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Karsten Sturm

Dr. Karsten Sturm

Principal Counsel

CMS Hasche Sigle
Kasernenstraße 43-45
40213 Duesseldorf
Languages German, English

Experienced litigator Karsten Sturm focuses on defending his clients in state courts against claims brought forward against them as well as providing efficient services enforcing their own claims. He represents companies in complex and comprehensive lawsuits that require strategic foresight and stamina. His work mainly revolves around disputes resulting from commercial contracts and offences as well as insolvency disputes (avoidance claims). Karsten’s clients mainly include manufacturers as well as tech and energy companies.

Karsten joined CMS in Leipzig in 2006 and has been a counsel since 2012. In 2015, he joined the firm’s Düsseldorf office. In 2004, he worked for a World Bank Group spin-off in Washington. Since 2000 he has been a co-organiser of the "Leipziger Insolvenzrechtstag" (annual insolvency law conference in Leipzig).

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Recommended lawyer for Litigation & ADR

Kanzleimonitor 2016, 2017


  • 2004: PhD; thesis on "Problems of commercial litigation funding in the context of civil and procedural law and the rules governing the legal profession"
  • 1995 - 2000: Law studies at the University of Leipzig
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  • Zivilrechtliche, prozessuale und anwaltsrechtliche Probleme der gewerblichen Prozessfinanzierung (Issues of Civil and Procedural Law, Professional Ethics and Practice Rules in Connection with Commercial Litigation Funding), publisher: Leipziger Universitaetsverlag, 2005, doctoral thesis
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