Defending Germany at ICSID
|People in Who’s Who Legal||1|
|People in Future Leaders||3|
|Pending cases as counsel||22|
|Value of pending counsel work||US$1.7 billion|
|Treaty cases as counsel||4|
|Third-party funded cases||0|
|Current arbitrator appointments||6 (4 as chair or sole)|
|Lawyers sitting as arbitrator||2|
One of Europe’s largest law firms by revenue, Noerr was founded in Munich in 1950 and was known for a long time as Nörr Stiefenhofer Lutz before rebranding in 2009. The full-service firm describes itself as pan-European, with nine of its 15 offices outside Germany.
The firm has long been well regarded for work in telecoms, technology, financial services and real estate transactions. Its arbitration practice has not attracted as much attention until relatively recently, thanks to some mandates in high-profile investment treaty disputes with an EU law angle.
Anke Meier in Frankfurt heads the arbitration practice, as well as co-leading the litigation department. She has been a partner at the firm since 2010 and previously worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Düsseldorf. She is also New York-qualified and one of Germany’s picks for ICSID’s panel of conciliators.
The Frankfurt office includes partners Meike von Levetzow, who advises on renewable energy and healthcare cases, and Lucie Gerhardt.
The Düsseldorf team is home to California-qualified Jennifer Bryant who sits on the board of the German Arbitration Institute (DIS) and the German-American Lawyers’ Association; and Oliver Sieg who specialises in insurance matters and co-leads the litigation team.
Meier, von Levetzow and Sieg all sit as arbitrators.
The arbitration team is mainly in Frankfurt and Düsseldorf. The wider firm is also in four other German cities (Munich, Dresden, Berlin and Hamburg). It also has offices in Prague, Warsaw, Bucharest, Bratislava, New York, London, Alicante and Brussels.
There used to be an office in Moscow, but this was spun off into a separate firm, Arno Legal, in 2022 in the wake of the war in Ukraine.
Who uses it?
Noerr’s major clients include the German and Dutch governments, Samsung Electronics, British chemicals group INEOS, Mexican cement manufacturer CEMEX and insurance companies including Covéa.
It also has a US slant influenced by its collection of common law-trained team members.
Meier is leading a team defending Germany in two ICSID claims together worth more than €1 billion. The Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) cases are brought by Austrian and Irish investors in North Sea wind projects allegedly disrupted by regulatory changes.
The Dutch government also retained the firm for a Cologne court action against German energy companies RWE and Uniper, seeking a declaration that ECT claims launched by the companies to challenge climate legislation were inadmissible for being contrary to EU law. Though the action failed, Uniper has since withdrawn its ECT claim as a condition of a bailout from the German government.
Noerr is representing a pipe manufacturer in ICC arbitration in Abu Dhabi over the dissolution of a joint venture. The dispute has also given rise to German court proceedings and a New York arbitration over allegations of fraud relating to an M&A.
Von Levetzow is instructed on a claim against a German federal state worth over US$100 million based on the termination of a public-private partnership project.
Michael Molitoris in Munich, who advised on product liability disputes as well as sitting as arbitrator, left to join German firm SZA Schilling Zutt & Anschütz in 2021.
In a rapidly changing world, Noerr anticipates developments, transforming change into advantage and charting new ways into the future. Covering the full depth and breadth of business law, its 500+ advisors craft solutions with a strategic perspective. Together, we help international corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises, financial investors and the public sector to achieve maximum possible impact, sustainability and resilience.
Noerr has offices in ten countries, partners with top law firms worldwide and is the exclusive member firm in Germany for Lex Mundi, the world’s leading network of independent law firms with shared in-depth experience in 125+ countries. Drawing from this network, as well as from additional close connections with other leading firms, helps us to steer our clients through complex multi-jurisdictional issues and disputes governed by a variety of laws.
With highly specialized arbitration practitioners we serve clients in successfully resolving complex and international disputes outside the court room. We can draw on extensive experience in both commercial arbitration and investment arbitration, whether under the rules of the relevant arbitral institutions or in the context of ad hoc arbitration proceedings. Our diverse team with a proportion of female lawyers of almost 60 percent also includes many lawyers with common law education and year-long experience. This allows us to tailor our team especially for cross-border disputes involving central European and Anglo-American jurisdictions. We accompany clients in all phases of a (potential) dispute and render advice in particular in these areas:
- Advice regarding the drafting of arbitration agreements and finding the best dispute resolution mechanism for the specific case at hand
- Party representation in commercial and investment arbitration proceedings
- Acting as arbitrators in domestic and international arbitration proceedings
- Representation of clients in state court proceedings in support of arbitration proceedings
The our team’s expertise is completed by thorough industry knowledge, in particular in the energy, automotive, financial, pharmaceutical/healthcare sector and other regulated industries. This strong industry focus enables us to support our clients with particularly tailor-made solutions.
We are frequently recommended and included in the leading international directories as “eminent name” in the market and lauded by clients and peers for our “excellent practice”, “great expertise”, and “exceptional experience”. Who’s Who Legal features Noerr as one of the top firms in Germany, and has repeatedly listed our team members as Thought Leaders, Global Leaders, National Leaders and Future Leaders.
Our team of well-renowned specialists is proud of being included in the GAR 100 list and continues to serve clients with excellence and passion!
- Dr. Anke Meier, LL.M. Frankfurt
- Dr. Jennifer Bryant, Düsseldorf
- Dr. Meike von Levetzow, Berlin
- Dr. Oliver Sieg, Düsseldorf
- Dr. Morris Besch, Dresden
- Dr. Barbara Maucher, LL.M., Frankfurt
- Lucie Gerhardt, Frankfurt
- Manuela Kreuzeder, Berlin
and many others