“The Class of WagArb”


“The Class of WagArb”

2. November 2020

Seven years after the beginnings of Wagner Arbitration in 2013, Philipp and the Wagner Arbitration team felt it was time to start an alumni group. Interns, legal trainees, LL.M. students – so many young lawyers from all over the world have spent some time at Hegelplatz 1 or the original offices from the beginnings of the firm. All of us share WagArb experiences from projects, rhetoric coachings and get-togethers around a good meal and a glass of wine.

Last Wednesday, current and former team members came together virtually to celebrate Wagner Arbitration’s kick-off alumni event! Close to 40 WagArb alumni dialed in from Australia, Brazil, Singapore and even from a bike-trip on the Way of St. James in Spain.

After Philipp welcomed everyone, we virtually clinked glasses. With the support of many friends in the global arbitration community on different continents, a bottle of champagne had traveled the globe to every participant with the aim of creating a connection across the continents and in times where we have become accustomed to distance. As everyone introduced themselves and shared favorite memories from their time at the firm, there was a “Class of WagArb” feeling though many of us met for the first time.

John Faulk – whose rhetoric coachings are a fixed part of any person’s experience with Wagner Arbitration – showed a series of pictures that captured the spirit of the law firm: a place that is more than just a work environment.

Chef Florian Dupuy had the honor of presenting the “cook of the year” award for outstanding achievement in the arbitrattoria – the firm’s weekly Friday lunches where team members take turn cooking for everyone. Though the kitchen is closed at the moment, the alumni group’s first project will be to develop a cookbook with the cooks sharing recipes they served the team, often from their places of origin.

Across the world, we feel the consequences of the current pandemic. It may be a sense of nostalgia that accompanies every alumni reunion, but looking back at this special get-together I find it was a welcome reminder that “this too shall pass”. Taking a look back to the early years of the firm and how many people from across the world are connected through WagArb, it helped put the current crisis into perspective. As a relatively new member to the WagArb family, I am grateful for being able to meet everyone and look forward to the upcoming reunions!

Über die Autorin

Sophie Eichhorn
Sophie Eichhorn is a German attorney, admitted to the Berlin Bar since 2022. She joined WAGNER Arbitration in 2021 after spending part of her legal traineeship with the firm. She studied law in Heidelberg, Rome and Berlin with a specialization in European law and public international law. After graduating, Sophie worked as a policy advisor for transatlantic and European issues for a member of the German Bundestag and, previously, as research assistant to Prof. Dr. Anne Peters, director of the Max-Planck-Institute for comparative public law and international law in Heidelberg.

Über Wagner Arbitration

Die Kanzlei WAGNER Arbitration hat ihren Sitz in Berlin und ist auf gerichtliche und außergerichtliche Streitbeilegung mit Schwerpunkt Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit spezialisiert. Eine weitere Kernkompetenz ist die Beratung im nationalen und internationalen Wirtschaftsrecht.

Seit der Gründung im Jahr 2013 steht WAGNER Arbitration als kompakte Einheit für ein Höchstmaß an Vertraulichkeit und persönlichem, lösungsorientiertem Engagement. Dank unserer Mehrsprachigkeit und unseres weltweiten und interdisziplinären Netzwerks können wir komplexe Wirtschaftsstreitigkeiten und Transaktionen umfassend auf Deutsch, Englisch und Französisch betreuen.