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Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Hamburg, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    International Arbitration Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Nürnberg, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Cologne, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    International Arbitration Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Munich, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Succession Planning Corporate Law Private Equity Law Arbitration and Mediation Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Munich, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    International Arbitration Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Hamburg, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Munich, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    International Arbitration Litigation Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Hamburg, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Munich, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    International Arbitration Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Frankfurt/Main, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Munich, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Arbitration and Mediation Insurance Law
Lawyer
Ulrike Gantenberg was awarded 2022 "Lawyer of the Year" in

Ulrike Gantenberg

Gantenberg Dispute Experts
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Stuttgart, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation International Arbitration Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Munich, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Munich, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Munich, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Munich, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Litigation Media Law International Arbitration Information Technology Law Intellectual Property Law Product Liability Litigation
Lawyer
Stefan Hoffmann was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Stefan Hoffmann

Watson Farley & Williams LLP
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Hamburg, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Hamburg, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Trade Law International Arbitration Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Munich, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Investment Restructuring and Insolvency Law Arbitration and Mediation Tax Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Munich, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Stuttgart, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Litigation International Arbitration
Lawyer
Georg-Peter Kränzlin was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Georg-Peter Kränzlin

Warth & Klein Grant Thornton Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Governance and Compliance Practice Corporate Law Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Munich, Germany Munich, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    International Arbitration Litigation Product Liability Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Munich, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Corporate Law International Arbitration Arbitration and Mediation Tax Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Munich, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Cologne, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
Martin Lögering was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Martin Lögering

Lebuhn & Puchta
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Hamburg, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Stuttgart, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Media Law Competition / Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Hamburg, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    International Arbitration Arbitration and Mediation Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Hamburg, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Arbitration and Mediation Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Munich, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation International Arbitration Mergers and Acquisitions Law Arbitration and Mediation Product Liability Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Munich, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Arbitration and Mediation Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Munich, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation International Arbitration
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Berlin, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor and Employment Law Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Munich, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Arbitration and Mediation Tax Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Trusts and Succession Planning
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Ettlingen, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Corporate Law
Lawyer
Oliver Rathje was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Oliver Rathje

Reed Smith LLP
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Munich, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Munich, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Munich, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Governance and Compliance Practice Arbitration and Mediation International Arbitration Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Munich, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Munich, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Litigation
Lawyer
Anke C. Sessler was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Anke C. Sessler

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Frankfurt/Main, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Litigation International Arbitration
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Cologne, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Hamburg, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation International Arbitration Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Hamburg, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Real Estate Law Construction Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Hamburg, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Litigation International Arbitration
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Munich, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Munich, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Berlin, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation International Arbitration
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Munich, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
Gerhard Wegen was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Gerhard Wegen

Gleiss Lutz
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Stuttgart, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Mergers and Acquisitions Law Trade Law Corporate Law International Arbitration Private Equity Law Investment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Munich, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
Matthias Weyhreter was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Matthias Weyhreter

Matthias Weyhreter
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Munich, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation Litigation Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Stuttgart, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Frankfurt/Main, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense Litigation Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Hamburg, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Munich, Germany
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation

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Practice Area Definition

Arbitration and Mediation Definition

Arbitration and Mediation are two different instruments of alternative dispute resolution to settle a dispute without resorting to state court action.

Arbitration is a special form of jurisdiction which the parties have to agree upon specifically – generally through a provision in a contract or a separate agreement. Different to a state court action, the parties can tailor the arbitral proceedings to their particular needs: For instance, the parties may choose the language of the arbitration, the exact procedure to be followed, and even the arbitrators themselves. Further strong points of arbitration are, in general, the confidentiality of the proceedings and that arbitral awards are easier to enforce internationally than state court judgments.

There are a number of national and international institutions that have established standardized rules for arbitral proceedings, such as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), or the Swiss Chambers’  Arbitration Institution. The parties can opt for the application of these institutional rules or to conduct an ad hoc arbitration. In an ad hoc arbitration the parties have the possibility to individualize the proceedings even further, or to leave such questions to the experience of the arbitrators. Once an arbitration agreement has been concluded, a party cannot file a lawsuit in a state court anymore - unless the other party consents to waive the arbitration agreement.

Mediation is a negotiation method to resolve differences in a (business) relationship which is conducted by an independent, impartial, and respected third party. Unlike an arbitral tribunal, a mediator has no legal powers to issue a binding judgment on the case. Instead, the mediation process is aimed at enabling the parties to reach an amicable settlement themselves. Such amicable settlement can be particularly valuable, if the parties are intending to continue their business relationship in the future.

Mediation and Arbitration can be combined – as a first step, parties often try to resolve their dispute through mediation; only if an amicable settlement cannot be reached, the parties submit their dispute to an arbitral tribunal in order to obtain a binding and final judgment on the case.
Arbitration and Mediation are two different instruments of alternative dispute resolution to settle a dispute without resorting to state court action.

Arbitration is a special form of jurisdiction which the parties have to agree upon specifically – generally through a provision in a contract or a separate agreement. Different to a state court action, the parties can tailor the arbitral proceedings to their particular needs: For instance, the parties may choose the language of the arbitration, the exact procedure to be followed, and even the arbitrators themselves. Further strong points of arbitration are, in general, the confidentiality of the proceedings and that arbitral awards are easier to enforce internationally than state court judgments.

There are a number of national and international institutions that have established standardized rules for arbitral proceedings, such as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), or the Swiss Chambers’  Arbitration Institution. The parties can opt for the application of these institutional rules or to conduct an ad hoc arbitration. In an ad hoc arbitration the parties have the possibility to individualize the proceedings even further, or to leave such questions to the experience of the arbitrators. Once an arbitration agreement has been concluded, a party cannot file a lawsuit in a state court anymore - unless the other party consents to waive the arbitration agreement.

Mediation is a negotiation method to resolve differences in a (business) relationship which is conducted by an independent, impartial, and respected third party. Unlike an arbitral tribunal, a mediator has no legal powers to issue a binding judgment on the case. Instead, the mediation process is aimed at enabling the parties to reach an amicable settlement themselves. Such amicable settlement can be particularly valuable, if the parties are intending to continue their business relationship in the future.

Mediation and Arbitration can be combined – as a first step, parties often try to resolve their dispute through mediation; only if an amicable settlement cannot be reached, the parties submit their dispute to an arbitral tribunal in order to obtain a binding and final judgment on the case.