Dr Christoph von Burgsdorff, LL.M. (Essex)

Dr Christoph von Burgsdorff, LL.M. (Essex)

Dr Christoph von Burgsdorff, LL.M. (Essex)


T +49 40 18067 12179

Certified Specialist in Commercial and Corporate Law
Industries Health Care & Life Science

Areas of practice

Dr Christoph von Burgsdorff specialises in negotiating and drafting commercial and distribution agreements, commercial leases, sales contracts, general terms and conditions and service agreements. Furthermore, he represents the interests of large and medium-sized companies in national and international litigation and arbitration proceedings, especially in accordance with the DIS, ICC and LCIA Rules, as well as in ad-hoc proceedings. Christoph von Burgsdorff has more than 20 years’ experience providing strategic conflict advice and conflict management services. His main industry focus is Health Care & Life Science, the textile industry, logistics and plant construction, and Maritime & Shipping. His clients include medium-sized and large companies, as well as the public sector.

Christoph von Burgsdorff regularly publishes papers and articles on current international trade topics and gives lectures on current contract and liability law issues at events organised by industry associations.

Christoph von Burgsdorff is an International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) certified trainer of the Incoterms® 2020 rules, having passed the ICC examination.


Dr Christoph von Burgsdorff studied law in Kiel (Germany) and Surrey (England) from 1994 to 1999. In 2000, he received a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from the University of Essex (England). In 2001, he obtained his doctorate for a thesis on European Union law from the University of Kiel (Germany). Christoph von Burgsdorff carried out his legal training at the Higher Regional Court of Schleswig-Holstein (Germany), which also included training periods at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Allen & Overy. He was admitted to the German Bar in 2003 and has been working for Luther ever since – since 2012 as a partner. In 2006, Christoph von Burgsdorff spent time on secondment at the international business law firm Pinsent Masons in London (England). Since 2007, he has additionally been a certified specialist in commercial and corporate law.

For many years already, Christoph von Burgsdorff has been specialising in advising clients from the Nordic countries, i. e. Scandinavia and the Baltic states, and has been involved in a variety of projects in the region. He is also a member of the industry group Health Care & Life Science, where he is one of the responsible partners for the area of medical technology.

Honors and distinctions
  • The Legal 500 Germany 2024: Mention in "City Focus - Hamburg" ("Christoph von Burgsdorff's organisational skills and client care deserve special mention.")
  • The Legal 500 Germany 2023: Mention in "Industry Focus Healthcare" (first mention in 2022)
  • The Legal 500 Germany 2020: Mentions in the categories "Dispute Resolution - Arbitration (including International Arbitration)" (first recommendation in 2019) and "Commercial and Distribution Law - Distribution/Trade/Logistics" (first recommendation in 2020)
  • Best Lawyers 2024: Recommendation in "Litigation" (first recommendation in 2022) and "Arbitration in Mediation" (first recommendation in 2021)


  • US toy manufacturer – Ongoing advice on commercial and distribution law
  • Automotive supplier – Ongoing advice on commercial and distribution law, general terms and conditions, and joint venture
  • Medium-sized packaging company – Ongoing advice on commercial and distribution law, general terms and conditions, and joint venture
  • Automotive supplier – Ongoing advice on commercial and distribution law, drafting of purchasing agreements and supply contracts
  • Machine tool manufacturer – Ongoing advice on cross-border litigation and arbitration, commercial and distribution law, and joint venture
  • German media agency – Advice on how to draft purchasing and distribution agreements, drafting of terms and conditions of purchase
  • Manufacturer of conveyor technology – Out-of-court assertion of claims for remuneration against a foreign contracting party in connection with an agreement on the manufacture and supply of conveyor systems
  • German metal-casting company – Out-of-court representation in connection with the assertion of warranty claims against a supplier
  • Medium-sized steel-casting company – Advice on how to draft a contract in connection with the outsourcing of logistics services

Litigation / Dispute Resolution

  • German plant construction company – Advice in a legal dispute with the state-owned oil company of an Asian country regarding the implementation of a plant construction and supply contract
  • Romanian group of companies – Representation in a legal dispute to defend alleged claims of the other contracting party’s insolvency administrator under a contract for work and services in connection with the supply of steel for the construction of a power plant in Germany
  • Steel producer – Representation in proceedings regarding a neighbouring company’s alleged claims for injunctive relief under ambient pollution control law
  • Representation of an energy producer in a legal dispute in connection with the non-performance of a supply contract with an Indonesian supplier for several hundred thousand tons of coal
  • German project company of an Austrian wind farm operator – Representation in a legal dispute in connection with the reversal of a wind farm project
  • German automotive supplier – Regular representation in proceedings regarding contract law disputes (purchasing and distribution)
  • Italian group of companies – Representation in a lawsuit against a German DAX company in a post-M&A dispute regarding claims for adjustment of the purchase price
  • Estonian transport and logistics company – Representation in an action regarding alleged claims for mal-performance of a transport agreement
  • US toy manufacturer – Representation in court in a product liability case
  • German shipping company – Representation in a legal dispute with a consulting firm
  • German IT services provider – Enforcement of fee claims
  • German project developer – Enforcement of claims in connection with the reversal of a property purchase agreement regarding former barracks grounds in Northern Germany


  • German shipyard – Representation in ad-hoc arbitration proceedings under German law against a Turkish customer with regard to alleged warranty claims under a ship building contract
  • Chinese trading company – Representation in ad-hoc arbitration proceedings against a German contracting party for non-performance of an annual supply contract
  • Company in the United Arab Emirates – Advice and representation in connection with ad-hoc arbitration proceedings due to the German contracting party’s failure to supply a paper production plant to Pakistan
  • German brewery group – Representation in ICC arbitration proceedings against a contracting party in a Central American country
  • German energy producer – Representation in arbitration proceedings according to the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration against an Italian trading partner
  • German energy provider – Advice in connection with arbitration proceedings conducted according to the Arbitration Rules of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) for damages arising from a sea freight transaction


  • Austrian joint stock company – Comprehensive out-of-court advice in connection with the termination of a joint venture regarding the development of wind-turbine projects in Eastern Europe
  • Advice to a German company in a dispute with a joint venture partner in the area of petroleum production in a Central Asian country
  • German packaging company – Assertion of a claim for repayment of a loan arising from a failed joint venture against a Czech contracting party
  • European holding of an international group of companies – Devising of a complex dispute settlement mechanism in the company agreement



Blog posts

  • American Chamber of Commerce in Germany e.V.
  • International Bar Association
  • Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit e.V.
  • Wirtschaftsrat der CDU e.V.
  • Landesfachkommission Gesundheitswirtschaft beim Wirtschaftsrat Hamburg
  • Member of the Commercial Law and Practice Commission (CLP Commission) of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)