Herbert Smith Freehills

Comment: This respected firm for litigation and arbitration is making good headway in expanding its relatively new German dispute resolution practice: with over 20 lawyers, the outfit now counts among the larger in the market. HSF recently gained an experienced associate from Heuking, who already has heads turning in arbitration proceedings. Competitors are still slightly skeptical as to whether or not recognized solo practitioners can be successfully molded into one unit; there are, however, many signs that the team is becoming more integrated into the international HSF network. For example, Weimann managed to draw on his knowledge of the construction and infrastructure industries in instructions from the international practice. Wittinghofer’s work for a Portuguese authority is another example of the firm’s international integration. Moreover, Nacimiento and ?compliance specialist Görling are now working closely together, e.g. in connection with an arbitral award that is alleged to have been obtained by fraudulent means. This demonstrates the vast amount of potential just waiting to be tapped through the combination of international arbitration proceedings know-how and forensic matters such as asset tracing.
Strengths: Arbitration proceedings in plant construction, knowledgeable in criminal cases.
Recommended: Dr. Thomas Weimann (“excellent litigator and arbitrator”, “outstanding strategist, esp. in plant construction”, competitors), Dr. Mathias Wittinghofer (“brilliant strategist”, competitor; “strong litigator in arbitration proceedings”, client), Dr. Helmut Görling (“experienced in fraud cases”, competitor).
Practice: Arbitration proceedings, often concerning plant construction and post-M&A, also investment protection; litigation, esp. banking, energy law, automotive, pharmaceuticals and healthcare. Frequently IP and insolvency matters. Special expertise in enforcement of arbitration awards through ?compliance practice, international asset tracing. (5 partners, 18 associates)
Clients: ?? Hitachi in 2 ICC arbitration proceedings in connection with Walsum power plant; Madeira health ministry in regional court proceedings against Dexia bank due to premature notice of withdrawal of credit; central Asian country in annulment and enforcement proceedings in line with SCC arbitration award; Algerian lighting company in ICC proceedings concerning solar project; German steel corporation in arbitration proceedings against South Korean corporation concerning construction project in the Middle East.
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