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Litigation Lawyers

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. They can not only draw on their own long experience in the field, in some cases acquired as judges, but where necessary also access the expertise of other specialist practice areas thanks to CMS' interdisciplinary structure. This enables our litigation experts to handle complex and wide-ranging cases effectively and promptly.

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Advice on contract design
Ideally, we advise our clients before a dispute arises. Careful wording of clauses governing jurisdiction and choice of law, and of individual provisions particularly prone to dispute, can prevent many problems.

Preparation for a dispute situation
Disputes generally do not occur without warning signs. Tension often builds up gradually before boiling over. At an early stage of an emerging dispute, we conduct a detailed analysis of all aspects of the situation and legal circumstances. We point out any liability risks and construct a robust negotiating position. We run through a range of dispute resolution options with you, draw up risk and cost analyses, prepare and document tailored solutions and devise a viable overall strategy.

Avoiding court action
At each stage, we examine the options for resolving the dispute amicably, if required, and advise or represent you in negotiations with the other party. We take your specific interests into account, such as the need to maintain an ongoing business relationship with the counterparty or presentation of the issue in the media and the associated implications for your company's image.

In-court representation
Should a dispute occur, we work with you to develop offensive or defensive strategies, take care of project and risk management, and handle all correspondence and documentation. We take a thorough and highly professional approach to preparing for oral proceedings and the taking of evidence. The objective and outcome of successful litigation is convincing the court to find in your favour. This not only requires close attention to the facts of the case but also outstanding knowledge of substantive law combined with analytical, psychological and rhetorical skills. Our litigation experts are trained to the highest standards in all these areas, with strategic and tactical thinking complemented by excellent local links.

Post-judgement enforcement
Our work does not stop after a judgement has been delivered. We continue to provide support and advice to ensure fast, effective enforcement of your claims, if necessary by way of compulsory enforcement.

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Hans Christian Blum
Hans Christian Blum
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Erbrecht (Certified lawyer for inheritance law) | Global Co-Head of Private Clients Group, CMS | Head of Private Clients Group, CMS Germany
Germany, Cologne
Germany, Stuttgart
Hans Christian Blum advises entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals. His clients primarily aim at protecting and preserving family businesses/family assets as well as keeping peace in the...
Heike Blank
Dr. Heike Blank
Part­ner
Rechtsanwältin | Global Co-Head of Consumer Products Group, CMS
Germany, Cologne
Heike Blank specialises in unfair competition, pharmaceutical, food, cosmetics and trademark law and represents major German and international companies in court, in particular in the context of...
Hubertus Kolster
Dr. Hubertus Kolster
Man­aging Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Berlin
Hubertus Kolster has been the managing partner of CMS Germany since 2011, and as one of Germany’s leading commercial law firms, CMS today has more than 600 lawyers and offices in eight major German c...
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Dr. Christoph Schröder
Part­ner
China, Shanghai
As a member of the firm’s China Desk, Christoph Schröder advises companies on commercial and corporate law. He supports in particular Chinese state-owned and private enterprises in relation to their ou...
Ulrich Becker
Dr. Ulrich Becker
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Frankfurt
Ulrich Becker comprehensively advises his clients in private and commercial law, especially in the operationally relevant areas of purchase/procurement and sales activities, for example drafting and...
Florian Block
Florian Block
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Munich
Florian Block advises industrial and trading companies on the development and implementation of compliance management programmes as well as on the investigation of compliance violations. He is...
Martin Krause
Martin Krause
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Bau- und Architektenrecht (Certified lawyer for construction and architects law)
Germany, Cologne
Martin Krause specialises in private construction law, including all engineering and architecture matters. He in particular focuses on industrial plant construction projects in the energy and...
Peter Endres
Peter Endres
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Munich
With deep insight and expertise, Peter Endres advises his clients on all legal aspects of procurement, production and distribution and also represents them in court in this field. His distribution...
Eckart Gottschalk
Dr. Eckart Gottschalk, LL.M. (Berkeley)
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Handels- und Gesellschaftsrecht (Certified lawyer for commercial and corporate law)
Germany, Hamburg
With special expertise in the renewable energy, infrastructure, defence and finance sector, Eckart Gottschalk advises companies on all aspects of corporate law, including M&A transactions, joint...
Lars Eckhoff
Lars Eckhoff, LL.M. (Victoria University of Wellington)
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Cologne
Lars Eckhoff advises companies on all legal aspects of their operational activities, including production, purchasing and distribution of goods. He drafts distribution and supply agreements as well...