Established in 1998.
- People in Who’s Who:
- Pending cases as counsel:
- Value of pending counsel work:
- US$0.82 billion
- Treaty cases:
- Current arbitrator appointments:
- 14 (of which 6 are as sole or chair)
- No. of lawyers sitting as arbitrator:
The arbitration practice at Herbert Smith’s German alliance partner is led by Gerhard Wegen and Stephan Wilske; both men are active arbitrators who are also qualified to practise as counsel in the US. This year Wegen celebrated his 100th arbitral appointment, while managing to find the time to maintain a practice manual and a book of materials on arbitration. Wilske says his personal highlight of the year was a Spring sabbatical spent as a visiting professor at the National Taiwan University. The Frankfurt team is led by Stefan Rützel, and the firm reports eight younger practitioners emerging as “ones to watch”. In addition to its German network, the firm has offices in Brussels, Prague and Warsaw, and it also benefits from the alliance it formed with Herbert Smith in 2000, which allows it to call on a combined workforce of more than 2,000 lawyers in 20 jurisdictions. In recent years the firm has branched out into investment treaty arbitration. In its first ICSID case, it is acting for a poultry farmer in a claim against Turkmenistan, which is now at the jurisdictional phase. The firm reports that, since taking the case in 2008, it has been approached by other investors who have encountered problems in Turkmenistan. Clients contacted by GAR recommended the Gleiss Lutz as “reliable”, “precise” and “flexible.” More than one said the firm offered good value for money.