Comment: This leading practice for arbitration and litigation has one of the largest teams in the market and can boast respected partners for practically every litigious topic imaginable. The team covers a broad spectrum of topics in arbitration law in particular, from international investment protection expert Sachs to renowned post-M&A specialists such as Ruckteschler and Lörcher right over to younger partner Wiegand, who has made a name for himself in proceedings conducted before Southeast Asian arbitral tribunals and who manages the new CMS office in Hong Kong. The departure of arbitration lawyer Dr. Anton Maurer, who started his own business following a long career at CMS, is being dealt with well by the practice although the loss of his strong US focus is a bitter pill to swallow. By contrast, business related to Iran, primarily attributable to Thiery, has grown considerably. CMS is now setting up a compliance system here, e.g. for auto group Iran Khodro following a complex settlement deal with Daimler.
Strengths: Post- ?M&A disputes. Market-leading arbitration practice.
Development potential: Instructions related to the trend topic of cartel damages still appear to be managed by the antitrust practice, while the litigation practices are increasingly shifting into the spotlight at most competitor firms. Both practices could profit from a stronger internal network in this area.
Recommended: Dr. Klaus Sachs (“extremely renowned on an international level”, competitor), Dr. Dorothee Ruckteschler (“strict yet empathetic”, “always best prepared”, competitors), Dr. Torsten Lörcher (“we have placed our complete trust in him for ten years”, client; “conducts negotiations with confidence”, competitor), Dr. Harald Potinecke (“excellent legal specialist”, competitor; esp. product liability/compliance), Claus Thiery, Dr. Nicolas Wiegand (“aspiring arbitrator”, competitor).
Practice: Commercial and distribution law disputes as well as ?corporate litigation, post-M&A and D&O liability litigation. Also active in ?trademarks and unfair competition, ?employment, ?patents, ?antitrust civil litigation, ?insurance contracts, ?compliance, plant construction and banking. In arbitration, many international proceedings, frequently as arbitrator. ADR/mediation. (Core team: 9 partners, approx. 30 associates)
Clients: ?? Iran Khodro on implementing deal with Daimler, incl. setting up compliance system; Westnetz, Thüringer Energienetze, Transnet BW and other grid operators on challenging insolvency; Kunstmuseum Bern art gallery in proceedings connected to Gurlitt legacy (higher regional court); Roland Berger on enforcing loan claims against Thomas Middelhoff; Turtle Entertainment on creating arbitration rules for World eSports Association.
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