Rouven F Bodenheimer
Office:
Torhaus Gerling Quartier
Von-Werth-Str. 2
50670
City:
Cologne
Country:
Germany
Tel:
+49 221 291 90 60
Fax:
+49 221 291 90 6 11

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Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders - Arbitration

Rouven Bodenheimer is co-founder of Bodenheimer Herzberg, a law firm specialised on international dispute resolution. He has been involved in many domestic and international arbitration cases, as both counsel and arbitrator. Rouven has significant experience in both institutional and ad hoc arbitration, as well as dispute adjudication and mediation. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb). He lectures on mediation and international arbitration for the joint master’s degree programmes of two prestigious German universities.

WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE ON A CAREER IN INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION?

I always wanted to become a diplomat. The idea of dealing with different cultures and languages and living in other countries has fascinated me since I was a child. This desire came to a sudden and tragic end when I actually got posted to the German Embassy in Tel Aviv as a trainee lawyer. I realised that my perception of this profession and the reality differ too much. In addition, I had developed a dedication to law too great to not stay in that field.

International arbitration still seems to be the perfect match of challenging legal work and international exposure.

Having gained significant experience in mediation as well, one of my biggest concerns turned out to be ensuring my clients are satisfied with the procedure and feel that they have been heard by relatable people who are, at the same time, experts on the subject matter of their disputes – even when the outcome does not please everyone to the fullest. My clients’ satisfaction, as well as my own as a party’s counsel, in the arbitration procedure led me to stick with a career in international arbitration.

HOW HAS ARBITRAL PROCEDURE CHANGED SINCE YOU FIRST STARTED PRACTISING?

The more arbitration is used, the more jurisdictions have developed their legislation as to accommodate users’ expectations, rendering the procedure more flexible. A competition seems to have started among different seats, institutions and applicable arbitration laws in order to attract cases. Whether these factors are always the relevant ones remains in doubt. The more people that handle arbitration without sufficient experience, the more you see a lack of tailored approaches. Rather, they are overloaded approaches reflected in erroneously “one-size-fits-all” voluminous template procedural orders.

HOW DO THE CHALLENGES INVOLVED WHEN SITTING AS ARBITRATOR DIFFER FROM THOSE ENCOUNTERED WHEN ACTING AS COUNSEL?

One could think: while sitting as arbitrator you have to put slightly more effort in understanding and hearing all parties’ positions and arguments, which requires the ability to change perspectives all the time, most of the times very instantly. I believe acting as counsel requires quite a similar approach. You do have the privilege of arguing a dispute and relevant legal issues only from one perspective. However, in doing so successfully, you always have to consider possible arguments and approaches from the other side as well.

YOU RECENTLY STARTED YOUR OWN FIRM WHICH HAS ENJOYED SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE LOOKING TO DO THE SAME?

Invest enough time to have a well-thought-out business plan to feel confident, but not too much. The key distinction in life is between those who did it and the others.

In addition, be aware of your selling points. In our case, a truly international team, big enough to handle complex cases (but still rather free of conflicts) and to add value through experience as both counsel and arbitrator/neutral.

HOW ARE YOU SEEING NEW TECHNOLOGIES ENHANCE THE PRACTICE OF INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION?

By way of new technologies, international arbitration becomes more and more cost-effective and expeditious, which makes international arbitration even more appealing for international parties. Parties being able to participate in case management conferences and/or oral hearings from different countries without having to travel; or being able to share thousands of pages of evidence through a highly secured cloud system without having to physically mail each and every page, are the perfect examples of increasing the motivation to opt for arbitration. 

THIRD-PARTY FUNDING IS PLAYING AN INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT ROLE IN INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION. WHAT POSSIBILITIES OR CHALLENGES DOES THIS DEVELOPMENT RAISE?

In my point of view, third-party funding is a very useful tool ensuring access to justice of those who do not have sufficient funds to pay the costs, which can highly depend on the amount in dispute and/or legal work to be done due to complexity of the case. Some of the concerns raised these days have existed for a long time: the fear of an empty entity without funds existed already long before third-party funding became popular.

INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION HAS RECENTLY COME UNDER FIRE FOR THE UNDER-REPRESENTATION OF WOMEN AMONG ITS PRACTITIONERS. WHAT STEPS DO YOU BELIEVE THE COMMUNITY NEEDS TO TAKE TO OVERCOME THIS CHALLENGE?

I regret to confirm that under-representation of women is an issue in some jurisdictions, especially where gender still plays an important role to evaluate one’s capabilities, on the cultural level. As a principal policy, we at Bodenheimer Herzberg try to actively overcome gender issues. In many cases a gender-diverse tribunal adds to the atmosphere and outcome of a dispute positively. I can only invite the other members of the community to experience the same. 

WHERE DO YOU SEE THE FUTURE OF INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION?

Considering that even state entities are inclined to include arbitration clauses in their commercial contracts today, I would not be surprised if someone travelling from the future informed me that international arbitration will not be an alternative to litigation anymore but will be “the” procedure to resolve international disputes, at least as far as commercial and investment disputes are concerned.

Biographies:

Who's Who Legal Arbitration: Lawyers

Dr Rouven Bodenheimer specialises in conflict resolution and renders advice on corporate law and construction law in particular. Besides civil court proceedings he has been involved in numerous arbitration cases governed both institutionally (DIS, ICC, LCIA, SCC, DIAC, VIAC, DIA and CAS) as well as ad hoc arbitration. He has garnered significant experience as co-arbitrator, sole arbitrator, chairman and counsel in various arbitration proceedings both domestically and internationally. He is particularly experienced in disputes involving difficult technical issues and complex commercial aspects. His expertise lies in fields as diverse as infrastructure, energy, construction and intricate financial transactions.

Upon completing his formal legal education, Dr Bodenheimer published a doctoral thesis on a trade law topic in a comparative perspective under German and English law and obtained an additional master's degree in business mediation.

Dr Bodenheimer has lectured mediation and international arbitration on the joint master's programme of two prestigious German universities.

Dr Bodenheimer regularly publishes articles, book reviews and book contributions in the field of international arbitration and dispute resolution.

Dr Bodenheimer served as co-chair of the DIS40, the under-40 group of the German Institute for Arbitration. He is an active member of the International Bar Association's arbitration committee and within that he was a founding member of the steering committee of the under-40 arbitration group. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb).

Peer-appointed, he is considered as one of the future leaders in international arbitration.

Dr Bodenheimer speaks German, English, Dutch and French.

WWL says: Rouven Bodenheimer stands out as "an excellent arbitrator" who "is extremely smart and to-the-point". He draws praise for his "hands-on approach" and "fantastic client service".

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Arbitration which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Germany - Arbitration

Dr Rouven Bodenheimer specialises in conflict resolution and renders advice on corporate law and construction law in particular. Besides civil court proceedings he has been involved in numerous arbitration cases governed both institutionally (DIS, ICC, LCIA, SCC, DIAC, VIAC, DIA and CAS) as well as ad hoc arbitration. He has garnered significant experience as co-arbitrator, sole arbitrator, chairman and counsel in various arbitration proceedings both domestically and internationally. He is particularly experienced in disputes involving difficult technical issues and complex commercial aspects. His expertise lies in fields as diverse as infrastructure, energy, construction and intricate financial transactions.

Upon completing his formal legal education, Dr Bodenheimer published a doctoral thesis on a trade law topic in a comparative perspective under German and English law and obtained an additional master's degree in business mediation.

Dr Bodenheimer has lectured mediation and international arbitration on the joint master's programme of two prestigious German universities.

Dr Bodenheimer regularly publishes articles, book reviews and book contributions in the field of international arbitration and dispute resolution.

Dr Bodenheimer served as co-chair of the DIS40, the under-40 group of the German Institute for Arbitration. He is an active member of the International Bar Association's arbitration committee and within that he was a founding member of the steering committee of the under-40 arbitration group. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb).

Peer-appointed, he is considered as one of the future leaders in international arbitration.

Dr Bodenheimer speaks German, English, Dutch and French.

WWL says: Rouven Bodenheimer has extensive experience as an arbitrator and counsel and impresses peers with his in-depth knowledge of the field.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Germany which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Germany - Construction

Dr Rouven Bodenheimer specialises in conflict resolution and renders advice on corporate law and construction law in particular. Besides civil court proceedings he has been involved in numerous arbitration cases governed both institutionally (DIS, ICC, LCIA, SCC, DIAC, VIAC, DIA and CAS) as well as ad hoc arbitration. He has garnered significant experience as co-arbitrator, sole arbitrator, chairman and counsel in various arbitration proceedings both domestically and internationally. He is particularly experienced in disputes involving difficult technical issues and complex commercial aspects. His expertise lies in fields as diverse as infrastructure, energy, construction and intricate financial transactions.

Upon completing his formal legal education, Dr Bodenheimer published a doctoral thesis on a trade law topic in a comparative perspective under German and English law and obtained an additional master's degree in business mediation.

Dr Bodenheimer has lectured mediation and international arbitration on the joint master's programme of two prestigious German universities.

Dr Bodenheimer regularly publishes articles, book reviews and book contributions in the field of international arbitration and dispute resolution.

Dr Bodenheimer served as co-chair of the DIS40, the under-40 group of the German Institute for Arbitration. He is an active member of the International Bar Association's arbitration committee and within that he was a founding member of the steering committee of the under-40 arbitration group. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb).

Peer-appointed, he is considered as one of the future leaders in international arbitration.

Dr Bodenheimer speaks German, English, Dutch and French.

WWL says: Rouven Bodenheimer is a prominent construction lawyer. He is commended by peers for his work in the field, where he frequently represents clients in high-stakes deals.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Germany which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Construction: Lawyers

Dr Rouven Bodenheimer specialises in conflict resolution and renders advice on corporate law and construction law in particular. Besides civil court proceedings he has been involved in numerous arbitration cases governed both institutionally (DIS, ICC, LCIA, SCC, DIAC, VIAC, DIA and CAS) as well as ad hoc arbitration. He has garnered significant experience as co-arbitrator, sole arbitrator, chairman and counsel in various arbitration proceedings both domestically and internationally. He is particularly experienced in disputes involving difficult technical issues and complex commercial aspects. His expertise lies in fields as diverse as infrastructure, energy, construction and intricate financial transactions.

Upon completing his formal legal education, Dr Bodenheimer published a doctoral thesis on a trade law topic in a comparative perspective under German and English law and obtained an additional master's degree in business mediation.

Dr Bodenheimer has lectured mediation and international arbitration on the joint master's programme of two prestigious German universities.

Dr Bodenheimer regularly publishes articles, book reviews and book contributions in the field of international arbitration and dispute resolution.

Dr Bodenheimer served as co-chair of the DIS40, the under-40 group of the German Institute for Arbitration. He is an active member of the International Bar Association's arbitration committee and within that he was a founding member of the steering committee of the under-40 arbitration group. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb).

Peer-appointed, he is considered as one of the future leaders in international arbitration.

Dr Bodenheimer speaks German, English, Dutch and French.

WWL says: Rouven Bodenheimer is praised by peers across Europe, who say, "Lawyers do not come any smarter." He is a specialist in construction dispute resolution. 

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Construction which can be purchased from our Shop.

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