Lawyer

Are you looking for a way out of a complex dispute? I am acting as a strategic advisor in commercial arbitration, litigation or mediation proceedings or investigations. For more than 20 years, I was acting as a partner and lawyer in an international law firm. During this time, I have gathered broad experience in resolving commercial disputes (in financial and corporate settings and professional sports). Today, I am also advising investors and founders for whom, for example, the evolving legal framework for artificial intelligence, blockchain and crypto-currencies as well as impact investments is relevant.

 

Professional Experience

1998–2002    Associate with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (and its predecessors), Frankfurt am Main

2002–2018    Partner with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Frankfurt am Main

Since May 2018 Law practice, Frankfurt am Main

2007–2014    Arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Lausanne

Seit 2013        Member of the Board of the German Bar Association (DAV), Berlin

Selected Mandates

Representation in front of courts and outside the court system of banks in disputes re. structured financial products and swap transactions.

Representation of clients in international disputes after merger and acquisitions disputes in front of arbitral tribunals or state courts in different jurisdictions.

Leading or participating in internal investigations re. the suspicion of embezzlement, fraud, collusion, manipulation.

Leadership of independent investigation on behalf of the German Soccer Association (DFB) re. alleged irregularities re. the tender or financing of the World Cup 2006.

Arbitrator, Mediator and Facilitator in numerous commercial disputes (for example relating to shareholder disputes, supply contracts, research and development) and sports cases (for example, regarding match fixing, doping or agreements between different leagues).

Strategic advice on pending arbitration or litigation proceedings, second opinions on contentious issues

Arbitrator

As counsel and arbitrator, have I gathered extensive experience in national and international arbitration proceedings for more than 20 years. I have been sitting as arbitrator in more than 100 arbitration proceedings and served as ounsel in about 40 arbitration proceedings. My assignment as arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Lausanne, contributed to the comparably high number of arbitrator mandates. Proceedings affecting the manipulation of soccer matches or the status of associations are examples of cases which found public attention. In commercial disputes, my focus areas are post M&A-disputes, joint ventures disputes and other corporate disputes.

Mediator

Many disputes need to be decided by a third party. In numerous cases, the stake holders are, however, able to find a solution themselves with third party assistance. Since 1996, I have mediated numerous mediation cases. Recurring themes are disputes among shareholders, the search for an orderly dissolution, an adjustment of long term business relationships and dealing with unexpected economic circumstances.

 

Investigator

Knowing the relevant facts is key for any commercial or legal assessment. When I lead or accompany investigations, alleged irregularities, such as, for example, fraud or deceit or briberies, need to be assessed. When my colleagues and I investigated the tender for the soccer world cup 2006, my collegues and I discovered the flow of funds from Frankfurt through Switzerland to the Middle East and many unknown documents

Professor

As an honorary professor at the legal facutly of the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, I have offered courses on arbitration or alternative dispute resolution, banking liability or football and law. I have alternated legal courses and negotiation workshops. Since 2016, I have offered workshops which are supposed to help students to further develop their personal potential and to take care of their personal finances. My goal is to enable students to gain insights which will help them in their careers and their lives.

Seminars

· Künstliche Intelligenz – Regulieren wir die KI oder reguliert die KI uns?
· Personal Development Workshop
· Financial Literacy Workshop
· Verhandlungsworkshop
· Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit
· Fußball und Recht
· Bankenhaftung

Author

I like to participate in debates which may contribute to the further devolopment of the legal system. A significant share of my legal contributions has dealt with questions of arbitration, alternative dispute resolution and mediation. A central theme is to what extent dispute resolution can be handled privately.

Books

Mediation in der Wirtschaft, Third edition, Frankfurt am Main 2019 (Mediation in Business)(co-published with Eidenmüller/Fries/Hacke).

Mediation und Vergleich im Prozess(Mediation and Settlement in Litigationp), Cologne 1999.

Articles

Muss die deutsche Justiz die Rechtsprechung des Schweizerischen Bundesgerichts korrigieren? (Does the German judiciary need to correct the jurisprudence of the Swiss Federal Court of Justice?), Sonderdruck Mai 2017 aus Bitburger Gespräche Jahrbuch 2016.

Wege zur effizienten Verfahrensgestaltungen im Zivilprozess (Ways towards an efficient process management in civil litigation); Deutsches Anwaltsblatt 3/2017, 240 (gemeinsam mit Nicholas Schoch)

Der Fall Pechstein: BGH stützt Sportschiedsgerichtsbarkeit, Reformbedarf bleibt (The Pechstein case: Federal Court of Justice supports sport arbitration, the need for Reform remains) Betriebs-Berater 26/2016, I, Editorial

Lösen international Gerichte die international Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit ab? (Will international courts supersede international arbitration?), ZVgIRWiss, Band 114, 387, 2015 ((co-published with Karl Ömer Rösch).

Ist das deutsche Kartellrecht besser als alle Olympiasiege? (Is German competition law better than all Olympic gold medals?), SchiedsVZ 2015, 69 (co-published with Karl Ömer Rösch)

Festschrift zum 65. Geburtstag von Siegfried Elsing (Festschrift commemorating 65 years of Siegfried Elsing), Verlag und Recht, November 2015.

Der Fall Pechstein: Kein Startschuss für eine Neugestaltung der Sportschiedsgerichtsbarkeit (The Pechstein case: Restructuring of Sports Arbitration is denied the all-clear), SchiedsVZ 2014, 216 (co-published with Herrn Karl Ömer Rösch).

Retten Schiedsrichter den Euro oder Ihre Einlagen? (Do arbitrators save the Euro or your funds?), Betriebs-Berater 2014, 2755 (co-published with Philip Wimalasena).

Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit und Transparenz im transatlantischen Freihandel (Arbitration and transparency within transatlantic free trade), AnwBl 2014, 511 (co-published with Philip Wimalasena).

Privatisierung der Justiz – und was machen Sie? (Privatisation of justice – what about you?), Anwaltsblatt 3.2014, 252 Kommentar zu ADR/ODR (co-published with Michael Grupp).

Der Denkmalpfleger des Rechts hat keine Zukunft (A conservationist in law has no future), Anwaltsblatt 2013, 520.

Das Gesetz zur Rettung der gerichtlichen Mediation (The law that will save judicial mediation), Geleitwort, ZMK, 4/2012, S. 109.

Der Kampf ums Recht im Jahr 2030 (The struggle for rights in 2030), Anwaltsblatt 2012, 2(co-published with Maximilian Sattler).

Der Rechtsanwalt als Mediator (Lawyers as mediators), Betriebsberater, 2011, S. VII.

Die neuen UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules – höhere Effizienz, niedrigere Kosten, (The new UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules – greater efficiency, lower costs?), Recht der Internationalen Wirtschaft, 2011, 1

Schiedsvereinbarungen in Verbraucherverträgen in: Genzow/Grunewald/Schulte-Nölke (Arbitration proceedings in consumer contracts in: Genzow/Grunewald/Schulte-Nölke), Zwischen Vertragsfreiheit und Verbraucherschutz, Festschrift zum 70. Geburtstag von Friedrich Graf von Westphalen, Köln 2010 (co-published with Maximilian Sattler).

Erfolgshonorare in Deutschland – Rechtsstreite in England und Deutschland (Success-Fees in Germany – Litigation in England and Germany), Band 19 Veröffentlichungen der Wissenschaftlichen Vereinigung für Int. Verfahrensrecht e.V., edited by Peter Gottwald, GieseKing, 2010.

Schiedsfähigkeit von GmbH-Beschlussmängelstreitigkeiten – Schiedsfähigkeit II (Arbitrability of proceedings regarding the determination of the validity of a shareholder resolution – Arbitrability II), Neue Juristische Wochenschrift, 25.06.2009, 1962 ff., (co-published with Moritz Keller).

Mediation – Der fehlende Glaube an die Eigenverantwortung (Mediation: The missing belief in personal responsibility), Anwaltsblatt 8 + 9/2008, 605.

Vermeidung und Beilegung von Gesellschafterstreitigkeiten (Avoiding and settling shareholder disputes), Anwaltsblatt 6/2007, 389-395.

Editorial: Unterstützung des DAV für das Europäische Vertragsrecht (Editorial Support of the German Bar Association for the Eurpean contract law), ZGS 4/2007, 121.

MiFID: Die neue Welt des Wertpapiergeschäfts – Transparenz und Marktintegrität für einen europäischen Kapitalmarkt (MiFID: The new world of the securities business – Transparency and market integrity for a European capital market), Betriebs-Berater 2006, 2537-2542 (co-published with Keller).

MiFID: Die neue Welt des Wertpapiergeschäfts – Glauben Sie nicht, Sie könnten ohne weiteres Wertpapiere kaufen (MiFID: The new world of the securities business – Don’t believe you could simply purchase securities), Betriebs-Berater 2006, 2477-2484 (co-published with Keller).

MiFID: Die neue Welt des Wertpapiergeschäfts – Kundenklassifikation und –information (MiFID: The new world of the securities business – Classification and information of clients), Betriebs-Berater 2006, 2425-2432 (co-published with Keller).

Das UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Conciliation – ein Erfolgsmodell? (The UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Conciliation – a model of success?)in: Hengstl/Sick (editors), Recht gestern und heute – Mediation und ihre historischen Vorbilder (The Law yesterday and today – Mediation and its historical archetypes), Wiesbaden 2006.

Ungeahnte Unterstützung für Aktive Aktionäre – Wie das UMAG Finanzinvestoren hilft (Unexpected assistance for Active Shareholders – How the UMAG helps financial investors), Betriebs-Berater 2006, 1345-1350 (co-published with Basak).

Der Anwalt als Gestalter der Streitbeilegung (The lawyer as conflict resolution architect), Anwaltsblatt 2006, 99.

Welche Zukunft hat die Organaußenhaftung für Kapitalmarktinformationen?(What external liability will board members face for wrongful information of capital markets?), Betriebs-Berater 2005, 2645 (co-published with Basak).

Privatisierung der Justiz – bleibt die Rechtsfortbildung auf der Strecke? (Privatisation of Justice – is this the end of norm creation?), SchiedsVZ, 2005, 169-178 (co-published with Keller).

Aufgabe für Schiedsrichter am grünen Tisch (A task for the arbitrator at the Green Table), Anwaltsblatt, 2005, 350.

Braucht der Kapitalmarkt ein neues Gesetz für Massenverfahren? (Does the capital market need a new law for mass proceedings?), Betriebs-Berater 2005, 673 (co-published with Pfitzner).

Schiedsverfahren, Mediation und Alternative Streitbeilegung in Deutschland (Arbitration, Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution in Germany), in: Better Solutions for Business: Commercial Mediation in the EU, CPR Institute European Committee, 2004, Appendix C.

Hat die Gerechtigkeit gesiegt? (Did justice prevail?), Anwaltsblatt 2004, 687.

Mediation und Vertraulichkeit – Der Vorentwurf einer europäischen Mediationsrichtlinie – (Mediation and Confidentiality – preliminary draft of a European Mediation Directive), IDR 2004, 126.

Brauchen wir ein Recht der Mediation? (Do we need a law of mediation?), Anwaltsblatt 2004, 1.

Wirtschaftsmediation – Einwände und Argumente (Business Mediation – Objections and Arguments), ANWALT, 1-2/2003 supplement to NJW 2003 (Heft 6).

Das Grünbuch über alternative Verfahren zur Streitbeilegung, International Journal of Dispute Resolution (Greenpaper on Alternative Dispute Resolution proceedings), Betriebs-Berater supplement 7 to issue 46/2002.

Uncitral Arbitration Rules, in: Weigand (editor), (Practitioner’s Handbook on International Arbitration)Munich 2002, 315 (together with Trittmann).

Nicht-anwaltliche Mediation – Rechtsberatung oder Wirtschaftstätigkeit? (Non-Lawyer Mediation – Legal Advice or Business Activity?), Zeitschrift für Konfliktmanagement, 2001, 284 (together with Tochtermann).

BB-Kommentar zu: Leistet der Mediator den Medianten Beistand bei der Verwirklichung ihrer Rechte, verstößt er gegen das RBerG (BB commentary on: If the mediator assists the parties in realising their rights, he violates the Act regarding the Delivery of Legal Advice(RBerG), Betriebs-Berater, 37/2001, 1871.

Rechtsberatung durch Mediatoren im Spiegel der Rechtsprechung (Legal Advice by Mediators as Reflected by the Case Law), Betriebs-Berater, 2001, 692.

Chance für Mediation? ZPO-Reform wird zu eng angelegt (Opportunity for Mediation? Civil Procedure Reform too narrow), ANWALT (Supplement to NJW), March 3/2001, 16.

Pointierte Zusammenfassung: Unterscheidung zwischen formellen und informellen Verfahren (Focused Summary: distinction between formal and informal proceedings), Interdisziplinäre Studien zu Recht und Staat / Bausteine zu einer Verhaltenstheorie des Rechts, Bonn 2001, S. 404.

Gemeinsame Gespräche oder Einzelgespräche? – Vom Nutzen des Beichtstuhlverfahrens in der Mediaton (Joint Sessions or Caucus Meetings? – The Use of Ex Parte Communication in Mediation), Zeitschrift für Konfliktmanagement 2001, 108 (gemeinsam mit Zürn).

Unendliche Geschichte (Endless Story)? Streit um “Mediator” hält an (Controversy Regarding „Mediator“ Continues), ANWALT November 2/2000, 18, supplement to NJW.

Eignungskriterien für die Mediation (Suitability Criteria for Mediation), in: Henssler/Koch, Mediation in der Anwaltspraxis, 127 (§ 4), Bonn 2000.

Ausbildung zum Mediator (Training as Mediator), 153 (§ 5), Bonn 2000.

Wann empfehlen sich Mediation, Schlichtung oder Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit in wirtschaftsrechtlichen Streitigkeiten? (When to Use Mediation, Evaluation or Arbitration in Business Disputes?), Konsens 1999,263 (gemeinsam mit Reiner Ponschab).

ADR – Alternative zur Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit? (ADR – Alternative to Arbitration?), DIS-Materials V 1999, 25.

Gerichtsverbundene Streitbeilegung in den USA (Court-Annexed Dispute Resolution in the United States), in: Gottwald/Strempel, Handbuch zur außergerichtlichen Konfliktregelung, February 1999.

Der Anwalt als Verhandlungs- und Konfliktmanager (The Lawyer as Negotiation- and Conflict Manager), in: Hartung/Römermann, Marketing and Management Handbuch für Rechtsanwälte, Munich 1999, 109 (gemeinsam mit Fritjof Haft).

Informations- und Wissensmanagement (Information and Knowledge Management), in: Hartung/Römermann, Marketing und Management Handbuch für Rechtsanwälte, Munich 1999, 661 (gemeinsam mit Fritjof Haft).

Vom Friedensrichter zum Mediator (From Judge of Peace to Mediator), Schweizer Juristen-Zeitung 1999, 157 (gemeinsam mit Isaak Meier).

Das Multi-Door Courthouse (The Multi-Door Courthouse), in: Gottwald/Strempel, Handbuch zur außergerichtlichen Konfliktregelung, February 1999 (gemeinsam mit Frank Sander).

Konfliktbeilegung durch Wirtschaftsmediation (Conflict Resolution by Business Mediation), Forum des Internationalen Rechts 1/1998, 1 (see Publications in English Language).

Die Nutzung des Internet in US-amerikanischen Anwaltskanzleien (The Use of the Internet in US-Law Firms), Kommunikation & Recht 1998, 388.

Mediation ist mehr als ein Vergleich (Mediation Is More than a Settlement), MDR 1998, (Vol. 5), R1.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) – Die außergerichtliche Streitbeilegung in den USA (Dispute Resolution Outside the Court System in the United States), Betriebs-Berater, 40/1998, Supplement 10 (Mediation und Recht),

Mediation als Mittel der Konfliktbewältigung (Mediation as Means of Conflict Resolution), in: Erberich/Hoerster/Hoffmann u.a. (editors), Peace and Law, Stuttgart 1998, 135.

Juristische Informationsbeschaffung in den USA (Obtaining Legal Information in the United States), in: Haft (editor), Informationsbe­schaffung in Anwaltskanzleien und im Jurastudium, Bad Kissingen 1998, 53 (gemeinsam mit Gräfin Marie-Christine von der Groeben).

Mediation und Recht – Juristisches Neuland oder Modeerscheinung (Mediation and Law – New Legal Ground or a Matter of Fashion?) in: Betriebs-Berater, 35/1998, Die erste Seite (The first page) (gemeinsam mit Walther Gottwald/Fritjof Haft/Reiner Ponschab).

Außergerichtliche Einigung – Richter ohne Robe (Alternative Dispute Resolution – Judges without robes), Markt und Mittelstand Nr. 1 Januar 1998, 78 ff.

Vertragen sich Schlichten und Richten? (Are Conciliation and Adjudication Compatible?), Betrifft Justiz 1997, 62.

Newspaper Articles / Other Publications

Der BGH stützt die Sportschiedsgerichtsbarkeit (BGH supports sports arbitration), FAZ, 09.06.2016, 6.

Bail-in – wenn die Sparer haften (Bail-in – when savers are liable), FAZ, Nr. 42, S. 8, February 19, 2015.

Volltreffer (Bull‘s eye), FAZ, 134, June 12, 2014, 6.

Mediation und außergerichtliche Streitbeilegung (Mediation and alternative dispute resolution), Anwaltsblatt Karriere, 2014, 35.

Schlussplädoyer (Closing Pleadings), Anwaltsblatt, 2013, M 194.

Plädoyer für einen Perspektivwechsel (Plea for a change of perspective), Jura-Magazin Wirtschaftsführer für junge Juristen, p. 59, January 2013 (DAC12618309).

Erfolgreich Verhandeln – so überzeugen Sie das Gericht (Successful practicing – this is how you convince the court), den Gegner und Ihren Mandanten, Online-Beitrag für Printausgabe Legal Tribune zum DAT, April 2012.

Außergerichtliche Streitbeilegung (ADR) allgemein: Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit, Schlichtung, Mediation; ad-hoc-Verfahren (Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) general arbitration, counciliation, mediation; ad-hoc precedures), Institutionen; IHK Wirtschaforum September 2011.

Nach dem Spiel ist vor dem Spiel (After the game is before the game), Wirtschaftsblatt, 12 July 2010.

Endstation Weltgericht – Träumte schon Kant von Ribéry?(Final stop Last judgement – Did Kant dream of Ribéry?), FAZ, 20.05.2010, 8.

Vertragsbruch – Donezk siegt auch vor Gericht (Breach of contract – Donezk also wins before court), Handelsblatt Nr. 99, 26.05.2009, 20.

Der Ball rollt, der Rubel auch (The ball is rolling, as is the rouble), Handelsblatt, 13 April 2006, 8.

Adam, Antigone und Hamlet im Konflikt – kein Ausweg zwischen Sein und Sollen in Sicht? (Adam, Antigone and Hamlet in Conflict – no way out between Be and Are to be?),schauspielfrankfurt//Zeitung 02 Spielzeit 02/03.

Es muß nicht immer ein Schlichter sein (It Does not Always Have to Be an Evaluator), Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 28.05.2001.

Auswege aus dem Tarifbasar (Ways out of the Collective Bargaining Basar), Börsen-Zeitung, 26.05.2001.

Die Mediation ist auf halbem Weg stehen geblieben (The Mediation Stopped Half Way), Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, 07.05.2000.

Kontroverse um Frankfurter Flughafen ist nicht aussichtslos (Controversy re. Frankfurt Airport is not without Prospect); Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntags­zeitung, 09.08.1998.

Was ist Mediation? (What is Mediation?), in: Mediation – vermitteln – verhandeln – schlichten, Rechtspolitische Chancen kooperativer, vorgerichtlicher Konfliktbearbeitung, Evangelische Akademie, 2/98, 40.

English Language Publications

Commercial Arbitration: Germany and the United States, Dispute Resolution Magazine Fall 2017, 15 (Co-author Jill L. Gross)

Debating FIFA’s TPO ban, The International Sports Law Journal, January 2016, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 233-252 (Co-author Florian Loibl)

Who decides whether bail-in is legal? What comes after Cyprus and Greece?,Law and Financial Markets Review (Journal), (autumn 2015) (Co-author Philip Wimalasena)

Seven steps to reforming the Court of Arbitration for Sport, World Sports Law Report, April 2015, 03 (Co-author Olga Troshenovich).

Chapter “Arbitration of Corporate Law Disputes in Germany“, published in “Arbitration in Germany: The Model Law in Practice”, 2ndEdition, Kluwer Law, 2014, 927 (Co-author Philipp Wimalasena).

Legislation and litigation dispute resolution in insurance law – a practitioner’s approach, ERA Forum, Volume 10, Number 2/September 2009.

Towards a Global Court for Football (and other Sports), F.C. Business, issue 32, November 2008.

Arbitration of Corporate Law Disputes in Germany, in: Arbitration in Germany – The Model Law in Practice(publishers: Prof. Dr. Böckstiegel, Dr. Kröll, Dr. Nacimiento), Alphen aan den Rijn, 2007, 975-1012.

European ADR, Commission’s “Green Paper” promotes discussion, harmonization, Dispute Resolution Magazine, Summer 2003.

Dispute Resolution in Globalization Context, New York Law Journal, April 12, 1999.

Resolving Conflicts by Business Mediation, The International Legal Forum, 1, 1/1998.

Uniform Mediation Law: Do We Really Want Harmony?– 15 (9) Alternatives 126 (1997).

Germany “Attemptos” Mandatory Mediation– 15 (6) Alternatives 76 (1997).

Designing a Mass Tort Settlement Program– 15 (6) Alternatives 78 (1997).

Business Leaders Focus on ADR-Solutions– Dispute Resolution Journal 4 (Summer 1997).

Pro Bono

For a long time, it was not as important as today to fight for the rule of law. The Bar does that. Since 2013, I have been a member of the board of the German Bar Association (DAV). In this role, I accompany the activities of the sports law working group and am chairing the legal tech task force. Before I was elected to the DAV board, I chaired the DAV committee on alternative dispute resolution for more than 10 years.

Muhammad Yunus suggests that you should establish a business if you want to solve a problem. My colleagues and I have accompanied Yunus Social Business (YSB), an incubator for social businesses, since its inception. We have also assisted various cultural institutions, for example, by drafting the articles of association

Current Engagements

Since 2013, Christian Duve is a member of the board of the German Bar Association (DAV), Berlin, and of the Association of the friends of the museum of modern art (MMK), Frankfurt. He also is on the advisory board (Kuratorium) of the German Sport foundation (Deutsche Sporthilfe) (since 2016) and of the Jewish Museum, Frankfurt (since 2017). He has supported Yunus Social Business (YSB), Berlin, in various ways since its inception. Christian has also been on the board of the MMK foundation since was established in 2011.

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