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Dispute Resolution

Germany

The Dispute Resolution team at CMS enjoys an outstanding reputation as one of the leading practices of its kind in Germany. It comprises experienced experts at all CMS Germany locations, and as a member of the CMS Practice Area Group for Dispute Resolution also has access to an established and efficient international network in Europe and beyond. Our team represents clients in all business-related areas of their operations prior to court proceedings, in lawsuits before national courts, in national and international arbitration and in alternative methods of settling disputes.

The lawyers in our team have the expertise needed to conduct complex national and international disputes, namely specialist knowledge, awareness of the commercial context, project management skills and a strong focus on service. Depending on the procedure or particular requirements, our lawyers form interdisciplinary teams with experts from other practice areas to ensure that the specific knowledge of substantive law from across the entire firm is available.

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Clients praise the CMS team for its "very precise and straight to the point" approach.

Chambers Europe, 2017

The practice is counted among the leading in arbitration and litigation and operates with one of the largest teams in the market and therefore shines with recognized partners in nearly all contentious areas.

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms, 2017/2018

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The Legal 500, 2017

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    Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution

    Time-saving and cost-effective alternative dispute resolution methods (ADR) are more and more in demand due to the increasing complexity of business disputes, closer economic ties between companies and the resulting need to maintain business relationships during and after disputes.

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    Litigation

    When business disputes cannot be resolved by negotiations at commercial level, it becomes necessary to enforce claims effectively or protect oneself against unjustified claims. In this context, the litigation specialists in our team offer a comprehensive, top-quality service covering national and international disputes across all relevant areas of commercial law.

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    Arbitration

    Globalisation has brought with it an increase in the number of international business disputes. The national court route is often not the best solution here because the parties prefer a neutral forum. Arbitration is the method of choice in such cases and offers a range of benefits, especially in international disputes. In addition to being flexible, conducted in private and less damaging to the business relationship, arbitration awards are also often easier to enforce than state court judgements.

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    Dr. Dorothee Ruckteschler
    13/07/2015
    In­ter­na­tion­al In­vest­ment Ar­bit­ra­tion
    13/04/2018
    The Acon­cagua Bay – “al­ways ac­cess­ible”
    On 26 March 2018 the Com­mer­cial Court ruled, in an ex­tremely suc­cinct de­cision, that a war­ranty in a voy­age charter­party that a berth is “al­ways ac­cess­ible” en­com­passes both entry to and exit from the berth.
    09/03/2018
    CJEU rules against ar­bit­ra­tion clauses in In­tra-EU Bi­lat­er­al In­vest­ment...
    On 6 March 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Uni­on (CJEU) ruled that Art­icles 267 and 344 of the Treaty on the Func­tion­ing of the European Uni­on (TFEU) must be in­ter­preted as pre­clud­ing ar­bit­ra­tion pro­vi­sions in bi­lat­er­al in­vest­ment treat­ies between.
    23/01/2018
    Singa­pore passes bill for Singa­pore In­ter­na­tion­al Com­mer­cial Court...
    This art­icle is pro­duced by CMS Hol­born Asia, a form­al law al­li­ance between CMS Singa­pore and Hol­born Law LLC. In­tro­duc­tion On 9 Janu­ary 2018, Par­lia­ment passed the Su­preme Court of Ju­dicature (Amend­ment) Bill 2017 (the “Amend­ment”) giv­ing the Singa­pore In­ter­na­tion­al.
    15/01/2018
    Neth­er­lands to be­come a new hub for in­ter­na­tion­al com­mer­cial dis­pute...
    Re­cent years has seen a down­ward trend in in­ter­na­tion­al trade and com­mer­cial cases brought be­fore Dutch courts. But with the Dutch par­lia­ment sched­uled to de­bate a bill for the es­tab­lish­ment of the Neth­er­lands Com­mer­cial Court (NCC), in­ter­na­tion­al com­mer­cial.
    12/01/2018
    To­wards re­du­cing the com­plex­ity, cost and time of ar­bit­ral pro­ceed­ings: SI­AC’s...
    This art­icle is pro­duced by CMS Hol­born Asia, a form­al law al­li­ance between CMS Singa­pore and Hol­born Law LLC. In­tro­duc­tion On 19 Decem­ber 2017, the Singa­pore In­ter­na­tion­al Ar­bit­ra­tion Centre (“SI­AC”) an­nounced its pro­pos­al on cross-in­sti­tu­tion co-op­er­a­tion.
    11/01/2018
    Bare­con 2017 - Ringing in the Changes
    BIMCO re­cently pub­lished an up­dated ver­sion of their widely-used BARE­CON 2001. Whilst it largely fol­lows the same format, BARE­CON 2017 takes ac­count of a num­ber of leg­al and com­mer­cial changes and has been de­scribed by BIMCO as “a new lean­er ver­sion” which.
    19/12/2017
    Oil & Gas Ship­ping: a Venezuelan de­ten­tion
    In ST Ship­ping and Trans­port PTE Ltd v Space Ship­ping Ltd [2017] EWHC 2808 (Comm) the Com­mer­cial Court re­jec­ted an ar­bit­ra­tion ap­peal that sought to ar­gue that the ac­tions of the Venezuelan courts, in openly not fol­low­ing Venezuelan law, broke the chain of.
    14/12/2017
    Oil & Gas: Off-spec de­liv­er­ies – up­hold­ing the con­trac­tu­al mech­an­ism
    In Trafigura Be­heer BV v Ren­brandt Ltd (2017) EWHC 3100 (Comm) the Com­mer­cial Court provided some winter com­fort to pur­chasers and sellers that are seek­ing to rely on con­clus­ive evid­ence clauses as to qual­ity.
    27/11/2017
    Car­tel Dam­ages Claims - Claims Arising Out of Con­tracts?
    Re­gion­al Court of Dortmund, Judg­ment of 13 Septem­ber 2017 – 8 O 30/16 (Kart) On 13 Septem­ber 2017, the Re­gion­al Court of Dortmund (“LG Dortmund”) passed a judg­ment on wheth­er car­tel dam­ages claims fall with­in the scope of an ar­bit­ra­tion clause con­tained in.
    04/07/2017
    The New Fla­menco – Su­preme Court al­lows own­ers’ ap­peal
    The Su­preme Court, on 28 June 2017, found in fa­vour of the own­ers in the long-awaited “New Fla­menco” judg­ment - Glob­alia Busi­ness Travel S. A. U. (formerly Travel­Plan S. A. U. ) of Spain v Fulton Ship­ping Inc of Panama.
    21/06/2017
    The Ver­dict - Round-up of cor­por­ate crime de­vel­op­ments across CMS
    We are pleased to send our new is­sue of The Ver­dict, an at-a-glance round-up of re­cent leg­al de­vel­op­ments in re­la­tion to cor­por­ate crime. In this is­sue, the spot­light is on some sig­ni­fic­ant changes to anti-cor­rup­tion laws in the Czech Re­pub­lic, in­clud­ing.
    17/05/2017
    Drastic changes in re­new­able en­ergy laws trig­ger dam­ages award
    In an award dated 4 May 2017 (pub­licly avail­able in Span­ish only) is­sued in Eiser In­fra­struc­ture Lim­ited and En­er­gia Sol­ar Lux­em­bourg S. à. r. l v The King­dom of Spain (IC­SID Case No. ARB/13/36), an ar­bit­ral tribunal found that Spain’s le­gis­lat­ive changes in the.
    20/03/2017
    Due di­li­gence and pro­por­tion­al­ity un­der scru­tiny in latest IC­SID li­ab­il­ity...
    Sum­mary In a de­cision dated 21 Feb­ru­ary 2017, a tribunal act­ing un­der the aus­pices of the In­ter­na­tion­al Centre for Set­tle­ment of In­vest­ment Dis­putes (“IC­SID”), the World Bank’s ar­bit­ra­tion in­sti­tu­tion, in Am­pal-Amer­ic­an Is­rael Corp.
    15/03/2017
    Newly amended ICC Ar­bit­ra­tion Rules provide for ex­ped­ited pro­ced­ures
    On 1 March 2017, the latest amend­ment to the ICC Ar­bit­ra­tion Rules (the “ICC Rules”) came in­to force, in­tro­du­cing a num­ber of changes aimed at in­creas­ing trans­par­ency and ef­fi­ciency in ICC ar­bit­ra­tion pro­ceed­ings.
    06/03/2017
    PIP-case: ECJ cla­ri­fies scope of no­ti­fied body’s re­spons­ib­il­it­ies...
    In the PIP-case, a French man­u­fac­turer sup­plied thou­sands of wo­men with (al­legedly) de­fect­ive breast im­plants. Amongst oth­ers, pa­tients in Ger­many star­ted lit­ig­a­tion against the no­ti­fied body in ques­tion - TÜV Rhein­land (“Tuv”).
    10/02/2017
    In­dia Budget 2017 - 2018
    On 1 Feb­ru­ary, Fin­ance Min­is­ter Ar­un Jait­ley presen­ted In­dia’s an­nu­al Uni­on Budget for 2017-2018 (the “Budget”) for the fisc­al year be­gin­ning 1 April 2017. The cent­ral aim in this year’s Budget ap­pears to fo­cus on the most vul­ner­able with in­creased spend­ing.
    10/02/2017
    As­sess­ing pro­por­tion­al­ity in pub­lic pro­cure­ment? The un­cer­tainty re­mains
    On 14 Decem­ber 2016, the European Court of Justice ("ECJ") answered the Dutch Su­preme Court’s ("DSC") pre­lim­in­ary ques­tions re­gard­ing Art­icle 45 (2) of the EU pub­lic pro­cure­ment dir­ect­ive (Dir­ect­ive 2004/18/EC) and gen­er­al prin­ciples of equal treat­ment and.