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


Resisting the enforcement of the +US$50 billion Yukos award

Acting for the Russian Federation, resisting the enforcement of the +US$50 billion Yukos arbitration award, the largest award in the history of arbitration.

Major Automotive OEM and several other tech clients, ongoing

Representation in contract negotiations related to autonomous driving projects; advising on product liability and other liability risks related autonomous driving.

Oil & Gas Consortium, 2013 - 2015

Successful representation of an oil & gas consortium in an ICC arbitration against an Arab state arising from the political turmoil of the Arab spring.

Several clients in the automotive industry, ongoing

Representing several clients in the automotive industry in negotiations and regular state court proceedings in relation to product liability matters as well as contractual damages claims; representation in interim proceedings in order to prevent a suspension of delivery. Clients include OEMs as well as suppliers.

Major Automotive OEM, ongoing

Advising a major OEM on its strategic cooperation with a European and a Japanese OEM inter alia related to development agreements and manufacturing and supply agreements.

Indian client, ongoing

Representation in an ICC arbitration about Force Majeure against an Arab state.

Listed System Construction Firm, 2012 – 2014

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

Ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany, ongoing

Representing a ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany in several state court proceedings in relation to damages claims resulting from a plane crash.

Senior Citizens Center Operator, ongoing

Representation in DIS arbitration proceedings relating to a post M&A dispute.

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.

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)