Sectors

We have extensive expertise and comprehensive practical experience in national and international commercial law.

Our clients include large listed corporations and medium-sized companies, both domestic and foreign. These clients are active in a wide variety of industries such as construction & mechanical engineering, energy, banking & finance, maritime industry, infrastructure & transport, chemical & pharmaceutical, and real estate.

Moreover, we have a thorough knowledge of international private and procedural law, investment law, national and international commercial and sales law as well as of trade and corporate law.

Upon request, we frequently cooperate with renowned law firms, both domestic and foreign.

Construction & Mechanical Engineering


Our expertise in construction and mechanical engineering disputes is internationally recognised.

Our expertise

We have extensive experience in a wide range of infrastructure and construction projects as well as in the field of mechanical engineering. These include, among others, projects based on EPC contracts, FIDIC model contracts as well as turnkey contracts. We are also very familiar with public-private partnerships (PPPs), consortium and joint venture agreements.

We advise our clients on specific questions of liability, such as under the VOB/B, and on adequate dispute resolution tools (negotiation, conciliation, expert determination, dispute boards, mediation, arbitration and state jurisdiction).

Our competences

Our clients appreciate our ability to cut through the complex technical and economic issues involved in construction and mechanical engineering law, as well as our ability to present this information in a simple and comprehensible way before state courts and arbitral tribunals. We hold a particular expertise in proceedings before Dispute Adjudication Boards (DAB proceedings).

Due to our recognised expertise, members of our team are, in addition, regularly appointed as arbitrators in disputes pertaining to international plant construction and mechanical engineering projects.

Selected examples of our work

  • Arbitrator in an international ICC arbitration in the construction sector with an amount in dispute of USD 1,6 billion
  • Arbitrator in an international ICC arbitration in the construction sector with an amount in dispute of USD 5 million
  • Arbitrator in an international ICC arbitration in the field of mechanical engineering involving a EUR 1,4 million dispute
  • Arbitrator in two international ICC arbitrations with state involvement under a FIDIC contract with an amount in dispute of USD 11 million, respectively USD 7 million
  • Arbitrator in a DIA arbitration in the construction sector with an amount in dispute of EUR 2 million
  • Counsel in DAB proceedings in the construction and renewable energies sector with an amount in dispute of EUR 150 million
  • Co-Counsel in an ICC arbitration in the construction sector in a EUR 70 million dispute
  • Counsel in an ICC arbitration in the field of mechanical engineering with an amount in dispute of EUR 1,5 million
  • Counsel in an arbitration under the rules of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce in the field of mechanical engineering with an amount in dispute of EUR 2,2 million
  • Pre-litigation consultation in the construction sector with questions of insolvency law and an amount in dispute of EUR 20 million

Commercial and Trade Law


Our clients appreciate our comprehensive expertise in national and international commercial and sales disputes.

Our expertise

Issues of commercial and trade law are our daily business. We have excellent knowledge of commercial and sales law. We are not only deeply familiar with German law, but also with the CISG, and we have annotated many reference works. Members of our law firm have also earned their doctorate in this field.

We advise our clients on both general contract law, as well as on specific issues relating to commercial and trade law, including Incoterms, warranty rights, particularities of commercial transactions, drafting and interpretation of commercial agency and distributor contracts, and UCP 600.

At the same time, we are also familiar with the particularities of the automotive industry, maritime industry and transport law. We also dispose of profound knowledge in the growing offshore industry.

Our competences

We represent our clients before all relevant arbitral institutions such as the DIS, ICC, LCIA, SCC, as well as ad hoc proceedings. We are also familiar with the specifics of arbitration rules within the industry sector, such as those of the GAFTA, FOSFA, FCC, SAL, RSA, or the German Coffee Association. As a law firm based in Hamburg, clients can also rely on our knowledge regarding the arbitration rules of the Hamburg Freundschaftliche Arbitrage, the “Warenverein der Hamburger Börse e.V.” and the Court of Arbitration of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce. We are also familiar with arbitral institutions specialised in the maritime industry, such as the German Maritime Arbitration Association (GMAA).

Selected examples of our work

  • Arbitrator in an ICC arbitration in the automotive sector in a EUR 120 million dispute
  • Arbitrator in an international ICC arbitration in the automotive sector with an amount in dispute of USD 10 million
  • Arbitrator in a fast track SCC arbitration in the distribution sector with an amount in dispute of EUR 600.000
  • Arbitrator in an international SCC arbitration in the distribution sector with an amount in dispute of EUR 23 million
  • Counsel in a DIS arbitration in the infrastructure and transport sector with an amount in dispute of EUR 18 million as well as representation before a Higher Regional Court and the German Federal Court of Justice
  • Counsel in adversary proceedings in the transport sector with an amount in a EUR 3 million dispute
  • Pre-litigation consultation in the field of water infrastructure in a EUR 60 million dispute

Post-M&A and Corporate Law


Our thorough economic understanding distinguishes us in post-M&A and corporate disputes.

Our expertise

We advise clients in all disputes arising from mergers and acquisitions, especially post-closing disputes. One of our focuses is disputes concerning disclosure requirements, warrantee and guarantee commitments, price adjustment, earn out clauses, and MAC clauses.

In addition, members of our team have years of experience in disputes between companies and their organs, as well as in shareholder disputes (including in the areas of passing of resolutions, maintenance of capital, and corporate fiduciary duties).

Our competences

We are often instructed in post-M&A and corporate law arbitral proceedings because we combine profound content-related knowledge with entrepreneurial understanding and specialist expertise in arbitration.

We are also regularly appointed as arbitrators in corporate disputes.

Selected examples of our work

  • German co-counsel in an international ICC post-M&A arbitration relating to a EUR 360 million dispute
  • Arbitrator in an international ICC post-M&A arbitration with an amount in dispute of USD 120 million
  • Arbitrator in an international ICC post-M&A arbitration with an amount in dispute of USD 12 million
  • Arbitrator in an international DIS post-M&A arbitration with an amount in dispute of EUR 20 million
  • Arbitrator in an international DIS post-M&A arbitration with an amount in dispute of EUR 55 million
  • Arbitrator in an international post-M&A arbitration with an amount in dispute of EUR 85 million
  • Mediator in a shareholders‘ dispute

Energy


Members of our team are among the leading arbitrators in the energy sector.

Our expertise

The energy market is shaped by large structural changes which are driven by its continuous liberalisation and the transition from conventional energy production to renewable energies. We closely observe these developments and their judicial implications in order to advise our clients at the highest level and to protect their interests in a focused manner.

Our experience in price adjustment of long-term supply contracts by energy carriers in the field of energy-management legislation is particularly notable. Furthermore, we have been repeatedly instructed in the past to consult on contractual and liability issues in wind park construction (both onshore and offshore).

Our competences

Our understanding of the energy market makes us coveted counsel and arbitrators in large-scale arbitrations. Our clients appreciate our ability to cut through the complex technical and economic issues in the energy law environment. This makes us an ideal partner in the field of energy litigation.

Selected examples of our work

  • Arbitrator in an international ICC arbitration in the energy/price adjustment sector with an amount in dispute of USD 500 million
  • Arbitrator in an international ICC arbitration in the solar energy sector with an amount in dispute of USD 14 million
  • Arbitrator in an international ICC arbitration in the energy/price adjustment sector with an amount in dispute of USD 300 million
  • Arbitrator in a DIS arbitration in the energy sector with an amount in dispute of EUR 10 million
  • Arbitrator in an international SCC arbitration in the energy sector with state involvement with an amount in dispute of EUR 120 million
  • Pre-litigation consultation in connection with the construction of several onshore wind parks with an amount in dispute of EUR 100 million

Banking & Finance


We are pioneers in arbitrations in the field of banking & finance.

Our expertise

In the field of German banking and financial market law, we deal in particular with project finance disputes.

Our competences

We represent our domestic and international clients' interests from the financial industry before state courts and arbitral tribunals. In this capacity, we recently successfully represented the interests of a listed company in arbitration proceedings in a project financing dispute.

Members of our team have been repeatedly appointed as arbitrators and experts in banking & finance disputes.

Selected examples of our work

  • Arbitrator in an international ICC arbitration in a banking & finance dispute of USD 100 million
  • Arbitrator in an international ICC arbitration in the finance sector with an amount in dispute of USD 5 million
  • Arbitrator in a DIA arbitration in the finance sector with an amount in dispute of EUR 2 million
  • Counsel in a DIS arbitration in the project finance sector with an amount in dispute of EUR 100 million
  • Expert on German law in several US court proceedings in the banking & finance sector with an overall amount in dispute of more than USD 3 billion

International Private and Civil Procedure Law


We offer excellent knowledge of international private and procedural law.

Our expertise

The establishment of contractual relationships across borders is a consequence of globalisation. In the event of a dispute, this leads to particular issues in the field of international private and civil procedure law. In view of our numerous mandates in cross-border disputes, we dispose of specialist experience and knowledge in international private law. We are well versed in dealing with relevant rules, such as the Rome Regulations and the EGBGB. We follow new trends of the European legislator in this field with particular attention.

Our competences

One focus of our work in the field of international civil procedure law is the enforcement of arbitral awards and state court judgments under the New York Convention, the EUGVVO or the LügÜ. In particular, we are regularly instructed for cross-border enforcement proceedings. In addition, we support our clients in relation to issues of international civil procedure law, such as the service of documents (for example, according to the EuZVO), the taking of evidence in international proceedings, and legal assistance by foreign courts.

Selected examples of our work

  • Sovereign state counsel in proceedings for the enforcement of an arbitral award in an investment arbitration dispute of EUR 2 million
  • Counsel to a medical technology company in proceedings for interim relief in defence of an international service of legal documents under the Hague Service Convention
  • Advice of a foreign building company regarding the enforcement of an ICC arbitral award against a German construction company before German courts with complex questions on legal force and an amount in dispute of USD 70 million
  • Acting for a foreign manufacturer of industrial products in German court proceedings against a German construction company in a EUR 2,8 million dispute and advice on issues of international jurisdiction and lis pendens

Investment Protection Law


Our success in the field of investment protection is the result of our combination of expertise in international law and arbitration law.

Our expertise

The wider public has recently become aware of investment protection law and its dispute resolution mechanisms because of the European Union’s negotiations with Canada and the USA on bilateral free trade agreements.

However, we have been dealing with international investment protection law since our law firm was founded and are internationally recognised in this field due to this long standing experience. We also act as consultants in a variety of other matters of international law, such as international legal immunity, sanctions, and lump sum agreements.

Our competences

Our clients include investors and sovereign states whom we represent in arbitration and enforcement proceedings. In addition, we act as experts on diverse matters of international law.

In 2013, Dr. Inka Hanefeld, LL.M. was nominated by the Federal Republic of Germany to the ICSID list of arbitrators.

Selected examples of our work

  • Arbitrator in an investment arbitration under the ICC Rules in a EUR 6 million dispute
  • Arbitrator in an investment arbitration under the SCC Rules relating to a EUR 70 million dispute
  • Sovereign state counsel in proceedings for the enforcement of an arbitral award in an investment arbitration dispute of EUR 2 million
  • Advice on investment structuring of a Luxembourg enterprise
  • Advice to a sovereign state on the reform of its model investment protection treaty
  • Advice to an investor on claims under the Energy Charta against a sovereign state
  • Expert on international law in several Korean court proceedings