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Falco Kreis

Falco Kreis

Senior Associate

CMS Hasche Sigle
Nymphenburger Straße 12
80335 Munich
Languages German, English

Falco Kreis represents clients in German and international arbitration proceedings, in state courts as well as in alternative dispute resolution proceedings. He also acts as tribunal secretary in international arbitration proceedings. He has special expertise in automotive, pharmaceutical and IT / TMC disputes and is also experienced in domestic and international post-M&A disputes.

Falco is regularly engaged as a speaker and author on his subjects of expertise, including arbitration and alternative dispute resolution (ADR), the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards as well as IT topics, such as blockchain and smart contracts. He is a trained mediator and member of DIS, DIS40, ICC YAF, LCIA's YIAG, HKIAC's HK45 as well as the founder and a board member of the Blockchain Arbitration Forum.

Falco joined CMS in 2016.

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  • 2015: Second state examination in law, Munich Higher Regional Court
  • 2014: Commercial mediator at Munich Center for Dispute Resolution (MuCDR)
  • 2013 - 2015: Trainee lawyer at Munich Higher Regional Court including seats in Munich and Hong Kong with a focus on international arbitration
  • 2012: First state examination in law, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
  • 2006 - 2012: Law studies at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
  • 2009 - 2010: Law studies at University College Cork (Ireland)
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  • DIS
  • DIS40
  • HK45 Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
  • ICC Young Arbitrators Forum
  • ASA below 40
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  • Kapitel zur Streitbeilegung, in: "Rechtshandbuch Smart Contracts", Braegelmann/Kaulartz (Hg.), C.H. Beck 2019, zusammen mit Dr. Markus Kaulartz
  • "Smart Contracts and Dispute Resolution – A Chance to Raise Efficiency?", ASA Bulletin 2019/2, zusammen mit Dr. Markus Kaulartz
  • "Hello, DIS Rules – Introduction to the Revised Arbitration Rules of the German Arbitration Institute (DIS)", B-Arbitra 2019/1, zusammen mit Dr. Tilman Niedermaier
  • Kapitel: "Anerkennung und Vollstreckung von Schiedssprüchen", in: Dierck/Morvilius/Volkommer: "Handbuch des Zwangsvollstreckungsrechts", 2. Aufl. 2016, gemeinsam mit Dr. Nicolas Wiegand
  • "How China-seated arbitration awards have been enforced overseas - the German perspective", CIETAC Newsletter 10/2015, co-author Dr. Nicolas Wiegand
  • "Turning the tables: China opts for arbitration in Europe", (2013) 4 (10) China Business Law Journal, 19-20, co-author Felix Lautenschlager
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Lectures list

  • "Smart Contracts, Blockchain Technology and the Law", Moderator einer Panel Diskussion mit Mogens Kruse und Ianika Tzankova, "Smart Contracts & Assignment of Claims", im Rahmen der Europäischen Rechtsakademie, Trier, 21. März 2019
  • "Dispute resolution via blockchain: how does it work?", Podiumsredner zusammen mit Raffaele Battaglini, moderiert von Marjin Storm, "Smart Contracts & Assignment of Claims", im Rahmen der Eopräischen Rechtsakademie, Trier, 21. März 2019
  • "Smart Contract Dispute Resolution", Vortrag anlässlich der ASA-Konferenz 2018, Bern, 14. September 2018
  • "Time Limits and Commencement of Arbitration", Podiumsredner, Podiumsdiskussion, “YIAG meets Vis”, 6. April 2017, Wien
  • "Anerkennung und Vollstreckung von Schiedssprüchen", in: "Handbuch des Zwangsvollstreckungsrechts", Dierck/Morvilius/Volkommer (hrsg.), zusammen mit Nicolas Wiegand
  • "Document Production, Confidentiality and Privilege under the IBA Rules", YIAG meets Vis 2016, co-speaker Dr. Nils Schmidt-Ahrendts (Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte, Hamburg), Dr. Rémy Gerbay (Enyo Law / Queen Mary Univ. of London), Anne-Karin Grill (Schönherr, Wien), Vienna, 17 March 2016
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29 March 2017
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15 March 2017
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