DLA PIPER

Comment: This highly recommended litigation and arbitration practice is getting better at transforming its strengths into top-class instructions. Esp. Gädtke’s work on behalf of executives and supervisory boards in D&O liability cases, e.g. for BayernLB in connection with failed investments, often paves the way to follow-up instructions. The firm’s internal network connecting the criminal, employment and data protection lawyers pays off here: with this strategic approach, DLA is increasingly managing to gain a foothold among DAX and MDAX corporations. Furthermore, strong industry specialties, e.g. in terms of aviation, energy and technology, ensure a constant flow of disputes before state and arbitration courts. Sharma, DLA’s most visible arbitration lawyer in the market, was recently instructed by an aviation service provider for a series of international disputes. The practice is driving forward the specialist areas of product liability and security, where there are overlaps with other areas: Roth, for instance, is working closely with a partner focused on insurance law in connection with product recalls. The loss of IP litigation expert Dr. Stefan Dittmer is a fly in the ointment: he switched to Dentons during the closure of the Berlin office.
Strengths: Pronounced industry expertise, huge amount of know-how in D&O matters.
Recommended: Dr. Wolfgang Jäger (“does a good job in compliance investigations”, client), Dr. Frank Roth (“unpretentious arbitrator, good legal specialist”, competitor), Dr. Thomas Gädtke, Dr. Daniel Sharma (“calm and level-headed as arbitrator”, “deep character: profound and dangerous”, competitors), Dr. Christian Schneider.
Practice: Focus on litigation in commercial and contract disputes, incl. those related to insolvency. Pronounced interfaces with environmental and planning law, ?insurance litigation, ?compliance and product liability. Arbitration frequently in specialist sectors ( ?energy law, international commerce, logistics), German-Indian cases via Munich and Hamburg. (5 partners, 5 counsel, 13 associates)
Clients: ?? BayernLB on D&O liability claims against former members of executive and administrative boards due to failed investments, incl. Hypo Alpe Adria; Federal Republic of Germany in two government liability proceedings concerning animal welfare; Aloe Private Equity against large firm on damages related to advisor’s liability; US technology corporation in ICC proceedings concerning contractual damages; German aviation service provider on implementing ICC decision.
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