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Rouven F Bodenheimer

Rouven F Bodenheimer

Bodenheimer HerzbergTorhaus Gerling Quartier Von-Werth-Str. 2 CologneGermany50670
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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

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Rouven has significant experience in both institutional and ad hoc arbitration, as well as dispute adjudication and mediation. Outside Europe, he has been involved in many domestic and international arbitration cases in Asia and the Middle East, both as counsel and arbitrator. He is a professor for international law in Germany and still lectures on mediation and international arbitration at two prestigious German universities. He is co-founder of BODENHEIMER HERZBERG, a law firm specialising in international dispute resolution.

WHICH HAS BEEN YOUR MOST INTERESTING CASE TO DATE, AND WHY?

To identify the most interesting case is very difficult. What makes cases specifically interesting for me are certain aspects that can be found in many of my cases: the involvement of different legal cultures that requires both an interpersonal and a legal understanding of different backgrounds and expectations. As counsel I have enjoyed, in the recent past, acting with foreign colleagues in complex disputes: the colleagues taking care of the foreign applicable law, me handling the procedural aspects of the arbitration.

IN WHAT WAYS HAS YOUR MEDIATION EXPERTISE ENHANCED YOUR ARBITRATION PRACTICE?

Serving as a mediator in a dispute trains your ability to listen and give importance to every little aspect of the story, in order to catch potential room for compromises that the parties can make without feeling that their expectations are undermined. This enhanced my arbitration practice – in both my arbitrator and counsel capacities. In my capacity as arbitrator, this contributed to my fair judgement skills in terms of the factual backgrounds of legal disputes. Further, it is a priceless skill to successfully operate within the mini-cosmos of the Arbitral Tribunal itself. When acting as counsel, on the other hand, I tend to look for, and in most of the cases manage to see, the counter party’s real expectations and compromise points, which, to the extent favourable to our client, eases the way to settle a dispute.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST REWARDING ASPECT OF A CAREER IN SUCH AN INTERNATIONAL DISCIPLINE? ARE THERE ANY COUNTRIES OR REGIONS YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOY ARBITRATING IN?

I get to travel a lot, see different countries, and know different cultures in a fast-track manner. From Denmark to Malaysia, I enjoy every country I arbitrate in. The most rewarding aspect is seeing so many cultural differences and ideally getting feedback that you are able to adapt to these very different expectations and challenges. Overall, I feel the international exposure ensures a personal and eternal learning process.

LAST YEAR YOU HIGHLIGHTED THE LACK OF DIVERSITY IN ARBITRATION PRACTICE TO US AS A PROBLEM. IN WHAT WAYS IS THIS BEING ADDRESSED BY THE ARBITRATION COMMUNITY?

Arbitration practitioners have been educating each other about this problem in seminars and conferences, signing pledges to enhance diversity. I observe that as time goes by, young and female practitioners are given more and more opportunity to get speaking engagements and sit as arbitrators. We in our firm explicitly support female colleagues: in our firm it is entirely possible to combine family and a demanding profession. Having children is encouraged without [the individual] being assigned to less demanding or challenging cases. Our clients are not concerned about receiving worse service, but fully endorse our approach and are grateful to know brilliant female lawyers in each of our teams.

HOW DOES BODENHEIMER HERZBERG DISTINGUISH ITSELF FROM THE COMPETITION?

BODENHEIMER HERZBERG is considered the firm with the largest team focusing on complex disputes only. This allows us to handle large and complex cases as an alternative to the biggest law firms in our jurisdiction. We commit ourselves to appointments for both neutral and counsel work. The one assignment always benefits from experience gained in the other role. We are a multi-jurisdictional team of young and thirsty practitioners. Our lawyers are dispute experts and hail from jurisdictions on four continents, which makes us distinct in handling disputes passionately across jurisdictions. 

YOUR CAREER HAS BEEN VERY DISTINGUISHED TO DATE. WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE TO ACHIEVE?

There is always room to grow. I would like to be able to accept more teaching assignments to share my experience with younger practitioners. In addition, I would like to see BODENHEIMER HERZBERG growing further with excellence, and adding more jurisdictions to our team.

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Arbitration 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

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".

Biography

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.

Construction 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

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. 

Biography

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.

National Leader

Germany - Arbitration

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

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

Biography

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.

Germany - Construction

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

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. "

Biography

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.

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