig-Maximilian Universität München is a well-regarded mediator and arbitrator with extensive experience of high-profile cases.
Certified mediator and arbitrator Dirk-Reiner Martens
of MartensRechtsanwälte frequently handles sports law disputes.
recently joined McDermott Will & Emery's Frankfurt office. She previously headed the international arbitration practice at K&L Gates, and is highly regarded for her in-depth knowledge of treaty arbitration. Notable mandates from the last twelve months include successfully representing Fraport against the Republic of the Philippines in high-profile ICSID annulment proceedings, and assisting a European company with the enforcement of an investment treaty award against an Asian state worth over EUR30 million. Sources say: “She's just excellent – extremely responsive, detailed and to the point.”
The “brilliant, talented” Patricia Nacimiento
of Norton Rose LLP impresses clients with her international perspective, language skills, and ability to stay calm in difficult situations. As one source declares, “it really does amaze me how she always manages to stay in control.”
of Orrick Hölters & Elsing brings his considerable expertise to bear on domestic and international disputes involving M&A, financing and wider corporate issues. He is German and US qualified and regularly appears before US courts as an expert witness. He is also currently serving on the Panel of Conciliators of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
of Rechtsanwalt beim Bundesgerichtshof maintains a high profile for his “high-level”
arbitration work, both within Germany and internationally, in tandem with his commitments at the Federal Court of Justice.
Litigator Carsten Salger
of Salger Rechtsanwälte draws acclaim for his work in the banking and corporate fields.
of Schmitz & Partner has decades of experience in representing international companies in major disputes relating to securities, corporate and D&O matters. Sources admire his “robust”
According to sources, Wolfgang Gruber
of Taylor Wessing is “very eloquent as an arbitrator.”
His primary focus is on international arbitration proceedings, where he is frequently appointed as arbitrator and counsel. He focuses on contract and energy law, and also conducts complex litigation in a corporate and commercial context.
Stuttgart-based Rolf Schütze
of Thümmel, Schütze & Partner remains a recognised and respected arbitrator in Germany.
Name partner Roderich Thümmel
of Thümmel, Schütze & Partner has a strong reputation as an arbitrator, and also represents companies in complex litigation procedures.
Sources hold academic Klaus Peter Berger
of Universität zu Köln in high regard. Having previously acted as sole arbitrator, party-appointed arbitrator and chairman, he brings considerable experience to arbitration proceedings.
Clients describe Britta Grauke
of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP as "a hard worker with a sharp mind. She communicates clearly and is always highly motivated."
of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is the litigation lawyer of choice for clients such as Standard Chartered Bank and Liljedahl Bare Wire. Specialising in complex cross-border litigation, with a particular focus on the USA, UK and Germany, he “understands the regulatory universe.���
He offers value for money, and his “detailed advice and support”
keeps clients coming back.
At Mannheimer Swartling, Alexander Foerster
's dispute resolution practice has a distinctly Scandinavian flavour. His dual expertise in Swedish and German litigation and arbitration attracts international cases to the firm, such as parallel proceedings brought against a German property developer by Swedish Norrporten Group. Peers state that his work is “done with passion.”
of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has long-standing experience of advising international companies on corporate anti-bribery compliance, and frequently publishes on this topic. As a fluent Russian speaker and state-qualified translator, he is able to conduct internal investigations in Russian, German and English.
of Herfurth & Partner focuses his practice on investment and commercial litigation and international arbitration. He has worked both in private practice for international law firms in Paris and local firms in Caracas as well as for public entities in Venezuela. He holds post-graduate degrees from University of Heidelberg and University of Göttingen in Germany.
Foreign Experts (Based Abroad)
of Baier Rechtsanwälte is admitted to the Bar in both Austria and Germany, and is a well-known figure on the German arbitration scene.
of Attorneys at law Borenius Ltd heads the firm's German desk. He is the first Finnish attorney to be admitted to the German Bar Association and is qualified to practice in both Germany and Finland.
of Fladgate LLP focuses on cross-border litigation. He serves a wide German-speaking client base and is qualified in both Germany and the UK.
Fluent German speaker Vitalie Ciofu
of Gladei & Partners in Moldova advises national and German clients on corporate and commercial matters. He frequently appears in the Economic Court and the High Court of Justice and successfully defended JSC Pozit from a USD6 million claim for its assets.
of Kvale Advokatfirma DA frequently advises German clients in Norway. His main areas of expertise are dispute resolution, company and commercial law.
of Lalive's Geneva office is qualified in Germany and admitted to the Bar in Geneva. Sources are impressed by his strong technical abilities and management of multi-jurisdictional cases. He is active in many construction and infrastructure disputes.
Rafael Mariano Manóvil
of M & M Bomchil has been president of the Argentine-German Lawyers Association for over 20 years. He speaks fluent German, and regularly provides advice to German companies investing in Argentina.
In addition to his native German, dispute resolution lawyer Richard Chlup
of Mannheimer Swartling speaks Russian, Czech and English.
Product liability specialist Antony Colman
of Pritchard Englefield has a marked focus on Germany and German-speaking jurisdictions. Sources describe him as "an excellent litigator and a fine German speaker."
of The Wilkes Partnership LLP advises on commercial dispute resolution and litigation matters relating to Germany.