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Comment: This leading practice for litigation and arbitration is one of the most visible players esp. in the banking and energy sectors. Its close ties to the ?compliance practice mean that internal investigations frequently lead to extensive litigation instructions, e.g. in connection with D&O liability. It is notable here how the partners of the lean team are clearly focused on specific industries: in ?energy disputes, for instance, Chatzinerantzis is one of the most renowned experts there are, while Saffenreuther focuses on defending against high-volume claims against banks. Bellinghausen is driving forward the cooperation with the ?antitrust practice. The orientation of the entire practice toward cross-border clients is apparent here: the defense against damages for Air France-KLM in the air freight cartel, for instance, involves not only German offices, but also teams in Paris, London, Amsterdam and New York.
Strengths: Intensive, interdisciplinary cooperation with the ?insolvency and restructuring, ?corporate, ?antitrust, banking and capital markets practices.
Recommended: Klaus Saffenreuther (“quick-witted”, competitor), Alexandros Chatzinerantzis (“exceptional specialist knowledge in energy disputes”, “brilliant”, competitors), Dr. Rupert Bellinghausen (“clearly structured and strong-minded”, competitor), Robert Henrici (“hard and reliable worker”, “strong-willed and persuasive”, competitors; compliance).
Practice: Frequent ?corporate disputes and post- ?M&A, as well as disputes in plant construction and regarding distribution contracts. Insolvency-related disputes (also real estate and construction). In banking, prospectus liability and investor claims. Increasingly active in ?energy law and regulatory proceedings. Also ?antitrust and product liability. (7 partners, 26 associates)
Clients: ?? Air France-KLM on defense against cartel damages in various countries; Sal. Oppenheim on assertion of D&O liability claims; financial service provider on defense against damages concerning alleged breach of duty as creditor (regional court); real estate and asset manager against tax offices on defense against tax and interest receivables regarding sharia-compliant investments; international industrial services provider in defense against damages concerning breaches of warranty.
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