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Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert

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Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert is Deputy Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in Germany. He advises and represents companies, individuals and states in disputes with a particular focus on international arbitration.

Mr. Seelmann-Eggebert’s experience in arbitration includes acting as lead counsel in a number of complex disputes involving public international law and the substantive laws of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia, Ukraine, Croatia and Azerbaijan, among other countries, and conducted under the rules of the DIS, ICC, ICSID, SCC, UNCITRAL, as well as under German and Swiss ad hoc rules. He regularly advises clients from the energy, insurance, media, telecommunications, banking and construction industries.

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 litigator’ Christoph 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 prudent’ Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert and the ‘strategically thinking’ Volker Schäfer are recommended. Finn Zeidler moved to Gibson Dunn.

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London: Dispute resolution

Public international law

Within: Public international law

Latham & Watkins' public international law (PIL) expertise covers Law of the Sea issues; investor and state-side investment treaty matters; trade sanctions; international trade law, including WTO issues; state  and sovereign immunity law; and business and human rights. In the largest-ever treaty claim brought against Ukraine, the team defended Ukraine in an arbitration brought by three Cypriot companies under the Energy Charter Treaty; the arbitration raised a number of complex issues related to state responsibility in relation to the actions of domestic courts and the right to regulate under PIL. It also represented the Republic of Croatia in an ICSID arbitration brought under its BIT with Belgium, which involved a real estate acquisition and proposed development of a luxury tourist resort. Sophie Lamb QC is global co-chair of the firm’s international arbitration group; and Charles Claypoole, London and Hamburg-based Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert and Marc Hansen are also key practitioners.

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