CLIFFORD CHANCE

Comment: This highly recommended practice for litigation and arbitration is shifting its position more and more towards the boom segment of cartel damages alongside traditional strengths in banking disputes and plant construction. The firm was able, for instance, to take over litigation for Cargolux from Cleary in the air cargo cartel, i.e. the largest German damages suit at present. In the major truck cartel complex, Kremer was instructed for a Dutch MAN subsidiary. Clifford is still strong at the interface to ?compliance. Stemming from internal investigations, where it also benefits from its know-how in criminal and tax law, the firm regularly gains follow-up instructions of a civil law nature such as D&O disputes. Banking expert Schneider is primarily responsible for handling such complicated instructions. Several partners conduct high-volume arbitration proceedings as counsel, e.g. Kremer and Hornung in plant construction and post-M&A as well as Rakob in the energy sector. Overall, however, Clifford is less present in the market here than competitors such as Baker or Allen & Overy.
Strengths: Cross-border disputes, esp. in ?banking and regulatory and ?M&A. Integrated ?white collar crime.
Recommended: Uwe Hornung (“Columbo of the arbitration scene – unusual but genius”, “excellent feel for the law”, competitors), Burkhard Schneider (“solid sparring partner on process strategy”, client; “commanding counsel”, “strong presence in compliance”, competitors), Tim Schreiber (“good counsel, composed and to the point”, competitor), Dr. Michael Kremer (“plenty of know-how in plant construction”, competitor), Sebastian Rakob (“outstanding strategist”, competitor).
Practice: ?Corporate disputes and litigation for banks as well as ?real estate and construction, ?energy law. Increasingly ?cartel damages. Also product liability and ?white collar crime. Post-M&A disputes, D&O liability for companies. In arbitration, litigation predominates. (5 partners, 2 counsel, 18 associates)
Clients: ?? Gleiss Lutz in defense against damages with regard to Stefan Mappus; city of Friedrichshafen in dispute concerning Zeppelin Foundation; BayernLB in damages against former directors concerning acquisition of ABS products; Sparkasse Cologne/Bonn in dispute regarding municipal guaranties following failed financing of FCC Bonn; VW on defense against investor claims due to failed takeover by Porsche.
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