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Torsten Lörcher

Dr. Torsten Lörcher


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

Torsten Lörcher specialises in international dispute resolution with a focus on arbitration. He is also well versed in alternative dispute resolution and an experienced litigator. His practice concentrates on post-M&A disputes, plant engineering and other disputes of a technical nature as well as general commercial disputes, often in the energy or pharmaceutical sectors. He regularly acts as party representative and arbitrator in German and international arbitration proceedings.

Torsten joined CMS in 1999 and has been a partner since 2007. From 2001 to 2005, he co-chaired the LCIA Young International Arbitration Group and from 2002 to 2007, he coordinated the German Institution of Arbitration‘s group of young arbitrators (DIS 40).

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Leading name in arbitration

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2016 (GCLF)

"professional and composed" (competitor)

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2017 (GCLF)

"intellectually astute, meticulous preparation" (competitor)

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2015 (GCLF)

Torsten Lörcher is also recommended.

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2015

"Torsten Lörcher is increasingly visible acting on a range of arbitration mandates, both as party representative and arbitrator. He often works on post-M&A and plant engineering disputes. Interviewees single him out for praise, highlighting his adroit handling of arbitration proceedings."

Chambers Europe, 2015


  • 1992/2001: Work experience in London

  • 1995/1999: Work experience in Paris

  • 1999: Second state examination in law

  • PhD; thesis on new ways of international commercial dispute resolution, scholar of German Academic Scholarship Foundation

  • 1994: First state examination in law

  • Law studies in Cologne

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  • German Institution of Arbitration (DIS)

  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)

  • Association Swiss d'Arbitrage (ASA)

  • German Society of International Law

  • International Bar Association (IBA)

  • International Association of Defence Counsel (IADC)

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  • Schiedsgerichtsverfahren im Handels- und Gesellschaftsrecht, in: Kölner Handbuch Handels- und Gesellschaftsrecht, 3. Auflage 2015

  • Commentary on §§ 1042 – 1051 of the German Code of Civil Procedure (dealing with the conduct of arbitral proceedings) in: Böckstiegel/Kröll/Nacimiento, Arbitration in German (together with Klaus Sachs), 2nd edition, 2015

  • Außergerichtliche Streiterledigung (Contribution concerning arbitration and ADR in IP disputes), in Münchener Anwaltshandbuch Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz with Hubertus W. Labes, 4th edition, Beck-Verlag 2012

  • Schiedsgerichtsverfahren im Handels- und Gesellschaftsrecht (Arbitration in commercial and corporate law matters), in: Handbuch des Fachanwalts, 2008

  • Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit im Bau und Anlagenbau (Arbitration of construction law disputes – together with Andreas Roquette), in: Freiberger Handbuch Baurecht 2008

  • Die Wahl der richtigen Verfahrensregeln, mit Klaus Sachs, in: Taktik im Schiedsverfahren 2008

  • ICSID-Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit (Article on ICSID Arbitration), SchiedsVZ 2005, pp. 11 et seq.

  • Organisation eines Ad-hoc-Schiedsverfahrens (Article concerning the organisation of ad-hoc proceedings with Gino Lörcher), in: SchiedsVZ 2005, pp. 179 et seq.

  • WTO Dispute Settlement and Arbitration, in International Arbitration Law Review 2003, S. 203 ff.

  • Neue Verfahren der internationalen Streiterledigung in Wirtschaftssachen (New Procedures of the Settlement of International Economic Disputes), Doctoral Thesis, 2001

  • Das Schiedsverfahren – national/international – nach neuem Recht (Domestic and International Arbitration Proceedings under German Law – together with Gino Lörcher and Heike Lörcher), 2001

  • Nationales und internationales Schiedsverfahrensrecht (Textsammlung), mit Hubertus W. Labes, 1998

  • Das neue deutsche Recht der Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit – Zur bevorstehen­den Neufassung des 10. Buchs der ZPO (§§ 1025 ff.) mit Hubertus W. Labes, in: MDR 1997, S. 420 ff.

  • Lörcher, Torsten, Das Verhältnis des Europäischen Gemeinschaftsrechts zu den Grundrechten des Grundgesetzes, in: Juristische Schulung (JuS) 1993, S. 1011 ff.

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Lectures list

  • October 2015: Chairing a panel on "The Art of Choosing an Arbitrator" at the Corporate Counsel College of the International Association of Defence Counsel (IADC), Vienna

  • April 2015: Panelist at 3rd German Freshfields Lecture on IBA Guidelines on Counsel Ethics in International Arbitration, Frankfurt

  • January 2015: Workshop on "Preparing and Drafting a Statement of Claim in International Arbitration" at the Swiss Arbitration Academy, Geneva

  • October 2014: Lecture on "Confidentiality in International Commercial Arbitration" at IADC Regional Meeting, Hongkon

  • September 2014: Lecture on "The IBA Guidelines on Counsel Ethics in International Arbitration" at the DIS autumn conference, Berlin

  • June 2014: Panelist on "How to arrive at a healthy award" at the Helsinki International Arbitration Day 2014, Helsinki

  • Since summer 2014: Regular lectures on International Arbitration at Bonn University together with Dr. Mazza (Secretary General of the DIS)

  • Various client seminars, especially on arbitration-related topics

  • June 2011: Presentation on the "Preparation of a Statement of Defence in ICC Arbitration", Seminar of ICC Germany in Berlin

  • May 2011: Presentation on "Getting the Basics Right" at LCIA Users' Council Symposium in Moscow

  • April 2011: Presentation on the "Practice of the LCIA Regarding Independence and Impartiality of Arbitrators", DIS Spring Conference in Cologne

  • April 2011: moderation of panel on "Arbitration and the Brussels Regulation", UIA Conference in Copenhagen

  • March 2011: Lecture on "Differences between Civil Law and Common Law and Its Impact on International Arbitration", as part of the SAA Arbitrators' Training Programme in Stockholm

  • June 2009: "The Swiss Rules of International Arbitration Seen From Abroad, Conference of the Swiss Arbitration Chambers on the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration - 5 Years of Experience

  • May 2008: "Recognition and Enforcement of Awards: Powers of the Courts", UIA Conference in Amsterdam

  • March 2006: "The UNCITRAL Model Law on Commercial Arbitration in Practice: 1985 – 2005", UIA Conference in Athens

  • November 2005: "Powers and Duties of Arbitrators", CMS Arbitration Academy, Brussels

  • September 2005: "Report on Germany" in the framework of the New York Convention Workshop, IBA Conference, Prague

  • June 2005: "Clash of Cultures in International Arbitration", Court of Arbitration of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, Stockholm

  • February 2004: "Mediation in Germany", seminar of the Court of Arbitration of the Hungrian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Budapest

  • February 2003: "WTO Dispute Settlement and Arbitration", IBA Arbitration Day, Sydney

  • October 2002: "WTO Dispute Settlement", seminar at Kuala Lumpur Regional Center for Arbitration, Kuala Lumpur

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