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              Litigation and Arbitration

              Disputes are an unavoidable incident of doing business. We act for clients from all kind of sectors and combine industry expertise with our service offering in the area of Dispute Resolution to get the best result for our clients. 

              To find out more about our global legal services please visit our global site

              Dispute resolution
              (Arbitration, Litigation, Mediation)

              Our service offering in the area of Dispute Resolution includes:

              In addition to acting as counsel in arbitral proceedings, members of our teams are frequently appointed as arbitrators or members of the arbitral tribunal.

              We have acted in both local and international arbitration proceedings under a wide range of ad hoc and institutional proceedings, including in particular the Arbitration Rules of:

              • the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration;
              • the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS);
              • the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID);
              • the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC);
              • the Arbitration Institute of the Zurich Chamber of Commerce (ZCC);
              • the Arbitration Institute of the Vienna Chamber of Commerce (VCC);

              We pride ourselves on offering full claims management services starting at the pre-disputes stage. In doing so, we are able to advice clients how to recognize and manage risk/potential claims over the life of the project or contract in order to defuse situations with problem counterparts before they erupt into fully-fledged disputes.

              We routinely provide our clients with an initial assessment of claims in order to ascertain the strength of the parties’ respective positions with the objective to achieve early settlement rather than committing the parties to a formal dispute resolution process that will inevitably be inefficient in terms of management time and cost. In doing so, we are able to assist our clients in dealing with any commercial and regulatory risks that may affect the smooth operation of their business.

              Disputes are a natural occurrence in all areas of business. However, in the event that a dispute cannot be settled or successfully contained, we are well-equipped to represent our client in both local and international litigation/arbitration.

              We have counseled in both institutional and ad hoc arbitrations under a wide range of governing laws (both procedural and on the merits), seated in Europe, the US, Asia and the Middle East. We have expert litigation capability in all our key offices and appear as counsel in front of the German courts.

              Coupled with extensive litigation and arbitration experience we have expertise across a wide spectrum of industry sectors; this enables us to understand better our clients; needs and objectives and to provide comprehensive, tailored and commercially focused advice.

              In addition, parties are increasingly using a process whereby their dispute is first referred to mediation before litigation / arbitration is attempted. DWF has extensive experience in running mediations and supporting effective mediation strategies. 

              An award is only as good as its enforceability; also in this stage of a dispute the DWF team throughout the world supports our clients’ interests.

              Michael Falter

              • Partner // Managing Partner (Germany)

              Oliver Bolthausen, LL.M. (USA), FCIArb (UK)

              • Partner // Executive Partner (Munich) // Global Head of International Arbitration & Global Disputes