Firms To Watch: Arbitration (including international arbitration)

Since May 2023, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP's former arbitration practice operates under Aurelius Cotta – Konrad Pika Trippel Partnerschaft von RAen mbB. The boutique offering is led by investment protection and commercial arbitration experts Sabine KonradMaximilian Pika und Pierre Trippel.

Arbitration (including international arbitration) in Germany

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie's extensive experience in demanding arbitration and court proceedings is reflected in numerous international instructions, including from Asia. The team stands out for its expertise in pharmaceutical-related disputes, for which arbitrator and mediator Jörg Risse is one of the key contacts, contentious post-M&A matters, but also arbitration proceedings in connection with construction, plant engineering, infrastructure and energy projects. Particularly experienced in the latter area is Heiko Haller, who jointly heads the German dispute resolution practice with Günter Pickrahn, who specialises in licensing and IP issues.

Practice head(s):

Günter Pickrahn; Heiko Haller

Other key lawyers:

Jörg Risse; Ragnar Harbst; Jürgen Schramke; Nicolai Behr; Markus Altenkirch


‘Strong and highly competent team with committed and thorough performance.’

‘Jörg Risse: Combines strategic thinking with experienced dispute resolution experience.’

‘Heiko Haller: Tactically clever, precise and methodical.’


In addition to industry expertise in international trade as well as in the automotive and supplier industries, CMS is also experienced in handling contentious matters in the pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and renewable energy sectors. International commercial and investment arbitration with reference to Asia represent a practice mainstay, with Susanne Schwalb, who handles international commercial arbitration, and Nicolas Wiegand, whose experience extends from corporate law and post-M&A to commercial and distribution law as well as intellectual property, being key contacts. Thomas Lennarz jointly heads the practice with Wiegand and is particularly experienced in complex out-of-court negotiations and mediation proceedings pertaining to climate change. Klaus Sachs and Tilman Niedermaier, who are both experienced in party representation and as arbitrators, are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Wiegand; Thomas Lennarz

Other key lawyers:

Klaus Sachs; Armin Dürrschmidt; Susanne Schwalb; Tilman Niedermaier; Torsten Lörcher; Benjamin Lissner; Matthias Schlingmann


‘Probably the team in Germany with the most top practitioners. Perfect mix of young and old. Impressive presence in the market.’

‘High competence paired with a practical approach. Best network. High degree of digitalisation.’

‘Very quick reactions, availability is above average, pragmatic solutions are pursued, very good coordination within the team.’

Key clients

Bundesnetzagentur / Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz (BMWK)

PharmaEssentia Corporation

Autoticket / Mautprojektgesellschaft und deren Gesellschafterinnen


Work highlights

  • Advice and representation of the Autoticket / toll project company and its shareholders. Advice on setting up and operating the German car toll project company and its two shareholders in DIS arbitration proceedings.

  • Advising, representing and supporting PharmaEssentia Corporation (listed in Taipei) in connection with a dispute arising from a license agreement with an Austrian pharmaceutical company.

  • Advising, representing and supporting a DAX40 group with regard to contractual and investment protection claims against Russia as well as in connection with a risk assessment to avert enforcement risks in over 20 high-risk countries.

Busse Disputes

Busse Disputes' outstanding expertise and reputation is reflected not only in the firm's international high-profile client base, but also in a variety of complex proceedings across a range of industry sectors, ranging from the automotive and pharmaceutical sectors to the energy industry; key contacts include founding partner Daniel Busse, who also advises on corporate disputes and infrastructure projects, and Silke Justen, who specialises in arbitration proceedings in the energy sector. The team is also particularly active in ​​plant engineering matters -here, Mia Ramb's expertise frequently comes into play -, as party representative in arbitration proceedings related to commercial and contractual disputes as well as in post-M&A conflicts, which is a focus for Sven Lange.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Busse; Silke Justen; Mia Ramb; Sven Lange

Other key lawyers:

Sibylle Herberg; Allison Torline


For me, ‘Busse Disputes is the go-to company for disputes relating to Germany. A broad team with high professional quality, judgment and court room presence.’

‘Excellent combination of excellent legal expertise and the ability to deeply understand and familiarise yourself with specialist energy industry topics.’

‘The firm is the first choice for all international arbitration proceedings. Daniel Busse is extremely experienced and competent. He knows many of the arbitrators and administrators personally and knows what is well received and what is not. His customer service is top notch; he is extremely responsive and available in all time zones and at short notice. He hires excellent people and deploys them well.’

Key clients

Privinvest Holding SAL

Work highlights

  • Representing two international investors, Messrs. Iskandar and Akram Safa, in an ICSID arbitration against Greece. The subject of the proceedings are damages claims amounting to several hundred million euros due to the violation of the investment protection treaty between Lebanon and Greece.

  • Representing Privinvest Holding SAL and other group companies from three different jurisdictions in an ICC arbitration involving approximately €7 billion relating to the purchase of a shipyard.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance's international arbitration practice represents a range of companies, including in the automotive and construction sectors, in energy disputes, investor-state disputes and post-M&A matters; in this context, Moritz Keller and practice head Michael Kremer, who is also experienced in joint venture and shareholder disputes, are among the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Michael Kremer

Other key lawyers:

Moritz Keller; Jan Conrady; Burkhard Schneider; Sebastian Rakob; Sunny Kapoor


‘Excellent technical know-how and understanding/knowledge of the client, very well connected, very good support, very good availability.’

‘Know-how, responsiveness, availability, friendliness, understanding/knowledge of the client.’

‘The team is led by a team leader who has the ability to create a group of highly professional individuals, each of whom brings the best of his/her expertise, experience and personal qualities to the team. Both the team leader and the team itself make customers feel heard, taken into account and in absolutely good hands. No matter how critical the situation may seem, a constructive and efficient solution is always found.’

‘Not only the team leader Moritz Keller, but also other members of the Clifford Chance team, who are appointed for the respective case, are characterized by a high level of specialist knowledge, a great deal of experience, a very high work mentality, reliability and excellent communication skills.’

Gleiss Lutz

In addition to commercial disputes in the automotive, chemical and real estate sectors as well as the healthcare and energy industries, which are often handled by Andrea Leufgen, Gleiss Lutz also focuses on joint venture and post-M&A disputes; here, practice head Stefan Rützel is one of the key contacts. The practice is also particularly active in investment arbitration proceedings, which are primarily handled by the experienced Stephan Wilske.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Rützel

Other key lawyers:

Lukas Schultze Modero; David Quinke; Andrea Leufgen; Tobias Böckens; Stephan Wilske


‘The team appeared very homogeneous, hierarchies were not noticeable, collaboration within the team was very good, i.e. all team members always had up-to-date knowledge of the project and accessibility for the client was always guaranteed.’

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP has extensive expertise in corporate, commercial and advertising disputes, but is further experienced in supply chain disputes: Inken Knief, who is also well versed in arbitration proceedings in the aerospace sectors, handles the latter in the automotive, manufacturing and industrials as well as life sciences sectors. The team is led by Karl Pörnbacher, who is experienced in ad hoc and institutional arbitration proceedings, and also represents clients in disputes relating to the energy industry as well as plant construction and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Karl Pörnbacher

Other key lawyers:

Ina Brock; Inken Knief; Sebastian Polly; Matthias Schweiger


‘Available at any time, quick response, timely preparation of precise recommendations for action and written submissions; Willingness, possibility and quick implementation of the involvement of legal experts in other countries and their law. This is particularly true of Karl Pörnbacher.’

Key clients



Work highlights

  • Representing the global market leader for engineering solutions in plant construction in an ICC arbitration against a large Brazilian iron ore mining company.

Latham & Watkins LLP

In addition to international arbitration proceedings, which often involve global shareholder disputes, Latham & Watkins LLP routinely acts for PE houses and their portfolio companies in commercial and investment arbitration proceedings as well as in post-M&A disputes; practice head Christoph Baus is one of the key contacts for commercial disputes, while Alena McCorkle and Anne Löhner are particularly experienced in complex economic and post-M&A disputes. Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert left the firm in April 2023 and now is an of counsel at HANEFELD.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Baus

Other key lawyers:

Alena McCorkle; Anne Löhner


‘A team mixed with male and female colleagues who impress through exceptional commitment and high levels of commitment.’

‘Anne Löhner and Alena McCorkle: Outstanding lawyers. Both impress equally with their quality, effectiveness, know-how and ability to always strike the right tone in negotiations.’

‘We have had the pleasure of working with Anne Löhner and her team twice in the last six months. On both occasions the team proved to be as reliable as a Swiss watch: both in terms of the quality of results and in meeting deadlines.’

‘Anne Löhner: It was a pleasure and a privilege to work with her. She deserves praise not only for her keen analytical mind, but also for the grace with which she deals with tribunals and opposing counsel is simply extraordinary.’

‘Anne Löhner: Extremely astute, absolutely to the point and an excellent choice for post-M&A proceedings.’

Key clients

ZF Automotive U.S., Inc.

Republik Kroatien

Work highlights

  • Succesful representation of ZF Automotive US, Inc, a subsidiary of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, before the US Supreme Court regarding the admissibility of discovery for private arbitration proceedings abroad.

  • Successfully represented Croatia in an ICSID arbitration brought by Elitech BV and Razvoj Golf DOO under the bilateral investment agreement between Croatia and the Netherlands.

  • Represented Lindsay Goldberg in various cross-jurisdictional proceedings relating to Schur Flexibles.


Linklaters' extensive experience in arbitration extends from corporate and commercial conflicts to banking and energy disputes. Head of the German dispute resolution group Alexandros Chatzinerantzis is particularly well versed in the latter area and is also very active as a party representative in construction, commercial and corporate disputes; contentious matters in the healthcare, automotive, consumer goods and chemical sectors represent other practice mainstays. Rupert Bellinghausen is considered an expert in post-M&A arbitration proceedings, while Julia Grothaus and counsel Anke Krause focus on antitrust disputes.

Practice head(s):

Alexandros Chatzinerantzis

Other key lawyers:

Rupert Bellinghausen; Julia Grothaus; Anke Krause


‘Excellent know-how. Well-connected within a major international law firm with a focus on our industry.’

‘Highly motivated and qualified, very pleasant, pragmatic, goal- and solution-oriented.’

‘The team is always up-to-date and there is no loss of information.’

‘Alexandros Chatzinerantzis: Treats every matter equally, whether large or small, with the same weight and, above all, the necessary care. Mr. Chatzinerantzis can be reached at almost any time.’

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to Yunneng Wind Power Company Ltd on claim management, enforcement of claims in interim relief (Germany and Malaysia) and preparation of several adjudication and arbitration proceedings against a Malaysian special vessel operator and a Malaysian bank in connection with delays in the construction of the largest offshore wind farms in Taiwan.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH is considered a popular address for international arbitration proceedings related to energy law as well as for investment arbitration proceedings, which are primarily handled by practice head Richard Happ, while disputes arising from plant construction and infrastructure projects - in the context of which Tim Rauschning is considered to be particularly experienced - as well as product liability and cartel damages mass proceedings are also part of the practice's repertoire. Numerous Chinese and German clients further call upon the team's expertise in proceedings before international arbitration and Chinese state courts, particularly in connection with medical protective equipment and disrupted supply relationships; Katharina Klenk-Wernitzki stands out for her expertise in disputes in the German-Chinese context.

Practice head(s):

Richard Happ

Other key lawyers:

Katharina Klenk-Wernitzki; Borbála Dux; Tim Rauschning;  Sebastian Wuschka


‘Deep knowledge of the subject matter and the industry. The team always strives to understand the issues in detail in order to incorporate them into the legal case with maximum effect.

‘Richard Happ: A bright mind who pursues his goals sensitively and imaginatively for the benefit of the client.’

Key clients



Jungfer Druckerei und Verlag GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representation of RWE AG in arbitration proceedings against the Kingdom of the Netherlands for damages due to the early closure of the Eemshaven coal-fired power plant due to the Dutch coal phase-out.

  • Representing E.ON SE in investment protection proceedings before the World Bank Arbitration Court against the Kingdom of Spain due to serious, fundamental changes in the remuneration regime for renewable energies in Spain.


Noerr primarily acts in high-profile investment disputes, but also advises on energy-related disputes and competition damages claims; Meike von Levetzow, who acts as a party representative and arbitrator in international and national arbitration proceedings, is particularly highly regarded in this context. The German dispute resolution practice is co-led by Oliver Sieg, who specialises in insurance disputes, and Anke Meier, who focuses on international arbitration proceedings with particular emphasis on German-American legal communication.

Practice head(s):

Anke Meier; Oliver Sieg

Other key lawyers:

Meike von Levetzow; Jennifer Bryant


‘The dispute resolution team at Noerr is excellent. They are cooperative, work very well with U.S. attorneys, and are experts in civil and common law arbitration.’

‘Noerr supported us in a post-merger arbitration and we also won. The dispute, which was not an easy matter, was handled comprehensively, skillfully and persistently.’

Key clients

Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Königreich der Niederlande

Samsung Electronics




Work highlights

  • Represented the Federal Republic of Germany in two ICSID proceedings with a total value of over €1 billion. The proceedings relate to the Energy Charter Treaty (ECV) and were initiated by Austrian and Irish investors who had invested in offshore wind projects that were allegedly affected by changes in the law.

  • Representing VTBE in an LCIA arbitration in connection with transactions under an ISDA framework agreement, totaling more than €200 million.

  • Proceedings against RWE and Uniper to determine the inadmissibility of lawsuits filed by companies to challenge climate protection legislation under the ECV due to incompatibility with EU law.

White & Case LLP

Led by Markus Burianski, who focuses on energy and post-M&A disputes as well as disputes relating to supply contracts and liability issues, the German team at White & Case LLP stands out for its expertise in international arbitration proceedings in the pharmaceutical, chemical, automotive and construction sectors as well as in technology-based industries. Key contacts also include Christian Theissen, who focuses on supply chain disputes, and Alexandra Diehl (post-M&A, international investment law, IP, product liability).

Practice head(s):

Markus Burianski

Other key lawyers:

Christian Theissen; Alexandra Diehl; Alexander Lang; Federico Parise Kuhnle


‘White & Case LLP has an excellent team in Frankfurt that covers the entire range of arbitration proceedings with great expertise.’

‘Markus Burianski and Christian Theissen are highly respected arbitration lawyers in the market who, in addition to extensive experience in party representation, also demonstrate great competence as arbitrators.’

‘Markus Burianski: An experienced counsel who scores points in hearings with good advocacy skills and a self-confident demeanor. He is always well prepared. He also ensures good integration and visibility for his teammates.’

‘The international orientation of the Frankfurt practice is particularly noteworthy. The team members, especially Markus Burianski, are often seen in international arbitration proceedings and have a high level of expertise in this area. Markus Burianski’s advocacy skills are also worth highlighting.’

Key clients

Republik Indien

Republik Bulgarien

Work highlights

  • Representing the Republic of India in a complex multi-jurisdictional arbitration relating to the enforcement of an arbitration award arising from a telecommunications transaction.

  • Representing the Republic of Bulgaria in an investment arbitration regarding a luxury residential complex near Sofia.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's Wolfgang Jäger is particularly experienced in arbitrations in the automotive, banking and financial services sectors, while domestic and international clients in the aviation and energy sectors often consult Daniel Sharma. The team is led by Thomas Gädtke, who is well versed in class actions and mass litigation, and also represents companies and states in investment protection proceedings, commercial and infrastructure disputes - Marc Jacob has extensive experience in this area - as well as in insolvency and joint venture conflicts.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Gädtke

Other key lawyers:

Marc Jacob; Wolfgang Jäger; Frank Roth; Daniel Sharma


‘Very focused and efficient. Excellent lawyers.’

‘Frank Roth: Stands out for his sharp legal perspective and his responsiveness.’

‘DLA Piper is our first choice for truly international arbitration proceedings, particularly with regard to enforcement aspects. The size is necessary, but at the same time the firm manages to structure the teams in a way that the legal spend remains manageable.’

‘Marc Jacob: Very active in litigation and thinks further than the typical lawyer in a large international law firm. He finds ideas on how proceedings can continue when competitors no longer have anything to say. Highly recommended!’

‘Very focused and efficient. Excellent lawyers.’

Key clients

Zurich Insurance Plc

Work highlights

  • Representation of a leading chemical company in an emergency arbitration proceeding under NAI rules due to a failed or stalled asset deal.

  • Representation of an international organisation as a defendant in an ad hoc arbitration (ICC Rules, seat of the Arbitration Court in Brussels).

  • Representing an international technology company as a defendant in a DIS arbitration regarding the effectiveness of extraordinary terminations relating to an IT transformation project with a volume of over €1 billion.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's internationally well-connected team has extensive experience in post-M&A and commercial arbitration particularly in the energy, TMT, infrastructure and construction sectors; practice head Patricia Nacimiento is one of the key contacts here. Arbitrator Catrice Gayer, who made partner in May 2023, primarily dedicates herself to disputes relating to major projects in the infrastructure, automotive and energy sectors, while senior associate Alessandro Covi is one of the key contacts for investment and commercial arbitration proceedings. Mathias Wittinghofer (capital markets and post-M&A disputes) joined Gowling WLG in November 2023.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Nacimiento

Other key lawyers:

Catrice Gayer; Alessandro Covi


‘We particularly appreciated how the team managed the complexity of the case, how they directed and channeled the work of the almost 30 witnesses, experts and local lawyers involved, how they always anticipated the challenges and difficulties that would arise and how it always had an eye for the details without losing sight of the bigger picture.’

‘The legal work was also impeccable, both written and orally. It was clear at all times that they were extremely experienced, that they had seen it all and were not easily impressed by anything the opposition or the arbitrator would come up with.’

‘We always felt that we were securely guided and that we received very good advice, even though – or perhaps precisely because – the team never avoided difficult and complex questions. When decisions had to be made, we always received a specific and concrete suggestion for how to proceed.’

Key clients

QazaqGaz National Company JSC

Republic of Kazakhstan, Ministry of Justice

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has extensive expertise in DIS and ICC arbitrations, which it primarily demonstrates in disputes in the energy, infrastructure and plant engineering sectors, as well as in post-M&A, commercial and investment protection disputes. The team acts for both states and companies and is led by Siegfried Elsing, who is experienced in party representation but also enjoys an excellent reputation as an arbitrator. Nicholas Kessler also acts as an arbitrator and further represents clients in supply, construction law and post-M&A disputes, while Karsten Faulhaber primarily demonstrates arbitration expertise in representing companies and states.

Practice head(s):

Siegfried Elsing

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Kessler; Karsten Faulhaber


‘The arbitration team led by Nicholas Kessler was very efficient, competent, commercially oriented and grasped the difficulty of the case, which helped us achieve several successes.’

‘Nicholas Kessler: Has a special view of the situation and knows how to look at it from the best angle! A real partner.’

‘There is always a competent contact available if the actual contact person is not available. The team also ensures that there is no loss of information and that the partner is always kept up to date.’

‘Karsten Faulhaber and Nicholas Kessler: Outstanding lawyers. They are not only characterized by their excellent technical expertise, but also always know how to strike the right tone depending on the situation. Furthermore, Karsten Faulhaber particularly impresses with his ability to adapt the strategy quickly to the benefit of his clients depending on the situation. They always keep their team up to date and involve them very well.’

Key clients

Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Kraftanlagen (KAO)

MET International

Republik Nordmazedonien


Work highlights

  • Advising and representing the Federal Republic of Germany in arbitration proceedings regarding claims allegedly amounting to €560 million in connection with the car toll.

  • Representing the Republic of North Macedonia in a UNCITRAL investment protection arbitration against London-based investors.

  • Representation of Kraftanlagen Group in a newly initiated arbitration procedure in connection with claims arising from the construction of a nuclear power plant in Finland after the BGH had an ICC arbitration award overturned.

BAUMANN Resolving Disputes

BAUMANN Resolving Disputes acts as a party representative in international arbitration proceedings and commercial disputes and also represents clients in mediation proceedings, energy and corporate as well as IP disputes; practice head Antje Baumann is particularly active here. Conflicts in connection with real estate and financial transactions represent other mainstays and are primarily handled by Kathrin Asschenfeldt. Ann-Christin Engelke, who is experienced in arbitration proceedings, left the firm in January 2024 to set up her own unit Grat Disputes.

Practice head(s):

Antje Baumann

Other key lawyers:

Kathrin Asschenfeldt; Sven Luther


‘Antje Baumann: Highly pragmatic. Fast reactions, strong communication, quick to understand, recognises connections and solution-oriented. Sharp memory.’

‘Antje Baumann: An outstanding arbitrator. She has an extremely quick comprehension, works very carefully and acts prudently at all times. She is undoubtedly one of the best arbitrators in the country.’

‘Antje Baumann: An excellent arbitrator.’

Borris Hennecke Kneisel

Borris Hennecke Kneisel has many years of experience in resolving complex commercial, corporate and post-M&A disputes, which are handled by Christian Borris as well as Sebastian Kneisel and Rudolf Hennecke; in addition to representing parties, the trio is particularly renowned for their work as arbitrators. The team also focuses on contractual disputes in the pharmaceutical industry, energy law disputes and disputes in connection with international sales contracts as well as infrastructure and plant construction projects.

Other key lawyers:

Christian Borris; Rudolf Hennecke; Sebastian Kneisel


‘One of the best and most powerful teams in the market.’

‘Very specialised team of top lawyers with a clear focus on arbitration. Very flexible and pleasant to work with.’

‘Christian Borris: Is certainly one of the most prominent arbitrators in Germany at the moment. In my opinion, his partners are mainly concerned with party representation, with Rudolf Hennecke increasingly also working as an arbitrator.’


Dentons' German arbitration practice has extensive experience in post-M&A, corporate and liability disputes, but is also present in international commercial and investment arbitration. The practice also focuses on contractual and (plant) construction law disputes, particularly in the industrial, automotive, energy and construction sectors, in the context of which Matthias Hadding is particularly well versed. The dispute resolution practice is jointly led by Heiko Heppner, who stands out for his expertise in arbitration proceedings relating to China, and Thomas Nebel, who specialises in civil, commercial and economic law disputes with a particular focus on construction and plant engineering.

Practice head(s):

Heiko Heppner; Thomas Nebel

Other key lawyers:

Matthias Hadding


‘The Frankfurt arbitration team led by Heiko Heppner is characterized by great diversity and internationality. The diversity of the team and its domestic and international legal qualifications means they can represent clients in arbitration proceedings around the world with a truly global perspective.’

‘The team led by Heiko Heppner has outstanding intellectual strengths.’

‘In addition to legal expertise, there is also a market-leading level of economic expertise. The Frankfurt arbitration practice led by Heiko Heppner stands out in the market primarily due to the seamless integration of legal, economic and strategic advice in arbitration proceedings, which is provided with great sensitivity to cultural differences.’

‘Heiko Heppner: His education in Germany and the US as well as his education as an English barrister make him an excellent party representative and arbitrator in arbitration proceedings between parties from common law and civil law jurisdictions.’

‘Heiko Heppner: Not only extensive experience in US legal and English law disputes, but also in disputes with an Asian connection.’

‘Matthias Hadding: Recommendation from the bottom of my heart – he demonstrates unconventional thinking and a positive attitude that convey the confidence that concerns will be handled well.’

Key clients

Mercedes-Benz Group

Fresenius Medical Care


Share Now GmbH

Pyrum Innovations AG

Schaeffler USA

Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Work highlights

  • Representation of a global healthcare company from the US as a buyer in complex post-M&A arbitration proceedings relating to claims arising from violation of non-competition and non-solicitation clauses. In addition, representation in several accompanying interim court proceedings and criminal proceedings in Germany and Liechtenstein.

  • Represented an international industrial chemicals manufacturer as plaintiff in an ICC arbitration regarding the reversal of an EPC contract.

  • Represented the German subsidiary of a global water supply technology company in an ad hoc arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules and defended a lawsuit in a US Federal District Court in Washington, DC, brought by the opposing party in violation of the arbitration agreement.


Heuking's team of arbitration experts regularly represents clients in commercial arbitration proceedings, with a particular focus on post-M&A disputes, plant construction disputes and energy law arbitrations. Daniel Froesch and Elke Umbeck, who both specialise in litigation and arbitration, jointly manage the practice. Walter Eberl focuses on IP, media, technology and automotive disputes.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Froesch; Elke Umbeck

Other key lawyers:

Walter Eberl


‘The team looked closely at the people involved and determined their personal attitudes, interests and motivations. It examined the background of facts as well as the facts themselves and recorded the positions of those involved.’

‘The team conducted the mediation session very neutrally, without taking sides and very analytically, showing ways to compromise through legally sound comments and recommendations and working purposefully towards a result that was acceptable, understandable and fair for all sides.’

‘What is particularly striking is the approach of advising and supporting clients not only on legal matters, but also in strategic negotiations. Briefs and appointments are prepared together in terms of content and strategy.’

Top organized and very client-oriented.

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP's German arbitration practice is led by Jan Schäfer, who also acts as an arbitrator, and is primarily present in arbitration proceedings in the energy sector: the practice head frequently represents investors in disputes regarding the Energy Charter Agreement.

Practice head(s):

Jan Schäfer

Key clients


DCM Energy GmbH & Co. Solar 1 KG

ESPF Beteiligungs GmbH

ESPF Nr. 2 Austria Beteiligungs GmbH und InfraClass Energie 5 GmbH & Co. KG

KS Invest GmbH und TLS Invest GmbH

Romcab S.A.

Work highlights

  • Representation of Matthias Kruck et al. in a multi-million-euro ICSID investigation into Spain’s violation of the Energy Charter Treaty due to retroactive reductions in guaranteed feed-in tariffs for renewable energies.

  • Representation of DCM Energy GmbH & Co. Solar 1 KG in, among other things, a multi-million ICSID proceeding regarding Spain’s violation of the Energy Charter Treaty due to retroactive reductions in guaranteed feed-in tariffs for renewable energies.

Pinsent Masons Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Solicitors Partnerschaft mbB

Pinsent Masons Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Solicitors Partnerschaft mbB's arbitration team has extensive experience in disputes relating to infrastructure, international plant engineering, energy, automotive and financial services; areas in which practice head Sibylle Schumacher is particularly experienced. The team is regularly instructed by international construction and engineering companies to assist with complex and cross-border arbitration proceedings, as well as by banking and insurance companies in large and mass proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Sibylle Schumacher

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Shchavelev; Christian Schmidt


‘Pinsent Masons has an exceptionally strong young management team – a whole range of partners who are still young, but who are already very experienced and work well together as a team. The practice is well connectedin the market.’

‘Sibylle Schumacher: Very busy and experienced in cross-border and post-M&A arbitration proceedings. Always finds very good solutions for her clients, even in complex, confusing situations.’

‘Alexander Shchavelev: Up-and-coming young partner with broad disputes practice.’

Work highlights

  • Representing the Dutch subsidiary of a world-leading US construction and engineering company in the energy sector against a Russian subcontractor in a DIS arbitration involving mutual claims in connection with a large and complex petrochemical plant construction project in Russia.

WACH UND MECKES und Partner Rechtsanwälte PartGmbB

WACH UND MECKES und Partner Rechtsanwälte PartGmbB acts in complex arbitration proceedings in the technology, environmental and energy sectors, among others; in the latter area, arbitrator Frank Meckes stands out due to his experience in renewable energy disputes. Arno Riethmüller is particularly well versed in transaction-related (especially post-M&A), commercial and antitrust damages disputes, while Karl Wach primarily assists with post-M&A and shareholder arbitration proceedings, energy disputes and contentious matters relating to major international contracts. Party representative and arbitrator Maximilian Menz made partner in January 2023 and focuses on international civil procedure law.

Practice head(s):

Karl Wach; Frank Meckes; Arno Riethmüller; Maximilian Menz


‘The firm is one of the most respected boutiques in the dispute resolution arena. Since I have only worked with Maximilian Menz personally, I refer you to the comments about him.’

‘Maximilian Menz: A great arbitration lawyer. Very smart, careful and prudent. Also very pleasant to work with.’

‘Great experience with complex disputes; well connected for problems outside of one’s own field of activity; committed and competent representation of interests.’