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Latham & Watkins LLP

Christoph A Baus

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Dr. Christoph A. Baus is global Vice Chair of the Litigation & Trial Department and a litigation and arbitration lawyer. Dr. Baus has extensive trial and arbitration experience in a wide variety of matters, including complex commercial cases, securities, professional liability, shareholder disputes, M&A transactions, restructurings and antitrust. He recently has taken leading roles in managing cases involving several large international insurance entities and municipal governments.

Germany: Dispute resolution

Arbitration (including international arbitration)

Within: Arbitration (including international arbitration)

Latham & Watkins LLP focuses on party representation mandates and demonstrates particular expertise in large-scale cross-border arbitration proceedings. Recent work includes representing Daimler Financial Services in a dispute with the Federal Republic of Germany on matters pertaining to the introduction of a toll system for trucks, and acting for a German technology company in a post-M&A arbitration against a market leader in the automotive supply sector. An Asian pharmaceutical company instructed the team to act in two DIS arbitrations based on a shareholder dispute. Equally noteworthy, Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert represented the transnational steel group ArcelorMittal in an ICSID investment arbitration against Egypt. Other key individuals include Markus Rieder and the recommended Christoph Baus.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Benefiting from its international network, the ‘outstanding’ team at Latham & Watkins LLP is ‘always available’ and ‘capable of putting itself in the client’s position’. The team has substantial expertise in corporate and banking litigation, while its antitrust capabilities were strengthened by the arrival of Michael Esser from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. ‘Excellent and strategically clever litigatorChristoph Baus represented Achim Ahrendt, liquidator of the two funds Deutsche S&K Sachwerte Nr. 2 and S&K Real Estate Value Added Fondsgesellschaft, in asserting claims against 3,700 individual investors and the S&K funds initiators. In co-operation with the corporate department, the team also acted for Hamburger Hochbahn in appeal proceedings pertaining to a holding company’s financing responsibilities. Markus Rieder represented a major European bank in several legal challenges and appeals filed in Germany and Austria following a company merger and related restructuring. Carsten Witzke, the ‘strategic and prudentSebastian Seelmann-Eggebert and the ‘strategically thinking’ Volker Schäfer are recommended. Finn Zeidler moved to Gibson Dunn.

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Financial services litigation

Within: Financial services litigation

Frequently acting on the defence side, Latham & Watkins LLP represents a broad client base, including banks, investors, shareholders and insurance companies. Highlights included Christoph Baus’ representation of Clerical Medical Investment Group, a subsidiary of Lloyds Banking Group, in a number of lawsuits alleging miscounselling, and Markus Rieder’s representation of a major European bank in several appeal and appraisal proceedings filed in Germany and Austria following a merger and related restructuring. In co-operation with the firm’s New York office, he has also been assisting Deutsche Bank with investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice. Volker Schäfer and Christine Gärtner are recommended.

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