Corporate Blog

Nov
01
Would you choose German courts for commercial disputes if proceedings were held before specialized chambers in English?

Would you choose German courts for commercial disputes if proceedings were held before specialized chambers in English?

When choosing a forum for dispute resolution, the key factors from a legal advisor’s view are quality, time and costs of proceedings. The quality in dispute settlement does not necessarily mean a positive outcome for the client – which is the goal of course – but rather a transparent and plausible process of decision making by a dispute settlement forum.

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Oct
24
Enforcing arbitral awards in Italy

Enforcing arbitral awards in Italy

Claudia studied law at the University of Cagliari with a specialization in international law and holds an LL.M. degree in International Dispute Resolution from Berlin Humboldt University.

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Oct
16
Reflecting on our internship at WagArb

Reflecting on our internship at WagArb

Anna, Claudia, Munique and Thiago, LL.M. graduates in International Dispute Resolution from Humboldt University of Berlin, were interns at WAGNER Arbitration. Upon the conclusion of their internships, they wanted to share their experience and explain what an internship at WagArb looks like.

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Oct
09
Enforcing arbitral awards in Brazil

Enforcing arbitral awards in Brazil

Munique and Thiago are Brazilian lawyers and hold an LL.M. degree in International Dispute Resolution from Berlin Humboldt University.

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Jul
05
New role, familiar face

New role, familiar face

WagArb warmly re-welcomes Ann-Sophie Mante! From September 2017 up until now, she supported our team as research assistant and from this week on joins us in her new capacity as trainee advocate.

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Jun
21
Insolvency and Arbitration

Insolvency and Arbitration

Insolvency and arbitration have returned on the menu of the international arbitration community. The German Arbitration Institute (DIS), made it the overarching topic of its annual spring conference in Zurich earlier this year, and the DRI, the leading organization of defense attorneys, chose to make it a topic for a panel session at its annual conference in London last week.

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May
30
Flying with the Eagles – Part II

Flying with the Eagles – Part II

Saturday, 12 May

After only a few hours of sleep, we collect our things and get ready to depart from Prishtina for 48 hours. Our first destination is Prevalle, where we are scheduled to give our workshop organized by the KDWV and hosted by ProCredit Bank Kosovo on how to conclude contracts with German business partners for a group of approximately 40 company representatives.

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May
25
Flying with the Eagles – Part I

Flying with the Eagles – Part I

Two weeks ago, four of us went on a trip to Kosovo: Petrit Elshani, doctoral candidate at Berlin Humboldt University and project counsel at the firm; Katharina Meyer, our legal manager; Claudio Kühn, associate specialized in corporate law and venture capital investments; and me, the “old guy”.

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Apr
17
Second WAGNER Arbitration Lecture with Stephan Breidenbach

Second WAGNER Arbitration Lecture with Stephan Breidenbach

Last Thursday, Prof. Stephan Breidenbach gave the Second WAGNER Arbitration Lecture at our office. As the critical and innovative dispute resolution thought leader that he is, the topic of his lecture was „Dispute Resolution 4.0“.

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Apr
10
Katharina Seydel joins WAGNER Arbitration as further Trainee Advocate

Katharina Seydel joins WAGNER Arbitration as further Trainee Advocate

We are pleased to welcome Katharina Seydel as trainee advocate to our team.

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Apr
05
New Trainee Advocate on Board: Niklas Luft joins WAGNER Arbitration

New Trainee Advocate on Board: Niklas Luft joins WAGNER Arbitration

WAGNER Arbitration would like to wish a warm welcome to its new trainee advocate: Niklas Luft joins our firm, starting this week.

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Mar
27
WAGNER Arbitration welcomes two further interns to its team

WAGNER Arbitration welcomes two further interns to its team

Since the beginning of this week, we have the pleasure to be joined by two further interns from the IDR LL.M. program of Humboldt University of Berlin: Anna Polubaryeva from Saint Petersburg and Claudia Pillosu from Cagliari will work with us for a month.

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Mar
21
Felix Krumbiegel joins WAGNER Arbitration as Associate

Felix Krumbiegel joins WAGNER Arbitration as Associate

Felix Krumbiegel worked with us as part of his Referendariat, the German mandatory two year legal traineeship, last year and has returned to the firm since the beginning of March as a fully-fledged Rechtsanwalt after recently completing the second state examination at the Higher Regional Court of Berlin.

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Feb
27
Bem-vindo ao WagArb!

Bem-vindo ao WagArb!

As of this week, the first two interns from the IDR LL.M. program of Humboldt University of Berlin have joined our team: Munique Mendes and Thiago Stüssi Neves, both from Rio de Janeiro, will be working with us for a month.

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Jan
04
New year, familiar face

New year, familiar face

Julian Bickmann, a man of the first WagArb hour, has returned to the firm as of this week. He will be working with us alongside writing his doctoral thesis, which he is doing under the mentorship of Prof. Klaus-Peter Berger at the University of Cologne.

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Dec
21
“Kamine und Wein”

“Kamine und Wein”

As the end of 2017 is fast approaching, we gathered current and past team members around one table for an end of year Christmas party last week. As everyone has let the impressions of this event sink in, Petrit Elshani has written a few words below sharing his memories of the evening.

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Nov
07
A pleading for a more diversified dispute resolution culture in German companies

A pleading for a more diversified dispute resolution culture in German companies

This post is based on and derived from an article published in the Journal of the Federal German Bar Association (BRAK-Mitteilungen) in August 2017. As the article is only available in German, we provide an English summary here on our WagArb Journal.

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Aug
03
Breaking free: The role of the lawyer in a corporate environment

Breaking free: The role of the lawyer in a corporate environment

As WagArb continues to grow and attract young lawyers, students and trainees, I find myself often talking – or should I say lecturing? – about the role of the lawyer in today’s professional environment. I have been told by some that I should write this down.

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Jul
27
Promoting Settlements between Disputants as Arbitrator

Promoting Settlements between Disputants as Arbitrator

A subject that appears to be of increasing relevance and interest in arbitral practice is the capacity of arbitrators to facilitate settlement negotiations between disputants. Klaus-Peter Berger and Ole Jensen of the University of Cologne have recently published a very passionate article in the Fordham Law Journal on precisely this topic, promoting the idea that it is actually part of the arbitrator’s mandate to assist the parties as settlement facilitator.

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Jul
26
Enforcing arbitral awards in Turkey

Enforcing arbitral awards in Turkey

Doguhan Uygun is a Turkish qualified lawyer. He studied law in Ankara and Istanbul and is currently an LL.M. candidate in International Dispute Resolution at Humboldt University of Berlin. He has previously worked as an associate for one of the largest law firms in Turkey, gaining experience both in their dispute resolution practice as well as in mergers & acquisitions. By preparing the answers to the Q&A below, Doguhan was kind enough to provide us with a concise and useful overview on Enforcement of Arbitral Awards in Turkey.

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Jul
18
Reflections on the WagArb Internship Experience

Reflections on the WagArb Internship Experience

We at WAGNER Arbitration have had the pleasure of working together with three visiting lawyers from various jurisdictions in the past months – Ella Wisniewski, Doguhan Uygun and Perttu Kaikkonen – who are all participants of Humboldt-University’s LL.M. program on International Dispute Resolution, as well as a law student of Humboldt University of Berlin – Boyan Arshinkov.

The four of them have taken the time to put together an article reflecting on their experience at the firm, which we are happy to share with you below.

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Jul
11
Further research prowess at WagArb

Further research prowess at WagArb

We have the pleasure of introducing Sandra Reinecke, who has joined us as of this month as intern. Sandra is currently a law student at Humboldt University of Berlin and holds a keen interest in arbitration, which is why she has done an internship at the German Institution of Arbitration last year. She has spent a year abroad studying at the University of Geneva, where she had the opportunity to deepen her knowledge in international law.

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Jul
04
New Trainee On Board

New Trainee On Board

WAGNER Arbitration would like to wish a warm welcome to its most recent addition: Friederike Meyer zu Wendischhoff is assisting in our firm’s practice from this month on as trainee advocate. 

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Jun
27
Enforcing arbitral awards in Australia

Enforcing arbitral awards in Australia

Ella Wisniewski supported WAGNER Arbitration from March to May 2017. She is admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia as a lawyer and currently an LL.M. candidate in International Dispute Resolution at the Humboldt-University of Berlin. As part of her time with the firm, she was kind enough to put together the answers to the questionnaire on behalf of her home jurisdiction – Australia.

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Jun
14
State Succession and Investment Arbitration

State Succession and Investment Arbitration

Do Bilateral Investment Treaties (BIT) concluded by predecessor federations also bind successor state entities, which seceded from that federation? This is one of the questions at the heart of the currently pending investor-State arbitration between the Republic of Kosovo (Kosovo) and German company ACP Axos Capital GmbH (Axos).

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Jun
01
Enforcing arbitral awards in Bulgaria

Enforcing arbitral awards in Bulgaria

Boyan Arshinkov, whom we have previously introduced, originally comes from Bulgaria and is currently wrapping up his law studies at Berlin Humboldt University. He interned with WAGNER Arbitration between February and April. During his WAGNER Arbitration Internship Program, he prepared this questionnaire with 27 Q&As on the issue of enforcement of awards in Bulgaria.

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May
18
Enforcing arbitral awards in Finland

Enforcing arbitral awards in Finland

You have already met Perttu Kaikkonen who was a visiting Finnish lawyer at our firm between March 2017 and April 2017. As part of our WAGNER Arbitration Internship Program, Perttu was so kind to put together a Q&A questionnaire with 30 questions and answers addressing the issue of how to enforce an arbitral award in Finland which you will find below.

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May
08
Enforcement Q&A

Enforcement Q&A

Here at WAGNER Arbitration, we are fortunate to have lawyers from many different jurisdictions working with us. In addition to regular staff, we have visiting colleagues from all around the world, most recently from Australia, Bulgaria, Finland and Turkey. To share the benefits of this international legal knowledge, we have devised a questionnaire with various questions on the procedural as well as substantive aspects relating to the enforcement of arbitral awards, which our visiting colleagues have answered.

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May
05
Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight

Within the framework of our WagArb Internship Program, we would like to extend a warm welcome to our new intern, Doguhan Uygun. Doguhan studied law in Ankara and Istanbul, and he is currently an LL.M. candidate in International Dispute Resolution at Humboldt University.

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Apr
13
First WAGNER Arbitration Lecture with Pierre-Marie Dupuy

First WAGNER Arbitration Lecture with Pierre-Marie Dupuy

A week ago, Professor Pierre-Marie Dupuy, public international law scholar, counsel and arbitrator with a significant track-record in investor-state disputes, gave the first WAGNER Arbitration lecture at our office, following this Invitation to the First WAGNER Arbitration Lecture.

We were able to win this high-profiled speaker because of his long-standing connection to the firm: three years ago, his son Florian joined WagArb as of Counsel.

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Apr
11
Investment Arbitration – is there a lack of transparency?

Investment Arbitration – is there a lack of transparency?

As TTIP was being drafted and deliberated, the idea that investment disputes would be brought before arbitral tribunals triggered a storm of public outcry. Arbitral tribunals were disparaged as secret courts, making judgments in the privacy of luxury hotels.

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Apr
07
Introducing the WagArb Journal

Introducing the WagArb Journal

As of this week, our Wagner Arbitration Journal is live and kicking. You could say that it is a corporate blog but it is more like a diary.

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Apr
01
Added ADR and in-house expertise

Added ADR and in-house expertise

Alexander Steinbrecher, head of a legal department at a global corporation with branches in over 60 jurisdictions, has joined WagArb in an Of Counsel capacity since the beginning of this month. Alexander is one of the most distinguished in-house counsels for dispute resolution and commercial conflict management in Germany.

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Mar
31
The Art of Presenting

The Art of Presenting

John Faulk, founder of Fireside Coaching, has been supporting our team for the past six months with his new “embedded trainer” approach. Once a week, we meet with him in small tandem teams to strengthen and polish our rhetorical skills, focusing on how to present our arguments in an authentic and professional manner with the right degree of power.

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Mar
30
Pour l’Europe

Pour l’Europe

Inspired by the #pulseofeurope movement, we at WagArb feel that it is essential and timely to demonstrate our spirit in support of the European project. We feel strongly connected to the European idea, not only because we practice international law, but also because our firm benefits from being comprised of a team of lawyers with diverse backgrounds.

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Mar
24
Corporate culture

Corporate culture

Embracing the concept that our office is more than just a work environment, on a weekly basis we have two recurring firm events: drinks on Wednesday evening and lunch at noon on Friday, whereby we take turns in cooking a meal for the others, preferably from our place of origin.

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Mar
17
Practice for the oral hearings

Practice for the oral hearings

This week, the Humboldt University of Berlin team for the 24th Vis Moot visited WagArb to practice for the oral hearings in Hong Kong and Vienna. Joseph Schwartz, Petrit Elshani and our newest member, Perttu Kaikkonen, put their arguments to the test and were very impressed!

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Mar
13
Presence from the north

Presence from the north

As part of our WagArb Internship Program, we are very pleased about the arrival of a second intern from the International Dispute Resolution LL.M. of Humboldt University of BerlinPerttu Kaikkonen. Perttu is a Finnish lawyer and an associate at Nordia Law in Helsinki.

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Mar
09
Law & Jazz

Law & Jazz

Our Of Counsel Florian Dupuy and his jazz band White Noise Trio will give a concert at Bar Bobu this Thursday to mark the official release of their first EP “Spectrum”. The album will become available on Spotify and other music sharing mediums that day.

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Mar
07
Australian flair

Australian flair

Ella Wisniewski is the first intern from the International Dispute Resolution LL.M. Program of Humboldt University to join the firm. Ella is admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia as a lawyer and, before embarking on her academic stay in Berlin, worked for the Environmental Defender’s Office of Western Australia as well as boutique firm Haynes Robinson Lawyers.

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Mar
01
Merci a bis geschwënn

Merci a bis geschwënn

After having spent almost one year at WagArb as research assistant, Tun de Jong has left the firm to focus on his upcoming state examination and his engagement as coach of the Humboldt University Vis Moot team.

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Feb
27
Bulgarian touch

Bulgarian touch

Boyan Arshinkov is the first intern this year that is with the firm from this month on. Boyan is originally Bulgarian and currently wrapping up his law studies at Berlin Humboldt University.

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Feb
22
Investment Arbitration Update

Investment Arbitration Update

Investment Arbitration Update: Following controversially led debates on investment arbitration, the SCC and SIAC have introduced new rules addressing investor-state arbitration.

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Feb
16
International recognition

International recognition

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Jan
30
ICSID Rules Revision

ICSID Rules Revision

Investment Arbitration Update: After the last revision of the ICSID Arbitration Rules in 2005, ICSID is now looking to modernize its arbitration rules once again and invites interested parties to submit amendment suggestions. The revision is said to be needed in order to simplify the dispute settlement procedure and to improve its cost and time effectiveness. For more information, please visit: https://lnkd.in/gaPq2T7