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Germany: Arbitration 2017

We recognise 47 individuals as leaders in the field of domestic and international arbitration. Those listed will act as counsel or arbitrator in both commercial and international investment arbitration proceedings.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Richard Kreindler Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Frankfurt
Klaus Michael Sachs CMS Hasche Sigle, Munich
Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel Prof K H Böckstiegel, Bergisch Gladbach
Inka Hanefeld Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Hamburg
Rolf Trittmann Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Frankfurt

 CMS Hasche Sigle lead our research this year with four listings. In Cologne, Torsten Lörcher is global head of the firm’s dispute resolution practice and is highly sought after in domestic and international arbitration proceedings. Peers consider him “extremely bright and very measured”. The “eminent” Klaus Michael Sachs comes highly recommended as “one of the go-to arbitrators in Germany”. He is a veteran of the German arbitration market, handling over 200 institutional and ad hoc arbitrations, and is known for his fairness, composure and reliability. Also hailing from the Munich office, Nicolas Wiegand is highlighted for his broad practice focusing on a diverse array of commercial disputes, as well as investment treaty arbitrations. Respondents say he is “well prepared” and “extremely bright” with “excellent judgement”. Stuttgart-based Dorothee Ruckteschler is commended for her proficiency in domestic and international arbitration and is particularly skilled representing clients in post M&A and shareholder disputes, as well as D&O liability cases. According to sources, “She is good at handling the various parties in play.”

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is home to three outstanding practitioners. In Frankfurt, practice head Boris Kasolowsky is considered a “definite inclusion” by peers who praise his “diligence, ability to motivate a team and result-oriented approach”. He has wealth of expertise representing clients in investor-state arbitrations and commercial disputes involving financial institutions. Rolf Trittmann is recognised as a “top-tier” arbitration practitioner with considerable experience acting as both counsel and arbitrator. He is particularly adept when handling high-stakes disputes centred on the automotive industry. Christian Duve completes the firm’s complement and comes highly rated for his expertise in banking disputes.

Inka Hanefeld is one of two practitioners listed from Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte, with a wide variety of sources commending her as “one of the country’s premier practitioners”. Her prominent practice encompasses domestic and international arbitration in a wide array of areas including international trade, energy, banking and finance and post-M&A disputes. The “judicious” Jan Heiner Nedden is extremely active in the German market, regularly sitting as party-appointed or sole arbitrator. One source remarks, “He is an excellent arbitrator and is always a candidate in our arbitrator selection.”

Two lawyers represent Baker & McKenzie. Guenter Pickrahn heads the firm’s dispute resolution practice in Germany and was one of the top 10 practitioners highlighted in our research this year. The “accomplished” Joerg Risse is a market leading counsel and arbitrator with a strong practice focusing on post-M&A disputes. “She really digs into cases and leaves no stone unturned,” according to one source.

Hengeler Mueller garners two entries in the following pages. The “fantastic” Peter Heckel is a major name whose deep knowledge of German and international public law puts him “very much at the top of the tree”. Markus Meier is described as a very strong lawyer with a well-established domestic arbitration practice.

Wolfgang Kühn is one of two practitioners singled out for mention at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek. According to one source, “Kühn is a very devoted arbitrator” who “handles the various parties and witnesses masterfully”. Ulrike Gantenberg is also praised heavily by the market. Sources were effusive in their praise of Gantenberg’s practice, with one respondent describing her as “one of the best young arbitrators in Germany”. She is particularly active in construction disputes and is seen as a top choice in the area.

Two individuals are recommended from Haver & Mailänder. Klaus-Albrecht Gerstenmaier is a prominent name in the market, and is particularly impressive in post-M&A disputes. Sources deem him “an excellent choice for complex arbitration”. Rolf Winkler is an eminent practitioner known for his longstanding practice focusing on construction and real estate disputes. Sources praise his “clear and sophisticated counsel”.

Gleiss Lutz’s Gerhard Wegen is a distinguished practitioner with a proven track record in complex international arbitration, both as counsel and arbitrator. According to sources, “Wegen always gets right to the heart of the issues.” The “outstanding” Stephan Wilske is praised for his proficiency as counsel in both commercial and investment arbitration. He is known for his persuasive advocacy skills.

At Allen & Overy, dispute resolution practice head Daniel Busse is considered “sharp and effective” and is praised for his considerable experience handling finance and reinsurance disputes. In Munich, the “up-and-coming” Alice Broichmann is highly valued in the market for her “strong corporate law background” which makes her an “expert in post-M&A disputes”.

Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel at his own firm is an internationally renowned practitioner with a fantastic reputation as a senior statesman in international arbitration. One source summed up market sentiment by stating, “As an arbitrator he is simply untouchable.”

LLS Lungerich Lenz Schuhmacher’s Rouven Bodenheimer focuses his practice on dispute resolution and is particularly well known for his proficiency in corporate and construction disputes. One source dubs Bodenheimer “without doubt a top player” thanks to “his tenacity and ability to successfully negotiate complicated legal issues”.

P+P Pöllath + Partners’ founder Reinhard Pöllath is an “extremely impressive practitioner” known for handling complex tax and M&A-related disputes.

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