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Index of tables

  1. Insurance: insurance litigation
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Björn Fiedler - Fiedler Cryns-Moll Jüngel
    • Thomas Gädtke - DLA Piper
    • Theo Langheid - Bach Langheid Dallmayr
    • Tobias Lenz - Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner
    • Björn Seitz - Bach Langheid Dallmayr
    • Oliver Sieg - Noerr

Next generation lawyers

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    • Henning Schaloske - Clyde & Co LLP

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Considered by many as ‘the market leader’ in insurance and liability law, Bach Langheid Dallmayr acts for an impressive client roster including several well-known national and international insurance companies and financial services providers, which the team routinely represents on the defence side. The team’s very broad expertise is based on several sub-specialisations. One such specialisation is in the liability sector which is led by Rainer Büsken, while Dirk-Carsten Günther is the main contact for property insurance matters and Stephan Hütt for health insurance. In product liability, the team frequently handles medical device-related work and assists clients, including a number of manufacturing companies, with product recalls. In this context, Martin Alexander and Carsten Hösker represented a medical device manufacturer in proceedings pertaining to blood donations. Björn Seitz and Bastian Finkel defended several D&O insurers against insolvency-related liability claims. Other key individuals include Theo Langheid and life and accident insurance expert Joachim Grote. Tobias Britz was elevated to the partnership.

CMS puts significant focus on large-scale liability and damage claims, including client representations in D&O proceedings featuring banking and insolvency law elements. Team head Winfried Schnepp continues to represent the city of Cologne in damage claim proceedings brought by several private lenders of art artefacts and estates before the Regional Court of Cologne for the collapse of the Cologne city archives.

Clients benefit from the close co-operation between DLA Piper’s insurance law team and the litigation and regulatory departments, resulting in particular strength in handling D&O-related coverage disputes, while the team was also able to further expand its pension insurance segment with the arrival of counsel Manuel Baroch Castellvi. This has led to an increase of instructions at the intersection of life insurance law and product design. Recently, Gunne Bähr advised an occupational pension provider on supervisory requirements and represented the client against a reimbursable member. In other significant work, the team acted in over 300 coverage claims under a tax consultancy liability insurance policy with regards to fund losses, and provided liability and coverage law advice to an insurance company, which arose from two lawsuits filed by insolvency administrators. Central figures include Christian Schneider and Thomas Gädtke.

With several regional offices, Dr. Eick & Partner Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB exclusively acts on the insurance side, representing its clients predominately in personal, property and indemnity insurance matters. Other areas of expertise include construction and architect issues, which are frequently dealt with by the recommended Hermann Schumacher, alongside motor vehicle and medical liability work. Other key members of the team include Michael Burmann and Rainer Heß.

The strength of Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek’s team lies in handling liability and property insurance matters and in defending against recourse claims, which are frequently dealt with by Rüdiger Schnug, who acts for well-known clients such as Allianz and Atradius Kreditversicherung. In other work, Markus Rabe has been acting for an insurance company in matters pertaining to revoked life insurance contracts and loan agreements. The team also acts for policyholders in D&O and freelancer liability matters including financial loss liability insurance issues, which constitute another significant area of expertise. Michael Lauterbach and Herbert Palmberger are among the main contacts along with recently promoted salaried partner Martin Karwatzki.

Noerr stands out for its ‘excellent industry knowledge’, which, after Tanja Schramm’s and Henning Schaloske’s move to Clyde & Co LLP in September 2016, is predominately called upon by policyholders, while the team still maintains its close contacts with primary insurance and reinsurance companies. Oliver Sieg has been acting for an international energy company in asserting claims against fidelity insurance companies for unauthorised speculative transactions in the derivatives trading business. This competence in insurance, corporate and banking law proves to be a particular strength of the team, which is also played out in D&O, product liability and major damage sector work. In the latter segment, the team assisted an international company in the energy industry with the enforcement of a claim for damages to a hydroelectric power plant against a company and liability insurer. Thomas Heitzer heads the team, which includes the ‘very competentHelmut Katschthaler.

Thümmel, Schütze & Partner focuses on the representation of insurance companies, while also acting for insured companies and professionals, in predominately liability and fidelity insurance matters and has particular experience in the D&O sector. In the latter, the team acts for national and international insurance companies as monitoring, coverage and defence counsel for board members, managing directors and supervisory board members. Roderich Thümmel, Jens Haubold and Franck Schmidt-Husson are recommended, while product liability expert Susanne Kratzsch joined Dr. Kroll & Partner at the start of 2017.

Praised for its ‘profound knowledge’, Wilhelm Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB is ‘very pleasant to work with’ and has a specialism in acting for insured industry clients, which includes a number of energy, chemical and pharmaceutical sector players alongside construction and real estate clients, as well as reinsurance companies, in court and out-of-court liability and coverage proceedings with particular expertise in D&O insurance and product liability matters. The ‘creative, conscientious and always available’ Christian Becker, who clients also single out for his ‘good technical and strategic understanding’, represented an energy company in the assertion of claims amounting to tens of millions of euros under an assembly and business interruption insurance policy following damage to a power plant, while Mark Wilhelm and Lars Winkler represented Kraftwerksprojektgesellschaft SEK in assembly insurance proceedings. ‘Professional, solution-oriented and very assertive negotiator’ Christian Drave advised a company in the construction industry on liability and insurance law matters pertaining to a property damage. Fabian Herdter is ‘analytically outstanding’.

Defending tax and accounting firms against liability claims is a central pillar of Allen & Overy LLP’s practice. Marc Zimmerling advised and defended the auditing firm KPMG against claims for damages brought by the insolvency administrator for the assets of the trading and tourist group Arcandor of around €85m for alleged flawed restructuring advice. Acting for D&O insurers in liability disputes with former management bodies counts as another area of particular strength.

The ‘very competent’ team at bock legal Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwältendoes a very good job and provides comprehensive and forward-looking advice’, most notably on professional and D&O liability matters: recent examples include acting for the former manager of P+S Werften, and representing a German lawyer in recourse proceedings for supposedly insufficient advice on a corporate transaction. As another key element, the team frequently acts as coverage counsel for well-known clients including Allianz. The ‘eloquent’ Dirk Schmitz is praised as ‘understanding matters quickly’, while clients recommend Stefan Bank for contentious D&O issues with insolvency law elements.

In September 2016, Tanja Schramm and Henning Schaloske, previously at Noerr, opened Clyde & Co LLP’s German office in Düsseldorf. The new entity is considered to be ‘a good choice for D&O matters’ and benefits from good contacts with insurance and reinsurance companies on one hand and from the firm’s international network on the other. In recent significant work, the team acted as monitoring counsel for the D&O insurer CNA Insurance in a liability for damages proceeding against two members of the executive board of the SKW Stahl-Metallurgie Group with regards to expansion projects in Bhutan and Sweden. Handling professional and product liability work complements the range of services offered.

Benefiting from its cross-sectional insurance, corporate and criminal law competence, Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner is well versed in handling D&O damage claims for clients on the insurance side and product liability matters for insurance companies and manufacturers. In the product liability space, Carsten Laschet acted for a construction company in a dispute with a supplier over several thousand construction projects. Equally noteworthy, he represented a D&O insurance company in liability and coverage proceedings against several managers. Tobias Lenz is recommended for insurance coverage matters.

Taylor Wessing assists several well-known clients, including insurance companies and banks, with matters arising from large-scale damages. This includes the representation of insurers in coverage and recourse proceedings with a focus on property, fire and construction damages as well as damages from cyber attacks but the team is also experienced in handling product liability, D&O and liability insurance work. Team head Gunbritt Kammerer-Galahn represented ALBA Metall Süd Franken in coverage litigation against HDI Versicherung. Other clients include the ACE European Group and Chubb.

White & Case LLP frequently acts for companies and financial services providers in D&O liability and coverage matters alongside other legal proceedings for damages and has considerable clout in matters relating to corporate law. In recent work, Christian Wirth represented a company in a fraud case with respect to its fidelity insurance and enforced claims of €30m. Together with counsel Ulrich Carlhoff, he also represented a bank in its defence against claims for damages in the millions of euros stemming from a co-operation contract with a foreign insurance and a life insurance package.

Particularly active in northern Germany, Glauber & Partner represents several insurance companies, such as HDI Versicherung, Mecklenburgische Versicherung and KRAVAG Versicherung, in liability and insurance law litigation. The former two insurance clients also receive regular advice on major damages. Jan Glauber and Britta Hannemann are the main contacts.

Johannsen Rechtsanwälte focuses on the representation of insurance companies in insurance law and liability litigation. Oliver Meixner and Arno Schubach are the main contacts.

Meschkat & Nauert handles coverage and recourse litigation, mass procedures and traffic accident matters while also dealing with D&O and other liability work. Founding partners Norbert Meschkat and Ralf Nauert head the team from Gießen.

Good and professional litigation firmPatzina Lotz Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB is recommended for the representation of tax consultants, auditors, lawyers and notaries in liability and D&O proceedings. The ‘analytical’ René Matz is a ‘good and highly competent litigator’; he represented a consultancy firm in liability proceedings for alleged incorrect advice provided on a share deal, and a tax advisor from southern Germany in recourse proceedings, in defence against the allegation of having failed to highlight faulty documents and the necessary corrections in the plaintiff’s financial accounting. Thorsten Lotz assisted a lawyer in an office partnership with the assertion of damage claims amounting to €3m. Reinhard Patzina ‘gets to the heart of problems and provides compelling solutions’.

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