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Dr. Peter Wende, LL.M. (College of Europe)


CMS Hasche Sigle
Theodor-Heuss-Str. 29
70173 Stuttgart
Languages German, English, French

Peter Wende advises clients on and represents them in national and international disputes before state courts and arbitral tribunals. Peter Wende has particular experience in post M&A and corporate law disputes, in product liability and contract law as well as in matters related to board members, directors and D&O liability. He also has extensive expertise in the (cost-) efficient and legal tech-based management of class actions and other large-scale disputes.

Peter Wende joined CMS in 2010 and has been a partner since 2019. From 2015 to 2016, he was seconded to CMS von Erlach Poncet in Geneva. He therefore has particular experience with mandates relating to Switzerland and France. In addition to his work as a lawyer, he is a member of the national board of the Economic Council (Wirtschaftsrat der CDU e.V.) and publishes in Beck-Online's Großkommentar für Handels- und Gesellschaftsrecht (commentary on commercial and corporate law).

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Nennung für Konfliktlösung

Deutschlands beste Anwälte in 2022 – Handelsblatt in Kooperation mit Best Lawyers

"tactically strong, prudent and competent", "up-and-coming", "pleasant and always on the spot", competitors

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2022 (GCLF)

"Recommended" for Dispute Resolution

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2020-2022 (GCLF)

Listed for Conflict Resolution

Deutschlands beste Anwälte 2021 – Handelsblatt in Kooperation mit Best Lawyers

"rising star in shareholder disputes", competitor

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2021 (GCLF)

"CMS has excellent young partners for litigation […], with Wende in Stuttgart"

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2021 (GCLF)

"CMS has generally developed its litigation work in recent years for family-led companies in succession disputes […]. This is made
possible thanks to its strategic internal structure comprising younger partners, some of whom have moved over from the corporate practice such as Dr. Peter Wende, who is already known among competitors."

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2020 (GCLF)

Relevant experience

  • Providing strategic advice to and representing one of the largest German corporations in a mass proceeding (lead partner)
  • Successfully defending a former board member of a large German bank against claims for damages being brought by the bank in the sum of approx. EUR 190 million
  • Successfully representing a multinational in a contract law dispute in arbitration proceedings under the rules of the German Institution of Arbitration e.V. (DIS)
  • Successfully representing a leading global family-owned business in DIS arbitration proceedings regarding post M&A claims for damages
  • Regularly representing a globally active group in the field of engineering in international and national disputes before various German courts and arbitral tribunals (ICC and DIS)
  • Successfully representing a medium-sized company in two arbitration proceedings (DIS) concerning claims for damages under contract law
  • Successfully defending a private equity company in several arbitration proceedings (DIS) concerning claims for breach of warranty and misrepresentation
  • Representing one of the world's largest US companies out of court in a post-M&A dispute
  • Successfully representing a joint venture in an extensive and complex corporate dispute
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Memberships & Roles

  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit e.V. (DIS)
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
  • Stuttgart Arbitration Circle (SAC)
  • International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)
  • German-Swiss Lawyers' Association
  • German-French Lawyers' association)
  • Gesellschaftsrechtliche Vereinigung (VGR) (corporate law association)
  • Tönissteiner Kreis (science and economy discussion group)
  • Member of the national board of the Economic Council of the CDU e.V.
  • Member of the Baden-Württemberg regional board of the Economic Council of the CDU e.V.
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  • Litigation/Arbitration/ADR, Doing Business in Europe, 2022, Sweet & Maxwell (still to be published)
  • CMS European Class Action Report 2021, commentary on the chapter for Germany
  • CMS Expert Guide to Class Action (ongoing), commentary on the chapter for Germany, since 2021
  • Sharp rise in class actions in Europe – trends, figures, facts and how companies can protect themselves, ICC Germany Magazine Vol.13 2021/2022
  • Beck-Online Großkommentar Handels- und Gesellschaftsrecht, commentary on sections 109 to 111 German Commercial Code (HGB) (ongoing), since 2015
  • EU will Wettbewerb durch modernes Gesellschaftsrecht stärken, Platow-Brief Recht, 28.03.2013
  • EU bastelt an einheitlichem Unternehmensregister, Platow-Brief Recht, 19.06.2012
  • Das Fremdbesitzverbot in den freien Berufen, Deutscher Anwaltverlag, Bonn, 2012
  • E-Mobilität – Unternehmen fehlt es oft an Kapital: Klare rechtliche Firmenstrukturen erleichtern die Suche nach der richtigen Finanzierung erheblich, Stuttgarter Zeitung 19.04.2011, p. 4
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Lectures list

  • COVID-19 and the impact on international arbitration, Stuttgart, 05.10.2021
  • Multi-Party and Multi-Contract in Arbitration Proceedings, ICC Warsaw Arbitration Workshops, Warsaw, 31.01.2020
  • Purchase Price Adjustment Disputes in post-M&A Arbitration, Conference on Dispute Resolution in M&A Transactions, ICC, 23.05.2019
  • Arbitration and Consumer Jurisdiction in Cross-Border Banking Disputes, Zurich Bankers Association/Zurich Chamber of Commerce/Swiss Chamber's Arbitration Institution, Zurich, 26.03.2019
  • Lectureship at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, 2012-2019
  • Post-M&A disputes: what sellers and buyers need to consider after entering into a contract, M&A Round Table in Frankfurt, 17.04.2018
  • The new DIS Rules, Stuttgart, 21.03.2018
  • En Marche – The Franco-German economic engine picks up speed again, Stuttgart, 15.03.2018
  • Nouveautés juridiques – legal developments from employment law to arbitration, jointly with the German Chamber of Foreign Trade, Paris, 08.03.2018
  • Disputes concerning defective decisions in arbitration proceedings and in state proceedings, Stuttgart, 22.11.2017
  • Shaping digitalisation, Stuttgart, 22.11.2017
  • Study on post-M&A-Disputes, Stuttgart, 09.12.2016
  • Company acquisitions and post-M&A disputes in Germany and Switzerland, Ulm, 24.10.2016
  • Mobility tomorrow with, among others, the former Chancellery Minister and Head of External Affairs of Daimler AG, Eckart von Klaeden, Stuttgart, 31.08.2016
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  • 2011: PhD, University of Cologne
  • 2009 - 2010: LL.M. at the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium) as a scholar of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research
  • 2005 - 2007: Trainee lawyer at Oldenburg Higher Regional Court
  • 2001 - 2003: Work experience with an internationally operating law firm in Tokyo (Japan), the French Embassy in Dublin (Ireland), an international accounting and tax consultancy firm as well as the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg
  • 2002 - 2004: Scholar of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung who awards scholarships to students of exceptional academic achievement
  • 1999 - 2004: Law studies at the Universities of Tuebingen, Lausanne (Switzerland), Muenster and Cologne
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