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Dispute Resolution — Germany


Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Boris Kasolowsky
- 12 partners
- 50 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Long-standing market leader which has maintained its strong position. Particularly well known for representing clients in cross-border disputes in collaboration with the firm's offices in other jurisdictions, with a strong focus on cartel follow-on litigation and IP arbitration. Acts as counsel on post-M&A arbitration proceedings as well as advising supervisory boards on investigations. Clients include energy companies and financial institutions.

Strengths Clients enthuse about the level of service the firm provides: "The quality of the work was brilliant; I can't fault Freshfields' client contact, responsiveness or preparation." Another interviewee echoes this, saying: "They are at the top; you get answers quickly and they are to the point and thorough."

Clients also praise the firm's "understanding of the case and ability to ask the right questions and put forward sharp, short and to-the-point arguments regarding the case."

Work highlights Advised the German Football Association on an investigation into whether votes for the awarding of the World Cup had been bought, as well as investigating other internal irregularities, including breach of obligation.

Acted for Volkswagen on its worldwide defence against competition, data protection, labour, regulatory, tax and procurement law claims following the recall of VW diesel vehicles.

Significant clients Siemens, Deutsche Bank, Scottish Widows, BayernLB, E.ON.

Notable practitioners

A leading figure in both arbitration and litigation, Rolf Trittmann acts as counsel and arbitrator. Sources highlight Trittmann's work in commercial disputes, with interviewees reserving particular praise for his outstanding track record in arbitration. His recent work highlights include assisting RWE Power with a claim for damages against the state of Hesse following the phase-out of nuclear power in Germany.

Sources single out the "outstanding" Christian Duve for his work on compliance and financial disputes. He advises clients on corporate and financial litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Boris Kasolowsky represents clients in international arbitration and cross-border litigation. He recently acted for EVN on an investment treaty claim against the Republic of Bulgaria based on changes to the framework for setting electricity prices.

Clients describe Thomas Kreifels as "very experienced and reliable," adding: "Our co-operation with him is very collegial and effective." Kreifels acts for defendants on cartel damages claims, product liability and construction engineering disputes. He defended ThyssenKrupp against damages claims brought by Deutsche Bahn following the rail cartel.

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Hengeler Mueller - Dispute Resolution

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 25 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich

What the team is known for Outstanding German firm which has been at the forefront of cartel damage litigation for a number of years. Highly respected for product liability and D&O liability mandates, where it often acts for clients from the automotive sector. Has a strong reputation for litigation before both the federal and state courts on behalf of companies from the banking and energy sectors. Leading firm for international arbitration, where the disputes team works closely with Hengeler Mueller's 'best friends' network.

Strengths Clients praise the level of the team's client service, saying the lawyers are "very committed, go the extra mile, are very reliable and have an excellent grasp of the underlying market."

Further clients say that the firm's "biggest strengths are its diligence, technical knowledge, preparation of documents and persistence and toughness, especially in negotiations."

Work highlights Defended British Airways against claims for damages following the air freight cartel.

Represented Nordzucker in follow-on damage claims from the German sugar cartel.

Significant clients Deutsche Bank, Helios Kliniken, Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investment, Varroc Engineering, Nordcapital Treuhand.

Notable practitioners

Sources describe Markus Meier as "one of the best litigators in Germany." Meier recently defended Porsche against claims for damages as well as criminal proceedings against former board members. He is a leading figure in litigation and frequently acts for clients from the technology and banking sector.

Peter Heckel represents clients in litigation and arbitration. Interviewees acknowledge his excellent track record in disputes in the German market, particularly those concerning the energy sector.

Henning Bälz is active in both litigation and arbitration. He recently represented Deutsche Telekom in compensation claims concerning the operation of a toll system for heavy trucks.

Department profile by Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller is the first point of contact when you are involved in complex litigation and arbitration proceedings and developes creative and innovative strategies to resolve your disputes. Hengeler Mueller can represent you in all types of commercial dispute, whether before national courts, the European Courts, the European Commission, or in (international) arbitration proceedings.

Based on the extensive experience of our litigators we can help you in contractual disputes, securities or antitrust litigation, as well as in shareholder actions, employment, IP and post M&A disputes or with regard to protecting your investments on a national or international level. Hengeler Mueller also has extensive experience in administrative and constitutional law proceedings. Futher, our partners are regularly chairpersons or party-appointed arbitrators in national and international arbitration proceedings. 

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Global Approach

Hengeler Mueller covers every jurisdiction worldwide supporting its clients globally with integrated international teams. The law firm works with leading firms throughout the world on cross-border transactions providing seamless service. Together with its distinctive international network drawn from different legal systems, markets and cultures, Hengeler Mueller tailors every international team according to the individual needs of its clients and the specific demands of each project.

Best Friends

Hengeler Mueller is a member of the Best Friends Group, a European network of law firms including BonelliErede (Italy), Bredin Prat (France), De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek (the Netherlands), Slaughter and May (UK) and Uría Menéndez (Spain). All members of the Best Friends Group are renowned firms and market leaders in their jurisdictions.


Allen & Overy LLP - Dispute Resolution

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Daniel Busse
- 8 partners
- 36 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Frankfurt, Hamburg, Düsseldorf and Munich

What the team is known for Growing team advising on financial disputes, where it demonstrates notable expertise in tax, insolvency, restructuring and regulation. Well regarded for insurance disputes concerning professional liability, D&O and management liability issues, and also advises on investment treaty arbitration, corporate litigation and IP disputes. Strong focus on the energy sector. Receives praise for its international network and ability to advise on multi-jurisdictional investigations.

Strengths Clients praise Allen & Overy's bench strength, saying: "The depth of talent and quality of the team is unbelievable, from the most junior person to the leader."

Interviewees further praise the team's approach to project management: "They are very effective and time efficient. A lot of lawyers do work which is not necessary, but they didn't."

Work highlights Acted for the ECB on damage claims filed by investors following the restructuring of Cyprus's two largest banks.

Advised the National Bank of Canada on an investigation by the tax authorities.

Notable practitioners

According to clients, the "exceptionally bright" Daniel Busse is "a very nice guy who is loyal, dedicated and available." He has a strong focus on commercial and investment arbitration, often representing clients in post-M&A disputes. Busse also assists with management liability disputes and litigation involving the energy and projects sectors. He recently represented Heta Asset Resolution in a dispute with former shareholder BayernLB.

Clients say Marc Zimmerling is "quick to respond and focuses on what we really need." Interviewees also highlight his "very good negotiation skills." Zimmerling acts for clients from the financial services, IT and retail sectors on corporate and insurance disputes. He recently represented KPMG in a claim for erroneous restructuring advice brought by the administrator of Arcandor.

Wolf Bussian represents clients in financial litigation in addition to tax, insolvency and capital markets disputes. Clients describe Bussian as a "knowledgeable litigator with timely advice who is available to us at all hours." He acted for the insolvency administrator of Walter Bau on a dispute with Thailand concerning non-payment of damages.

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Baker McKenzie - Dispute Resolution

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Guenter Pickrahn and Heiko Haller
- 10 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich

What the team is known for Successful firm with a highly regarded international network. A trusted adviser to clients from Asia, especially those from China, and regularly advises on disputes relating to construction and infrastructure projects as well as post-M&A litigation. Also advises on compliance and internal investigations. Clients hail from a wide range of sectors, including telecommunications, technology and energy.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's "considerable capability and experience in multi-jurisdictional arbitration."

Clients also stress the "excellent communication skills" of the team's lawyers, saying: "All the Baker & McKenzie lawyers we work with do high-quality pitches and presentations in oral hearings and have superior legal writing skills."

Work highlights Advised STEAG and EVN on an arbitration concerning delays to the construction of a power plant.

Acted for a project company on a breach of warranty claim regarding the construction of a power plant.

Notable practitioners

According to clients, Jörg Risse is "second to none in terms of communication skills and a real expert in litigation risk analysis." He has an excellent reputation for representing clients from the automotive and medical sectors in infrastructure, construction and post-M&A disputes.

Clients say that Guenter Pickrahn is "always excellently prepared," adding: "He is able to present complicated facts in a clear way and is calm." Pickrahn acted for an Asian industrial conglomerate on a post-M&A dispute. He advises on domestic and international commercial disputes as well as post-acquisition litigation.

Clients praise Heiko Haller for his commercial mindset. Haller assists clients from the energy and technology sectors with international construction arbitration and recently assisted a construction company with a dispute regarding the construction of an offshore wind farm.

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Clifford Chance - Dispute Resolution

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Burkhard Schneider and Heiner Hugger
- 6 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich

What the team is known for Magic circle firm which draws on its extensive international network to act on cross-border post-M&A disputes and damages claims for financial institutions. Covers the full range of white-collar crime, fraud, compliance, tax and insolvency disputes. Frequently represents defendants in insurance litigation, especially D&O liability. Also advises clients from the construction and energy industries on cartels, joint ventures and IP disputes.

Work highlights Acted for Comparex on a dispute regarding the possible invalidity of a trade mark acquisition.

Significant clients KONE, Moravia Steel, STEAG, Canon, Capgemini.

Notable practitioners

Commentators agree that Uwe Hornung is one of the strongest lawyers in this field. He has an excellent reputation for advising clients from the energy, industrial and financial sectors on litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Burkhard Schneider has a strong focus on regulatory enforcement and white-collar crime matters, acting for both domestic and international banks. Schneider also advises on tax-driven litigation, damage claims and securities litigation.

The "very able" Sebastian Rakob advises clients from the banking and energy sectors on fraud litigation and liability. He also assists with the enforcement of foreign judgments, and represents companies in post-M&A disputes.

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CMS - Dispute Resolution

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Matthias Schlingmann and Claus Thiery
- 9 partners
- 39 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich and Stuttgart

What the team is known for Sizeable team with notable international capabilities, including a strong presence in Asia which allows it to represent state governments and energy companies in arbitration. Represents clients in both litigation and arbitration cases, where it regularly advises on post-M&A and investment arbitration as well as D&O liability.

Strengths Clients praise the CMS team for its "very precise and straight to the point" approach.

Work highlights Acted for the Museum of Fine Arts in Bern on inheritance certificate proceedings for an art collection.

Advised Iran Khodro Diesel on a sanctions-related dispute and on a settlement agreement.

Significant clients E.ON, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, Hanseatic Trade Trust & Shipping.

Notable practitioners

The "fantastic" Klaus Sachs is highly sought after for international arbitration matters. Sachs recently acted as arbitrator on investment dispute arbitration proceedings involving Korea. He is a top choice for corporate disputes, including post-M&A disputes, for clients from the construction and energy sectors.

Commentators describe Torsten Lörcher as "an excellent arbitrator." He also acts as party representative on behalf of clients from the construction sector.

Interviewees remark that Dorothee Ruckteschler is "very skilled" and highlight her "balanced approach." She has a strong focus on corporate and D&O litigation and often represents clients in arbitration. She recently represented International Chemicals Corporation in arbitration proceedings.

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Gleiss Lutz - Dispute Resolution

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Stefan Rützel
- 8 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Stuttgart

What the team is known for Renowned German firm which is at its most visible in financial litigation. Also active on insolvency proceedings and product liability disputes, and noted for its increasing activity in antitrust follow-on litigation. Offers additional strength in international arbitration.

Strengths Clients stress the team's practical approach, noting: "The people we were working with were not just legal experts but also had great technical knowledge."

Work highlights Represented Hanwha Chemical in post-M&A arbitration proceedings against the insolvency administrator of Q-Cells.

Represented HETA Asset Resolution in proceedings against bondholders under the European Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive.

Significant clients Deutsche Telekom, Bosch Siemens, SKF, Dogan, Faverley Transport.

Notable practitioners

Stefan Rützel is well regarded for financial and post-M&A disputes, with sources enthusing: "He does some great litigation in these areas." He also has a leading international arbitration practice and recently acted as arbitrator in a dispute between a Russian holding company and the government of Montenegro regarding the acquisition of an industrial enterprise in Montenegro and its subsequent failure.

Stephan Wilske advises clients on investment arbitration proceedings and post-M&A disputes, both domestically and across multiple jurisdictions. His recent work highlights include advising Hanwha Chemical on post-M&A proceedings against an insolvency administrator.

Department profile by Gleiss Lutz

Gleiss Lutz is a market leader in complex dispute resolution. Clients engage the firm to handle their most complex and challenging matters all over the world. The practice enjoys an excellent reputation for its expertise in both international and domestic litigation and arbitration.

Services include advice on cross-border and domestic disputes during or in the wake of M&A deals, public takeovers, joint ventures or insolvencies as well as disputes concerning capital markets, corporate law, commercial contracts, product liability, plant engineering projects and investment protection. Our lawyers act as counsel for the parties, or as party-appointed or presiding arbitrators.

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Gleiss Lutz has built a strong and tested international network with leading law firms and lawyers across the globe. Successful and trusted cooperation on countless joint projects continually strengthens our international relationships. As an independent law firm, we are free to choose local advisers based on clients’ specific requirements. This gives us the flexibility to put together hand-picked, multi-jurisdictional teams best suited to the task at hand.

Gleiss Lutz regularly handles cross-border disputes, in particular those with a US-dimension. In addition to advising and representing foreign clients in Germany, we assist clients with proceedings before foreign courts. This includes the taking of evidence in Germany (e.g. US-style discovery or examination of witnesses), as well as serving as experts on German law, on questions of jurisdiction, or on the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitration awards.


Hogan Lovells International LLP - Dispute Resolution

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Band 2

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Detlef Hass, Karl Pörnbacher and Jürgen Witte
- 9 partners
- 59 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Renowned international firm which is extremely prominent in product liability litigation and increasingly active on class actions. Also visible advising on cartel damages and anti-bribery mandates, as well as energy disputes.

Strengths Clients stress their appreciation of Hogan Lovells' sector-focused approach, saying: "It's absolutely the top firm for life sciences litigation in Germany." The same interviewee adds: "They have excellent knowledge about the field legally, and the business side of it, and are very experienced and good in court."

Clients add: "I am thrilled by their cost-conscious, hands-on approach to litigation. They do what they promise, which is rare with law firms these days. They are people you like to work with, are interested in the clients' views and are extremely responsive."

Value for money Clients say they are "very satisfied with the firm because you get great value for your money."

Work highlights Assisted Ford with claims for damages against companies involved in automotive supply cartels.

Represented Second Sight Medical Products in an advertising campaign injunction dispute.

Significant clients Xella International, Media-Saturn Holding.

Notable practitioners

Detlef Hass has a strong financial litigation practice and frequently advises on insolvency, white-collar crime, fraud and internal investigations. Hass recently defended Air Canada against damages claims following their involvement in the air cargo cartel.

Karl Pörnbacher acts for clients on arbitration involving the energy and construction sectors. He also represents clients in insurance litigation, particularly D&O liability. He assisted the Slovak Republic with a dispute concerning the annulment of an arbitral award brought under an intra-EU investment treaty.

Clients describe Ina Brock as "an excellent litigator with a good feeling for the court," adding: "She is very resistant to stress." She has a strong focus on product liability litigation, where she advises both domestic and international clients.

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Linklaters - Dispute Resolution

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Rupert Bellinghausen
- 7 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich

What the team is known for Magic circle firm, noted for its strength in cartel damages claims and post-M&A disputes. Utilises a far-reaching global network of offices to advise clients from the banking and energy sectors on cross-border patent, insolvency and white-collar crime litigation. Acts for automotive manufacturers and pharmaceutical clients on internal investigations.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's practical, commercial approach, saying: "The firm understands our business, so we don't just get pure legal advice but it is in a format that we can use immediately."

Clients also highlight the "constant availability and quick feedback of the lawyers, who are very good at dealing with the regulatory authorities."

Work highlights Represented Air France-KLM in its defence against cartel damages claims.

Acted for BayernLB on the enforcement of damages claims following the sale of an equity interest in Formula 1.

Significant clients Government of Germany.

Notable practitioners

Rupert Bellinghausen has a strong commercial litigation practice, advising on post-M&A, product liability and cartel damages disputes. He has particular experience in the healthcare and automotive sectors. He recently defended Flex-N-Gate against a damages claim following the failed closing of a purchase agreement.

Clients say Klaus Saffenreuther "stands out because of his knowledge of the business we are doing and the needs we have." He frequently advises on financial litigation and has a strong focus on white-collar crime and securities.

Alexandros Chatzinerantzis is frequently active on energy and commercial disputes, as well as liability and post-M&A litigation. Clients say: "He is very sharp, quick and has a good overview."

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Latham & Watkins LLP - Dispute Resolution

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Volker Schäfer
- 11 partners
- Office locations: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Internationally focused disputes practice with excellent cross-border capabilities, advising clients on litigation and arbitration. Active of late on class actions and post-M&A disputes involving the healthcare and automotive sectors, as well as cartel and securities litigation and investment disputes. Also advises on internal investigations and white-collar crime matters.

Strengths Clients are quick to highlight the firm's strength in mandates with a cross-border element, saying: "Latham & Watkins has particularly impressed me with its ability to work in teams across offices, languages and specialities."

Interviewees highlight the team's proactive approach as a key advantage: "The lawyers are on the ball, never miss a development and we are very happy to work with them."

Work highlights Acted for Clerical Medical Investment Group on a mass securities litigation brought by investors.

Advised Daimler and Toll Collect on arbitration proceedings regarding the delayed start of a truck toll collection system.

Significant clients Republic of Macedonia, Indorama Group.

Notable practitioners

Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert has a strong focus on international investment disputes and advised Strabag on the first ICSID arbitration brought against Libya. Clients say he is an "excellent strategist," stressing that "his analytical ability, judgement and experience make him an excellent oral advocate." He splits his time between the firm's London and Hamburg offices.

Clients say of Christine Gärtner: "We can't stress enough how much of an effort she has made to get to know our business; we really value that." Interviewees highlight her ability to communicate complex concepts clearly and add: "She gives practical advice and is very responsive and detail-oriented." She has a strong focus on banking disputes, D&O liability and shareholder litigation.

Clients describe litigator Volker Schäfer as "razor sharp," adding: "He thinks two steps ahead." He successfully represented Singapore Airlines in the annulment of a EUR74.8 million fine concerning the global air cargo cartel. He often advises clients from the financial sector on cross-border disputes and post-M&A litigation.

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Noerr - Dispute Resolution

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Michael Molitoris and Oliver Sieg
- 21 partners
- 94 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich

What the team is known for Independent German firm which comes highly recommended for D&O and product liability disputes, as well as corporate litigation. Represents clients from the automotive, financial and manufacturing sectors in patent and antitrust litigation as well as white-collar crime defence work. Noted for its additional strength in international arbitration.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's quick turnaround times and strong internal co-ordination, saying: "The lawyers are very quick and the German offices co-operate very well."

Clients also stress Noerr's specialist expertise as a key draw, saying: "They are very good in product liability and product safety."

Work highlights Represented Deutsche Bank in court proceedings.

Represented Fresenius in product liability proceedings in the USA and Europe.

Significant clients Chubb, Krones, MAN Diesel, McDonald's, Philip Morris.

Notable practitioners

Clients are pleased by Michael Molitoris's "enormous ability in product litigation," as well as his "confidence when appearing before the court." He represents clients in commercial disputes, product liability and insurance law matters, as well as white-collar crime defence matters. His recent work highlights include acting for Fresenius on product liability proceedings.

Arbitration specialist Anke Meier has a strong focus on investment law disputes, and also handles commercial and civil litigation. She is also a member of the New York Bar.

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP - Dispute Resolution

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Klaus Eyber and Michael Weigel
- 5 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Frankfurt

What the team is known for Assists German and US clients from a broad range of sectors with corporate, banking and commercial litigation. Frequently represents prominent individuals and German financial institutions in damage claims and insolvency cases. Comes highly recommended for cross-border litigation.

Strengths Clients are impressed by the team's approach, saying: "They are very open, responsive, and listen to the client."

Clients also appreciate that when the matter is complicated "they go very deep and really try to understand the detail."

Work highlights Acted for a financial institution on a EUR190 million damages claim concerning the alleged abuse of a security.

Represented an international bank in insolvency proceedings.

Significant clients BFL Beteiligungsgesellschaft, Deutsche Leasing, Lufthansa Systems.

Notable practitioners

Clients describe Klaus Eyber as an "excellent communicator" with a "brilliant understanding of complex cases," with one adding: "I am very happy to have him on our side." He is highly active in cross-border damage claims.

Clients praise Michael Weigel for his thoroughness and experience in litigation, where he is recognised for his strong focus on banking and corporate disputes. He recently acted for Bernd Lunkewitz on a claim for damages concerning the sale of Aufbau Verlag without having title.

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DLA Piper LLP - Dispute Resolution

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Ludger Giesberts
- Office locations: Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Active advising clients from the energy, technology and aviation sectors on commercial disputes. Has a strong focus on financial disputes, including banking, restructuring, insurance and insolvency, as well as post-M&A litigation. Also visible of late in international arbitration.

Work highlights Successfully represented Etihad Airways in a dispute with the Federal Republic of Germany regarding codeshare connections.

Acted for WISAG Aviation Service on the overturning of a decision to appoint Acciona Airport Services to carry out ground handling services.

Significant clients BayernLB, Barwa General Trading, PrivatAir, Sciclone Pharmaceuticals.

Notable practitioners

Frank Roth assists clients from the technology and life sciences sectors with commercial disputes, where his broad expertise covers insolvency, public procurement and joint venture litigation. He recently advised a US automotive supplier on product recall obligations and product liability.

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Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek - Dispute Resolution

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Band 4

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Basic facts about the department
- 37 partners
- 61 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Chemnitz, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Stuttgart

What the team is known for Strong focus on arbitration as well as other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, and frequently handles energy and construction disputes. Highly active in white-collar crime cases, representing individuals and companies in anti-bribery and anti-money laundering procedures, tax evasion matters and internal investigations.

Strengths Clients describe the team as "readily available, engaging and very quick to get into the subject," adding: "They respond to e-mails quickly and are very efficient."

Work highlights Advised a manufacturer of textile machines on a dispute regarding the non-delivery of a machine to Russia due to international trade sanctions.

Advised the former executive board member of a savings bank on D&O liability claims.

Notable practitioners

Seasoned practitioner Wolfgang Kühn frequently acts as arbitrator in investment, construction and post-M&A disputes. He is recognised for his long-standing expertise.

Ulrike Gantenberg enters this year's rankings on the strength of positive feedback from market sources, who regard her as a "very good" arbitrator. She is at her most active on post-M&A and construction disputes.

Department profile by Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Economic disputes are characterized by a high degree of complexity and have substantial effects on the companies and private persons involved. They therefore require legally competent, experienced and  efficient representation.

The members of our Practice Group Litigation/Arbitration have long-standing experience in the areas of litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. They provide  German and foreign clients with comprehensive advice on all kinds of complex economic and technical disputes, from the development of
conflict resolution strategies to the successful enforcement of their interests in or out of court.

In addition, members of our Practice Group are recognized for their skills as arbitrators and have a wide range of experience in both, ad-hoc and institutional arbitration proceedings (e.g., VIAC, DIS, ICC, LCIA, Swiss Rules).Their practice as counsel covers all types of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms (e.g. Arbitration, Mediation, Dispute Adjudication Boards, Expert Determination).

Recent appointments include:

  • Chairman: ICC arbitration on stage construction of expressway and bridge structures (FIDIC Contract)
  • Counsel: DAB proceedings regarding offshore windpark
  • Counsel: ICC arbitration on post-M&A claims for Ukrainian investor against Financing Bank
  • For more information see: https://www.heuking.de/en/practice-groups/legal-consulting/litigationarbitration.html



                                            




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    Our about 350 lawyers at ten offices across Europe speak over 18 different languages. Our expertise allows us to advise foreign clients in Germany comprehensively and to support German clients successfully in overseas business.


    Since its establishment in 1971, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek has been working on an international basis. We advise and represent clients from around the world in their activities in Germany and Europe and support our clients anywhere in the world. Providing our lawyers with the appropriate training, we work closely with law firms around the globe who are best suited for the task at hand.


    Over the years, our clients have come to focus on certain territories, which are represented by our Country Desks for China, France, India, Japan & Turkey.




    Oppenhoff & Partner Rechtsanwälte - Dispute Resolution

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    Basic facts about the department
    - Heads of department: Peter Klappich and Silvanne Helle
    - 3 partners
    - 6 other qualified lawyers
    - Office locations: Cologne and Frankfurt

    What the team is known for Excellent track record representing clients from the life sciences sector in commercial disputes, with a particular focus on product liability and competition matters such as state aid and cartel damages enforcement. Further areas of expertise include post-M&A and shareholder disputes.

    Strengths Clients praise the Oppenhoff team for its down-to-earth, client-friendly approach: "The lawyers give clear advice, are very responsive and always make themselves available."

    Work highlights Acted for Germanwings on a complaint against the EC's decision in a state aid case concerning the Zweibrücken airport.

    Represented Lufthansa in a complaint against the EC's decision in a state aid case regarding the Hahn airport.

    Significant clients Hans Grohe, Baron von Ullmann, Dow Chemical, Johnson & Johnson, RM Buch und Medien Vertrieb.

    Notable practitioners

    Peter Klappich regularly advises clients from the pharmaceutical industry on product liability and product recall, as well as on regulatory disputes. He recently acted for a pharmaceutical company on a dispute concerning the threatened suspension of certification of medical devices.

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    WACH + MECKES LLP - Dispute Resolution

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    Basic facts about the department
    - Heads of department: Karl Wach, Frank Meckes and Tom Petsch
    - 3 partners
    - 7 other qualified lawyers
    - Office location: Munich

    What the team is known for Litigation boutique with a strong reputation for banking and finance disputes, particularly for its representation of board members. Particular areas of focus include post-M&A, capital markets and D&O liability disputes. Increasingly active of late on litigation involving the energy sector.

    Strengths Clients say: "All the WACH + MECKES lawyers I have worked with are capable, work very thoroughly, and have a good feeling for what is important."

    Significant clients Dieter Burgmer.

    Notable practitioners

    Karl Wach comes highly recommended for litigation involving the banking and energy sectors. Clients say: "He is very good technically and investigates all the details, but at the same time looks for pragmatic solutions." He also acts as arbitration counsel.

    Frank Meckes represents company management in liability disputes. Further areas of expertise include post-M&A disputes as well as litigation in the energy sector.

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    White & Case - Dispute Resolution

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    Basic facts about the department
    - Head of department: Markus Burianski
    - 8 partners
    - 27 other qualified lawyers
    - Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Hamburg

    What the team is known for Internationally focused team renowned for its broad global network. Active in both litigation and international arbitration, and regularly advises German companies investing in the USA. Highly active in financial services litigation, and also represents clients in automotive disputes and product liability.

    Strengths Clients are impressed by the team's communication skills, saying: "The lawyers' communication is very good; we are always well informed by them and they are able to explain the facts of a case in a way that I can understand quickly."

    Clients also highlight the lawyers for their availability and responsiveness, saying that they "are available at any time and respond quickly."

    Work highlights Acted for the Russian Federation on a challenge to a USD50 billion arbitration award concerning the appropriation of Yukos Oil's assets.

    Assisted several German banks as bondholders with a dispute against HETA Asset Management.

    Notable practitioners

    Markus Burianski and Markus Langen a key contact for clients.

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    Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH - Dispute Resolution

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    Basic facts about the department
    - Heads of department: Richard Happ, Florian Schulz and Stephan Bausch
    - 14 partners
    - 18 other qualified lawyers
    - Office locations: Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Leipzig, Munich and Stuttgart

    What the team is known for Strong domestic practice with a strong focus on investment arbitration and construction disputes. Offers further strength in litigation, advising on product liability, post-M&A and shareholder disputes.

    Work highlights Represented the Wirtgen Group in damages claims against the Czech Republic regarding a retroactively introduced tax for solar electricity fed into the grid.

    Significant clients Hauck & Aufhäuser, Vattenfall Group, Mamidoil Jetoil, Santander, ArcelorMittal.

    Notable practitioners

    Clients highlight Richard Happ for his expertise in arbitration, where he frequently advises states, governments and companies on proceedings involving the energy sector.

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    Norton Rose Fulbright - Dispute Resolution

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    - Head of department: Jamie Nowak
    - 6 partners
    - 17 other qualified lawyers
    - Office locations: Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich

    What the team is known for Full-service firm, noted for its activity in banking, IP and energy disputes, with further expertise in insurance and antitrust. Increasingly active of late in the life sciences, technology and agriculture sectors. Strong shipping and transport litigation practice.

    Strengths Clients describe the team as "client-focused" and highlight its "efficient work." Clients also note that it is "very well informed about industry developments."

    Work highlights Advised Saatgut-Treuhandverwaltungs on arbitration and court proceedings concerning the enforcement of IP rights.

    Represented Balfour Beatty in cartel follow-on damage claims against local transport companies and railway operators.

    Significant clients Berenberg Bank, Merck, Gazpromneft Marine Bunker, Royal Cosun.

    Notable practitioners

    Jamie Nowak is a key contact at the firm for clients.

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    Taylor Wessing - Dispute Resolution

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    - Head of department: Dirk Lorenz
    - 12 partners
    - 14 other qualified lawyers
    - Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich

    What the team is known for Strong corporate litigation practice which is active on shareholder, D&O liability, post-M&A and product liability disputes. Prominent in cross-border damage claims and particularly active in China, Latin America and India. Clients come from a wide range of sectors, including life sciences, energy and sport.

    Strengths Clients are impressed by the firm's commitment to client service, saying: "They are very dedicated to this case, very engaged and go into detail."

    Work highlights Advised Grünenthal on its defence against product liability claims.

    Represented Conergy in ongoing litigation against the suppliers of allegedly defective PV systems.

    Significant clients Friedrich Carl Janssen, Solarkraftwerk Andalucia Uno.

    Notable practitioners

    Wolfgang Gruber advises on disputes in the fields of commercial, construction and corporate law. His clients include chemical and construction companies.

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