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Dispute Resolution — Germany


Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 1

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department:Boris Kasolowsky and Norbert Nolte
- 11 partners
- 63 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Unsurpassed practice with an exceptional reputation for advising on highly complex company disputes. Attracts considerable acclaim, having played starring roles in Germany's most prominent investigations, while remaining a top choice for multi-jurisdictional work. Offers excellence in large-scale financial litigation cases and cartel damages claims. Also represents clients in post-M&A arbitration proceedings, as well as in disputes arising from energy projects. Client roster comprises a prestigious collection of globally renowned corporates and financial institutions.

Strengths One impressed client highlights the firm's leading position, lauding its "breadth and depth of resources that is probably unrivalled in the German market."

Other interviewees routinely praise the high calibre of advice provided, as one in particular notes: "We are very happy with their high standard of quality, efficiency and responsiveness."

A further source considers the team "detailed, very diligent and measured in weighing things up" while outlining the "high level of commitment."

Work highlights Defended Volkswagen and various subsidiaries in multitudinous civil and class actions in over 50 jurisdictions stemming from the emissions investigation.

Represented the State General Reserve Fund of the Sultanate of Oman against the Republic of Bulgaria in ICSID arbitration proceedings regarding the effects of the Bulgarian banking crisis on the Bulgaria-Oman BIT.

Significant Clients Siemens, Deutsche Bank, Scottish Widows, BayernLB, RWE.

Notable practitioners

Rolf Trittmann maintains his position at the summit of both the litigation and arbitration markets, regularly acting as both counsel and arbitrator. He is a regular fixture on high-profile disputes arising from compliance matters and M&A transactions, and offers particularly extensive expertise in the automotive sector. Trittmann is currently leading the team representing Volkswagen in claims following the emissions investigation, and is described as "really well prepared and very experienced, with plenty of cases behind him."

Christian Duve is highlighted for his expertise in investigations and subsequent litigation proceedings, and also handles arbitration cases. He is regularly mandated by financial institutions, and is praised by industry clients for his "knowledge of banking products, strategic abilities, quality of work and general overview of the industry sector."

Boris Kasolowsky is best known for his strength in international arbitration, where he is regularly mandated as counsel in both commercial and investment arbitration cases. Sources are particularly impressed with his ability to manage cases as counsel. His scope of expertise also covers litigation.

"Very smart, experienced litigator" Thomas Kreifels has a broad practice encompassing cartel damages litigation and product and professional liability claims. He wins particular admiration for his work on follow-on damages cases and latterly defended ThyssenKrupp against various claims by transportation companies stemming from the rail cartel.

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Hengeler Mueller - Dispute Resolution Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- 25 partners
- 3 counsel
- Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich

What the team is known for Exceptional dispute resolution practice that is routinely mandated on complex, multi-jurisdictional cases. Offers proven excellence in cartel damages litigation, defending prestigious multinationals and DAX-30 companies. Outstanding reputation in warranty claims, product recalls and liability disputes, profiting from deep-rooted expertise in a multitude of industry sectors, including automotive, banking, energy, insurance and telecommunications. Continues to be at the forefront of the international arbitration market, playing starring roles in several of Germany's most large-scale proceedings.

Strengths Hengeler Mueller's dispute resolution department routinely comes in for praise due to the high level of quality it maintains. One interviewee highlights the "excellent quality of work," adding that the lawyers are "highly skilled, work accurately and reliably, and are open to developing new ideas and strategies."

Others single out the lawyers' responsiveness and dedication to client service, as one source enthuses: "I really appreciate the round-the-clock approach to advice and how a case is held in context. The lawyers are very strategic but at the same time precise in detail and diligent."

Clients also consider the team "well integrated in complex matters and confident in technical questions" and state that the lawyers "understand very quickly what the case depends on and know how to handle it appropriately."

Work highlights Defended Porsche against numerous claims by investors relating to the devaluation of the company's shares arising from the alleged manipulation of emissions data in diesel vehicles.

Represented Deutsche Telekom and Toll Collect in long-running arbitration proceedings concerning the proposed toll system for HGVs in Germany and related compensation claims.

Significant Clients Sal. Oppenheim jr. & Cie., Vodafone Kabel Deutschland, Nordzucker.

Notable practitioners

Sources single out the "brilliant" Markus Meier for his strength both as a litigator and as arbitration counsel. He remains a popular choice for complex, high-value corporate litigation cases, as well as those concerning board member liability. His arbitration expertise encompasses disputes arising from M&A transactions, infrastructure projects and clauses in distribution agreements. Of late, he has represented Porsche in criminal proceedings against two former board members.

Henning Bälz is acknowledged for his capabilities in arbitration proceedings, particularly in post-M&A disputes and cases concerning investment treaties. Interviewees consider him a "very reliable lawyer who always has the client's best interests in mind."

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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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Allen & Overy LLP - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Robust disputes practice offering impressive strength and depth in arbitration. Regularly handles large-scale, multi-jurisdictional investor-state and post-M&A disputes, exploiting the firm's expansive international network. Litigation expertise encompasses financial, corporate and insolvency litigation, as well as D&O and management liability cases. Also held in high esteem for its capabilities in regulatory investigations concerning financial trading and tax structures. Strong focus on the energy sector.

Strengths Numerous sources comment positively upon the high level of service provided, as one source says of the lawyers: "They deliver high-quality work, have the ability to acquaint themselves with the particularities of an industry in a short time, demonstrate very convincing writing skills, always deliver on time and generally work as a team."

Clients are also enamoured by the team's ability to combine speed and accurate judgements in its legal advice, with one citing the "very high tempo of handling matters coupled with a high quality." They then add: "Legal evaluations are precise and turn out exactly as expected - in law there is always uncertainty but they are always right."

Value for Money Various clients opine that the value for money corresponds to the high level of quality delivered by Allen & Overy, and also praise its efficiency in staffing teams.

Work highlights Represented two international investors in an arbitration case against the Hellenic Republic relating to an investment in a Greek shipyard and an alleged violation of the investment treaty between Lebanon and Greece.

Advised the insolvency administrator for the assets of Walter Bau on a case against the Kingdom of Thailand relating to unpaid damages for the protection of investments.

Notable practitioners

"Skilful arbitration lawyer" Daniel Busse has carved out a fine reputation in the arbitration arena and has a wealth of experience representing parties and acting as arbitrator. He regularly appears in proceedings under DIS, ICC and ICSID rules, handling disputes in areas including post-M&A, energy, projects and finance. Clients value his "ability to quickly understand the legal, economic and technical specifics of the case."

According to interviewees, Wolf Bussian demonstrates "impressive legal judgement and manner in writing memos and pleadings." His focus lies in financial litigation, where he advises banks and insurers. He latterly acted for the National Bank of Canada on its shareholding in Maple Bank following an investigation and subsequent claim by the tax authorities of around EUR450 million for alleged tax fraud.

Marc Zimmerling assists with a variety of commercial disputes, and is particularly well known for his adeptness in D&O liability cases. His client base spans companies from the financial services, insurance, IT and retail sectors. Clients praise his speed and "high-quality service in discussions and negotiations."

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Baker McKenzie - Dispute Resolution Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Very highly regarded for its strength in international arbitration, benefiting from its excellent global network. Trusted adviser to clients from Asia. Highly prominent in the energy sector, where the team advises on cases concerning construction and infrastructure projects. Additionally handles post-M&A disputes, internal investigations and contractual disputes, particularly those arising from clauses in technology and licensing agreements. Industry expertise also covers life sciences and TMT.

Strengths One interviewee speaks highly of the lawyers' ability to convey complex legal information to clients in simple terms, saying: "The team members are very good at translating legal and technical knowledge into a language that is precise, clear and understandable." Clients also appreciate the "high standard of quality, efficiency and responsiveness."

A source is further impressed by the team's manner in court, stating: "When they appear as counsel in an arbitration, they are extremely well prepared and straight to the point."

Work highlights Represented SEK, a joint venture of STEAG and EVN, in arbitration proceedings arising from poor contractual performance relating to the construction of a power plant in Duisburg.

Defended a German construction company against compensation claims by a customer for delay in constructing wind turbines for an offshore wind park in the German North Sea.

Notable practitioners

Leading arbitration counsel Jörg Risse is acclaimed for his "great knowledge in arbitration proceedings" and described as a "very fast thinker with high commercial awareness who immediately picks up on complex technical matters." He often represents parties in disputes arising from infrastructure and transportation projects, as well as post-M&A arbitration cases, and enjoys a strong reputation as an arbitrator.

The "persistent and hard-working" Günter Pickrahn is highlighted for his arbitration capabilties, and is a popular choice for construction and post-M&A disputes. He also receives frequent appointments as arbitrator and offers further expertise in litigation. Of late, he has represented a Taiwanese industrial conglomerate in numerous post-M&A arbitration proceedings under DIS rules concerning compensation for a breach of a balance guarantee. Sources consider him "a good advocate who conveys his message in a convincing manner, realising when the tribunal needs additional guidance."

Heiko Haller is at his most visible in arbitration cases in the construction, infrastructure and IT industries. He regularly represents clients in proceedings relating to energy and outsourcing projects.

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Clifford Chance - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Burkhard Schneider
- 5 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich

What the team is known for Prominent team highlighted for its adeptness at defending multiple parties in highly complex disputes. Popular choice for large-scale cartel follow-on actions. Also regularly mandated by banks on financial litigation cases concerning cum/cum and cum/ex trades, as well as ensuing criminal proceedings. Further areas of strength include cross-border construction disputes in the energy sector, joint venture and post-M&A arbitration and insolvency disputes. Handles an increasing D&O liability workload.

Strengths Clients compliment the team's "excellent expertise and dedication" and straightforward way of advising. One explains: "What I like is that I get a no-nonsense report from them, condensed useful information with all the necessary facts."

Another interviewee adds: "It is down-to-the-point, very practical advice that is delivered in a timely manner."

Significant Clients Zeppelin Foundation, KONE, Volkswagen.

Notable practitioners

Uwe Hornung is renowned for his excellence in litigation, regularly representing prestigious clients in high-profile commercial disputes. His impressive client portfolio includes companies in the financial services and consumer goods sectors.

Burkhard Schneider attracts vast praise for his expertise in banking litigation, and he also handles D&O liability, securities and shareholder disputes. A satisfied client reports: "He was extremely responsive, got up to speed very quickly and got on top of the facts. He was also alive to the commercial issues that we had and factored them in."

Interviewees note that Sebastian Rakob "presents things in a neutral rather than aggressive tone, meaning you can have good settlement discussions with him." His practice covers fraud and white-collar crime litigation, with a particular focus on asset recovery, as well as prospectus liability claims and post-M&A disputes. He represented Comparex in a case against an insolvency administrator of a third-party software company regarding the use of one of its acquired trade marks.

Michael Kremer is best known for his expertise in arbitration proceedings arising from construction and engineering projects. He also handles antitrust litigation, and defended Moravia Steel in an EUR800 million follow-on damages claim by Deutsche Bahn with respect to the railway cartel.

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CMS - Dispute Resolution Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Highly visible in post-M&A and investment arbitration cases, aided by the presence of practitioners receiving regular appointments as presiding arbitrator. Further expertise lies in D&O liability, corporate litigation and follow-on damages claims, particularly in the automotive and IT sectors.

Strengths Sources identify that CMS has a "very well-functioning team" that is "able to both set out the overall approach and quickly produce and turn around the material for the tactical steps."

Also attracting praise are the firm's "good depth of resources to cover peak demand and international reach."

Work highlights Represented the Museum of Fine Arts Bern in a dispute over the ownership of the famous Gurlitt art collection.

Significant Clients Iran Khodro, Farzanegan Fars Holding Group, E.ON, Roland Berger, Vodafone.

Notable practitioners

"Outstanding arbitrator" Klaus Michael Sachs is revered by commentators for his high quality in domestic and international arbitration cases. He presides over a range of high-stakes investment arbitration proceedings, and was appointed arbitrator in three ICSID and UNCITRAL cases brought against the Italian Republic and the Kingdom of Spain relating to renewable energy.

According to peers, Torsten Lörcher is a "big player" on the arbitration scene. He acts as both counsel and arbitrator in cross-border post-M&A disputes and cases stemming from construction projects. Of late, he has also advised Turtle Entertainment on arbitration rules in the context of its launch of the World eSports Association.

Sources say that Dorothee Ruckteschler "has a very balanced skill set, delivers precise legal work and is very good with people." She is also regarded as "really capable of handling difficult witnesses and giving everyone an opportunity to put on their best behaviour in difficult situations." She mainly handles post-M&A and energy-related arbitration cases both as party representative and as arbitrator, but is also well known for her litigation expertise, most notably in the areas of D&O liability and shareholder disputes.

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Gleiss Lutz - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Highly esteemed practice with a very strong reputation for financial and antitrust litigation work. Represents financial institutions in complex financial markets disputes, as well as companies in major cartel damages claims and follow-on litigation. Also offers noteworthy expertise in corporate litigation, product liability and general commercial arbitration proceedings. Clients predominantly come from the banking, energy and automotive sectors.

Strengths Clients repeatedly emphasise the team's speed as part of its broad repertoire of skills. One highlights its "analytical assessment of matters, quick responsiveness and keenness to provide solutions," while another notes that the "high measure of mutual trust and speed of co-operation are the main strengths."

Another highly satisfied client remarks: "They've been outstanding," before adding that the lawyers were "passionate about the case, detail-oriented, nice to work with and excellent in the hearing."

Work highlights Advised the supervisory boards of Volkswagen and Audi on numerous settlement agreements with plaintiffs and the US authorities related to the diesel emissions scandal.

Acted in defence of Daimler on various follow-on litigation cases arising from the truck cartel.

Significant Clients E.ON, HETA Asset Resolution, HeidelbergCement, Deutsche Telekom, Infineon.

Notable practitioners

Stefan Rützel stands out for his strength in complex financial services, corporate and capital markets litigation matters. He is also active as party representative and arbitrator in post-M&A disputes and cases arising from infrastructure projects and joint ventures. Notable mandates include representing HETA Asset Resolution as defendant in 11 civil claims brought by bondholders with a total value of approximately EUR2.3 billion. Clients deem him "technically and strategically untouchable."

The "very talented" Stephan Wilske is a respected figure in arbitration. He advises on a range of commercial and investment arbitration cases, including those arising from construction projects and commercial agreements, as well as post-M&A disputes. He acted for the insolvency administrator of Unionmatex Industrieanlagen on an ICSID arbitration against Turkmenistan regarding the construction of five grain mill complexes.

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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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Hogan Lovells International LLP - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Sizeable team offering a comprehensive range of services in the dispute resolution domain. Routinely represents prestigious clients in antitrust and supply chain litigation, and is widely reputed for its capabilities in product liability cases and class actions. Additionally visible in cross-border, post-M&A and infrastructure-related arbitration proceedings. Further expertise lies in cyber crime and defamation disputes, where the team is supplemented by its strength in the compliance and investigations area. Covers a wide range of industry sectors, including life sciences, energy, automotive, TMT and financial services.

Strengths Sources routinely praise the firm's sector-driven expertise. One interviewee from the life sciences sector believes the team to have the "right mixture of a litigator's mindset and subject matter, business and industry expertise."

Another client also praises Hogan Lovells' international capabilities, saying: "It is a reliable contact for all legal matters thanks to their in-depth analysis and understanding of industrial matters, fast reaction, high standard of legal advice and their effective global network aiming to provide the same standard worldwide."

Work highlights Represented Volkswagen in interim proceedings against two key suppliers threatening to stop production of various vehicle parts.

Assisted Ford with its filing of cartel damages claims against numerous automotive suppliers.

Notable practitioners

Detlef Hass is widely perceived as an accomplished litigator, boasting expertise in insolvency, supply chain, cyber crime and cartel disputes. He defended Air Canada in numerous claims spanning several jurisdictions against plaintiffs seeking damages for its alleged participation in the air cargo cartel.

Interviewees remark that Karl Pörnbacher gives "excellent, to-the-point legal advice" and creates a "great working atmosphere." He focuses on domestic and international arbitration cases arising from M&A transactions, commercial contracts and construction projects, often handling proceedings in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Ina Brock is highlighted by peers for her specialism in product liability cases. She chiefly handles complex, cross-border claims, including class actions, and has a strong focus on the life sciences sector. An interviewee notes her industry expertise with respect to "business aspects and compliance requirements, which enormously helps to provide the client with holistic answers."

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Linklaters - Dispute Resolution Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Highly regarded dispute resolution department offering extensive coverage of the litigation and international arbitration domains. Frequently called upon to assist with complex, cross-border cartel damages claims, insolvency disputes and D&O liability cases. Additional strength in corporate investigations, where the team closely co-operates with its successful corporate and tax departments. Draws its clients from a variety of sectors, including energy, financial services, TMT and automotive.

Strengths Clients benefit from the speed and proficiency across the firm's disputes department, as one source states: "Linklaters offers a very reliable, in-depth service throughout its team members, and it always comes in a timely manner, usually even faster."

Another interviewee is impressed by the lawyers' practical and hands-on approach, saying: "They tell you what you should and shouldn't do and don't make it complicated for you. They advise based on their experience and knowledge, and overall they provide high-quality work."

Notable practitioners

Clients say of Rupert Bellinghausen: "I am most impressed by his clear and well-structured arguments. It is a pleasure to work with him." A broadly respected litigator, he is at his most visible handling supply chain, D&O liability and antitrust damages disputes. His practice also covers post-M&A arbitration.

Klaus Saffenreuther is best known for his expertise in financial litigation and investigations, where he regularly handles securities disputes. He mainly acts for major investment banks and large multinational companies. Interviewees describe him as "very effective, pragmatic, experienced and knowledgeable" and like that he "keeps to deadlines."

Sources value Alexandros Chatzinerantzis for his "very straightforward arguing" and his "highly comprehensive and client-focused" approach. His practice takes in both litigation and arbitration, where he handles post-M&A and corporate disputes, as well as cases in the energy sector concerning price adjustments, grid fees and plant construction, among other matters.

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Latham & Watkins LLP - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 3

第三等

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Christoph Baus
- 8 partners
- 53 other qualified lawyers
- 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. Widely recommended for antitrust cases, regularly defending clients against cartel damages claims and class actions, benefiting from thorough integration with its US practice. Considerable strength representing financial institutions in high-stakes investigations. Present in both commercial and investment arbitration, often active in cases arising from joint ventures and clauses in energy contracts.

Strengths The team's "excellent knowledge of complex litigation matters and high cross-border capabilities" is considered a significant draw for clients, who also find the lawyers to be "always very reliable" and "answer questions with high quality."

Another source adds: "They are very proactive, extremely available and very balanced in their advice, looking for pragmatic solutions."

Work highlights Represented Deutsche Bank in an investigation by the US Department of Justice seeking to impose a fine following various RMBS transactions prior to the 2008 financial crisis.

Advised Singapore Airlines and Singapore Airlines Cargo on defences of damages claims in various jurisdictions arising from the air freight cartel.

Significant Clients Clerical Medical Investment Group, Daimler, Facebook, Hamburger Hochbahn, SRI Trang Agro-Industry.

Notable practitioners

Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert focuses on international arbitration, where he regularly handles investment disputes. He represented the Republic of Croatia in an ICSID arbitration concerning claims brought by real estate investors who were denied permission to develop a tourist resort in the country. Clients describe him as "very calm and composed even in the most stressful situations during the course of an arbitration, including the hearing."

Christine Gärtner mainly represents clients in commercial arbitration cases relating to joint ventures and distribution contracts. Her skill set also includes litigation, where she often handles D&O liability and shareholder disputes. One impressed interviewee states: "She is diligent and whenever I see her everyone is impressed. She is one of the rising stars in the German arbitration field."

Volker Schäfer advises on a variety of litigation matters, including cartel damages claims, professional liability cases and financial disputes. Clients say that he "is always accessible and gives meaningful legal opinions," while commentators regard him as "confident enough to take autonomous positions and strong enough to contradict the client if necessary."

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Noerr - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 3

第三等

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Michael Molitoris, Oliver Sieg and Anke Meier
- 38 partners
- 68 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Thriving practice renowned for its prowess in product liability, D&O and insurance litigation, with a track record of representing parties in high-profile disputes. Additionally handles corporate, financial and white-collar crime litigation mandates ranging from fraud cases to shareholder disputes. Scope of expertise also covers international arbitration, in particular cases arising from supply chain issues and construction projects. Acts for prominent clients from the automotive, pharmaceutical and consumer goods sectors.

Strengths One client enthusiastically praises the lawyers: "They are extremely knowledgeable on cross-border matters and their overall strategic considerations always take account of the bigger picture and our needs. They are not afraid to think outside of the box and approach our disputes innovatively."

Another source adds: "The quality is good and the contacts we have are very responsive and get to grips with things very quickly."

Value for Money Multiple clients praise the sophistication and transparency of Noerr's billing system.

Significant Clients Deutsche Bank, DKB, Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig, Weller von Ahlefeld.

Notable practitioners

Michael Molitoris is highly esteemed in the areas of product liability, product safety and insurance litigation. He is particularly popular among clients from the automotive sector, and is labelled as an "excellent adviser and powerful negotiator."

Anke Meier is well known for her activity as arbitration counsel in both domestic and international proceedings. She is often mandated on cases with a significant US angle, benefiting from her admission to the New York Bar. Sources describe her as a "thorough, smart and dedicated advocate."

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 4

第四等

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

What the team is known for Handles a broad range of commercial litigation mandates on a domestic and international level, benefiting from a large global network. Solid reputation for contractual and negligence disputes. Increasingly represents plaintiffs in cartel damages claims, and also often acts for institutional investors on securities and capital markets litigation proceedings.

Strengths Clients and market commentators alike commend the firm's strength in litigation matters.

Significant Clients BFL Beteiligungs, Deutsche Leasing, Lufthansa Systems, Deminor Recovery Services.

Notable practitioners

Klaus Eyber focuses on contractual disputes and damages claims relating to breach of contract, fraud, tort and professional negligence. He has particular experience handling cases arising from construction projects, distribution agreements and insolvency. One client states: "He is someone who doesn't let go. He has the tenacity that I really appreciate."

Clients deem Michael Weigel a "specialist in litigation who has very good knowledge." His scope of expertise encompasses professional negligence, contractual, insolvency and shareholder disputes. He defended an international law firm in a claim for damages brought by numerous real estate funds for the alleged facilitation of embezzlement.

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DLA Piper LLP - Dispute Resolution Department

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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 At its most visible on liability disputes, enjoying a consistent work stream in D&O, tort and professional liability litigation. Often advises on cases regarding breach of contractual and compliance duties, as well as negligence. Also handles insolvency-related litigation, post-M&A disputes and international arbitration cases. Active in the energy, technology, insurance and aviation sectors.

Strengths One source describes the lawyers as "very responsive and co-operative" and says that they "explain things very clearly," whereas another mentions: "I know that I will get very quick, profound answers and I can really rely on their advice."

Clients generally feel confident in DLA Piper to handle their disputes, as one declares: "I always get the feeling to be in good hands."

Work highlights Advised BayernLB on D&O claims against its former board and supervisory board members regarding failed M&A transactions and ABS investments during the financial crisis.

Defended Munich RE against various damages claims for alleged breach of pre-contractual duties in the context of a geothermal energy project.

Significant Clients Mondelez, Barwa General Trading, PrivatAir, Sciclone Pharmaceuticals, Etihad Airways.

Notable practitioners

One client praises Frank Roth for his "very quick response times and good understanding of the commercial field in which we are moving." He handles a range of commercial litigation cases, including those regarding product recalls and liability, D&O liability and insolvency, and is particularly active in the infrastructure, IT and life sciences sectors.

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Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek - Dispute Resolution Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Elke Umbeck and Ulrike Gantenberg
- 32 partners
- 53 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Chemnitz, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Stuttgart

What the team is known for Best known for its strength in arbitration, with team members receiving regular arbitrator appointments on DIS and ICC proceedings. Particular focus on disputes occurring in the energy and construction sectors, including those involving gas price adjustments and power plant manufacturing. Also offers capabilities in post-M&A arbitration and civil litigation cases concerning fraud and liability.

Strengths Numerous clients cite the team's responsiveness as a key reason for their satisfaction. One source enthuses: "I find it super how quick the responses are. The lawyers are also extremely reliable and down-to-earth; they have a practical approach to solutions and answer honestly if something doesn't work."

Another source also appreciates the lawyers' availability, adding: "The co-operation is very good and trustworthy. You get swift answers, memos are very well written and you can always reach someone."

Significant Clients Berndorf, Kaufland Stiftung, Syntellix, Shell Erdgas, Otto Group.

Notable practitioners

Wolfgang Kühn possesses long-standing experience as an arbitrator, having presided over a range of commercial and investment cases. He recently acted as party-designated arbitrator on proceedings under DIS rules relating to a dispute in the telecommunications sector.

Market commentators praise Ulrike Gantenberg for her capabilities in plant construction arbitration cases, where she frequently acts as arbitrator. She is particularly prominent in the energy sector, and served as chair in DIS arbitration proceedings concerning gas price adjustments. Her further areas of expertise include post-M&A disputes.

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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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Oppenhoff & Partner Rechtsanwälte - Dispute Resolution Department

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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. Also advises on contentious sales and distribution law matters. Frequently handles shareholder disputes, post-M&A arbitration proceedings and banking litigation cases. Additionally visible in the automotives sector.

Strengths Sources praise the team's efficiency and clarity of advice. Another client is impressed by the lawyers' speed and reliability in court.

Work highlights Defended the former chair of the supervisory board of Sal. Oppenheim against a claim brought by an investor alleging to have been fraudulently advised.

Represented Rhodius Mineralquellen und Getränke as plaintiff in a claim for damages against three companies involved in a sugar cartel.

Significant Clients RM Buch und Medien Vertrieb, Lufthansa, Dow Chemical, Johnson & Johnson, Hannover Rück.

Notable practitioners

Peter Klappich is recognised for his product litigation practice, where he advises on liability, safety and recall issues. He has an especially strong foothold in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries and also handles competition disputes.

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WACH + MECKES LLP - Dispute Resolution Department

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

What the team is known for Dispute resolution boutique known for its strength in both litigation and arbitration. Recommended for banking and capital markets litigation, as well as D&O liability and post-M&A disputes. Predominantly represents board members and financial investors. Also handles commercial arbitration cases, including those arising out of contractual relationships.

Strengths Numerous sources highlight the firm's dedicated focus on disputes and high-quality results, as one remarks: "They are very specialised in complex cases. The work is very precise and accurate."

Others also value the team's painstaking approach to detail, with one noting: "They analyse the facts very well and are great at role reversals, thinking in the position of the other side and how they would react. They are also always very well prepared."

Notable practitioners

According to clients, Karl Wach is a "very good strategist" and "perfect negotiator." He mainly handles management liability litigation, and is particularly active in the financial services and energy sectors. His capabilities also include acting as arbitrator, where a source describes him as "extraordinarily experienced, thorough and impressive due to his great tenacity."

Interviewees consider Frank Meckes to be "very effective and service-oriented." He is best known for his capacities in financial services and capital markets litigation, securities and post-M&A disputes.

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White & Case - Dispute Resolution Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Markus Burianski and Markus Langen
- 6 partners
- 21 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Hamburg

What the team is known for Respected international firm renowned for its broad global network. Highlighted for its strength in international arbitration, where the team handles a variety of contractual disputes arising from energy and construction projects overseas. Also enjoys a solid track record in financial services, insolvency and post-M&A litigation, as well as D&O liability claims. Diverse client base comprises public bodies, large corporates, investors and financial institutions.

Strengths Sources routinely laud the firm's cross-border prowess, as one considers the team "very thorough" and says that it "has a good understanding of international business transactions." Another appreciates that the lawyers are "available nearly all over the world" and describes them as "technically perfect, and precise in their thinking and explaining things to non-lawyers."

Another satisfied client believes that the team "provided good guidance and insight, was able to cut through complex issues and form a clear, universally understandable picture for all parties, responded well to difficulties and was flexible in approaching potential issues."

Work highlights Represented Facebook in proceedings against an applicant seeking a preliminary injunction for doctored images posted on the company's website.

Represented various groups of Indian investors in arbitration proceedings against the Republic of Yemen concerning the termination of oil and gas concessions due to the country's worsening security situation.

Significant Clients UniCredit, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Pfandbriefbank, Helaba, NORD/LB.

Notable practitioners

Markus Burianski is described as a "measured individual, very detailed and precise with a pleasant personality and very good interpersonal skills." He is often present as counsel in international arbitration proceedings, including investment and post-M&A disputes. His highlights include defending the Russian Federation in a case worth over USD50 billion brought by the former majority shareholders of Yukos regarding the expropriation of the company's assets.

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Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH - Dispute Resolution Department

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

What the team is known for Domestic practice with a strong focus on investment arbitration and construction disputes. Especially visible in the energy sector, advising on cases relating to the operation of power plants and wind farms and their regulations. Offers noteworthy litigation expertise in product liability and product recall mandates, often representing clients in dealership-related disputes.

Strengths One pleased client likes that the lawyers "don’t beat around the bush, but give straight answers and pursue a clear strategy."

Another source describes the team as "capable and flexible," whereas another considers them "very responsive."

Work highlights Represented Fiat in a counterclaim for back payment against 100 dealers arising from alleged overcharging of transportation costs for vehicles delivered in 2009.

Represented IGB Tank Lease in damages claims alleging breach of duty under a management contract concerning several hundred tank containers.

Significant Clients Hamburg Trust, Harley-Davidson.

Notable practitioners

Richard Happ enjoys a strong reputation for his capabilities in investment and energy sector arbitration proceedings. He represents both state-owned and private companies. He is praised by clients, with one stating: "He is a great strategist and absolute expert. He lived up to our high expectations."

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Dispute Resolution Department

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

What the team is known for Offers broad-ranging sector expertise spanning financial services, energy, infrastructure and life sciences. Regularly handles insurance W&I claims and securities litigation, including cases relating to fraud and money laundering. Additionally well regarded for its capacities in shipping and transport litigation. Further areas of strength include cross-border competition and IP disputes.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's speedy and straightforward approach.

Work highlights Advised Credit Suisse as third-party intervenor on a dispute valued at EUR870 million concerning liability under a securitised loan agreement.

Represented Ishida in a patent opposition claim at the Boards of Appeal in the European Patent office.

Significant Clients Hi Fly Transportes Aereos, Depo Auto Parts, Amer Sports, Saatgut-Treuhandverwaltungs.

Notable practitioners

Jamie Nowak heads the disputes department and is the chief contact for related queries.

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Taylor Wessing - Dispute Resolution Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Dirk Lorenz
- 16 partners
- 9 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. Well regarded for cross-border work, where the team increasingly represents Chinese clients and advises on investigations in conjunction with its London office. Further expertise lies in commercial arbitration mandates. Client base comprises domestic and international corporates from a range of sectors, including life sciences, energy and sports.

Strengths Numerous sources single out the lawyers' detail-oriented approach as a key strength, as one notes: "They pay a lot of attention to detail and are very meticulous. Everything they tell us is an accurate description of reality."

Other clients say that the team approaches cases in a considered way, and "bring things to the point in a very level-headed way," while the lawyers are also said to "stand out with their high commitment and anticipatory thinking."

Work highlights Defended a former general partner of Sal. Oppenheim against various claims for damages.

Defended Grünenthal in a multitude of product liability claims regarding the use of thalidomide on pregnant women during the 1950s and 1960s.

Notable practitioners

Wolfgang Gruber regularly represents parties in arbitration cases in the chemicals, construction and automotive sectors. He latterly acted for an automotive supplier in an ICC arbitration against a competitor concerning the development and series production of an electronic component.

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