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Comment: The team at this recommended litigation and arbitration practice boasts an extremely broad setup that saw further growth: Dr. Tim Wünnemann and Volker Herrmann closed a gap at the ?Berlin office when they moved from Squire Patton Boggs. Until then, this had been the only German office without any litigation experts. Both are experienced in the automotive industry, giving rise to crossover areas esp. with the ?Munich team built up around arbitration expert Gruber. Half a dozen salary partner appointments, esp. in ?Hamburg, highlighted the ambitions of the practice. It is known for the outstanding work of the product liability team around ?Frankfurt partner Moelle, which is coordinating the defense against liability claims around the world in connection with Contergan on behalf of Grünenthal. Overall, the practice was able to strengthen its client relationships to major German corporations with an eye to pharma and chemistry matters. In terms of arbitration proceedings, the firm’s market presence is slightly smaller than that of Heuking or Luther given the size of the practice.
Strengths: Litigation in ?trademarks and unfair competition and ?patents, pharma product liability.
Development potential: The new additions to Berlin are experienced in cartel damages, incl. from the air freight cartel. The practice would be able to tap into this growth field more effectively than in the past if it managed to link up its litigation and ?antitrust expertise.
Recommended: Dr. Wolfgang Gruber (“strong M&A and commerce expertise”, competitor; arbitration proceedings), Dr. Henning Moelle (“quick, enthusiastic, foresighted”, client; “strong presence in pharma liability proceedings”, competitor; product liability).
Practice: ?Corporate litigation; disputes regarding company acquisitions, claims for damages against management and commercial disputes. Litigation at all offices ( ?insurance, ?employment, maritime and distribution law). Product liability, on the interface with ?pharmaceuticals and healthcare. In arbitration as litigator and arbitrator. Increasing international cooperation, e.g. with Paris. (13 equity partners, 7 salary partners, 7 associates, 1 of counsel)
Clients: ?? EasyJet in dispute concerning delayed opening of BER airport; Bayer in product liability dispute regarding Yaz contraceptive pill; former Sal. Oppenheim shareholder Janssen on defense against claim brought by Madeleine Schickedanz and Arcandor insolvency administrator against various former executive board members due to bonuses and indemnity payments; product liability advice to Grünenthal regarding Contergan; Melitta on defense against cartel damages concerning Edeka and Nestlé.
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