WHITE & CASE

Comment: This highly recommended practice for litigation and arbitration is becoming more visible in the topics of energy and automotive, alongside its strong position in banking disputes. A team led by Burianski was therefore able to position itself at the side of a renowned auto manufacturer as advisor on liability matters concerning driverless vehicles. The practice is esp. strong when it manages to harness the strength of its connections to other groups such as ?energy and ?insolvency. The firm is thus one of the most sought-after outfits in insolvency-related disputes thanks to the practice’s insolvency administrators, which rank among the market leaders, handling e.g. various litigation suits for the insolvency administrators of Infinus and Teldafax. In its traditional pillar of banking disputes, the spotlight is increasingly shifting from class action suits to less complicated major proceedings. Among other things, a team of regulatory lawyers and capital markets and restructuring experts headed up by Langen is representing various major banks in the Heta settlement. Berlin partner Christian Wirth, who often works at the interface to ?insurance law, is also active in several banking suits, also in connection with D&O liability and so-called fake president frauds.
Strengths: Interoffice teams for ?banking and finance disputes. Active in antitrust proceedings in Brussels. ?Insolvency disputes.
Recommended: Christian Wirth (“well-versed litigator”, competitor), Dr. Markus Burianski (“unpleasant yet likeable opponent”, competitor; arbitration proceedings/product liability), Markus Langen (“cooperative, reasonable, open to discussions”, client).
Practice: Litigation work with differing specialties at the various offices: banking, ?insurance, automotive, electronics and telecoms companies as well as the real estate sector. In Berlin also at the interface to ?compliance and ?criminal law. The Frankfurt office is active in arbitration and product liability. Also ?corporate litigation. (4 equity partners, 3 salary partners, 4 counsel, 12 associates, 1 of counsel)
Clients: ?? Russia against Yukos shareholders on assertion of arbitral award; Helaba, NordLB, HSH Nordbank, Berlin Hyp, Deutsche Pfandbriefbank and Sparkasse Cologne/Bonn against Austrian financial market authority, Heta Asset Management and the province of Carinthia concerning Heta moratorium; Facebook in litigation before the regional court concerning deletion of fake news; state of Baden-Württemberg against Deutsche Bahn due to additional costs for Stuttgart 21; Infinus insolvency administrator in dispute concerning shareholders’ loan.
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