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WWL Ranking: Future Leader

Peers and clients say

"Moritz is extremely well connected and certainly one of the leading names of the future generation"
"He is an impeccable lawyer with excellent advocacy skills"
"Moritz is one of the few superstars of the younger generation of arbitration practitioners in Germany"


Moritz Schmitt is a founding partner of rothorn legal, an international dispute resolution boutique.

Moritz represents German and international clients as counsel in complex disputes. His clients include leading industrial manufacturers as well as financial services providers. Moritz has handled a broad variety of disputes with a particular focus on commercial liability, distribution, joint venture, post-M&A as well as IP-disputes. He is familiar with various substantive and procedural laws as well as the major arbitration rules (including ICC, DIS, LCIA and UNCITRAL Rules).

Notable highlights of Moritz’s experience include representing a European aerospace company in arbitrations with its suppliers; representing a German listed automotive group in commercial arbitration with general distributors; representing a German listed engineering company in a post-M&A arbitration; representing an Austrian listed company in several arbitrations with its Asian joint venture partners; and representing a European financial institution in appraisal proceedings related to a squeeze out.

Prior to founding rothorn legal, Moritz was a Principal Associate in the International Arbitration Group and the Financial Institutions Disputes Group at Freshfields. He has worked in the firm’s offices in Frankfurt, Vienna, Paris, Hamburg and Hong Kong. Moritz has also gained valuable insights as a secondee to the in-house team of Airbus in Toulouse.

Having been listed in Who’s Who Legal Future Leaders ranking since 2019, Moritz has been heralded as “one of the superstars of the younger generation” and received praise for being “dedicated to his cases” as well as his “ability to drive matters forward and look for alternative pragmatic solutions to complex topics” (WWL 2020 Future Leaders in Arbitration).

Moritz continues to encourage academic debate in his field. He co-teaches a course on international commercial arbitration as a visiting professor in the master’s programme of the Université Catholique de Lille. He regularly speaks and publishes on contemporary topics of arbitration and sales law, including co-authoring a commentary on the CISG.

Moritz acts as one of the Co-Chairs of DIS40, the young professionals’ organisation of the German Arbitration Institute (DIS) that organises at least 20 events per year for its more than 2,000 members. He previously acted as a regional representative of the Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG), the young professionals’ organisation of the LCIA. Moritz has organised and moderated a great number of arbitration-related panel discussions and workshops across Europe, including the acclaimed Arbitration Summer Retreat series.

Moritz is qualified in Germany, where he clerked at the Hanseatic Upper Regional Court Hamburg. He studied law at the University of Freiburg, Germany, and the University of Uppsala, Sweden. Moritz completed his LL.M. at New York University, USA, as a Fulbright Scholar.

Moritz is fluent in English and German.

With offices in Zurich and Frankfurt, rothorn legal is a highly specialised dispute resolution boutique. rothorn legal combines the partner attention, cost-effectiveness, and innovation-driven approach of a boutique with the experience that its partners have gained at international law firms and companies. Clients of rothorn legal benefit from the team’s extensive experience as counsel in cross-border arbitration, litigation, and alternative dispute resolution as well as their insight into tribunals’ deliberation and decision-making processes gained from being regularly appointed as arbitrators. rothorn legal embraces an inclusive and respectful work culture that allows its employees to thrive and unlock their full potential.

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