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

E [email protected]


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

Christian's practice is focused on technology-based industries, including the automotive sector, where he also assists clients in contract negotiations in major projects. He is a member and co-founder of White & Case's global "driverless cars" group.

Christian regularly speaks at conferences and client seminars about supply-chain related issues, e.g. recourse in the supply chain or product/contractual liability in relation to "autonomous driving".

He is an active member of White & Case's award-winning International Arbitration Practice, which is ranked No. 1 in the world by Global Arbitration Review 2018 and has been described by Chambers Europe 2017 as the "Leading international arbitration outfit".

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.

Two Oil & Gas Consortia, 2013 - 2018

Successful representation of two oil & gas consortia in two separate ICC arbitrations about Force Majeure against an Arab state (amount in dispute +US$200 million).

Several clients in the automotive industry, ongoing

Representation of 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.

Global industrial chemical manufacturer, ongoing

Representation in a post-M&A/construction dispute. The arbitration under the DIS Rules concerns several technical defects of the chemical plant acquired by our client.

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.

Ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany, ongoing

Representation of 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, 2016 - 2017

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

Speaking Engagements

Tech Projects in Asia: Implementation and disputes, lessons learned from in-house and counsel perspective, June 13, 2018: Young ITA talks, Frankfurt

The German Act on fully automated driving - liability consequences for OEMs and suppliers doing business in Germany. And a potential role model for legislature in the US?, May 17, 2018: Autonomous Driving Summit USA, Novi, MI, USA (with Bijal Vakil)

Autonomous Driving: legal framework, liability and recourse in the supply chain (Autonomous Driving: Rechtlicher Rahmen, Haftung & Regress in der Lieferkette), April 4, 2017: 15th Annual Conference on Law in Automotive Supply Industry, Stuttgart (with Markus Burianski)

Best efforts obligations as determined by state courts and arbitration tribunals, March 23, 2018: Annual MAA International Commercial Law & Arbitration Conference, Vienna

The new German bill on automated vehicles – and the resulting liability changes, March 14, 2018: 18. Int. Stuttgarter Symposium

Regulatory framework for Autonomous Driving, September 29, 2017: Key note speech at Crédit Agricole's annual CIB Auto Credit Day, Paris (with Markus Burianski)

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