Germany

Review

Dispute resolution
Busse Disputes

Busse Disputes was founded in the spring of 2019 by name partner Daniel Busse. The firm is comprised of partners from magic-circle firm Allen & Overy. The disputes team consists 15 attorneys. The German boutique firm specialises primarily in commercial disputes and international arbitration. The firm also focus on energy disputes, corporate and M&A. The team at Busse disputes represent clients in all areas of commercial law disputes and arbitration. 

Key names in the firm include founding partner Daniel Busse, Silke Justen and Mia Ramb. Key areas of work for the firm include energy disputes, post-M&A disputes and investment treaty arbitration. 

Since its launch, the firm has been busy building their practice and team and remain active in key commercial litigation areas and international arbitration cases.  

The firm are representing four different companies from three different countries in ICC arbitration proceedings in a dispute concerning the purchase of a shipyard. The firm represented two international investors in an arbitration case against the Hellenic Republic. The investors were seeking to recover damages based on violation of the investment treaty between Lebanon and Greece.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb is a leading full-service law firm and is active across all areas of dispute resolution and litigation. The team operate in Frankfurt and Munich and Cologne. 

Dirk Schroeder and Wolfgang Deselaers are key names in the competition/antitrust team.

 

The firm acted as counsel to the Hellenic Republic (Greece) in bondholding litigation challenges. In an antitrust litigation matter, the firm represented Duetsche Telekom in an appeal before the Court of Justice of the European Union regarding abusive conduct in the Slovak broadband markets.

Debevoise & Plimpton

Debevoise & Plimpton have a special focus on white-collar crime and corporate defence work. The dispute resolution team consists of one partner, two international counsel and five lawyers.

Thomas Schürrle leads the team. The firm’s cases remain confidential due to the high-profile nature of the work.

Glade Michel Wirtz

Boutique firm Glade Michel Wirtz represents clients in corporate, commercial and competition matters. Jochen Markgraf and Christian Karbaum are key names in the firm. 

The firm hired two new associates during the research period. In a competition case, the firm represented Schneider Electric, a French technology company, in a damage claims following the aftermath of the European gas insulated switchgear cartel. In another competition case, the firm defended German rail technology supplier Holz-Fehlings in a damage claim in relation to a cartel investigation.  

Other key cases worked in during the research period remain confidential.

Gleiss Lutz

Independent German law firm Gleiss Lutz is a leading law firm in the German market. The firm focuses on financial and competition litigation. The dispute resolution team is comprised of eight partners and 30 associates. Stefan Rützel heads the dispute resolution team and focuses on cartel damages litigation and financial services. Other key names in the team include Stephan Wilske.

Key areas of dispute resolution for the firm include antitrust and cartel damages litigation, financial litigation, international arbitration and corporate litigation. The firm’s client list includes Daimler, Volkswagen, Audi and Deutsche Telekom.

The firm represented Commerzbank in a tax-related case regarding civil claims. The firm also represented Postbank/Deutsche Bank against claims for damages on alleged antitrust violation for card-based payments.

Milbank

Milbank has a focus on European antitrust and competition work. Alexander Rinne is a key partner in the firm. The competition team is based in Munich and has five associates dedicated to competition and antitrust work. 

The firm advised Telefónica in a merger control proceeding concerning Vodaphone’s acquisition of Unitymedia. Another case saw the firm represent BMW before the competition authorities (European Commission and German Bundeskartellamt) concerning its alliances with other leading car manufacturers in the area of automated driving. 

During the research period the firm advised Eurobank Bulgaria on infringement allegations. 

P+P Pöllath + Partners

P+P Pöllath + Partners is active in key areas of dispute resolution, especially within commercial litigation. The firm’s corporate litigation and arbitration team has five partners, eight lawyers and is headed by Wolfgang Grobecker and Eva Nase. 

Key clients for the firm include Münchner Bank, Liverpool Football Club and Polygon Global Partners. 

The firm advised HeidelbergCapital Funds in shareholder compensation claims by minority shareholder of nextevolution.