Comment: This recommended practice for litigation and arbitration is known for its industry expertise esp. in plant construction and the ?energy sector. It recently gained a lot of public attention when Happ proceeded against Germany on behalf of Vattenfall in ICSID proceedings concerning the nuclear phase-out. Happ is viewed as one of few internationally recognized German investment protection experts. The firm’s litigation on behalf of VW in class actions as part of the diesel scandal bears significance on many levels for the development of the overall practice. A large team headed by Bausch is managing countless proceedings alongside Freshfields across the whole of Germany. Luther profits from the breadth of its practice here, which features experienced litigators at every one of its sites. Moreover, it is becoming more proficient in the use of legal tech, placing it a step ahead of many competitors. This could well strengthen the firm’s strategic focus on complex major proceedings.
Strengths: Arbitration, esp. with an international element. Extensive knowledge of the energy industry.
Recommended: Dr. Ulrich Theune (esp. as arbitrator), Dr. Richard Happ (“one of very few German investment protection experts”, competitor), Dr. Stephan Bausch (“distinguished litigator and banking expert”, competitor), Dr. Wilhelm Danelzik, Anne Wegner (“proven her worth, highly product- and technology-oriented”, client; “smart and experienced, esp. with regard to distribution and damages”, competitor).
Practice: Commercial and corporate litigation, post-M&A cases, also investment protection. Focus on litigation for financial services providers, strong interface with ?distribution law, ?construction and real estate. Increasingly D&O and product liability. (Core team: 14 partners, 1 counsel, 15 associates, 2 of counsel)
Clients: ?? Vattenfall in ICSID proceedings against Germany regarding nuclear phase-out; E.on in ICSID proceedings against Spain concerning solar subsidies; VW in defense against claims in connection with diesel scandal (public knowledge); Hauck & Aufhäuser in defense against investor claims; Hamburg Trust in defense against prospectus liability claims.
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