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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.
Acting for the Russian Federation, resisting the enforcement of the +US$50 billion Yukos arbitration award, the largest award in the history of arbitration.
Representation in contract negotiations related to autonomous driving projects; advising on product liability and other liability risks related autonomous driving.
Successful representation of an oil & gas consortium in an ICC arbitration against an Arab state arising from the political turmoil of the Arab spring.
Representing several clients in the automotive industry in negotiations and regular state court proceedings in relation to product liability matters as well as contractual damages claims; representation in interim proceedings in order to prevent a suspension of delivery. Clients include OEMs as well as suppliers.
Advising a major OEM on its strategic cooperation with a European and a Japanese OEM inter alia related to development agreements and manufacturing and supply agreements.
Representation in an ICC arbitration about Force Majeure against an Arab state.
Advising a system construction firm in SIAC arbitration proceedings against Chinese parties about a US$ 96 million damage.
Representing a ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany in several state court proceedings in relation to damages claims resulting from a plane crash.
Representation in DIS arbitration proceedings relating to a post M&A dispute.
Representing a Russian client in arbitral proceedings under the VIAC Rules relating to the delivery of goods for a hospital construction project.
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: legal framework, liability and recourse in the supply chain (“Autonomous Driving”: Rechtlicher Rahmen, Haftung & Regress in der Lieferkette), April 4, 2017: EUROFORUM - 15th Annual Conference on Law in Automotive Supply Industry, (with Markus Burianski)
Autonomous Driving – progress in a legal gray area (Autonomes Fahren – Fortschritt in eine rechtliche Grauzone), June 24, 2014: EUROFORUM – 12th Annual Conference on Law in Automotive Supply Industry, Stuttgart, (with Markus Burianski)
The Legal 500 & The In-House Lawyer Comparative Legal Guide Germany: Arbitration, pages 1-22, (co-author with Dr. Markus Burianski)
An important milestone as Germany permits automated vehicles, Market impact and outlook, Business Law Magazine, September 7, 2017, (co-author with Dr. Markus Burianski)
Anmerkung zum Urteil des Bundesgerichtshofs vom 8. November 2016 zur Reichweite der Luftfahrzeughalterhaftung gemäß § 33 LuftVG (Az. VI ZR 694/15), Zeitschrift für Luft- und Weltraumrecht (ZLW) [German Journal of Air and Space Law], April 1, 2017, (co-author with Gero Pogrzeba)
Car Wars - Das Auto der Zukunft, Handelsblatt Journal „Automobilindustrie“, May 4, 2016, (co-author with Markus Burianski, Markus Hauptmann, Martin Munz, Scott Weingaertner, Norbert Wimmer, Bijal V. Vakil)
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. (Der Aufnahmespruch gegenüber einem Sportverband – Voraussetzungen, Grenzen und aktuelle Entwicklungen) (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)