McDermott Will & Emery

Comment: This respected litigation and arbitration practice boasts an arbitration expert in the form of Konrad who is one of few German lawyers to be regarded internationally for her knowledge in investment protection proceedings. Alongside the noted Vattenfall proceedings that she is conducting as litigator on behalf of Germany, she also represents several state banks in one of the largest ICSID suits against Spain in connection with the country’s solar funding. At the ?Düsseldorf office, a litigation partner has built up a specialty in banking disputes and in representing managers in D&O liability cases, often in connection with insolvencies. Another partner is specialized in product liability and cartel damages. In all, McDermott is therefore active in several areas where there is a growing need for advice on the back of current major trends.
Strengths: Investment protection proceedings.
Development potential: A stumbling block for the practice’s development is the fact that its powerhouses are lined up alongside one another with barely any interaction whatsoever. By creating internal networks, many competitors are doing a better job of generating added value that goes far beyond the strengths of individual partners.
Recommended: Dr. Sabine Konrad (“hugely experienced”, client; “extremely good legal specialist”, competitor).
Practice: Arbitration proceedings, often on investment protection. Also as arbitrator. D&O litigation, esp. as defense counsel. Litigation on part of industrial companies in international product liability cases; defense against cartel damages claims, distribution disputes, often with links to ?insolvency law. Litigation concerning ?real estate and financial regulatory law. (3 partners, 7 associates)
Clients: ?? Germany in ICSID proceedings against Vattenfall; various state banks in ICSID proceedings against Spain concerning cuts to solar subsidies; ongoing advice to Suzuki on product liability in Germany; Recticel on defense against damages claims concerning foam cartel (Higher Federal Court and Federal Court of Justice); German energy company against Chinese conglomerate (HKIAC).
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