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Germany: Arbitration 2018

In this chapter, 47 practitioners are highlighted for their exceptional work in the field of domestic and international arbitration. Acting as counsel or arbitrator in both domestic and international arbitral seats, those listed are considered leaders in the German arbitration space. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Klaus Michael Sachs CMS Hasche Sigle, Munich
2. Richard Kreindler Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Frankfurt
3. Boris Kasolowsky Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Frankfurt
4. Jan Schäfer King & Spalding LLP, Frankfurt
5. Inka Hanefeld Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Hamburg
6. Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel Prof K H Böckstiegel, Bergisch Gladbach

CMS HASCHE SIGLE boasts the leading arbitration offering in Germany with four practitioners across three different offices nominated this year.
Klaus Michael Sachs leads our research this year, drawing widespread acclaim for his work resolving corporate disputes arising from joint ventures and M&A transactions. Peers describe him as “the top German arbitrator working today” and “a major figure in global arbitration circles”.
Global head of CMS’ dispute resolution group, Torsten Lörcher is considered “a definite inclusion” by respondents for his international arbitration practice focusing on disputes in complex energy markets. One source describes him as “highly valued by me and our firm. He’s a really good lawyer and a diligent and neutral arbitrator”.
The “fantastic” Dorothee Ruckteschler is described as “truly excellent”. “She has very good legal skills and extraordinary people skills,” according to market sources, who recommend her particularly for shareholder and D&O liability disputes.
Nicolas Wiegand is a well-recognised figure in the space, noted for his highly respected practice which spans both commercial and investor-state arbitration proceedings. head of the CMS International Arbitration Group. CMS International Arbitration Group. CMS International Arbitration Group.

FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER follows closely behind, garnering three nominations.
The “super-intelligent” Boris Kasolowsky is recommended by market sources for his “excellent work during prolonged hearings” and “absolute dedication to the case” in both investor-state and commercial arbitrations. They add, “If he’s not already a star, he’s one of the rising stars as a counsel.”
Rolf Trittmann is noted for his work on large-scale disputes, particularly in the automotive sector. According to one source, “He is absolutely first-class. It’s amazing how he knows the right course of action and feels out the parties; it’s very difficult and he does a beautiful job.”
"Excellent counsel” Christian Duve is a key figure in German alternative dispute resolution, renowned for his ability to simplify and resolve complex matters, especially international sports-related disputes.

HANEFELD RECHTSANWÄLTE achieves three listings in this edition.
The “outstanding” Inka Hanefeld is commended by sources who point to her track record as both arbitrator and counsel on industrial construction projects, with one stating, “She’s doing a super job; really fast, very thorough, really first-class.”
Nils Schmidt-Ahrendts is widely regarded as a rising star in international arbitration, eliciting high praise from the very top international arbitrators in Germany. One respondent enthuses: “He’s outstanding. He’s very engaged, has excellent analytic skills, and is well prepared, well organised and easy to work with.”
Jan Heiner Nedden is described by respondents as “truly excellent” and is highly sought after as both arbitrator and as counsel for his profound expertise, specifically in machine building, construction and infrastructure disputes.

At GLEISS LUTZ, Stephan Wilske is one of three practitioners listed. He is “a very experienced arbitration specialist”, considered by some respondents to be “above everyone else in the field”, and is acclaimed for his “extremely thorough knowledge of the German arbitration environment”.
M&A authority Gerhard Wegen is an eminent figure in the market, known for his proficiency in both domestic and international contexts. He is one of the go-to lawyers in Germany for clients “seeking someone who has cross-cultural understanding”.
The “super bright” David Quinke specialises in capital markets disputes and is described by market sources as “a very hardworking, very detailed, focused guy with an assured approach”.

HENGELER MUELLER’s two nominations include “brilliant lawyer” Peter Heckel. Regarded by peers as “one of the big names” in shareholder disputes and M&A-related arbitration, he wins plaudits for his “deep experience and no-nonsense approach”.
Markus Meier is internationally recognised for his sophisticated understanding of capital markets and corporate transactions, which form the basis of his first-class arbitration practice.

HEUKING KÜHN LÜER WOJTEK also achieves two listings in this year’s research.
Respondents describe Ulrike Gantenberg as “a charismatic, top-tier arbitrator” who is “excellent with breaches of contract”, in particular. She brings an enviable depth and breadth of experience to proceedings having been involved in cases under ICC, DIS, LCIA and FIS rules, among others.   
Wolfgang Kühn enjoys a fantastic reputation for his work on disputes arising from JVs and M&As, acting across the full remit of domestic and international arbitration for an international client roster.

At HAVER & MAILÄNDER, two key names are endorsed by respondents.
The “top notch” Klaus-Albrecht Gerstenmaier is picked out as “one of the most respected arbitrators in Germany”. He is vastly experienced in different arbitral settings, “always extremely well-prepared for each case”, and is noted for his particular expertise in complex corporate transaction disputes.
Rolf Winkler brings more than 40 years’ experience in a broad range of corporate disputes to his notable arbitration practice. Sources emphasise real estate and construction disputes as areas of real strength.

ALLEN & OVERY is another firm that sees two practitioners nominated in this chapter.
Heading the firm’s national dispute resolution practice, the “extremely well-known” Daniel Busse is commended for his “booming practice”. One source notes: “He is one of the very best at writing submissions, has a brilliant mind and is the master of organising bigger teams.”
Alice Broichmann stands out as a true rising star in the post-M&A dispute resolution space. Market sources are effusive in their praise, describing her as “one to watch” and “an incredibly capable and wonderful lawyer. She’s a hidden champion and just a brilliant person.”

Head of BAKER MCKENZIE’s dispute resolution group Guenter Pickrahn is highlighted as “an ideal arbitrator” and focuses his first-rate practice on disputes arising from licensing agreements and M&As. He is “visible and well established” in both domestic and international arbitration circles and regarded by peers to be “a very sharp and focused operator”.
The “simply outstanding” Joerg Risse boasts a prominent practice which focuses on large-scale energy and infrastructure projects and an approach described by peers as “the synergy of arbitration and mediation”. Sources highlight his “profound ability” during pleadings, describing him as an “unforgettable” orator.

INDEPENDENT ARBITRATOR Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel wins praise from market sources who place him “at the very top of international arbitration” and refer to him as “the great man of German arbitration”. With a vast wealth of experience and expertise across the spectrum of arbitral institutions, he is a globally recognised authority on international commercial and investment arbitration.

Richard Kreindler at CLEARY GOTTLIEB STEEN & HAMILTON is considered “one of the very best we have in Germany” as both counsel and arbitrator. He is “held in the highest regard” by peers who note “his constant involvement in arbitrations” and proficiency in high-stakes construction and infrastructure disputes.

At ORRICK HERRINGTON & SUTCLIFFE, the internationally respected Siegfried Elsing is lauded as “one of the top notch figures in Germany” whose immense experience spans more than 230 arbitral proceedings over 30 years. Market sources consider him among the elite practitioners globally, especially in M&A disputes.

The "top-notch" Jan Schäfer at KING & SPALDING is described as "uniformly excellent as both counsel and arbitrator" by sources who also praise his "very convincing and detail-focused awards".

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