Dr. Federico Parise Kuhnle

Associate, Frankfurt



Federico Parise Kuhnle is an associate of the International Arbitration Practice Group based in Frankfurt.

He assists clients with complex cross-border arbitration and litigation proceedings, with a particular focus on automotive, post M&A, and energy disputes. 

Federico has studied and worked in Germany, France, Italy, and Sweden and is fluent in four languages, allowing him to understand the intricacies of multijurisdictional and multicultural cases. 

He joined White & Case in 2016 and was seconded to the firm’s Paris office in 2018.

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


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.

Representation of a German OEM in ICC arbitration proceedings against an Indian automotive parts supplier regarding breach of securities.

Representation of a US chemical producer in a post-M&A/construction dispute regarding several technical defects of the acquired chemical plant.

Representation of a German bank in a €122 million managing director liability case.

Representation of a Japanese automotive parts supplier in several product liability disputes.

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

Representation of a CIS state in an investor-state arbitration regarding the acquisition of a gas distribution network.

Representation in a dispute under long-term industrial gas agreements.

Representation of a US chemical producer in a dispute against a plant operator regarding the operating fees under the UNCITRAL Rules.

Representation of an Italian automotive parts supplier in a post-M&A price adjustment dispute.

Speaking Engagements

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


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