Professor Hilmar Raeschke-Kessler (LLM, FCIArb) practises law as one of only 43 elected members to the Bar of the German Federal Court of Justice. He is fluent in German, English and French, with good knowledge of Italian.
He has acted as chairman and arbitrator in numerous international and national arbitrations; the Permanent Court of Arbitration has also appointed him as presiding arbitrator. Recent disputes have involved M&A, telecommunications, government contracts (public procurement), foreign investment, international trade, privatisation, joint ventures and construction contracts. He also represents clients in enforcement or annulment proceedings of arbitral awards before the German Federal Court of Justice.
Mr Raeschke-Kessler is honorary professor at the University of Cologne. He is a member of the committee advising the German Ministry of Justice on the review of German arbitration law; vice president of the German branch of the International Law Association; board member of the German Arbitration Institution; a member of the review committee of the DIS Arbitration Rules 2016; a member of the ICC Commission on International Arbitration; an observer for the new chapters of UNIDROIT Principles on Commercial Contracts; and a member of Panels of Arbitrators (Austria, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). He has been a member of the IBA working groups on the 1999 IBA Rules of Evidence in International Arbitration, on their 2010 review, and on conflicts of interest in international arbitration.
His English-language publications include the Germany chapter of The International Arbitration Review (2014); "The Arbitrator Nominated by an Insolvency Receiver or Liquidator and Conflicts of Interest", in: ASA Bulletin, volume 34, No. 4, 2016, pp. 866; "The Neutrality of an Arbitral Institution - Exemplified by the ICC-Court", in: Liber amicorum en l'honneur de William Laurence Craig, Lexis Nexis 2016, 325-333; and "Witness Conferencing" in The Leading Arbitrators’ Guide to International Arbitration (2014).
WWL says: Hilmar Raeschke-Kessler is highly-rated by market commentators for his skill and proficiency as an arbitrator. He has over 30 years' experience arbitrating commercial disputes including energy, construction and foreign investment.
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