Arbitration (including international arbitration) in Germany

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie stands out for its strong international arbitration practice, which regularly acts in Asia as well as in matters related to Asia. The broad advice spectrum of the team predominantly includes the representation in construction, plant engineering and infrastructure as well as post-M&A disputes. Additionally, the group recently acted for several companies in the pharmaceutical sector. Heiko Haller in Düsseldorf is regularly instructed in relation to energy projects and has longstanding experience in this field. He jointly heads the practice with Günter Pickrahn, who also acts as arbitrator. Jörg Risse's expertise focuses on infrastructure and post-M&A disputes and Ragnar Harbst is admitted in both Germany and as a solicitor in England and Wales.

Practice head(s):

Heiko Haller; Jörg Risse

Other key lawyers:

Jörg Risse; Ragnar Harbst; Markus Altenkirch

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

The arbitration team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer enjoys an excellent reputation in the market, not least due to its broad activity in various sectors and its seamless cooperation within the firm's international network. Boris Kasolowsky is admitted both as lawyer as well as solicitor and co-heads the international arbitration group. Michael Rohls has particular expertise in post-M&A disputes.

Practice head(s):

Boris Kasolowsky

Other key lawyers:

Michael Rohls

Busse Disputes

Dispute resolution boutique Busse Disputes specialises in arbitration proceedings and was founded in March 2019 after renowned expert Daniel Busse left Allen & Overy LLP. He was joined by Silke Justen and Mia Ramb, both of whom joined as partners, as well as several associates. The team has longstanding experience in conflict resolution and was therefore quickly able to generate new instructions in addition to maintaining old client relationships. Counsel Sibylle Herberg and Sven Lange are well versed in investment protection proceedings as well as in post-M&A disputes. Other focuses of the firm lay on trade and joint venture disputes as well as on the plant engineering, shipbuilding and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Busse; Silke Justen; Mia Ramb

Other key lawyers:

Sibylle Herberg; Sven Lange; Katharina Peters; Marianne Weizmann

Testimonials

The team is broadly positioned and impresses with great clout.

Busse Disputes acts on a technically high level, and the strengths of individual team members complement each other brilliantly. The expertise in dispute resolution is excellent. Besides the know-how, the exceedingly harmonious team work impresses especially.

Daniel Busse is one of the leading lawyers in the arbitration arena in Germany (and seemingly also in Europe) – both in acting for a party as well as an arbitrator – of his generation. Efficient and very effective live and in the legal documents he produces.

Mia Ramb demonstrates a high level of commitment and gets to the heart of complex matters.

Silke Justen is able to quickly and comprehensively get to the heart of commercial and technical details of a dispute.

Sven Lange is a huge rising talent.

Key clients

Privinvest Holding SAL und weitere Gesellschaften der Unternehmensgruppe

Work highlights

  • Representation of two investors in an ICSID arbitration against Greece due to damage claims arising from the infringement of the investment protection agreement between Lebanon and Greece.
  • Representation of Privinvest Holding and other companies in the group in an ICC arbitration for the enforcement of claims arising from behaviour similar to expropriation regarding the purchase and a foreign direct investment in a shipyard.
  • Continued representation of Privinvest Holding and other companies in the group in a €7bn arbitration surrounding claims by the requesting state due to alleged breaches of duty.

Clifford Chance

The dispute resolution practice at Clifford Chance is experienced in cross-border arbitration proceedings, in which the team cooperates closely within its international network. The group is composed of partners with different industry knowledges: Moritz Keller, who joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in the summer of 2018, specialises in investment protection proceedings as well as commercial disputes and practice head Michael Kremer packs a punch in the international plant engineering area, while Tim Schreiber utilises his industry expertise in the oil and gas as well as energy and automotive sectors. Of further note is Sebastian Rakob's activity in corporate conflicts.

Practice head(s):

Michael Kremer

Other key lawyers:

Moritz Keller; Tim Schreiber; Sebastian Rakob; Uwe Hornung

Testimonials

The Clifford Chance arbitration team stands out for its absolute commitment: it understands the economic implications of a matter and is commerce-oriented.

CC is highly professional in international arbitration. They can always set up a constantly committed, specialised team and are well approachable.

Moritz Keller is an outstanding lawyer in the area of international arbitration, and also renowned as such. The cooperation with him is pragmatic, efficient and respectful.

CMS

CMS' dispute resolution team impresses with a broad activity spectrum that also includes the representation in national and international arbitration proceedings. The group regularly acts for large corporations and has particular experience in energy disputes. Matthias Schlingmann in Hamburg and Claus Thiery in Munich jointly head the practice. Renowned experts of the group include Klaus Sachs, who focuses on M&A, joint venture and corporate disputes, and Dorothee Ruckteschler, who is well versed in energy and commercial proceedings. Both are also regularly appointed as arbitrators.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Schlingmann; Claus Thiery

Other key lawyers:

Klaus Sachs; Dorothee Ruckteschler; Torsten Lörcher; Benjamin Lissner; Tilman Niedermaier

Work highlights

  • Representation of a construction company in a UNCITRAL arbitration against a road authority regarding work wages and supplementary claims arising from a highway restoration project in South-East Europe.

Gleiss Lutz

Gleiss Lutz' strengths lay in trade arbitration, where the group often acts in post-M&A and joint venture disputes. Recently, the group experienced an increase in instructions related to plant engineering disputes, in which Stephan WilskeTobias Boecken and Claudia Krapfl are particularly active. Within the team, which is headed by the renowned Stefan Rützel and also includes Andrea Leufgen  as another key figure, several partners are considerably often instructed as arbitrators in addition to the group's activity in representing parties.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Rützel

Other key lawyers:

Stephan Wilske; Andrea Leufgen; Tobias Boecken; Claudia Krapfl

Hengeler Mueller

The expertise in post-M&A disputes is a particularly important pillar of Hengeler Mueller's arbitration practice. Here, the group works in close cooperation with the firm's strong corporate team. Additional focuses are on investment, energy and joint venture disputes. Henning Bälz has longstanding experience in national and international arbitration, including infrastructure and industry-related conflicts. Philipp Hanfland and Viola Sailer-Coceani focus on corporate disputes and Markus Meier is also a renowned expert in the dispute resolution arena. Carsten van de Sande, just like his colleagues, also acts as arbitrator.

Testimonials

The team has excellent competencies in complex international arbitration.

Markus Meier is an expert in his field with longstanding experience in litigation; he is well connected, always calm, thorough, and circumspect along a broad competence.

Work highlights

  • Represented a US automotive supplier in a DIS arbitration for the enforcement of damage claims against the sellers of the automotive supplier company under the share purchase agreement.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The arbitration team at Hogan Lovells International LLP stands out for its strong industry knowledge in the automotive, consumer goods, energy, plant engineering and life sciences sectors. The German dispute resolution group is an important pillar within the firm's global network and the team particularly benefits from the firm's cross-border presence in international arbitration. Karl Pörnbacher heads the team and has longstanding experience in representing clients in mediation and arbitration proceedings and also acts as arbitrator. Life sciences expert Inken Knief is very visible and the in Germany as well as US admitted counsel Thomas Pieper particularly acts in cross-border conflicts.

Practice head(s):

Karl Pörnbacher

Other key lawyers:

Inken Knief; Thomas Pieper

Testimonials

Hogan Lovells has a great arbitration practice. The internationality of its Munich-based associates is unique in Germany.

Karl Pörnbacher is a sharp analyser and creative thinker.

Linklaters

In the arbitration sphere, Linklaters impresses with seamless interconnectedness on national and international level and experience in complex disputes. Besides the representation of clients from the automotive and energy sectors, team member Kirstin Schwedt additionally focuses on the health and pharmaceuticals industries. The firm's activity in arbitration proceedings in the banking sector is also especially noteworthy. Alexandros Chatzinerantzis heads the practice and is particularly well versed in energy-related disputes, whereas Rupert Bellinghausen is experienced in post-M&A, trade and infrastructure arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Alexandros Chatzinerantzis

Testimonials

The team cooperates strongly and demonstrates high devotedness.

Alexandros Chatzinerantzis is an excellent lawyer and very good strategist. He encapsulates complex relations and is always excellently prepared for verbal negotiations.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP is closely integrated in the firm's international dispute resolution group, which has a particular good track record in arbitration proceedings. The German team is active in various sectors, including oil and gas, electricity and construction, technology and automotive as well as chemicals. Practice head Markus Burianski has longstanding experience in international arbitration proceedings and is noted for his broad expertise. Christian Theissen, who has remarkable expertise in technology-focused industries, made partner in January 2019 and focuses on supply contract, liability and post-M&A disputes. Local partner Alexandra Diehl is also very visible in the market.

Practice head(s):

Markus Burianski

Other key lawyers:

Christian Theissen; Alexandra Diehl

Key clients

Salini Impregilo S.p.A.

Jan De Nul N.V.

Grupo Unidos por el Canal, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advice across various offices to the consortium Grupo Unidos por el Canal and the shareholding companies Salini Impregilo and Jan De Nul in a dispute with the authorities of the Panama Canal in connection with the expansion of the canal.

DLA Piper

The client base of DLA Piper's dispute resolution practice is predominantly composed of DAX 30 companies, which the group assists with various proceedings. Thus the team has particular experience in arbitration proceedings pertaining to post-M&A, W&I insurance and energy disputes. While the practice is led by litigator Ludger Giesberts, it is Thomas Gädtke, who focuses on corporate conflicts, and Frank Roth, who is well versed in the IT, health and infrastructure sectors, who are particularly noted for arbitration. Wolfgang Jäger is a key contact for enforcement and trade issues and Daniel Sharma has broad expertise in national as well as international disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ludger Giesberts

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Gädtke; Frank Roth; Wolfgang Jäger; Daniel Sharma; Sebastian Schneider; David Buntenbroich

Testimonials

Das Team ist juristisch sehr stark und extrem international erfahren. Man hat außerdem sehr gute Indienexpertise.’

Thomas Gädtke is a smart negotiator and very experienced lawyer in the arbitration area, also in cross-border matters.

Frank Roth is a very good and experienced lawyer, who works thoroughly and behaves confidently.

Wolfgang Jäger is to be lauded for his client focus, his experience and his pragmatic approach.

Daniel Sharma impresses with his intelligent, smart and always vigilant manner.

Key clients

Gazprom

Work highlights

  • Advised Gazprom on the possible enforcement of a foreign arbitration award in Germany. The amount of dispute was over €2bn.
  • Represented an international insurance company in a DIS arbitration proceeding in connection with W&I insurance products.
  • Represented a materials company in an ad hoc arbitration regarding the assignment of contaminated site risks and rental income with an amount of dispute over €80m.

HANEFELD

Dispute resolution boutique HANEFELD demonstrates particular strength in arbitration proceedings, while the group members have gained an especially excellent reputation for their activity as arbitrators. In arbitration law, the group covers a broad spectrum, both in relation to subject areas, which range from energy and international trade to plant and mechanical engineering and corporate law, as well as with regards to jurisdictions. Firm founder Inka Hanefeld and managing partner Jan Heiner Nedden are supported by Nils Schmidt-Ahrendts and Friedrich Rosenfeld on partner level as well as by Jörn Hombeck, who made counsel in September 2018.

Testimonials

Inka Hanefeld is an excellent arbitrator.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

The dispute resolution team at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is jointly headed by Thomas WambachElke Umbeck and Ulrike Gantenberg, while the two latter ones are particularly active in arbitration proceedings both as party representative as well as arbitrator. Companies from various industries seek the firm for representation in national as well as international disputes. Daniel Froesch is frequently instructed by financial institutions. The close cooperation with the firm's corporate practice is also noteworthy.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Wambach; Elke Umbeck; Ulrike Gantenberg

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Froesch

Work highlights

  • Represented a company in a DIS arbitration regarding the enforcement of contractual payment claims.
  • Assisted with a dispute between shareholders of a foreign media corporation.
  • Gantenberg acted as arbitrator in an ICC arbitration regarding a dispute surrounding the development of mining operations. The amount of dispute was $145m.

Latham & Watkins LLP

The team at Latham & Watkins LLP is especially experienced in arbitration proceedings related to investment agreements. Clients particularly benefit from the firm's international set us as the group is able to cooperate easily with offices in other jurisdictions in international and cross-border arbitration proceedings. The practice is headed by Christoph Baus and also includes Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert, who is a well-versed party representative as well as arbitrator in trade and investment disputes and who is instructed by both states as well as investors. Christine Gärtner joined Clifford Chance in the summer of 2019 and Markus Rieder left for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Baus

Other key lawyers:

Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert

Testimonials

An extremely competent and committed team. They don’t hesitate to really buckle down and deliver the necessary core work in order to be in control of every single detail.

L&W has an exceedingly good and highly motivated team, in which also younger colleagues deliver impressive quality.

The thorough, pragmatic and charming Christoph Baus is one of a number of excellent arbitrators in Germany. He always manages to find solutions in supposedly hopeless arbitration situations.

Markus Rieder has a strategic vision and creates reliable solution proposals. He is also a true fighter for the client’s matter.

Key clients

Ukraine

Strabag SE

Republic of Croatia

Daimler Financial Services AG and Toll Collect GmbH

Work highlights

  • Represented Ukraine in an arbitration against Littop Enterprises and other actors under the energy charter agreement in connection with the regulation of the oil and gas sector and political developments.
  • Represented Croatia in an arbitration, which was led by Elitech BV and Razvoj Golf DOO within the framework of the bilateral investment agreement between Croatia and the Netherlands.
  • Represented Strabag in an ICSID arbitration in connection with Libya’s failure to comply with duties under the bilateral investment agreement between Austria and Libya regarding the investment by Strabag in a series of construction projects in Libya.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH packs a punch in investment arbitration and in representing clients from the energy sector, including disputes related to gas price adjustments, post-M&A or energy supply. Richard Happ has longstanding experience in these areas and is frequently instructed by companies as well as states. He jointly heads the dispute resolution practice with Stephan BauschJutta Wittler focuses her advice on construction arbitration, but is also adept in disputes pertaining to offshore projects. Christoph von Burgsdorff is a key contact for trade and distribution law issues. Borbála Dux-Wenzel is another central member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Richard Happ; Stephan Bausch

Other key lawyers:

Jutta Wittler; Christoph von Burgsdorff; Borbála Dux-Wenzel; Karl von Hase

Testimonials

The team impresses with experience and creativity and is therefore not only able to handle complex matters, but also to ingeniously present them in written documents.

Christoph von Burgsdorff is technically excellent, very circumspect, and simultaneously very pleasant on a personal level, including a high client and service-orientation.

Key clients

Vattenfall GmbH

E.ON SE

Zytoservice

Hauck & Aufhäuser

HARIBO GmbH & Co. KG

Hochtaunuskliniken GmbH

Schleswiger Stadtwerke

Work highlights

  • Fortlaufende Vertretung von E.ON in einem ICSID-Schiedsverfahren gegen das Königreich Spanien bezüglich Schadensersatzforderungen wegen der Aufhebung des Förderregime erneuerbare Energien sowie vorgelagerte Maßnahmen auf der Grundlage eines Energiechartavertrags.
  • Vertretung der Kläger Vattenfall in einem €5,7Mrd. ICSID-Schiedsverfahren gegen die Bundesrepublik Deutschland wegen des Atomausstiegs.
  • Continued representation of E.ON in an ICSID arbitration against the Kingdom of Spain regarding damage claims arising from the revocation of the renewable energy development regime and upstream measures on the basis of an energy charter treaty.
  • Representation of Vattenfall in a €5,7bn ICSID arbitration against the Federal Republic of Germany due to the nuclear phase-out.

Noerr

Noerr impresses with a large dispute resolution group that in addition to national matters also increasingly covers international arbitration proceedings. The practice is headed by litigator Oliver Sieg and Anke Meier, who is admitted as lawyer both in Germany as well as in New York. Meier has longstanding experience in arbitration proceedings, particularly in investment disputes. Meike von Levetzow is well versed in corporate and trade conflicts and Michael Molitoris also frequently acts as arbitrator.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Sieg; Anke Meier

Other key lawyers:

Christine Volohonsky; Meike von Levetzow; Michael Molitoris; Morris Besch

Work highlights

  • Advised VNG-Verbundnetz Gas in a DIS arbitration regarding the enforcement of claims arising from a long-term natural gas supply contract and the defense against price adjustment claims.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

The arbitration team at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is comprised of practice head Siegfried ElsingKarsten Faulhaber and Nicholas Kessler. Furthermore, the team is supported by Franziska Gräfin Grote, who made counsel at the beginning of 2019. The practice is characterised by international and high-volume matters, in which the team acts both as party representative and arbitrator. The client portfolio is broad and includes companies, investors and states. The group focuses on post-M&A, energy and plant engineering as well as investment and insolvency disputes.

Practice head(s):

Siegfried Elsing

Testimonials

The team impresses with an extremely sound preparation and extraordinary tenacity in prosecuting and maintaining the client’s interests, combined with good assessment of the positions and personalities of all participants.

Orrick is known for its high technical and legal knowledge paired with a remarkable acceptance on all levels of the opposition and other involved people; as well as for its pragmatism and its eye for facets outside the practice area.

Key clients

Gründer und Veräußerer einer US-amerikanischen Online-Plattform

Gruppe von Private Equity Investoren

Internationales Telekommunikationsunternehmen

Republik Nordmazedonien

Ringstmeier, Dr. Andreas (Insolvenzverwalter der AgfaPhoto)

STEAG

Work highlights

  • Represented the Republic of Macedonia in an investment protection arbitration initiated by investors in connection with concessions for the excavation of raw materials.
  • Represented STEAG in two arbitration proceedings against Hitachi in connection with the construction of the power plant Duisburg-Walsum.
  • Elsing acted as chairman in an ICSID investment protection arbitration in the technology sector between mobileTelesystems and the Republic of Turkmenistan.

Allen & Overy LLP

The arbitration practice at Allen & Overy LLP had to cope with the departure of the renowned Daniel Busse as well as of Silke Justen and Mia Ramb, who subsequently founded Busse Disputes. The dispute resolution team is now led by Wolf Bussian and predominantly focuses on post-M&A, construction and energy disputes in the arbitration sphere. The group mainly acts in international matters and cooperates closely with the firm's teams outside of Germany. Apart from Bussian, counsel Alice Broichmann has established herself as an additional key contact, who is particularly well versed in corporate proceedings. Marc Zimmerling is also notable. In February 2020, the team was strengthened by the arrival of Anna Masser from Jones Day; she specialises in international trade arbitration in the energy and plant engineering sectors.

Practice head(s):

Wolf Bussian

Other key lawyers:

Alice Broichmann; Marc Zimmerling

Borris Hennecke Kneisel

Cologne-based unit Borris Hennecke Kneisel specialises in arbitration and court proceedings and is also well versed in alternative dispute resolution. The group is regularly instructed by companies and service providers (auditing companies and lawyers) in national and international disputes. Christian Borris was recently particularly active in post-M&A, plant engineering, antitrust and energy matters, while Rudolf Hennecke acted in corporate and sales conflicts. All partners also regularly act as arbitrators. Sebastian Kneisel ranks among the 'relevant arbitrators of the next generation'.

Testimonials

Particularly the three name partners are extremely experienced in leading and settling contentious proceedings. The firm combines technical depth and quality of a big firm with the flexibility of a boutique.

A firm that, within a short space of time and with a clear focus on arbitration proceedings, where it has deep expertise, has established a reputation in the market.

Christian Borris is an excellent and very experienced arbitrator, who also keeps his cool in difficult situations. He is always reliable, but also direct in his statements, as well as decisive.

Rudolf Hennecke is an experienced, balanced and clearly operating lawyer. He is a brilliant lawyer, who is good in international as well as national proceedings.

Sebastian Kneisel is one of the leading arbitrators of the younger generation. He is very creative and pragmatic.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has a broad practice, which handles arbitration proceedings of all kinds. In addition to party representation, the team also assists with annulment proceedings and judgment enforcements, often across several jurisdictions. Richard Kreindler divides his time between Frankfurt and New York and is well versed in trade and plant engineering arbitration proceedings, investment arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. Thomas Kopp has expertise in corporate law.

Practice head(s):

Richard Kreindler

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Kopp; Johannes Schmidt

Testimonials

The DR team is comprised of experts, who all have high technical and strategic skills.

‘The practice has excellent technical skills. They don’t leave any stone unturned and always give suitable advice that is based on thorough research.

Richard Kreindler is an experience arbitration lawyer, who is always available and up-to-date on a matter’s details.

Johannes Schmidt is a very committed and trustworthy associate.

Key clients

Agfa Gevaert Group

Argentinien

Beiersdorf

Deutsche Telekom

Electricité de France (EdF)

General Motors

GoodMills

Griechenland

Kia Motors Corporation

Litauische Eisenbahn

Nestlé

NSK

Otis

Work highlights

  • Representation of Agfa-Gevaert in a series of more than ten parallel ICC arbitration proceedings according to German law with damage claims of over €1bn in connection with the sale of the former film and photo division of the company.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has remarkable experience in investment arbitration, where it is particularly well equipped with the experienced Patricia Nacimiento. Nacimiento, who also acts in trade arbitration proceedings, jointly heads the practice with Thomas Weimann. The team cooperates closely across offices, particularly with its offices in London, Paris, Madrid and New York. Mathias Wittinghofer is active in post-M&A disputes. Consultant Sylvia Schenk has expertise in human rights issues which play an increasingly important role in investment arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Nacimiento; Thomas Weimann

Other key lawyers:

Matthias Wittinghofer; Sylvia Schenk

Work highlights

  • Continued representation of ACP Axos Capital in an ICSID arbitration against Kosovo after a public tender for the state-owned telecoms provider was carried out.

Kantenwein Zimmermann Spatscheck & Partner

The lawyers of Kantenwein Zimmermann Spatscheck & Partner's team have remarkable experience both as party representatives as well as arbitrators. Most recently, the group acted for several international energy companies, an area of particular industry expertise. Practice head Alexander Kröck and the 'very committedAnnett Kuhli are also experts in post-M&A arbitration. In addition to her advice to clients, Kuhli is also a board member of the DIS. Associate Nico Köppel is noted for his energy law knowledge.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Kröck

Other key lawyers:

Annett Kuhli; Nico Köppel

Testimonials

Die Sozietät hat ein hervorragendes Team von Schiedsrechtlern unterschiedlichen Alters. Dabei sind die Partner nicht nur als Counsel, sondern auch als Schiedsrichter eine erstklassige Wahl im Markt.

Kantenwein hat eine gute Mischung verschiedener Kompetenzen. Sie decken viele relevante Gebiete mit großer Erfahrung und Sachverstand ab.

Alexander Kröck impresses with his confident and intelligent negotiations skills. He is also reliable, thorough and very pleasant to deal with.

Annett Kuhli brings along a, in her generation possibly unique, combination of expertise in arbitration and tax law. She has a pleasant way to lead negotiations and is efficient in managing proceedings.

Nico Köppel has impressive detail knowledge without ever losing track; he is good in argumentation and communication.

Work highlights

  • Represented two different international energy corporations in DIS arbitration proceedings in connection with the price adjustement of a long-term gas storage contract.
  • Party appointed arbitrator in a DIS proceeding regarding a contractual loan dispute surrounding the provision of securities and negative declarations.
  • Legal expert in several ICSID investment arbitration cases against an East European state.

King & Spalding LLP

The dispute resolution practice at King & Spalding LLP is headed by Jan Schäfer, who focuses on arbitration. The team has particular experience in Energy Charter Treaty conflicts that are led due to retrospective reduction of feed-in tariffs. Here, the team often represents German investors. The practice is generally characterised by its internationality: thus, the team is involved in proceedings related to the US, Asia and Africa. Schäfer as well as senior associate Sebastian Müller also act as arbitrators.

Practice head(s):

Jan Schäfer

Other key lawyers:

Sebastian Müller

Key clients

Doosan

DCM Energy GmbH & Co. Solar 1 KG

ESPF Beteiligungs GmbH, ESPF

Matthias Kruck

KS Invest

Work highlights

  • Represented DCM Energy and other investors in an energy law ICSID arbitration against Spain in connection with an investment dispute about the cuts to feed-in tariffs for solar electricity.
  • Represented ESPF and InfraClass Energie 5 in an ICSID arbitration under the ECT against the Italian state on a similar matter.
  • Successfully achieved temporary legal protection for Doosan against Damietta International Port Company (DIPCO) and Kuwait Gulf Link Ports International in parallel proceedings at court of DIPCO against a bank, which granted a performance guarantee for Doosan.

Wach + Meckes LLP

Munich-based dispute resolution boutique Wach + Meckes LLP focuses on the settlement of complex commercial disputes, including arbitration proceedings. Here, the team has particular expertise in disputes pertaining to corporate, trade and energy law. The group is also increasingly involved in cross-border matters and has a broad client base composed of international companies. Karl WachFrank Meckes and Tom Petsch, who all act as party representatives as well as arbitrators, are the main contacts.

Practice head(s):

Karl Wach; Frank Meckes; Tom Petsch

Dentons

Dentons frequently assists clients with post-M&A, energy and plant engineering arbitration. The German team is strongly integrated in the firm's international network, which results in its practice being characterised by cross-border matters. Practice head Amy Kläsener has longstanding experience in this field and also regularly acts as arbitrator. Due to his China expertise, Heiko Heppner  is a well-versed key contact for disputes with Chinese parties. Counsel Courtney Lotfi also strongly focuses on international proceedings and particularly specialises in disputes in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Amy Kläsener

Other key lawyers:

Heiko Heppner; Courtney Lotfi

Testimonials

A team with a lot of power and assertiveness.

Based on the good familiarisation with the matter, the group can legally and tactically advise on an outstanding level.

Amy Kläsener is strong in commercial matters and an excellent arbitrator.

Heiko Heppner is strong in arbitration proceedings with Asian participation.

Cortney Lotfi impresses with her ability to bundle information, data, strategy and procedural tactics in a powerful manner.

Key clients

Silver Ridge Power

Work highlights

  • Represented a European innovation and engineering company in post-M&A proceedings against a German mechanical engineering company.
  • Advised a company in an investment dispute regarding its investments in solar power stations in Bulgaria.
  • Represented a Chinese-US automotive supplier in a supply chain dispute against a component supplier.

Haver & Mailänder Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB

Mittelstands commercial law firm Haver & Mailänder Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB regularly acts in arbitral party representation. The group focuses on disputes in the plant engineering, energy and post-M&A areas. Practice head Gert Brandner is experienced in international arbitration. The team also includes Klaus GerstenmaierHans-Georg Kauffeld and Roland Kläger. Arbitrator activity is also part of the group's advice spectrum.

Practice head(s):

Gert Brandner

Testimonials

Gert Brandner is a very well-prepared arbitrator and smart mind. He is very pleasant to deal with and technically excellent.

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP has a traditionally strong practice in arbitration proceedings related to investment protection treaties, although the team lost a renowned expert in this field due to the departure of Sabine Konrad to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in September 2019. The new main contact is Arne Fuchs, who focuses on both party representation as well as arbitrator activity. The predominantly international matters often relate to Eastern Europe and Asia. Thomas Hauss is experienced in trade arbitration, while Boris Uphoff has additional expertise in patent, trademark and competition law.

Practice head(s):

Arne Fuchs

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Hauss; Boris Uphoff

Testimonials

In addition to the high technical competence of the team, the practical and client-oriented approach is particularly notable.

The group impresses with short response times and a solution-oriented work mode.

Thomas Hauss is a technically sound, good negotiator who has an eye for practical solutions and achievable goals.

Boris Uphoff is always available, has excellent technical expertise and understands the client’s expectations.

Arne Fuchs gives precise and unambiguous advice on all matter-relevant issues and his will to commit himself to his client’s needs has no equal.

Key clients

The Federal Republic of Germany

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

HSH Nordbank AG

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Gironzentrale

Norddeutsche Landesbank-Girozentrale

Osteuropäischer Staat

FMC Foret SA

NKS Hospitality II S.á.r.l.

Pinsent Masons Germany LLP

The dispute resolution practice at Pinsent Masons Germany LLP is headed by 'power womanSibylle Schumacher. The team is regularly instructed for arbitration proceedings with international aspects in the field of information and manufacturing technology as well as life sciences. Furthermore, the team has notable experience in energy conflicts. Here, Torsten Wielsch is particularly active. The client base is composed of a mix of international corporations, German medium-sized companies and public institutions, who all benefit from the practice's good integration in the firm's international network.

Practice head(s):

Sibylle Schumacher

Other key lawyers:

Torsten Wielsch

Testimonials

A young, dynamic team, that has substantial expertise in the core areas of litigation and arbitration.

Sibylle Schumacher has considerable experience in litigation as well as in international arbitration. Noteworthy are her pragmatic and very creative approach, her farsightedness in strategic decisions as well as her financial acumen while advising on a matter.

Work highlights

  • Represented an international joint venture in two parallel DIS arbitration proceedings against two international steel suppliers with a dispute volume of €200m.

Taylor Wessing

The team at Taylor Wessing acts both in national as well as international arbitration proceedings and is regularly instructed by large corporations, predominantly from the energy and plant engineering sectors, with trade and corporate disputes. The group is also experienced in matters relating to China. Philipp Behrendt heads the practice, which also includes Donata von Enzberg, who is particularly active in the arbitration sphere. Product liability specialist Henning Moelle represents clients from the life sciences sector in arbitration proceedings. The team also had to absorb two departures: Wolfgang Gruber left the firm (destination unknown) and Axel Boesch retired.

Practice head(s):

Philipp Behrendt

Other key lawyers:

Donata von Enzberg