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Dispute Resolution

We have one of the most respected litigation and arbitration practices in Germany. Our Dispute Resolution team has been among the largest, most versatile and most innovative in the market for many years. 

The strong position of the Dispute Resolution Practice Area Group is reflected in our performance in the major rankings, such as the JUVE Handbook for Commercial Law Firms, Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500. A large number of our lawyers have also been recognised as leading names and as Germany's best lawyers, e.g. by Kanzleimonitor, Who is Who Legal (WWL), GAR, and Handelsblatt in association with Best Lawyers.

Our approximately 80 lawyers combine broad expertise with many years of experience in conflict resolution both in and out of court. We have the skills required to manage complex national and international disputes. In addition to our technical knowledge and understanding of commercial issues, we also offer efficient project management and are strongly service-driven.

Depth of detail across the board

We advise clients ahead of contentious disputes and represent them in proceedings before the state courts, in national and international arbitration proceedings, and also in alternative dispute resolution proceedings (mediation, conciliation, adjudication and expert determination proceedings). 

Depending on the type of proceedings and the specific requirements, our Dispute Resolution lawyers form interdisciplinary teams with experts from other practice areas. This ensures that the specialist substantive law expertise of the entire firm is available in litigation. The spectrum of our dispute resolution cases ranges from traditional civil law, commercial law, transport law and corporate law to post-M&A, banking and financial disputes, life sciences, plant construction and infrastructure projects, as well as conflicts in the technology and energy sectors.

Excellent international network

The CMS Dispute Resolution Practice Area Group consists of some 1,000 lawyers across 70 offices in over 40 countries. Our experienced, efficient international network supports companies whenever they are confronted with conflicts in their day-to-day business. CMS's Dispute Resolution experts in Germany have special country-specific knowledge not only in Europe and the US, but especially in Asia (particularly in China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia), Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

Innovative and technically ahead of the curve

Our Dispute Resolution Practice Area Group owes much of its innovative ability and growing success to the establishment of the CMS Legal Tech and Project Management Center in Berlin. We now include the Legal Tech and Project Management Team in many major instructions, enabling us to offer clients an additional service that makes litigation significantly more efficient. This means that large-scale proceedings in particular can be conducted in a resource-light manner. The experience gained can then also be used on smaller instructions, thereby maximising the benefits for clients.

Key benefits

  • Local contacts due to our strong regional presence
  • Excellent market reputation
  • One-stop project management
  • Leader in the use of legal tech
  • Interdisciplinary teams
  • Competitive pricing

„Ausgezeichnet als Kanzlei des Jahres für den Bereich Schiedsverfahren/Streitbeilegung/Mediation“

Deutschlands beste Anwälte 2021 – Handelsblatt in Kooperation mit Best Lawyers

„Die Disputes-Praxis gehört zu den vielseitigsten im Markt.“

JUVE Handbuch, 2020/2021

„CMS' breites Expertisespektrum umfasst Streitigkeiten mit Bezug zu Zivil-, Handels-, Energie- und Transportrecht, jedoch nimmt sich das Team ebenfalls Post-M&A-, Finanz-, Bau- und Anlagenbau-Auseinandersetzungen an. Hier ist man auch regelmäßig auf internationaler Ebene aktiv, zuletzt verstärkt in Lateinamerika und im Nahen Osten.“

The Legal 500, 2021

„Als einer der personell stärksten Praxen in Deutschland kann CMS eine Vielzahl von Verfahren bedienen. Man wird von dem Mittelstand und Hidden Champions aber auch vermehrt von Großkonzernen in streitigen Situationen mandatiert, [...], die oftmals grenzüberschreitende Aspekte beinhalteten.“

The Legal 500, 2021

„Sizeable team with notable international capabilities, which allows the firm to represent large technology and manufacturing companies in arbitration. Highly visible in post-M&A and investment arbitration cases, with members of the team regularly being appointed as presiding arbitrator.“

Chambers Europe, 2021

„[the team] Shows notable experience in multi-jurisdictional shareholder disputes. Further expertise lies in D&O liability, corporate litigation and follow-on damages claims, particularly in the automotive and life sciences sectors.“

Chambers Europe, 2021

„One of the largest practices in Germany, CMS combines deep-rooted local knowledge with considerable international expertise. […] Members of the team regularly coordinate multi-jurisdictional projects on behalf of an impressive roster of German-headquartered entities, as well as overseas players.“

Chambers Global, 2021

"CMS provides "very broad coverage" and the "gigantically good" team […]"

The Legal 500, 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

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

Chambers Europe, 2017

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