Litigation and Arbitration

Litigation before the Courts

We represent our clients across the Federal Republic of Germany in proceedings before the state courts. In criminal cases we work with specialist criminal lawyers. The different courts in which we represent clients include the civil courts (Amtsgericht, Landgericht and Oberlandesgericht), the employment courts (Arbeitsgericht and Landesarbeitsgericht, Bundesarbeitsgericht), the administrative courts (Verwaltungsgericht and Oberverwaltungsgerichte, Bundesverwaltungsgericht) and the finance courts (including the Bundesfinanzhof).

We handle not only the substantive proceedings but also preliminary actions such as injunctive proceedings and specialist proceedings (such as shareholder’s challenges and proceedings to secure evidence)

Our lawyers have extensive experience and expertise in representing companies in court in connection with the defense of a large number of similar consumer claims in the automotive sector, as well as in the defense of claims of alleged cartel injured parties.

Representation in Arbitration Proceedings

Whether or not a dispute will be heard before an arbitration court depends on whether the parties agreed a valid arbitration clause in the event of a dispute arising. We represent our clients in proceedings subject to the jurisdiction of domestic arbitration tribunals, such as DIS (Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit), the arbitration tribunal of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce or in ad-hoc arbitration proceedings that are not connected to any particular institution. Similarly, we represent clients in important proceedings subject to international jurisdiction, particularly the ICC (International Chamber of Commerce, Paris), which can be agreed between parties of any nationality and can be conducted in just about any country that has an ordered judicial system. Our arbitration practice revolves around the following particular areas of work:

  • Corporate Law (including M&A and Capital markets)
  • Environmental, Technology and Construction law
  • Banking and Banking Supervisory Law
  • Commercial and Distribution Law
  • Intellectual Property/Competition
  • Information Technology/Data Protection
  • Insolvency

Appointment as Arbitrator

Many of our lawyers further sit as independent arbitrators in arbitration proceedings. This applies to domestic (DIS), international (ICC) arbitrations and ad-hoc arbitrations where the arbitration panel is not connected to any particular arbitration institution. Due to the requirement for neutrality and independence on the part of arbitrators, our lawyers only sit as arbitrators in proceedings to which none of our clients is a party. The themes underlying the disputes in which we sit as arbitrators are similar to those areas in which we represent our own clients in arbitrations.

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