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Dr. Tom Christopher Pröstler, LL.M. (Sydney)

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CMS Hasche Sigle, Hong Kong LLP
57/F, One Island East, 18 Westlands Road Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay
Hong Kong S.A.R.
Hong Kong
Languages German, English

Tom Christopher Pröstler acts in international arbitration proceedings under all major arbitration rules, in particular ICC, DIS, HKIAC and UNCITRAL Rules. He has special expertise advising clients with regard to large infrastructure and plant construction projects and on technology related disputes. A further focus of his practice are conflicts between western and Asian parties, and he has good expertise in distribution, corporate, white-collar crime and post-M&A matters. He moreover acts before state courts, in alternative dispute resolution proceedings and as arbitrator.

Tom joined CMS Munich in 2013 and helped open CMS’ new Hong Kong office in 2016. Since 2018, he divides his time between Berlin and Hong Kong and was made partner in 2021. Further, he heads the legal tech initiative of CMS Germany's dispute resolution practice. Before starting with CMS, he worked with another international law firm in Berlin for two years and was a fellow at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin for over three years, where he is now a visiting lecturer.

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Praised by clients

Global Arbitration Review (GAR 100), 2018

Relevant experience

Construction and Infrastructure

  • ICC arbitration in Zurich for a Southern European employer against a Western European contractor concerning a major offshore wind construction project in the Baltic Sea.
  • DIS arbitration in Stockholm for a Western European sub-contractor against a Western European general contractor concerning a major offshore wind construction project in the North Sea.
  • ICC arbitration in Paris for a Southern European general contractor against a Northern European employer concerning a major plant construction project in Central Europe.
  • FIDIC adjudication in Berlin for a Southern European general contractor against a Southern European sub-contractor concerning a major plant construction project in Central Europe.
  • UNCITRAL arbitration in The Hague for a multi-national contractor against an Eastern European state entity regarding a road rehabilitation project.
  • ICC arbitration in Paris for a state-owned employer against its former Central European contractor regarding a major traffic infrastructure project in South-Eastern Europe.

Technology

  • ICC arbitration in Hong Kong for the German and Chinese subsidiaries of a German technology group against a Chinese automotive company regarding the production and delivery of electromobility supplies.
  • DIS arbitration in Erlangen for a European plant manufacturer against a German software development company regarding a software development project.
  • Ad-hoc arbitration in Munich for a German company against a Taiwanese group regarding the development, production and delivery of telecommunication devices.
  • ICC arbitration in Singapore for a German technology start-up company against a multi-national group regarding a joint-venture agreement.

Others

  • Several parallel HKIAC/UNCITRAL arbitrations in Hong Kong for a mainland Chinese SOE against an Isle of Man company regarding renewable energy projects.
  • HKIAC arbitration in Hong Kong for an US-American company against a Hong Kong company regarding the production and delivery of consumer products.
  • DIS arbitration in Munich for an Eastern European company against a Chinese-invested Dutch company regarding a post-M&A dispute.
  • German state court proceedings for a German businessman against his former Hong Kong and Taiwanese business partners concerning the divestment of several joint ventures in Hong Kong.
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Education

  • Trainee lawyer at the Berlin High Court (Kammergericht) with stages in Munich and Shanghai
  • Research associate with an international law firm in Berlin
  • PhD on a comparative law subject at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Advanced studies of process management at Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • Master of Law (LL.M.) at the University of Sydney
  • Law studies, including foreign language legal studies of English law, at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Université de Genève
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Memberships

  • German Arbitration Institute (DIS)
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • IBA Arbitration Committee
  • IBA International Construction Projects (ICP) Committee
  • International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre's HK45 (Regional Ambassador Germany)
  • Humboldt Moot Association (Board Member)
  • Munich Moot Association
  • Moot Alumni Association
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Publications

  • Construction Contracts and Disputes, in: M. Michael Moser/C. Bao (eds.), Managing "Belt and Road" Business Disputes: A Case Study of Legal Problems and Solutions, Wolters Kluwer 2021, p. 229 (with Mariel Dimsey and Nicolas Wiegand)
  • Enforcing arbitral awards in Germany, Lexis PSL Practical Note, October 2019 (with Evgenia Peiffer)
  • State immunity and arbitration in Germany, Lexis PSL Practical Note, October 2019 (with Susanne Schwalb)
  • Challenging the tribunal’s jurisdiction and anti-suit injunctions in Germany, Lexis PSL Practical Note, October 2019 (with Evgenia Peiffer)
  • Interim measures in support of arbitration in Germany, Lexis PSL Practical Note, October 2019 (with Susanne Schwalb)
  • Investitionsschutz entlang der Seidenstraße: Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit und Chinas neue "Seidenstraßengerichte"; ICC Germany-Magazin, (6) Mai-November 2018, p. 32 (with Nicolas Wiegand)
  • The New Arbitration Rules of the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS): An Introduction to the New Dis-Rules from a Construction Arbitration Perspective; International Construction Law Review (ICLR, (3) 2018, p. 289 (with Andreas J. Roquette, LL.M.)
  • Up to Date Arbitration – Die neue DIS-Schiedsgerichtsordnung; BauR 6/2018, p. 900 (with Andreas J. Roquette, LL.M.)
  • Time Limits in International Arbitral Proceedings, in: P. Shaughnessy/S. Tung (eds.), The Powers and Duties of an Arbitrator – Liber Amicorum Pierre A. Karrer, Wolters Kluwer 2017, p. 279 (with Klaus Sachs)
  • Arbitration is becoming increasingly Asian, Business Law Magazine (3) Sept. 2015, p. 22 (with Nicolas Wiegand)
  • Res Judicata in International Arbitration – Both Common Ground and Source of Conflict, YAR, 4 (17) April 2015, p. 8 (with Susanne Häusler)
  • Modelle betrieblicher Arbeitnehmerbeteiligung – Ein historisch-europäischer Rechtsvergleich zwischen Deutschland und dem Vereinigten Königreich, Schriften zum Arbeitsrecht und Wirtschaftsrecht vol. 91 (ed. Prof. Abbo Junker), Peter Lang 2015
  • How China-seated arbitration awards have been enforced Overseas – the English perspective, CIETAC HKAC Newsletter, 6/2014, p. 7 (with Sarah McIvor)
  • Willem C. Vis Moot – mehr als ein Studentenwettbewerb, SchiedsVZ, 5/2014, p. 248
  • The Rise of an Arbitration Giant: An Overview of the Development of the Chinese Law on Arbitration and the CIETAC Rules, Vindobona Journal, 15 (2) 2011, p. 217
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Lectures list

Since 2014, Tom gives an annual seminar on "International Sales Law and Arbitration" at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (together with Tobias A. Strecker) and a lecture on the "Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards" at the Frankfurt Drafting School. Since 2018, he further holds lectures for the International Dispute Resolution Master (LL.M.) programme at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. In addition, he regularly holds lectures and presentations, in particular on international arbitration and dispute resolution as well as on construction, engineering, Asia and China related legal topics. Selected lectures:

  • International Arbitration, Virtual Mini Course at Universidad de Puerto Rico, 31.10./07.11.2020, San Juan
  • Schiedsklauseln und Schiedssprüche – was ist in China zu beachten?, CMS Maritime Breakfast, 13.11.2019, Hamburg
  • Early Conflict Resolution and Efficiency in Arbitration Proceedings, DIS and CIETAC Seminar at the China Arbitration Week, 05.11.2019, Beijing
  • Early Conflict Resolution – A New (and Better?) Answer to the Eternal Question of How To Best Control Time and Costs?, DIS Seminar at the Hong Kong Arbitration Week, 20.10.2019, Hong Kong
  • Diversity as Key Factor for Overcoming Biases – and for Addressing the Challenges Faced by International Arbitration, ICC YAF, 24.05.2019, Warsaw
  • HK45 & DIS 40 Arbitrator Skills Workshop, 31.03.2019, Hong Kong
  • Leaving the All Old White Boys Behind Us: an Economic Argument for Diversity in International Arbitration, Berlin Premoot Panel Discussion, 14.03.2019, Berlin
  • China - Arbitration in Zeiten der Belt und Road Initiative, DIS 40 Berlin: Rise and Shine with Arbitration, 13.03.2019, Berlin
  • Law Applicable in Arbitration, Guest Tutorial for the Humboldt IDR LL.M., 21.12.2018, Berlin
  • Concurrent Delay under Continental Law: the Civil Law Approach, Construction Roundtable, 14.06.2018, Vienna
  • Technological Development in Arbitration, 12th Annual Generations in Arbitration Conference, 11.03.2018, Hong Kong
  • Investment Protection in Europe from a Belt and Road Perspective, Asia International Arbitration Centre – First Asian Conference for Students and Young Practitioners, 01.03.2018, Kuala Lumpur
  • BRI Construction Projects, 3rd Annual ADR & Competition Law Summit, 15.11.2017, Beijing
  • Fair and Equitable Treatment, Guest Lecture at City University of Hong Kong, 10.10.2017, Hong Kong
  • How to Deal with Motions, Submissions and Evidence Not Foreseen in the Procedural Timetable? – Table Session Moderator, Co-Chairs' Circle Second Global Conference, 27.05.2016, Helsinki
  • The Influence of Party Consent on the Arbitral Process, XIII Vienna Generations in Arbitration Conference, 18.03.2016, Vienna
  • The Alabama Claims – The Origins of International Arbitration, 12th Willem C. Vis Moot Announcements Assembly, 19.03.2015, Hong Kong (for Colin J. Wall)
  • Non-Signatories in Arbitration – Taking Consent Seriously, YACF Seminar, 26.02.2015, Helsinki
  • Past Mooties' Paths into Successful International Arbitration Careers – Panel Discussion, VIII Hong Kong Generations in Arbitration Conference, 30.03.2014, Hong Kong
  • Multiple Contracts in a Single Arbitration – Art 10. CEPANI and beyond, 3rd Hanover PreMoot Conference, 06.03.2014, Hanover
  • Arbitration in China – Erfahrungen aus 3 Monaten im "wilden Osten", DIS40 Berlin, 28.11.2013, Berlin
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