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Dr. Tom Christopher Pröstler, LL.M. (University of Sydney)

Senior Associate
Rechtsanwalt

CMS Hasche Sigle, Hong Kong LLP
27/F, 8 Queen´s Road Central
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
CMS Hasche Sigle
Nymphenburger Straße 12
80335 Munich
Germany
Languages German, English

Tom Christopher Pröstler works as counsel and tribunal secretary in international arbitration proceedings under all major arbitration rules, in particular HKIAC, ICC, DIS and SIAC as well as UNCITRAL Rules. He acts in commercial, construction and corporate cases and has a special focus and expertise regarding disputes between western and Asian parties. Tom has extensive experience in arbitrating at the main Asian arbitration hubs, particularly in Hong Kong and Singapore. In addition, he has acquired expertise arbitrating disputes related to the Middle East and Northern Africa.

Tom was with CMS Munich since 2013, last as Senior Associate, and joined CMS Hong Kong in 2016. Before CMS, he worked with an international law firm in Berlin for two years and thereafter for three years at the Chair for Comparative Commercial, Corporate, Labour and Employment Law of Prof. Dr. Christine Windbichler at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Next to that, he was a fellow at the Institute for Applied Legal Studies of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Tom is a visiting lecturer at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, editor-in-chief of the Journal for International Commercial Law and Arbitration - The Vindobona Journal and editor of the Young ICCA Blog.

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Relevant experience

Europe

  • ICC arbitration in Paris for a state-owned employer against its former contractor regarding a major traffic infrastructure project in South-Eastern Europe.
  • Ad-hoc arbitration in Munich for a German company against a Taiwanese group regarding the production and delivery of telecommunication devices.
  • DIS arbitration for a European plant manufacturer against a German software development company regarding a software development project.
  • Tribunal Secretary in an ICC arbitration in Paris between an Eastern European state and the insolvency administrator of a plant manufacturer regarding a plant construction project.

Asia

  • Several parallel HKIAC/UNCITRAL arbitrations in Hong Kong for a mainland Chinese SOE against an Isle of Man company regarding renewable energy projects.
  • ICC arbitration in Singapore for a German technology start-up company against a multi-national group regarding a joint-venture agreement.
  • HKIAC arbitration in Hong Kong for an American company against a Hong Kong company regarding the production and delivery of consumer products.
  • Tribunal secretary in an HKIAC administered UNCITRAL arbitration in Hong Kong between an Anglo-American and two Asian companies regarding the production and delivery of building products.

Northern Africa / Middle East

  • Tribunal secretary in a CRCICA arbitration in Cairo between a Saudi invested property developer and a major retail group regarding a large scale commercial lease contract.
  • Tribunal secretary in a LCIA arbitration in London between an Asian, a Northern African and a BVI company regarding a plant construction project in Northern Africa.
  • Tribunal secretary in a DIAC arbitration in Dubai between an Australian investor and a UAE property developer regarding a property purchase agreement.
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Education

  • Trainee lawyer at the Berlin High Court (Kammergericht) with stages at CMS Munich and CMS Shanghai
  • PhD on a comparative law subject at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Advanced studies of process management at Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • Master of Law (LL.M.) at the University of Sydney
  • Law studies, including foreign language legal studies of English law, at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Université de Genève
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Memberships

  • German Institution of Arbitration (DIS)
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre's HK45
  • ICC Young Arbitrators Forum
  • Young ICCA
  • LCIA Young International Arbitration Group
  • ASA below 40
  • Humboldt Moot Association (form. Executive Officer)
  • Munich Moot Association
  • Moot Alumni Association
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Publications

  • Time Limits in International Arbitral Proceedings, in: P. Shaughnessy/S. Tung (eds.), The Powers and Duties of an Arbitrator – Liber Amicorum Pierre A. Karrer, Wolters Kluwer 2017 (with Klaus Sachs)
  • Arbitration is becoming increasingly Asian, Business Law Magazine (3) Sept. 2015, p. 22 (with Nicolas Wiegand)
  • Res Judicata in International Arbitration – Both Common Ground and Source of Conflict, YAR, 4 (17) April 2015, p. 8 (with Susanne Häusler)
  • Modelle betrieblicher Arbeitnehmerbeteiligung – Ein historisch-europäischer Rechtsvergleich zwischen Deutschland und dem Vereinigten Königreich, Schriften zum Arbeitsrecht und Wirtschaftsrecht vol. 91 (ed. Prof. Abbo Junker), Peter Lang 2015
  • How China-seated arbitration awards have been enforced Overseas – the English perspective, CIETAC HKAC Newsletter, 6/2014, p. 7 (with Sarah McIvor)
  • Willem C. Vis Moot – mehr als ein Studentenwettbewerb, SchiedsVZ, 5/2014, p. 248
  • The Rise of an Arbitration Giant: An Overview of the Development of the Chinese Law on Arbitration and the CIETAC Rules, Vindobona Journal, 15 (2) 2011, p. 217
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Lectures list

  • One Belt, One Road - Investment Protection for Chinese Investors, 2nd Annual International Arbitration Law Summit, 08.06.2017, Shanghai
  • Investment Protection in Germany and the EU, Legal Aspects of the "One Belt, One Road" Initiative – Annual Conference of the European Law Division of the Shanghai Law Society (at Tongji University), 21.05.2017, Shanghai
  • How to Deal with Motions, Submissions and Evidence Not Foreseen in the Procedural Timetable? – Table Session Moderator, Co-Chairs' Circle Second Global Conference, 27.05.2016, Helsinki
  • The Influence of Party Consent on the Arbitral Process, XIII Vienna Generations in Arbitration Conference, 18.03.2016, Vienna
  • Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards, Frankfurt Drafting School 2015, 15.09.2015, Frankfurt
  • The Alabama Claims – The Origins of International Arbitration, 12th Willem C. Vis Moot Announcements Assembly, 19.03.2015, Hong Kong (for Colin J. Wall)
  • Non-Signatories in Arbitration – Taking Consent Seriously, YACF Seminar, 26.02.2015, Helsinki
  • Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards, Frankfurt Drafting School 2014, 20.09.2014, Frankfurt
  • Past Mooties' Paths into Successful International Arbitration Careers – Panel Discussion, VIII Hong Kong Generations in Arbitration Conference, 30.03.2014, Hong Kong
  • Multiple Contracts in a Single Arbitration – Art 10. CEPANI and beyond, 3rd Hanover PreMoot Conference, 06.03.2014, Hanover
  • Arbitration in China – Erfahrungen aus 3 Monaten im "wilden Osten", DIS40 Berlin, 28.11.2013, Berlin
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