Christian M. Theissen | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
 Christian Theissen
 Christian Theissen

Christian M. Theissen

Local Partner, Frankfurt

T +49 69 29994 0



Christian M. Theissen is a member of the Frankfurt Dispute Resolution group. He assists clients both with international arbitration and litigation proceedings. He specializes in disputes relating to supply contracts, liability issues, post M&A matters, and sports law.

Christian M. Theissen has been with White & Case since 2010.

Before joining White & Case, he spent part of his training working for two other renowned international law firms. He also gained considerable experience in the field of sports law working in the legal department of a national sports organization for two years.

Bars and Courts

  • Rechtsanwalt


  • Second State Exam, Higher Regional Court of Cologne
  • First State Exam, University of Bonn


  • English
  • German


Oil & Gas Consortium, ongoing

Representing an oil & gas consortium in an ICC arbitration against an Arab state.

Global automotive supplier, 2010-2014

Advising a global automotive supplier in connection with potential product liability issues resulting from supplies of defective tank valves and representation in court proceedings both against the OEM and the valve supplier. The amount in dispute is EUR 22 million.

Major OEM, ongoing

Advising a major OEM on its strategic cooperation with a European and a Japanese OEM inter alia in the areas of compact and light utility vehicles and the joint development and use of drive components including e-drivetrain and batteries.

System Construction Firm, 2012 – 2014

Advising a system construction firm listed in the TecDax in SIAC arbitration proceedings against Chinese parties about a US$ 96 million damage.

Global automotive supplier, ongoing

Representation of a global automotive supplier in various contract disputes with sub-suppliers, inter alia about the validity of a termination of supply agreements and the release of tools.

Ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany, ongoing

Representing a ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany in state court proceedings before the Regional Court and the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf in relation to damages claims resulting from a plane crash.

Russian client, 2012-2013

Representing a Russian client in arbitral proceedings under the VIAC Rules relating to the delivery of goods for a hospital construction project.

Several clients in the automotive industry, ongoing

Representing several clients in the automotive industry in interim proceedings in order to prevent a suspension of delivery. Clients include OEMs as well as suppliers.

National sport league, 2011-2013

Representing a national sport league and two clubs from the first division in CAS arbitration proceedings against their respective international sport federation.

Specialty chemical manufacturer, 2010-2011

Representing a client in DIS arbitration proceedings relating to a post M&A dispute about the refunding of tax payments.

Speaking Engagements

Autonomous Driving – progress in a legal gray area (Autonomes Fahren – Fortschritt in eine rechtliche Grauzone), 24 June 2014: EUROFORUM – 12th Annual Conference on Law in Automotive Supply Industry, Stuttgart (with Markus Burianski)


  • Autonomous driving: Do we need a new law on liability in Germany?, Move Forward Magazine, March 6, 2015
  • International Arbitration: Streamlining, while Competition Heats Up, PLC Magazine, Volume XXII Number 3, 2011, (co-author with Matthew Secomb, Christophe von Krause, Aloke Ray, Michael Turrini, David Goldberg et al.)
  • Entitlement to membership vis-à-vis a sports association – Prerequisites, limitations and current developments. At the same time commentary on the decision of the Regional Court of Duisburg (November 3, 2010), SpuRt, Issue 5, p. 181 et seqq., 2011, (co-author with Markus Hauptmann)
  • The Protection of indirect investments by German investors (Schutz indirekter Investitionen deutscher Investoren), KSzW, Issue 2, p. 152 et seqq., 2011, (co-author with Patricia Nacimiento and Verena Gross)
  • The German Court for Arbitration in Sports in doping disputes (Das Deutsche Sportschiedsgericht in Dopingstreitigkeiten), SpuRt, Issue 5, p. 185 et seqq., 2008, (co-author with Anja Berninger)