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This is a book for you, dear in-house counsel. In-house counsel are generalists. In-house counsel need concise, accurate advice about special areas of law. In-house counsel are interested in substance, not in footnotes. In-house counsel lack the time to study academic treatises and lengthy court decisions. In-house counsel look for quick orientation and easy access to key information. All this is understood. That is why this book addresses 10 x 10 different topics subdivided in 10 main chapters. That is why each topic is explained in straight-forward language on exactly two pages, without “ifs” and “buts” and, of course, without footnotes. That is why you, dear in-house counsel, will invest five minutes max. of reading time to get a basic, but accurate understanding of an otherwise difficult legal topic. That is the concept, the promise of this book.

This is a book about international arbitration. Arbitration is the dispute resolution mechanism of choice in most transnational disputes. Arbitration is a complicated, multiplayer area of law. A transnational practice has developed, impacted by civil and common law features. At the same time, international arbitration is not rocket science. It is possible to explain 10 x 10 key concepts of international arbitration accurately and understandably on two pages each. That is a challenge, but it is doable. We have done it. This is the concept, the promise of this book.

The book was edited by Jörg Risse, Heiko Haller, Ragnar Harbst, Jürgen Schramke and written by Markus Altenkirch, Tobias Höfling, Annette Keilmann, Gerrit Niehoff, Max Oehm, Maximilian Sattler.

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Prof. Dr. Joerg Risse LL.M. (Berkeley) is a member of the Dispute Resolution Group at Baker McKenzie in Frankfurt. Being double-qualified as an attorney-at-law in Germany and in New York (USA), he represents his clients in international arbitrations before all major arbitral institutions. Since Prof. Risse is frequently appointed to act as an arbitrator or mediator, his clients also benefit from his "judiciary" outlook on a case. Prof. Risse teaches advocacy skills and dispute resolution at the University of Mannheim. Prof. Risse is ranked by Chambers Global 2015 as one of the top two arbitration counsels in Germany and among the most in-demand arbitrators. Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers 2015/2016 honors him as "Lawyer of the Year" in international arbitration. According to Juve (2010 - 2015), he is a "leading name" in arbitration, and Who is Who Legal 2015 declared him one of the top seven commercial mediators in Germany. Prof. Risse advises in post merger and acquisition disputes, in particular in price adjustment disputes, reps and warranty claims and claims raised against transaction advisers. His second main area of practice are disputes related to large infrastructure projects such as power plants, offshore wind farms, electricity networks, public transport projects or airports. Most of his clients are from the “old economy”, including turn-key contractors for large projects and companies from the chemical, automotive, medical and mass transport industry. Prof. Risse has particular experience in ADR-proceedings where he advises his clients in settlement negotiations, mediation and adjudication proceedings. Prof. Risse can be reached at [email protected] and +49 69 299080.

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Dr. Heiko Haller is a partner at Baker McKenzie in Frankfurt. He concentrates his practice on complex international arbitration proceedings with a special focus on large construction, infrastructure and information technology. The core of his activity form proceedings relating to renewable energies and projects in the nuclear industry (joint ventures; offshore wind farms; construction, requalification and uprates of nuclear power plants) and to IT outsourcing projects. Dr. Haller is co-head of the German-Austrian Dispute Resolution Group. He manages Baker & McKenzie's EMEA International Arbitration Group (sub-group Post-M&A Disputes) as well as the German Cyber Security Team and is responsible for the software-supported management of large disputes ("BakerPro"). He is also acting as arbitrator. Dr. Heiko Haller can be reached at [email protected] and +49 69 29908 221.

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Dr. Ragnar Harbst LL.M. is a member of the Dispute Resolution team at Baker & McKenzie. He is qualified in Germany as well as in England & Wales and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Dr. Harbst’s practice is devoted to international arbitration and adjudication proceedings, in particular in the area of large infrastructure and construction projects, with a special focus on the railway industry. Dr. Harbst is also increasingly sought as an arbitrator in ICC and DIS arbitrations in construction and commercial matters. Both in 2012 and 2013, he won the ILO Client Choice Award for the leading arbitration lawyer in Germany. The award is granted based on a survey amongst in-house counsel. He is a lecturer on legal writing at the University of Frankfurt and regularly teaches legal writing to clients and students.

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Dr. H.-Juergen Schramke is a member of the Dispute Resolution team at Baker McKenzie. He has more than 18 years of experience acting as counsel in litigation and arbitration proceedings with a particular focus on high volume and complex plant construction and infrastructure projects, including nuclear power plant projects. He frequently publishes articles and speaks at conferences about arbitration, adjudication and construction. Apart from his experience in construction, engineering and infrastructure projects, Dr. Schramke frequently handles disputes concerning commercial leases and other real estate-related matters. He also advises clients on investor-state disputes. His clients include major domestic and multinational companies in the technology, construction, real estate and logistics sectors. H.-Juergen Schramke can be reached at [email protected] and +49 69 2 99 08 495.

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Dr. Markus Altenkirch LL.M. is a member of Baker McKenzie's Dispute Resolution teams in Düsseldorf and London . Markus focuses on international arbitration and currently represents clients in ICC, DIS, LCIA, and HKIAC arbitrations. Markus primarily advises on Post-M&A as well as construction disputes. Moreover, Markus regularly advises on disputes in the Pharmaceutical industry. In 2021, Markus has started his own podcast series: #zukunft. Markus, and his colleague Lisa Reiser, interview leading arbitration practitioners and in-house lawyers on the future of international arbitration. Markus teaches at the University of Mainz and regularly publishes in the field of international arbitration. He is a contributor and editor for Global Arbitration News. Markus Altenkirch can be reached at [email protected] and +49 211 311160 and +44 20 7919 1000.

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Dr. Tobias Hoefling is an associate in Baker McKenzie's Frankfurt office. He joined the Firm in 2013, after having previously worked for the Firm as a research assistant in 2011 and 2012. In 2010, Dr. Hoefling was a research assistant at the Institute for Law Teaching at the University of Passau. Dr. Hoefling advises clients on international arbitration matters. He represents national and multinational companies, with a focus on large industrial projects and particularly on the railway industry. Dr. Tobias Hoefling can be reached at [email protected] and +49 69 2 99 08 231.

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Dr. Annette Keilmann is a member of the Dispute Resolution team at the Frankfurt office of Baker McKenzie. Dr. Keilmann advises and represents clients in the fields of dispute resolution and commercial lease, in particular in disputes relating to construction (including plant construction) and engineering industry. While her advisory activity includes proceedings before German courts, she focuses on arbitration cases, most notably in the area of plant construction and infrastructure projects. Annette Keilmann joined Baker & McKenzie in 2007 when she was admitted to the bar. During the preceding practical legal training, she, inter alia, worked for the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations in New York. From 2002 to 2005, she worked as a research assistant at Mannheim University and obtained her doctoral degree. For her dissertation on problems concerning the burden of proof she was awarded the price of the Mannheim Law Faculty for the best dissertation in 2005. Annette Keilmann can be reached at [email protected] and +49 69 299080.

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Dr. Gerrit Niehoff is an associate at Baker McKenzie in Frankfurt. Dr. Niehoff represents clients mainly in international arbitration. He can be reached at [email protected] and +49 69 299080.

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Dr. Max Oehm, LL.M. is an Associate in the Dispute Resolution team at Baker McKenzie in Frankfurt. Max advises on international arbitration and commercial litigation matters. He represents clients in cases focusing on large industrial projects such as power plant construction and gas storage facilities. Max teaches at the University of Mannheim, Germany. Max can be reached at [email protected] and +49 69 29908334.

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Dr. Maximilian Sattler is an Associate at Baker McKenzie in Frankfurt. Dr. Maximilian Sattler practices in the areas of domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration. He joined Baker & McKenzie’s Dispute Resolution Practice Group in 2013. While he advises clients on the entire range of commercial law, he focuses on construction disputes (from both the customer and contractor perspective) and on post-M&A disputes. Maximilian Sattler can be reached at [email protected] and +49 69 299080.