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Thümmel, Schütze & Part­ner has an out­stand­ing rep­u­ta­tion in the area of ar­bi­tra­tion, based on decades of ex­pe­ri­ence. Our ar­bi­tra­tion prac­tice group reg­u­lar­ly rep­re­sents ma­jor do­mes­tic and for­eign com­pa­nies in ad hoc and in­sti­tu­tion­al ar­bi­tra­tion – for in­stance, ar­bi­tra­tion ad­min­is­tered by the In­ter­na­tion­al Cham­ber of Com­merce in Paris – ICC -, the Ger­man In­sti­tu­tion of Ar­bi­tra­tion – DIS -, the Aus­tri­an Fed­er­al Eco­nom­ic Cham­ber – VI­AC -, the Lon­don Court of In­ter­na­tion­al Ar­bi­tra­tion – LCIA -, the Chi­na In­ter­na­tion­al Eco­nom­ic and Trade Ar­bi­tra­tion Com­mis­sion – CI­ETAC -, the Sin­ga­pore In­ter­na­tion­al Ar­bi­tra­tion Cen­tre – SIAC – or the Amer­i­can Ar­bi­tra­tion As­so­ci­a­tion – AAA -. The firm’s en­gage­ment in spe­cial forms of al­ter­na­tive dis­pute res­o­lu­tion, in­clud­ing dis­pute ad­ju­di­ca­tion, has grown sig­nif­i­cant­ly with in­creased use of ADR. We as­sist our clients in the suc­cess­ful so­lu­tion of com­mer­cial con­flicts in­volv­ing joint ven­ture par­ties, com­plex con­struc­tion agree­ments for large-scale pro­jects, li­cence agree­ments, dis­tri­bu­tion and agen­cy agree­ments and con­nect­ed fi­nanc­ing and se­cu­ri­ty in­stru­ments, as well as failed M&A trans­ac­tions and share­hold­er dis­putes.

Ar­bi­tra­tion pro­cess­es are sub­ject to their own, in­ter­na­tion­al rules. Han­dling a case and deal­ing with ar­bi­tra­tors, dis­put­ing par­ties and coun­sels from di­verse cul­tur­al and le­gal back­grounds re­quire con­sid­er­able know-how, ex­pe­ri­ence and sen­si­tiv­i­ty. Ma­jor cross-bor­der pro­ceed­ings al­so ne­ces­si­tate team­work and co-op­er­a­tion with for­eign col­leagues and ex­perts. Lawyers in the firm have the ad­van­tage of pos­sess­ing ex­ten­sive skills and a thor­ough un­der­stand­ing to meet these re­quire­ments. More­over, the firm dis­pos­es of a well-qual­i­fied per­son­nel with a very good knowl­edge of En­glish and oth­er for­eign lan­guages. Sev­er­al part­ners at the firm reg­u­lar­ly act as ar­bi­tra­tors.