To settle disputes with your international business partners, arbitral proceedings offer significant advantages over national court proceedings. In contrast to national court decisions, arbitral awards are practically enforceable worldwide. Arbitral proceedings allow the dispute to be decided by experts selected for the specific case in a neutral forum in a confidential procedure. Thanks to our expertise, many years of worldwide experience and successes in international arbitration proceedings, we are your partner when it comes to asserting your interests in cross-border disputes.

In complex national and international arbitration proceedings, our arbitration team has excellent knowledge and many years of experience. International proceedings pose great challenges with common law procedural mechanisms, such as cross-examination or document production, extensive amounts of data and numerous witnesses and experts. Our lawyers are very familiar with these challenges.  They can support you when negotiating to find precisely fitting and efficient arbitration clauses and represent you in court proceedings to support or defend you against arbitration proceedings. We can also put you in touch with various third-party financiers and would be happy to advise you on how to finance your arbitration proceedings.

With our expertise, we are highly regarded as one of the world's leading teams in this field. Our expertise is confirmed by leading directories such as Chambers, Legal500, BestLawyers and WhosWhoLegal. We have been listed in the "GAR 100 - Guide to Specialist Arbitration Firms" for the last eight years.

Our range of advisory services

Antitrust arbitration

Together with our specialists in the field of antitrust law, we can advise you comprehensively on the assertion and defence of civil law claims which are rooted in antitrust law, such as claims for (antitrust) damages, injunctive relief or delivery and if things have to go quickly, also by way of interim legal relief.

Practice area Antitrust >>

Commercial arbitration

One of our core competencies is to represent our clients in national and international commercial arbitration proceedings. These can be, for example, disputes from delivery, purchase or transport contracts. We have experience with all the relevant national and international arbitration rules, including DIS, ICC, LCIA, SIAC, SCC, UNCITRAL, CIETAC, ICDR and ad-hoc arbitration proceedings in various countries. We have already conducted arbitration proceedings in Germany, Geneva, Paris, London, Washington, Singapore and Shanghai and can also represent you in other countries.

Practice area Commercial and distribution law, Product Llability/Product compliance >>

Construction arbitration

Large construction projects (plant construction, transport infrastructure, etc.) are characterised by a high degree of complexity due to the large number of participants providing interlinked services and the necessary technical expertise - even in the resulting disputes. We can assist you in resolving these disputes or preventing them from arising at all. Our specialists can draw on their many years of experience (e.g. in the field of offshore wind construction projects) as party representatives and arbitrators in these disputes.

We can help you select the appropriate dispute mechanisms for each contractual constellation, including multi-level escalation clauses and the use of dispute boards, as early as the contract initiation phase. Here we pay attention to the compatibility of dispute settlement clauses in different contracts in order to be able to include all your relevant business partners in the dispute, if required.

Practice area Real Estate >>

Corporate/Post M&A arbitration

Our team also has many years of experience as party representatives and arbitrators in arbitration proceedings with a background in corporate law. We know the good arbitration judges, and they know us. In addition, we have the expertise that you need in such proceedings. Here, too, our arbitration lawyers work in a team with their colleagues who specialise in transactions.

Practice area Corporate/M&A >>

Energy arbitration

We advise and represent clients in disputes in all areas of the energy industry. Whether a dispute concerns the construction, operation and decommissioning of coal, gas and nuclear power plants, the construction and operation of onshore and offshore wind farms, the representation in gas supply and price adjustment proceedings or gas storage disputes - in case of doubt we have either already been active or have colleagues in our Energy Industry Group with the necessary specialist and industry knowledge that we can bring on board.

Practice area Energy >>

Investment protection & investment arbitration

One of our core competencies in the area of complex disputes is the representation of clients in arbitration proceedings under investment protection law. We have been active in this field for over 15 years and have represented both states and investors and are also very familiar with highly political proceedings (such as the ICSID arbitration against the Federal Republic of Germany due to the nuclear phase-out). From the investment decision to the enforcement of the rights under bilateral and multilateral investment protection agreements in arbitration proceedings to the enforcement of arbitral awards, we can advise you at all stages so that you can benefit from the best possible investment protection.

Key Contact >>

Key Contact

Dr. Richard Happ


T +49 40 18067 12766