Germany: Arbitration 2019

In this chapter we highlight 58 pre-eminent lawyers in the arbitration field, known for their work as counsel or arbitrators in complex, often international cases.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Klaus Michael Sachs CMS Hasche Sigle, Munich
2. Richard H Kreindler Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Frankfurt
3. Stephan Wilske Gleiss Lutz, Stuttgart
4. Torsten Lörcher CMS Hasche Sigle, Cologne
5. Inka Hanefeld Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Hamburg
6. Boris Kasolowsky Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Frankfurt
7. Daniel Busse Allen & Overy LLP, Frankfurt
8. Jan K Schäfer King & Spalding LLP, Frankfurt

CMS Hasche Sigle boasts some of the leading lawyers in the arbitration space and sees three individuals listed.
Klaus Michael Sachs is a highly experienced lawyer whose impressive work is highlighted by interviewees who state that he is “internationally seen as one of the best German arbitrators” and is “excellent in action”.
Torsten Lörcher is a prominent name in the German market who impresses peers with his outstanding work in international arbitration. Sources note that he is “a top-class practitioner” and a “well-known name” in the area who is “very smart and professional”.
Dorothee Ruckteschler acts in both domestic and international arbitration proceedings that often relate to M&A, shareholder and executive liability disputes. Sources note she is “an excellent peer” and “quick in reacting with a fair and sincere approach”.

Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte has three lawyers highlighted in this chapter.
Inka Hanefeld has extensive experience working as both arbitrator and counsel in domestic and international proceedings. Peers describe her as “an absolutely brilliant practitioner”, who pays “great attention to cases with an exceptional view of the market”.
Jan Heiner Nedden has experience acting as arbitrator under a wide variety of rules and ad hoc proceedings. He offers strong expertise in cases relating to trade, construction and M&A matters with sources noting that he is “smart and very fast”.
Nils Schmidt-Ahrendts focuses his top-tier practice on matters such as trade, energy and post-M&A disputes. Sources note that he is “up and coming” in the field and highlight his ability to “think about every little aspect of a case”.

Borris Hennecke Kneisel is another strong presence and sees three practitioners recognised here.
Christian Borris is a standout practitioner in arbitration proceedings, with peers noting that he is “very agreeable to work with and a very creative and excellent lawyer”. One peer says he is “one of most in-demand German arbitrators these days”.
Rudolf Hennecke demonstrates significant expertise in arbitration and draws praise from peers who state that he is "extremely dedicated" and "someone who is very smart, very diligent and makes parties very comfortable".
Sebastian Kneisel is well regarded for his arbitration practice where he advises clients on complex dispute resolution matters and is praised by sources for his deep understanding of arbitration proceedings.

Baker McKenzie achieves four nominations here.
Günter Pickrahn leads the group’s dispute resolution team, providing representation across a wide range of commercial disputes. Sources praise him as “an excellent lawyer” who is “known to be a hard fighter for his clients”.
Joerg Risse has significant experience in international arbitration proceedings with an emphasis in matters relating to post-M&A disputes and infrastructure projects. Peers highlight him as “very well connected and strategic”.
Heiko Alexander Haller is described by sources as “a very capable and smart lawyer” who has an “excellent grasp of factual and legal issues” in arbitration proceedings.
Ragnar Harbst is an adept lawyer who represents clients in high-value deals with a particular emphasis on large-scale infrastructure projects.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has two practitioners recognised.
Boris Kasolowsky is a sophisticated player in the space, impressing sources with his work as counsel and arbitration in international proceedings. They highlight him as “an excellent practitioner, no question”.
Rolf Trittmann focuses his first-rate practice on representing clients in disputes relating to automotive matters and turn-key projects with vast experience in cross-border and international arbitration proceedings.

Allen & Overy receives three listings.
Daniel Busse leads the group’s arbitration team and has extensive experience in international proceedings. He is well respected by peers who say he is “surely one of the most active individuals in the field”.
Alice Broichmann is “a brilliant lawyer” who represents clients in domestic and cross-border disputes centred around post-M&A disputes and commercial law.
Silke Justen frequently acts in high-value cross-border disputes that often relating to the energy sector and corporate disputes. One source notes, “She works very diligently and is someone to watch for the future.”

Gleiss Lutz sees two practitioners highlighted.
Stephan Wilske is a seasoned expert in domestic and international arbitration proceedings, representing clients in disputes that include joint venture, investment arbitration and post-M&A disputes.
David Quinke draws praise from sources who identify him as “a brilliant practitioner” whose “technical knowledge of the law is very impressive”.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek has two individuals nominated this year.
Wolfgang Kühn draws praise for his extensive experience in the arbitration space and focuses his practice on M&A, energy and infrastructure matters.
Ulrike Gantenberg is “a well-known name" in the arbitration space who advises clients on high-profile deals, gaining recognition as an "excellent and very agreeable" practitioner.

At Manner Spangenberg, the "excellent" Jan Spangenberg is a talented practitioner whose is highly recommended for his vast experience representing clients in high-value arbitration proceedings.
Simon Manner frequently acts as both counsel and arbitrator in high-stakes disputes relating to contract, energy and infrastructure matters, with sources noting that he is “definitely a person to watch".

Richard Kreindler at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is “a well-known name” in the German market. He possesses “a strong international practice” that sees him frequently engaged in both investment-treaty and commercial arbitration proceedings.

Jan Schäfer at King & Spalding leads the group’s dispute resolution team and offers significant experience of representing clients on domestic and international cases in commercial and investor-state matters.

Siegfried Elsing of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is “a very prominent practitioner” in the space, who is highlighted by peers for his work on international proceedings as both arbitrator and counsel.

Klaus-Albrecht Gerstenmaier at Haver & Mailänder is a highly experienced practitioner who acts as both arbitrator and counsel in complex domestic and international proceedings, with peers describing him as “an excellent lawyer”.

Klaus Peter Berger at the University of Cologne is “an excellent arbitrator” with more than two decades of experience of acting in domestic and international cases under a wide range of arbitral rules.

Erik Schäfer at Cohausz & Florack is a well-recognised name in the arbitration space in Germany where he stands out for his leading expertise in complex intellectual property disputes.

At Bodenheimer Herzberg, Rouven Bodenheimer has extensive experience as an arbitrator and counsel and impresses peers with his in-depth knowledge of the field.

Independent arbitrator Stefan Kröll is a seasoned arbitrator who acts in national and international state arbitrations and is widely known by peers who state that he is “very experienced” and “a definite candidate for the complex cases”.

Independent arbitrator Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel is “a splendid arbitrator” who stands out for his extensive experience handling a wide range of complex international disputes.

Sabine Konrad of McDermott Will & Emery is a sought-after practitioner who is recognised for her strong international practice. She represents clients from around the world in commercial and investor-state proceedings, with peers highlighting her as “someone that really stands out”.

Karl Pörnbacher at Hogan Lovells has extensive experience in arbitrations conducted under a wide range of rules with a focus on the energy, construction, life sciences and M&A sectors. Peers note he “always tries to find an agreeable solution”.

Luther’s Richard Happ is a highly experienced dispute resolution practitioner who has a "great international practice". He is particularly well known for his work in investment-related disputes.

Noerr’s Anke Meier is “a fantastic lawyer” who is well versed in international arbitration proceedings and “always focuses on the relevant aspects of the case”.

At Latham & Watkins, Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert has built a strong international practice and is highlighted by market sources for his impressive understanding of public international law matters. 

Fabian von Schlabrendorff at Pfitzner Legal is “a very experienced lawyer” who comes highly recommended for his excellent work in the international arbitration space.

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