Erik Schäfer is one of Germany's elite arbitrators when to comes to domestic and international proceedings pertaining to technology and intellectual property disputes.
Erik Schäfer is a partner at Cohausz & Florack, a firm focusing on technology and IP. His main areas of practice are arbitration, matters with a technical flavour (technology law, IT), intellectual property with all aspects of its commercial exploitation, and commercial law. Since 1994, he has been acting either as counsel or arbitrator in national and international arbitration proceedings. The subject matter of the disputes included, inter alia, software projects, engineering and construction, oil exploration and development, IP licences, outsourcing, purchase, distribution and R&D agreements, service and marketing contracts, shareholder and IP purchase agreements, e-payment clearance, know-how and patent-related disputes. He is a trained mediator.
Erik co-chaired the task force on IT and arbitration and the task force on expertise proceedings of the ICC commission on arbitration and ADR. He was a member of the e-disclosure task force and the IBA working group on the state-investor mediation rules. He is empanelled for IP matters at SIAC, HKIAK, and as arbitrator and meditator at KLRCA. He was among the founders and chairs of the Austro-German chapter of CEA and is a member of GRUR, LES, MARQUES, ASA, CEPANI, IBA, ICCA and DIS.
Mr Schäfer speaks and writes English, Spanish, French and German. He has conducted arbitral proceedings as chairman or sole arbitrator in these languages.