Arbitration Lawyers

Globalisation has brought with it an increase in the number of international business disputes. The national court route is often not the best solution here because the parties prefer a neutral forum. Arbitration is the method of choice in such cases and offers a range of benefits, especially in international disputes. In addition to being flexible, conducted in private and less damaging to the business relationship, arbitration awards are also often easier to enforce than state court judgements.

CMS Germany is a leading law firm in the field of arbitration. The specialist lawyers in our team can look back on many years' involvement in national and international arbitration proceedings. They know the market and the conventions, and are familiar with the rules of all the main arbitration institutions (ICC, LCIA, DIS, SCC, Swiss Rules, Vienna Rules, UNCITRAL, ICSID, CIETAC, JCAA, etc.).

Depending on requirements and the legal issues, we form individual teams comprising experienced arbitrators and specialists from the relevant areas of law. In international arbitration proceedings we work closely with our colleagues from partner firms in the international CMS organisation, enabling us to offer cross-border advice from a single source.

CMS joined Arbitration Chambers Hong Kong as the German tenant. The Arbitration Chambers bring together experts in international arbitration from the main jurisdictions, covering the world’s leading economies. Arbitration Chambers Hong Kong is the first project of its kind in China.

Main focus

Helping to design effective arbitration agreements
Arbitration agreements enable parties to lay down the ground rules of the proceedings according to their requirements. This makes it necessary to establish the parties’ needs and interests and to draft the arbitration clauses accordingly. We carefully analyse the interests of the parties and all the unique features of the project, enabling us to develop suitable conflict-solving mechanisms. This in turn allows us to formulate precise arbitration clauses that meet the parties’ requirements, and to help our clients choose the appropriate arbitration rules.

Strategic analysis to manage overall conflict risk
Ideally, we advise our clients before a dispute arises in order to avert potential conflicts or be able to respond proactively if a dispute seems inevitable. We prepare opinions on potential liability risks and obligations, develop strategies for dispute avoidance and settlement, and help companies to assess and manage their risk potential.

Project-based advice in the event of a dispute
Should a dispute occur, we work with our clients to develop offensive or defensive strategies, assume responsibility for risk management, and handle all correspondence and documentation with reference to the rules of evidence of the agreed arbitration proceedings.

Representation in arbitration proceedings
When the need arises, we represent our clients in every phase of the proceedings. Our activities range from initiating proceedings to selecting the arbitrators, producing written submissions and submitting evidence through to representing parties and hearing witnesses in the proceedings. Our lawyers are also familiar with Anglo-American methods for determining the facts of the case (discovery) and taking evidence (cross-examination), which differ from German practice.

Acting as arbitrators
In addition to representing clients in arbitration proceedings, our lawyers frequently act as arbitrators. They are either appointed by the parties, or they act as the presiding arbitrator jointly appointed by the other arbitrators or by the relevant arbitration institution.

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Nicholas Wiegand
Dr. Nicolas Wiegand
Man­aging Part­ner
Head of Hong Kong Office and APAC International Arbitration | Head of Dispute Resolution Group, CMS Germany
Hong Kong
Germany, Munich
Nicolas Wiegand acts as counsel and arbitrator throughout Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. He has handled well over 100 international commercial arbitrations under all major arbitration rules...
Lars Eckhoff
Lars Eckhoff, LL.M. (Victoria University of Wellington)
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Cologne
Lars Eckhoff advises companies on all legal aspects of their operational activities, including production, purchasing and distribution of goods. He drafts distribution and supply agreements as well...
Jost Kienzle
Dr. Jost Kienzle
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Hamburg
Jost Kienzle is a maritime sector expert with long-standing experience advising on all legal issues that are relevant in this particular industry. His clients include shipyards, shipping companies,...
Ralf Dierck
Dr. Ralf Dierck
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Munich
For more than 30 years, Ralf Dierck has been a trusted partner for major, globally operating companies, representing their interests on different panels and platforms. He advises and represents them...
Tilman Niedermaier
Dr. Tilman Niedermaier, LL.M. (University of Chicago)
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Munich
Tilman Niedermaier represents clients in complex disputes before courts and arbitral tribunals. He is an expert in international procedural and contract law and focuses on corporate, commercial and...
Lichtenstein
Dr. Falk Lichtenstein
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
China, Beijing
Falk has been advising clients in corporate law, Chinese and international commercial law as well as dispute resolution since 2006. His clients comprise foreign companies and their Chinese subsidiaries...
Matthias Schlingmann
Dr. Matthias Schlingmann, LL.M.
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Hamburg
Matthias Schlingmann specialises in dispute resolution. He represents clients before state courts as well as in national and international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) proceedings....
Tobias Bomsdorf
Dr. Tobias Bomsdorf
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Frankfurt
Tobias Bomsdorf advises and represents his clients in civil and commercial law disputes before state courts as well as in arbitration proceedings. His clients include companies in the engineering...
Ulrich Becker
Dr. Ulrich Becker
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Frankfurt
Ulrich Becker comprehensively advises his clients in private and commercial law, especially in the operationally relevant areas of purchase/procurement and sales activities, for example drafting...
Christoph Zarth
Christoph Zarth
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Head of Maritime Group, CMS Germany
Germany, Hamburg
Christoph's focus is on the maritime industry. He is acting for clients from various sectors, in particular shipping, transport and logistics, shipbuilding, engineering, offshore wind energy as well...