BAKER & MCKENZIE

Comment: A highly recommended firm for litigation and arbitration which is primarily known for its competence in plant construction and energy matters. Newly appointed equity partner Haller, who focuses on disputes in connection with offshore wind farms, seamlessly slots into this profile. His move to the Düsseldorf office gives a boost to the local dispute practice and makes strategic sense as the outfit, which has thus far centered more around Frankfurt, can now pay greater attention to the interfaces with the ?antitrust lawyers and economists in Düsseldorf regarding cartel damages and accountants’ liability. Furthermore, the practice is edging closer to key clients from the energy sector, incl. Steag, for which B&M is conducting high-volume arbitration proceedings from its Frankfurt office concerning Walsum 10 power plant. Coordinating the proceedings are Pickrahn and Risse – two internationally renowned arbitration experts. Thanks to Risse and Haller in particular, B&M counts among the most visible players in terms of alternative dispute settlements.
Strengths: Renowned arbitration practice, wealth of experience in plant construction and infrastructure projects.
Recommended: Dr. Jörg Risse (“conducts proceedings well as arbitrator”, “notable litigator, assertive yet maintains his humor”, competitors), Dr. Günter Pickrahn (“thorough, always well prepared”, competitor), Dr. Stephan Spehl, Dr. Thomas Grützner (both compliance), Dr. Ragnar Harbst, Dr. Heiko Haller (“articulate and pleasant”, competitor).
Practice: All-round work in corporate and distribution disputes. Also IP, ?employment, ?compliance and product liability. International arbitration (plant construction, supply contracts, infrastructure and post-M&A), incl. as arbitrator. Also active in mediation and adjudication. (7 equity partners, 3 salary partners, 2 counsel, 15 associates, 1 of counsel)
Clients: ?? Steag and EVN in ICC proceedings regarding Walsum 10 power plant; litigation for Siemens regarding plant construction, major projects, company acquisitions; TV manufacturer in HKIAC proceedings in claims for purchase price payment; Asian industrial conglomerate in post-M&A proceedings (German Institution of Arbitration); audit company on liability matters in connection with wind farms.
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