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Thought Leaders - Construction 2019

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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Stefan Osing is one of Germany’s most distinguished construction specialists. He is particularly well known for his skill in non-contentious matters.

Questions & Answers

Stefan Osing was born 1965 in Hilden, Germany, and was admitted to the Bar in 1997. He studied at the University of Cologne (1993; Dr. jur. 1995). Stefan is a member of the International Bar Association, the International Chamber of Commerce and the German Arbitration Institute. His expertise lies in real estate, construction, dispute resolution, litigation and arbitration. He speaks German and English.

What attracted you to a career in law?

Old TV series, long before Boston Legal, LA Law or Suits were even created. I was always fascinated by TV lawyers saving their clients from injustice.

How has the practice of construction law in Germany evolved since you began your career?

Construction techniques have very much evolved in respect of environmental issues and energy-saving. Furthermore, construction has become much more computerised – for example, building information modelling, computerised drawings, etc. The legal work has not changed very much. In particular, the legal problems in construction (additional work, delay and disruption, risk allocation) have remained the same.

What do you enjoy most about your role as head of the firm’s real estate and construction group in Düsseldorf?

Working with our clients on interesting construction sites, and helping to solve difficult situations or to bring difficult sites back on track.

What are the main challenges lawyers face when handling major construction projects and how do you ensure your team is equipped to handle them?

The most challenging thing is not to get lost in details, and to focus on the really important issues. You get easily overloaded and it is very hard to keep “the critical path”. In order to ensure this, we keep a really close relationship with our clients.

How does your experience in litigation enhance your approach to arbitration, and vice versa?

Litigation and arbitration are very similar. When working as counsel, it is always important to explain your case as simply as possible. Never forget that the judge/arbitrator is not directly involved in the work. When working as an arbitrator, it is important to really understand what happened. Site meetings are very useful.

Why do you think arbitration is such a popular form of dispute resolution in the construction sector?

Arbitration is much faster than litigation. Furthermore, the arbitrators are far more experienced in handling huge construction disputes than state courts.

How do you expect new and emerging technologies to change the construction space in the coming years?

I expect environmental issues to become much more important within construction. Green buildings that can establish some harmony between concrete and nature will become most important. As far as building techniques are concerned, I think we are unable to imagine what computers will provide in the coming years.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out in their career as a lawyer?

Don’t be afraid of big names.

Global Leader

Construction 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

 Stefan Osing is one of Germany's most distinguished construction specialists. He is particularly well known for his skill in non-contentious matters.

Biography

Dr Stefan Osing was admitted to the German Bar in 1997 and became partner of Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek in 2001. Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is an independent law firm with about 400 lawyers with offices in Berlin, Brussels, Chemnitz, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and Zurich. The law firm has a full-service approach including, in particular, construction, real estate law and litigation. Dr Stefan Osing is a recognised specialist in construction law. He is head of the real estate and construction law department in Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek’s Düsseldorf office. Dr Stefan Osing advises German and international clients in construction law and real estate transactions mostly on a cross-border aspect. His major projects have included energy and infrastructure projects, as well as large buildings such as cinemas, shopping centres or hotels.

Dr Stefan Osing is also head of the litigation department at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek’s Düsseldorf office. He acts as counsel and arbitrator in international arbitration proceedings as well as in litigation. Most litigation cases are related to the construction industry (FIDIC and VOB). Moreover, Dr Stefan Osing also frequently acts in litigation and arbitration proceedings outside this specialised area.

Dr Stefan Osing is a frequent speaker on issues of international construction and arbitration matters at international events and conferences. He regularly publishes on construction issues and is a member of the International Bar Association. As such Dr Stefan Osing currently acts as co-chair of the construction establishment subcommittee of ICP.

National Leader

Germany - Construction

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

"Stefan Osing is a highly regarded practitioner who offers clients extensive experience in the construction field. He has particular expertise in corporate issues arising out of construction cases. "

Biography

Dr Stefan Osing is a partner at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, a major independent law firm with more than 350 lawyers in Berlin, Chemnitz, Cologne, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart, Brussels and Zurich. The law firm has a full service approach including, in particular, construction, real estate law and litigation. Dr Stefan Osing is a recognised specialist in construction law (Fachanwalt für Bau- und Architektenrecht). He is head of the real estate and construction law department in Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek’s Düsseldorf office. Dr Stefan Osing advises German and international clients in construction law and real estate transactions mostly on a cross-border aspect. His major projects have included energy and infrastructure projects, as well as large buildings such as cinemas, shopping centres or hotels.

Dr Stefan Osing is furthermore head of the litigation department at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek’s Düsseldorf office. He acts as counsel and arbitrator in international arbitration proceedings as well as in litigation. Most litigation cases are related to the construction industry (FIDIC and VOB). Moreover, Dr Stefan Osing also frequently acts in litigation and arbitration proceedings outside this specialised area.

Dr Stefan Osing is a frequent speaker on issues of international construction and arbitration matters at international events and conferences. He regularly publishes on construction issues and is a member of the International Bar Association. As such Dr Stefan Osing currently acts as co-chair of the construction establishment subcommittee of ICP.

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