Dr. Federico Parise Kuhnle

Local Partner, Frankfurt



Federico Parise Kuhnle is a local partner in White & Case's International Arbitration Practice Group.

Federico assists domestic and international clients with complex cross-border litigation and arbitration proceedings, inter alia under the ICC, DIS, UNCITRAL, and ICSID Rules. Federico's focus lies on disputes in the energy, automotive, chemical and construction industry. He has also acted as counsel in investment disputes.

Federico has studied and worked in Germany, France, Italy, and Sweden and is fluent in four languages. This background allows him to understand the intricacies of multijurisdictional cases, including their cultural aspects. Federico regularly publishes on international arbitration and litigation topics and is one of the regional coordinators for Germany of AIA-ArbIt-40, the Italian young arbitration professionals' association. In this capacity, he is dedicated to promote the exchange and strengthen the ties between his German and Italian peers through publications, lectures, and other events. He is also one of the organizers of the firm’s global activities in support of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot.

Federico was seconded to the firm's Paris office for six months in 2018 and regularly supports clients in international disputes together with colleagues from other offices of White & Case's award-winning International Arbitration Practice.

Bars and Courts
Second State Exam
Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt
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University of Bremen
First State Exam
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main


Taiwanese Solar Energy 
Representation of a Taiwanese solar energy company in a EUR 130-million ICC arbitration against a German supplier about the termination of a long-term supply agreement for economic hardship.

Gas Pricing Reopener
Representation of a European buyer in a multibillion gas pricing reopener arbitration under long-term industrial gas agreements.

Caucasian State
Representing a Caucasian State in an investor-state arbitration brought under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules relating to a dispute over the regulation of gas tariffs.

Balkan Electricity Distributor
Advising a Balkan electricity distributor on force majeure issues concerning an EFET agreement with a wholesaler amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Italian Tier 1 Automotive Supplier
Representation of an Italian automotive parts supplier in several disputes against former co-shareholders and managing directors in a DIS arbitration, court proceedings and out-of-court negotiations.

Global Industrial Chemical Manufacturer
Representation of a chemical producer in a Paris-seated UNCITRAL arbitration against the operator of a chemical plant in France regarding the calculation of operating fees under German law. 

Global Industrial Chemical Manufacturer
Successful representation in a post-M&A/construction dispute. The arbitration under the DIS Rules concerned several technical defects of the chemical plant acquired by our client.

European Construction Company
Representation of a European construction company in an ICC arbitration regarding the construction of a hydroelectric project in Chile.

Speaking Engagements

Presented and co-moderated "Dealing with Italian Companies: Opportunities and Challenges", 11 February 2020, Frankfurt (event co-hosted by CAM – Milan Chamber of Arbitration and White & Case)

Presented "The Legal Framework for Market Entry in Nigeria - Legal Protection and Dispute Resolution", 26 September 2018: Investing in the Future: Market Opportunities in the Education and Training Sector in Nigeria, event hosted by the German-African Business Association and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Frankfurt


"Climate Change Disputes: The Status and the Future" Indian Journal of International and Comparative Law, Thomson Reuters, 2023 (with Sonja Hoffmann and Federico Parise Kuhnle)

"Climate protection lawsuits against companies won't stay away in the future" ("Klimaschutzklagen gegen Unternehmen bleiben künftig nicht aus") guest commentary in: energate messenger, July 02, 2021 (with Markus Burianski and Sonja Hoffmann)

"The German Federal Constitutional Court on the German Climate Change Act", Environmental Law & Management, Lawtext, 2021 (with Markus Burianski and Sonja Hoffmann)

Post-COVID-19 Disputes in Italy: Are the 2019 Arbitration Rules of the Milan Chamber of Commerce a Solution?, in SchiedsVZ 2020/3

Post-M&A-Disputes in Arbitration Practice – A practical overview (Post-M&A-Streitigkeiten in der Schiedsgerichtspraxis – Ein Überblick aus der Praxis), in: MLR 2020/1, pp. 26-33 (co-author with Marie Bergner)

Transatlantic Legal Conference on Climate Change: A new frontier and climate for dispute resolution?, in SchiedsVZ 2019/6

Getting The Deal Through: Appeals 2017-2019, Germany, (co-author with Andreas Klein)

Resolving disputes in Africa's mining sector: International arbitration can benefit the parties to a range of mining disputes, in: Africa Focus, Spring 2019, (co-author with Markus Burianski and Damien Nyer)

Dispute Resolution in Africa Mining Assets: Exploring the Arbitration Route, in Into Africa, July 2018, (co-author with Markus Burianski)

German Federal Court of Justice: Proceedings for Declaring an Arbitral Award Enforceable - Inadmissibility of the Application for Determination of a Claim to the Insolvency Table (BGH: Verfahren auf Vollstreckbarerklärung eines Schiedsspruchs – Unzulässigkeit des Antrags auf Feststellung einer Forderung zur Insolvenztabelle), in Betriebs-Berater 2017, Pages 1619-1620, (co-author with Markus Burianski)

Arbitration in Africa – Managing Risks in a Growing Market, in Into Africa, April 2017, (co-author with Markus Burianski)

Effective Legal Protection in Cross-Border Commerce Provided by Private Arbitral Tribunals: A Theoretical and Empirical Investigation Into the Procedural Effectiveness and Accessibility of Legal Protection Based on Arbitration for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (Effektiver Rechtsschutz im grenzüberschreitenden Handel durch private Schiedsgerichte: Eine theoretisch-empirische Untersuchung über Verfahrenseffektivität und Zugänglichkeit schiedsrechtlichen Rechtsschutzes am Beispiel kleiner und mittlerer Unternehmen). Baden-Baden, 2015

International Commercial Arbitration from the Point of View of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (Die internationale Handelsschiedsgerichtsbarkeit aus der Sicht kleiner und mittlerer Unternehmen), TranState Working Paper No. 182, 2014

Awards and Recognition

Best Lawyer Germany – One to Watch in Arbitration and Mediation, International Arbitration, Litigation, Handelsblatt 2023