FRIEDRICH GRAF VON WESTPHALEN & PARTNER

Comment: This firm recommended in insurance is still a renowned team for D&O claims and product liability, but recently suffered staff losses once again. After the departure of a criminal lawyer with his team in the previous year, the long-time partner Björn Fiedler, who like Lenz ranks among the most respected experts for managerial liability and cross-border product liability claims, has now set off on his own with two experienced associates. However, the work of one counsel who joined the firm from Hogan Lovells last year has developed positively. Together with Laschet, for example, he is representing a plant construction company against an energy utility in a dispute over a power plant project. Cooperation between the plant construction practice, product liability and insurance law has, however, been an exception up to now.
Strengths: Long-time cooperation of the team, primarily in D&O and product liability claims.
Recommended: Prof. Dr. Tobias Lenz (“very rational, easy to work with”, client), Carsten Laschet (“good strategist”, competitor; primarily product liability).
Practice: Focus on disputes and litigation, esp. D&O insurance policies, managerial liability, increasingly with an insolvency aspect. In addition, recourse cases. Specialization in environmental liability. Product liability ( ?commercial litigation and liability) for insurers as well as manufacturers. Advice to Mittelstand companies on risk issues. (3 partners, 4 associates)
Clients: ?? Regular advice to AIG Europe on product liability, environmental liability as well as D&O claims, incl. coverage issues concerning home damages in Böblingen following geothermal drilling; regular advice to Allianz on D&O damages claims, incl. in regards to irregularities during the sale of ship diesel engines (public knowledge); Chubb on liability damages; US insurer in coverage and liability law on major damages claim due to delayed filing of insolvency; former insurance company chief executive in diverse D&O proceedings concerning recourse risks.