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Dr Christian Schneider

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Christian Schneider advises insurers and reinsurers as well as insurance brokers with respect to insurance and corporate matters, including product development and reviews. He has comprehensive experience in the consultative and forensic claims handling in the fields of liability law (particularly D&O insurances and other indemnity insurances), as well as property and transport insurance.

Germany: Dispute resolution

Arbitration (including international arbitration)

Within: Arbitration (including international arbitration)

DLA Piper has traditionally had a strong focus on post-M&A arbitration, but has recently also seen an increase in energy and D&O liability disputes. Daniel Sharma is defending a global corporation concerning the payment of compensation for damages following corruption claims, and is representing a conglomerate in arbitration under ICC rules. Frank Roth and Christian Schneider are defending an insurer in a multiparty arbitration regarding a W&I insurance product. Counsel Friederike Landauer also has outstanding expertise in international arbitration proceedings. The practice was strengthened in November 2017 by the addition of counsel Sebastian Schneider, who joined from Latham & Watkins LLP.

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Germany: Insurance

Insurance litigation

Within: Insurance litigation

DLA Piper receives praise for its ‘good industry knowledge’ and ‘target-oriented approach’, while clients also benefit from its close co-operation with the firm’s dispute resolution and regulatory teams. D&O expert Thomas Gädtke advises BayernLB on D&O claims brought against its former board of directors and administrative council pertaining to the failed acquisition of Hypo Alpe Adria Group and failed ABS investments made during the financial crisis. Other areas of expertise include pension and life insurance matters as well as reinsurance issues; the latter are frequently handled by Gunne Bähr; while Christian Schneider is the main contact for liability, property and transport damage work. Handling automotive sector instructions has been an area of growth for the practice, most notably those pertaining to the development of insurance products. Volker Lemmer was appointed counsel.

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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