MANNER SPANGENBERG is a boutique law firm dedicated to business litigation, arbitration, alternative dispute resolution and commercial contracts.
We founded MANNER SPANGENBERG because we believe that high-stakes disputes require personal commitment and bespoke advice from seasoned advocates. We combine many years of experience in leading international law firms, in a globally operating renewable energy company and as arbitrators. We successfully represented companies, governments, and individuals in numerous disputes in state courts, arbitrations, and in contract or settlement negotiations.
We combine high-end legal advice and advocacy with a pragmatic approach. We know from experience that the quality of advocacy can make a decisive difference in complex disputes.
MANNER SPANGENBERG provides the excellence and quality of big law firms in a lean and dynamic structure without unnecessary overhead. We are able to offer our services at transparent, reliable and reasonable costs.
INDUSTRY SECTOR EXPERTISE
In accordance with our focus on dispute resolution, we handle matters in all industry sectors and areas of law. In particular, our expertise extends to the following areas:
Arbitration: We act as counsel and arbitrators in domestic and international commercial and investment arbitrations. We also advise clients in designing arbitration agreements, in agreeing on efficient dispute resolution mechanisms and the selection of arbitrators. We act as co-counsel or legal experts and support on issues of German law and with specialised advocacy and procedural skills.
Litigation: We act as counsel of record and advisor in all types of litigation proceedings before German and international courts. In litigation, we apply our combined experience from hundreds of proceedings and hearings before District Courts and Appellate Courts in all parts of Germany. We have extensive experience in managing mass litigation proceedings with hundreds of parallel cases.
Enforcement or challenge of arbitral awards: We enforce or challenge foreign and domestic arbitral awards in the German courts.
Alternative Dispute Resolution: We support in all types of alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including mediation, conciliation, adjudication and expert determination. We act as members of Dispute Adjudication Boards (DAB) and mediators.
Contract Drafting and Negotiation: We negotiate and draft precisely fitting commercial contracts as well as project contracts related to energy and infrastructure. Clients benefit from our many years of experience in drafting and negotiating contracts in the in-house legal department of a globally operating company. With our litigation background, we identify clauses, that are unclear and prone to causing disputes and assist in drafting agreements that endure conflicts.
Foreign Investments and Public International Law: We advise companies and individuals regarding the protection of foreign direct investments against political risks and we represent investors and states in investment arbitration proceedings. We represent clients in Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) proceedings against the foreign host state under bilateral investment treaties (BIT) or the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) and the arbitration rules of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), UNCITRAL, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) and at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA). In this specialised area, we are among the few practitioners with hands-on experience. We also advise on the structuring of foreign investments to achieve maximum possible protection. We advise and represent companies, governments and individuals also on other issues in the entire spectrum of public international law.