Comment: A recommended arbitration and litigation practice which also has an internationally renowned arbitrator among its ranks with Gerstenmaier. It is widely known in the market that he forms part of the arbitration court in one of the largest proceedings currently pending before the German Institution of Arbitration between a German auto company and a US supplier. Kauffeld also had heads turning: he represented a former Audi developer in litigation against Audi, which is of fundamental significance to the diesel scandal. The fact that employment and litigation lawyers are leading the instruction together indicates that the interlinking of practice groups, as encouraged by the firm’s management, is making headway. Kauffeld, who was recently appointed equity partner, has also built up a good reputation in D&O liability litigation. In general, younger arbitration experts such as Brandner along with several salary partners are visibly gradually stepping out from the shadows of the senior partners, who have shaped the firm’s reputation for decades.
Strengths: Arbitrator activity in national and international proceedings.
Development potential: The firm is taking an unflinching approach to the generation change: yet another salary partner has been appointed alongside Kauffeld. The extended partner level however requires a larger substructure if business is to continue developing. In the case of cartel damages suits in particular, which until now have pretty much only emerged through the antitrust practice, more team clout could prove advantageous in terms of procedural law.
Recommended: Dr. Klaus Gerstenmaier (“highly experienced, efficient negotiations”, competitor; arbitrator), Dr. Gert Brandner (“young, accurate, keen”, competitor), Dr. Hans-Georg Kauffeld (“a good eye for the essentials”, competitor).
Practice: Regular involvement in arbitration proceedings, esp. post-M&A. Also banking and securities litigation, esp. defense against investor claims. Disputes related to D&O liability, plant construction distribution contracts as well as licensing contracts and ?antitrust in close cooperation with the Brussels office. (Core team: 4 equity partners, 3 salary partners, 1 associate)
Clients: ?? Former head developer at Audi Ulrich Weiss in litigation against Audi concerning diesel affair; Targobank in class action related to ship and real estate funds; hotel association in various proceedings on best price clauses (regional and higher regional courts); ongoing advice to Bosch in litigation; various gas station tenants on implementing claims for adjustment emerging from the oil and shop business.
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