Erik Schafer is an "arbitration specialist" according to peers, who commend the wealth of experience and extensive knowledge he brings to high-profile disputes.
Erik Schäfer is partner of Cohausz & Florack, a firm focussing on technology and IP. His main areas of practice are arbitration, complex matters with a technical ‘flavour’, intellectual property with all aspects of commercial IP exploitation, and commercial law. Since 1994 he is acting in commercial arbitration proceedings, mainly as arbitrator. The subject matters of the disputes included inter alia software-projects, engineering and construction, oil-exploration & development, ip-licenses, outsourcing, purchase-, distribution-, and R&D agreements, service and marketing contracts, or know-how and patent related disputes, especially relating to misappropriation. He also acts as mediator.
Erik co-chaired the Task Force on IT & Arbitration and the Task Force on Expertise Proceedings of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR. He was member of the eDisclosure Task Force and of the IBA Working Group on the State Investor Mediation Rules. He was the first chair of the Austro-German chapter of the CEA and is member of GRUR, LES, MARQUES, ASA, CEPANI, IBA, ICCA, and DIS.
Erik’s publications a variety of topics pertaining to the fields in which he is active, such as Verbist/Schäfer/Imhoos “ICC Arbitration in Practice” 2nd ed., „Arbitration of Intellectual Property Law Disputes in Germany“ in Böckstiegel et al (Ed.), „Arbitration in Germany.
He speaks and writes English, Spanish, French and German. He has conducted arbitral proceedings as chairman or sole arbitrator in these languages.