Dispute Resolution

How can your business avoid lawsuits and which costs are at stake in a legal dispute?
How can you assert your claims towards domestic and foreign contracting parties?
How do you protect your business against domestic or foreign judicial recourses?

PwC Legal represents you in disputes particularly in the following areas:

  • lawsuits deriving from operational business (commercial law),
  • corporate law, in particular shareholder disputes/post-M&A conflicts,
  • distribution law,
  • transport and customs legislation,
  • industrial plant construction,
  • plant exports and
  • product liability law.

For further details please refer to the work areas mentioned below.

Litigation risks in the design of contracts

Whether you are seeking to enter complex international agreements or presumably standardised contracts with domestic partners: a foresighted contract design may prevent potential disputes or may positively influence these. When elaborating agreements you should therefore always consider what may happen if contractual partners breach these contracts. Otherwise you may face substantial difficulties in asserting your claims. This particularly applies to international cooperation projects

Our lawyers are highly experienced in designing contracts and providing on-going advisory services for various projects. They know what matters when elaborating agreements. If you involve our experts at an early stage, you significantly reduce your contractual risks.

Here’s how PwC Legal assists you

We

  • elaborate contractual dispute resolution mechanisms, jurisdiction and choice of law clauses.
  • assess litigation risks and litigation prospects of agreements.
  • provide advice during contract negotiations and actively participate in these.

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Dispute prevention and dispute management in daily business

In business relationships unexpected conflicts may arise any time. Many of these can be resolved without legal disputes through an efficient conflict management of the contracting parties. Unfortunately, many of our clients approach us only once a legal dispute has become inevitable or has already been initiated.

You can avoid such situations by involving PwC Legal at an early stage. Through focused dispute resolution strategies our lawyers often manage to prevent legal disputes allowing the contractual partners either to amicably terminate or continue their cooperation.

However, our extensive expertise also demonstrates that disputes can ideally be prevented or resolved if the conflict potential has already been identified and addressed during the elaboration of an agreement. This is why many of our clients already get us involved during this phase.

Here’s how PwC Legal assists you

Our lawyers

  • accompany the cooperation with your partners right from the start in order to avoid uncertainties and to prevent disputes.
  • advise you on effective and early dispute resolution.
  • negotiate with the opposing party in order to continue cooperation.
  • efficiently and competently prepare court proceedings, if necessary.
  • always take your economic, legal and personal interests into account.

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Court and arbitration proceedings

Even if a court or arbitration proceeding becomes inevitable you benefit from our lawyers’ litigation expertise – no matter whether you are the plaintiff, the defendant or involved as a third party.

Legal proceedings may result from a conflict escalation or may have been initiated unexpectedly. In any case you should proceed in a structured way and should focus on the facts. Sometimes, legal proceedings may even increase your prospects for an out-of-court and cost-effective dispute resolution. We always keep a good eye on such opportunities. Due to their vast experience our litigation attorneys are able to assess litigation processes already at an early stage.

This also holds true if you have to assert your claims abroad. If necessary, we provide you with valuable contacts within our PwC Legal network of 2.400 lawyers in 80 countries.

Here’s how PwC Legal assists you

We

  • assess the legal prospects and risks prior to legal proceedings.
  • represent you before all German judicial and arbitration courts.
  • in the event of legal disputes before public courts we jointly develop litigation strategies and discuss all potential options for successfully asserting your claims or defending you against claims against you.
  • provide guidance during legal proceedings abroad, establish contacts to foreign colleagues of the PwC Legal network and organise strategic arrangements.
  • always take your provisions and economic interests into account.
  • work efficiently and focused.

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Enforcement of court decisions

Following legal disputes you need to enforce the ascertained claims – often abroad. This may turn out as a particularly difficult task to accomplish. Precautionary measures may become necessary in order to avoid the destruction of assets and foreclosures.

During every step of your way you may substantially benefit from our outstanding technical expertise and the international legal network of PwC.

Here’s how PwC Legal assists you

Our lawyers

  • enforce for you judgments within Germany and abroad.
  • prepare and apply for precautionary and coercive measures.
  • secure the preservation of assets of your defeated opposing litigant.
  • prevent foreclosures resulting from national and international unjust judgments against you.

Please contact us at an early stage in order to avoid unnecessary risks. We are pleased to assist you

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Contacts

Stefan Gentzsch

Corporate and Dispute Resolution

Tel: +49 69 9585-3477

Dr. Martin J. Beckmann

Corporate and Dispute Resolution

Tel: +49 30 2636-1566

Dr. Roman Dörfler

Corporate and Dispute Resolution

Tel: +49 30 2636-4390