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Baker McKenzie has an extensive roster of longstanding clients, with sources confirming that they ‘would not want to rely on another firm’. The team attracted a significant number of arbitration matters in the Asia Pacific region, among them representing an Asian industry group in several post-M&A arbitration proceedings. Jörg Risse is ‘likeable, but a tough negotiator’, Ragnar Harbst adopts ‘a professional and confident approach to negotiations’, and Günter Pickrahn is ‘able to successfully cross-examine technical experts’. Heiko Haller is also recommended.

CMS provides ‘very broad coverage’ and its ‘highly qualified junior lawyers’ are regularly praised alongside senior figures such as the ‘extremely good’ Dorothee Ruckteschler and ‘doyen’ Klaus Sachs. Investment arbitration proceedings are a mainstay of the practice, with Sachs having chaired a significant number of them. One recent highlight was representing a US-based toy manufacturer in Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (HKIAC) proceedings, a matter led by Nicolas Wiegand.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has a growing market share in cross-border arbitration, where the team is ‘recommended for atypical matters with political and societal implications’. It represented a listed energy company in an International Centre for Settlement of an Investment Disputes (ICSID) arbitration with the Republic of Bulgaria regarding electricity price fixing, and represented Romania’s government in an ICSID arbitration with a group of Swedish investors. Boris Kasolowsky, Christian Duve and Rolf Trittmann are the names to note.

Latham & Watkins LLP is able to ‘operate across several offices and languages’ and ‘ensures availability of experts whenever needed’. It continues to represent Daimler Financial Services in arbitration with the Federal Republic of Germany concerning the truck toll system. Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert is ‘an excellent strategist with incredible grasp of legal concepts’ and Christoph Baus is ‘outstanding, pragmatic and to the point’. Clients would ‘use the team again for complex, large-scale proceedings’.

Allen & Overy LLP bolstered the practice by hiring Benedikt Burger from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and counsel Alice Broichmann from P+P Pöllath + Partners. The team is led by the ‘renowned’ Daniel Busse, who ‘quickly gets to the bottom of case and sector specific issues’. Investment protection proceedings are a key area, and the team acted for an international investment group in multimillion-euro proceedings. Energy sector, insurance and reinsurance arbitration proceedings are other strengths of the team. Clients value the firm’s ‘seamless network of international experts’.

Gleiss Lutz has seen an increase in energy sector and post-M&A arbitration proceedings. A particular highlight has been representing Hanwha Chemical in post-M&A arbitration proceedings against Q Cells’ insolvency administrator. Notable matters included representing Adem Dogan in nullification proceedings against Turkmenistan, which led to the first ruling enforcing payment of damages by the country as a result of investment arbitration proceedings. Recommended partners include Gerhard Wegen, Stephan Wilske and Stefan Rützel. Wolf von Bernuth left in March 2017 to found his own boutique.

Hengeler Mueller gives ‘practical advice’ and recently assisted Varroc Engineering with enforcing an ICC arbitration award in Germany. The team is representing a European energy provider in DIS (German Institute of Arbitration) proceedings regarding the topic of gas delivery price fixing. Carsten van de Sande, Henning Bälz and the ‘analytical’ Matthias Blaum are recommended.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek has seen an increase in energy sector work, representing an energy provider in arbitration action against price adjustments, and defending a Slovak energy technology manufacturer in DIS arbitration proceedings against payment claims by a Russian contractor. Wolfgang Kühn, Ulrike Gantenberg and Elke Umbeck are recommended.

Hogan Lovells International LLP benefits from its international network and distinct industry sector focus, particularly in the plant engineering, energy, projects und international trade sectors. Post-M&A arbitration is another strength. Karl Pörnbacher is ‘excellent’ and Inken Knief is recommended for her ‘short turnaround times and strategic approach’.

Linklaters handles a significant amount of cross-border work, including defending a steel manufacturer in International Chamber of Commerce arbitration proceedings against claims for damages totalling $1.3bn in relation to a steel mill construction in Brazil. Flex-N-Gate received assistance with DIS proceedings over claims for damages in the wake of a failed acquisition. Rupert Bellinghausen and Alexandros Chatzinerantzis are the key figures.

Clifford Chance focuses on joint venture and post-M&A arbitration, as well as cases in the energy and plant engineering sectors. Practice head Burkhard Schneider is recommended along with Uwe Hornung, who is ‘a strong and convincing litigation strategist’ and able to ‘objectify emotional discussions’.

Gert Brandner, Klaus Gerstenmaier and Roland Kläger are the names to note at Haver & Mailänder Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB, where the team handles arbitration proceedings across a range of sectors, including in a cross-border context. It attracted six new arbitrator mandates and represented an energy provider in DIS arbitration proceedings.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH has energy sector arbitration expertise and frequently assists clients with cross-border matters. It represented Vattenfall against the Federal Republic of Germany in ICSID arbitration proceedings regarding the country’s nuclear phase-out. Richard Happ and Karl von Hase are recommended.

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP’s team capitalises on its international network and features the renowned Sabine Konrad, who has been appointed arbitrator to the Singapore International Arbitration Center (SIAC). It assisted several regional state banks in investment arbitration proceedings against Spain, and represented a German photovoltaics company in HKIAC proceedings against a Chinese company.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP maintains ‘a consistently high level of service’ and has ‘outstanding sector knowledge’. It represented an automotive industry contractor in arbitration proceedings against a German car manufacturer. ‘Subject matter expert’ Karsten Faulhaber is recommended along with Siegfried Elsing, who is frequently appointed as arbitrator.

In a highly publicised matter, White & Case LLP represented the Russian Federation against former Yukos shareholders in arbitration award enforcement proceedings. It also assisted a number of clients in cross-border energy sector arbitration proceedings. Practice head Markus Burianski has a focus on the energy sector. Daniel Eckstein is now a judge at Berlin’s district court.

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