Heiko Heppner > Dentons > Frankfurt, Germany > Lawyer Profile

Dentons
Thurn-und-Taxis-Platz 6
60313 FRANKFURT AM MAIN
Germany

Work Department

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Position

Heiko Heppner is co-head of the German Dispute Resolution practice group and professor of law concentrating on international arbitration and litigation with a focus on Germany and common law jurisdictions.

Heiko has particular experience with defending clients against mass and class securities litigation and special expertise in Banking and Capital Markets litigation, including the liability of credit rating agencies and for the mis-selling of derivatives. Moreover, Heiko represents clients before the European courts in matters of European Banking Regulation.

Heiko has advised on litigation and arbitration matters in Germany, the United States, Hong Kong, England and various other jurisdictions. Apart from court proceedings, he has represented clients in International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), German Institution of Arbitration (Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit – DIS), and ad hoc international arbitration proceedings, often regarding issues of Contract or Corporate law. Heiko also gives preemptive advise to help avoid future disputes and draft dispute resolution clauses and regimes.

Heiko’s second focus is on cross-border litigation and arbitration in Germany and abroad, often involving issues of common law. His two full legal educations in Germany and the United States offer clients a particular added value in matters that cross the common law/civil law divide. As a New York attorney, Heiko advises on litigation in US courts, including US discovery in Germany and in Germany on commercial litigation involving issues of US law. As an English Barrister and Solicitor Advocate Heiko represents parties in international arbitration proceedings under English law and advises on litigation in England. He is also a lecturer of common law at the University of Bonn.

Due to his extensive experience in China, Heiko increasingly acts as a counsel in international arbitration proceedings that involve Chinese parties. Heiko has been lecturing as a professor of international arbitration at Fuzhou University since 2015.

Career

  • Partner, Dentons, 2017 to date
  • Lecturer , University of Bonn, 2017 to date
  • 讲座教授 (Professor), Fuzhou University Faculty of Law, 2015 to date
  • Counsel, Clifford Chance, 2015-2017

Memberships

  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, New York Bar Association
  • Member, The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
  • Member, German Bar Association
  • Member, German-American Lawyers Association
  • Member, German-Swiss Lawyers Association
  • Member, German Arbitration Institution

Education

Barrister, England and Wales, 2015

Solicitor Advocate, England and Wales, 2014

Attorney at law, US Supreme Court, 2012

Attorney at law, New York State, 2009

University of Kansas, 2008, Juris Doctor

Admitted to the bar, Germany, 2006

Karlsruhe, 2004-2006, Legal Clerkship

University of Konstanz, 2003, Law Studies

Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, 2001, Legal studies

Lawyer Rankings

Deutschland > Streitbeilegung > Commercial Litigation

Das Streitbeilegungsteam von Dentons liefert Expertise zu Konflikten mit kartell- und kapitalmarktrechtlichen Bezügen und fokussiert sich stark auf die Sektoren Energie, Automotive und Anlagenbau. Schlüsselkontakte sind der in Anlagenbauprojekten versierte Counsel Matthias Hadding, Co-Praxisleiter Heiko Heppner mit Erfahrung zu strittigen Wettbewerbsrechtsthemen sowie Co-Leiter Thomas Nebel, dessen Schwerpunkt bei internationalen handelsrechlichen Disputen liegt. Darüber hinaus begleitet man praxis- und jurisdiktionsübergreifende Streitfällen und dies regelmäßig in Kooperation mit dem internationalen Netzwerk.

Deutschland > Streitbeilegung > Arbitration (einschließlich internationaler Arbitration)

Dentons begleitet zahlreiche strittige Themen mit Schwerpunkten auf den Bereichen Bau- und Anlagenbau sowie Post-M&A. Sehr aktiv ist die Einheit bei jurisdiktionsübergreifenden Verfahren, für die man als in das globale Netzwerk integrierte Gruppe prädestiniert ist. Co-Leiter Heiko Heppner beschäftigt sich schwerpunktmäßig mit Schiedsverfahren zum Investitionsschutzrecht, während Co-Leiter Thomas Nebel einen schiedsrechtlichen Fokus im Anlagenbau vorweisen kann. Der in grenzüberschreitenden Schiedsverfahren versierte Matthias Hadding ist ein weiteres zentrales Teammitglied. Zum Mai 2021 wechselte die in Engineering- und Baustreitigkeiten versierte Amy Kläsener zu Jones Day, gefolgt von Courtney Lotfi im  Januar 2022, die bei derselben Einheit als Of Counsel einstieg.

Germany > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation

Dentons‘ dispute resolution team provides expertise in disputes related to antitrust and capital markets law and has a strong focus on the energy, automotive and plant engineering sectors. Key contacts are counsel Matthias Hadding, who is experienced in plant construction projects, co-practice head Heiko Heppner, who is adept at contentious competition issues, and co-head Thomas Nebel, who focuses on international commercial disputes. In cooperation with its international network, the team also regularly advises on interdisciplinary and cross-jurisdictional disputes.

Germany > Dispute resolution > Arbitration (including international arbitration)

Dentons advises on numerous contentious issues with a focus on construction and plant engineering as well as post-M&A. The practice is very active in cross-jurisdictional proceedings, for which the team is particularly well equipped due to its integration within the firm’s global network. Co-head Heiko Heppner focuses on arbitration proceedings relating to investment protection law, while co-head Thomas Nebel has a focus on arbitration law in plant construction. Matthias Hadding is experienced in cross-border arbitration and another key team member. Amy Kläsener, who is experienced in engineering and construction disputes, left for Jones Day in May 2021, followed by Courtney Lotfi in January 2022, who joined the same entity as of counsel.