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Dispute Resolution


If you have a problem that requires legal action, our team can assist you in analysing risk, managing disputes and seeking constructive solutions and settlement. CMS´s sector-focused lawyers are not just litigators or arbitration specialists but business-minded problem solvers.

If you want your dispute to stay out of court or arbitration, we can guide you tactically in achieving this. We routinely act as counsel in arbitration proceedings in commercial and international disputes, including investment arbitration. Our partners also regularly act as arbitrators.

One of the biggest risks you may face is the threat of an external investigation amid allegations of corporate wrongdoing. Our specialists can support you 24/7 through sensitive investigations by criminal and regulatory authorities, including negotiating settlements where appropriate.

According to Chinese law, as a foreign law firm we are not allowed to represent our clients before Chinese People’s Courts. For such litigation proceedings, we cooperate closely with local Chinese law firms who represent our clients directly before the courts. With our cooperation with local Chinese law firms, we also assist our clients in enforcing judgements and arbitral awards in China to be enforced through the Chinese People’s Courts.

Using our global experience and local knowledge, we can safeguard your interests before state courts, arbitral tribunals and in alternative dispute resolution. With over 400 lawyers in more than 40 countries, we can handle your dispute across any European jurisdiction, obtain judicial assistance in foreign proceedings and deal with enforcement procedures for international judgements and arbitral awards.

Our Awards:

  • Dispute Resolution Team of the Year (2015) by AI Dispute Awards 
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SPC Sup­ports the Ar­bit­ra­tion award made by a For­eign Ar­bit­ra­tion In­sti­tu­tion...
“Any dis­pute arising out of or in con­nec­tion with the con­tract or over its valid­ity shall be sub­mit­ted for ar­bit­ra­tion to the In­ter­na­tion­al Cham­ber of Com­merce. The place of ar­bit­ra­tion shall be Shang­hai, China. All ar­bit­ra­tion pro­ceed­ings shall be con­duc­ted in Eng­lish lan­guage”.   The above sen­tences have been widely used in ar­bit­ra­tion agree­ments un­der China-re­lated con­tracts al­though the valid­ity of such agree­ment is un­cer­tain. Many for­eign en­ter­prises in China in­sist on in­clud­ing the said ar­bit­ra­tion agree­ment in their con­tract with the Chinese part­ners for two ma­jor reas­ons: a) They want to en­gage an in­ter­na­tion­al ar­bit­ra­tion in­sti­tu­tion which, as they think, will hold a more ob­ject­ive and un­biased po­s­i­tion; and 2) To be geo­graph­ic­ally con­veni­ent, they wish to carry out the ar­bit­ra­tion pro­ced­ures in China.Please ac­cess the News­let­ter to read more.
China In­sight - Dis­pute Res­ol­u­tion
On 4 Novem­ber 2014, the China In­ter­na­tion­al Eco­nom­ic and Trade Ar­bit­ra­tion Com­mis­sion (CI­ETAC) is­sued its re­vised Ar­bit­ra­tion Rules (2015 Rules), re­pla­cing the pre­vi­ous ver­sion of the CI­ETAC Ar­bit­ra­tion Rules is­sued on 3 Feb­ru­ary 2012 (2012 Rules). The 2015 Rules entered in­to ef­fect on 1 Janu­ary 2015 and are aimed at ad­apt­ing to the new­est de­vel­op­ment in in­ter­na­tion­al ar­bit­ra­tion prac­tice and bet­ter ac­com­mod­at­ing the needs of the parties in the ar­bit­ra­tion pro­ceed­ings.Please ac­cess the News­let­ter to read more.
CI­ETAC and its Sub-Com­mis­sions Drift fur­ther Apart
In Au­gust 2012, we re­por­ted on grow­ing ten­sions between the China In­ter­na­tion­al Eco­nom­ic and Trade Ar­bit­ra­tion Com­mis­sion (“CI­ETAC”) and its sub-com­mis­sions in Shang­hai and Shen­zhen.   On 31 Decem­ber 2012, CI­ETAC is­sued the An­nounce­ment on Is­sues con­cern­ing CI­ETAC Shang­hai Sub-Com­mis­sion and CI­ETAC South China Sub-Com­mis­sion (“An­nounce­ment”).Please ac­cess the News­let­ter be­low to read more.


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