Benjamin Lissner

Dr. Benjamin Lissner


CMS Hasche Sigle
Kranhaus 1
Im Zollhafen 18
50678 Cologne
Languages German, English

Benjamin Lissner specializes in national and international arbitration as well as in other types of alternative dispute resolution. He acts as counsel and arbitrator, in particular in post-M&A disputes as well as in commercial disputes and disputes relating to plant construction and involving technical matters. He is experienced in all major arbitration and ADR rules (e.g. DIS, ICC, Swiss Rules, VIAC, SIAC, UNCITRAL and KCAB). Benjamin’s clients in particular appreciate his expertise in developing and implementing successful and cost-effective strategies for dispute resolution proceedings. Clients are large- and medium-sized companies, including Asian and in particular South Korean enterprises.

Benjamin joined CMS in 2009 and became Partner in 2018. In 2015, he was also seconded to the leading international arbitration team of the law firm Bae, Kim & Lee in Seoul, South Korea.

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Listed in "Rising Stars in Commercial Arbitration"

Expert Guides Rising Stars, 2018

Relevant experience

  • Representing a European-Asian power plant construction consortium in DIS arbitration proceedings against the developer of the power plant project regarding several claims

  • Acting for an internationally operating construction company in DIS arbitration proceedings in a post-M&A dispute arising out of the sale of a division of the company

  • Representing the European branch of a leading Japanese laser manufacturer in ICC arbitration proceedings regarding the supply of laser components to an Italian authorised dealer

  • Representing an Asian optical fibre manufacturer in state court proceedings regarding the supply of optical fibres to a German company

  • Acting for a major international plant engineering joint venture in two adjudication proceedings under ICC ADR rules in connection with the modernization of a nuclear power plant

  • Representing an internationally operating construction company in expert determination proceedings regarding a post-M&A dispute arising out of the sale of a division of the company

  • World ESports Association | Drafting of the WESA Arbitration Rules

  • Presiding arbitrator and sole arbitrator in several DIS arbitral proceedings as well as party-appointed arbitrator in a number of ad hoc arbitral proceedings related to commercial and construction disputes

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  • 2009: PhD

  • 2009: Second state examination in law (Dusseldorf)

  • 2005: First state examination in law (Cologne)

  • 2002 - 2003: Law studies abroad at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

  • 1999 - 2005: Law studies at the University of Bonn

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  • DIS

  • DIS40 (Co-Chair)


  • ASA below 40



  • Young ICCA

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  • Arbitration in Electronic Sports, Korean Arbitration Review, 8th issue 2017, p. 22 et seq

  • Das Deutsche Medienschiedsgericht – Streitbeilegung 2.0 oder zahnloser Tiger?, GRUR-Prax 2016, p. 522 et seq

  • Country Report for Germany for IBA Comparative Study of 'Arbitrability' under the New York Convention (with Torsten Lörcher), 2016

  • Verhaltensregeln für Parteivertreter in internationalen Schiedsverfahren: Sinnvolles Werkzeug oder l'art pour l'art? (with Torsten Lörcher), BRJ Sonderausgabe 1/2013, p. 25 et seq

  • Neues Mediationsgesetz: Aufwind für die außergerichtliche Streitbeilegung im gewerblichen Rechtsschutz? (with Torsten Lörcher), GRUR-Prax 2012, p. 318 et seq

  • Das Gemeinnützigkeits- und Spendenrecht unter dem Einfluss der europäischen Grundfreiheiten, 2009

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