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Global Guide

Dispute Resolution: Litigation — Germany

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Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Hengeler Mueller

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Gleiss Lutz

From the Chambers Global guide

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 State of Montenegro regarding the acquisition of an industrial enterprise in Montenegro and its subsequent failure.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

A leading figure in both arbitration and litigation, Rolf Trittmann acts as counsel and arbitrator. Sources highlight his 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.

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Rupert Bellinghausen

Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Michael Molitoris

Noerr

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Oppenhoff & Partner Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Global guide

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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Klaus Saffenreuther

Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Burkhard Schneider

Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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WACH + MECKES LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Karl Wach of WACH + MECKES LLP 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.

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Alexandros Chatzinerantzis

Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

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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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Britta Grauke of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP advises international companies on financial, corporate and IP litigation. Clients appreciate her "direct communication with the other side and work on the strategic aspects of the case." She recently represented Ryanair as an intervening third party in a dispute concerning state aid allegedly granted to regional airports used by Ryanair.

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Hengeler Mueller

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Mark Hilgard heads the litigation and arbitration practice of Mayer Brown LLP. He focuses on commercial litigation and arbitration, especially post-M&A disputes, and acts as arbitrator and party representative.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

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 in connection with a price-fixing cartel.

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WACH + MECKES LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Frank Meckes of WACH + MECKES LLP 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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Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Global guide

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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Bernd-Wilhelm Schmitz

Schmitz & Partner

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees say that Bernd-Wilhelm Schmitz of Schmitz & Partner is "good at presenting complicated legal points." He has considerable experience in commercial and financial litigation and recently represented Deutsche Telekom in prospectus liability proceedings.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

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 brought by the administrator of Arcandor.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

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

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Wolf Bussian represents clients in financial litigation, in addition to tax, insolvency and capital markets disputes. Clients describe him 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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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients describe Klaus Eyber of Kaye Scholer LLP 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.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients say that Guenter Pickrahn is "always excellently prepared," adding: "He is able to present complicated facts in a clear way and is calm." He 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.

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DLA Piper UK LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

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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Dorothee Ruckteschler

CMS

From the Chambers Global guide

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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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

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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Christian Thomas Stempfle

Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients say litigator Christian Thomas Stempfle of Reed Smith LLP is "very pragmatic and thinks in commercial terms." His areas of focus include post-M&A disputes and white-collar crime, as well as insolvency and insurance disputes.

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients praise Michael Weigel of Kaye Scholer LLP 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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