Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

Comment: This respected practice for litigation and arbitration has managed to expand its partner level once more through the appointment of Dr. Nicholas Kessler following a number of departures the previous year. The new partner’s focus on post-M&A and plant construction disputes complements the practice well as Elsing is also renowned in this field and boasts excellent contacts. Kessler is representing Steag in connection with the Walsum 10 power plant project. Furthermore, he is also driving forward damages claims together with the antitrust practice. The outstanding reputation of senior partner Elsing, who counts among the few internationally renowned arbitrators, remains boon and bane of the practice. Although his status helps bring instructions to the practice, younger partners struggle to develop a profile of their own.
Strengths: International arbitration proceedings, also investment protection.
Development potential: Younger lawyers are certainly recognized for their expertise in the market, however they have to step out from under the shadow of Elsing if the practice is to grow in a sustainable way.
Recommended: Prof. Dr. Siegfried Elsing (“pragmatic, experienced, efficient”, competitor).
Practice: Focus on disputes following transactions, in the case of failed joint ventures and in plant construction. Strong international arbitration practice; special know-how in the construction and energy sectors. (3 partners, 6 associates)
Clients: ?? Convergenta against Metro in various lawsuits; Merckle family against Porsche on capital markets disputes; Agfaphoto insolvency administrator in ICC proceedings against former shareholders; Steag in litigation before the regional court concerning Walsum 10 power plant project; Suez Deutschland in litigation concerning price adjustment in long-term contract.
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