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Global Guide

Dispute Resolution: Litigation — Germany

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Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Hengeler Mueller

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Gleiss Lutz

From the Chambers Global guide

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."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

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."

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Rupert Bellinghausen

Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

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."

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Michael Molitoris

Noerr

From the Chambers Global guide

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."

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Burkhard Schneider

Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Global guide

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."

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Klaus Saffenreuther

Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

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."

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WACH + MECKES LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

According to clients, Karl Wach of WACH + MECKES LLP 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." 

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Band 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

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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Band 4

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Alexandros Chatzinerantzis

Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

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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Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Mark Hilgard of Mayer Brown LLP has a broad practice spanning both litigation and arbitration, where he acts as counsel and arbitrator. He is especially well regarded for his strength in post-M&A disputes, and is described by sources as “very to the point and always reasonable in a conflict.” 

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Oppenhoff & Partner Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Global guide

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. One client states: "He has good commercial understanding and gets into technical detail."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

"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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WACH + MECKES LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees consider Frank Meckes of WACH + MECKES LLP 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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Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Bernd-Wilhelm Schmitz

Schmitz & Partner

From the Chambers Global guide

Bernd-Wilhelm Schmitz of Schmitz & Partner is well reputed for his commercial litigation expertise. He has substantial experience handling securities, banking, corporate, D&O liability and professional liability disputes.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

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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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Klaus Eyber of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP 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."

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients value Britta Grauke of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP for her “clarity, accuracy, promptness, sound understanding of economic and accounting matters and brilliant rhetoric.” She chiefly represents clients in financial, insolvency and state aid litigation, and advised Ryanair on a state aid case before the German Supreme Court relating to its agreements with Lübeck Airport.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Global guide

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."

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DLA Piper UK LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

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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Dorothee Ruckteschler

CMS

From the Chambers Global guide

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 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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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

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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Christian Thomas Stempfle

Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Christian Thomas Stempfle of Reed Smith LLP possesses noteworthy expertise in litigation. He often represents clients in product liability and contractual disputes.

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients deem Michael Weigel of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP 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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