Dr. Markus Burianski | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
 Markus Burianski
 Markus Burianski

Dr. Markus Burianski

Partner, Frankfurt

T +49 69 29994 0

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“Markus Burianski [is] ‘always ready to help at short notice, with a quick understanding of economic and business policy aspects.’”



Head of White & Case's German arbitration practice, Markus' work focuses on national and international dispute resolution. He represents German domestic and multinational clients in a variety of court and arbitration proceedings, including those conducted under the ICC, DIS, UNCITRAL, SIAC, VIAC and Swiss rules. In addition, Markus regularly acts as an arbitrator or as a German-law "expert" in international arbitration proceedings.

At ease with the multijurisdictional intricacies of international arbitration matters, he has significant experience of supporting clients with complex disputes relating to supply contracts, liability issues (including managing directors' liability), energy law and post-M&A matters. Markus also regularly advises clients on issues relating to private international law and cross-border litigation (jurisdiction, service, taking of evidence and enforcement).

Clients that have benefited from his knowledge and experience come primarily from the automotive, electronics, energy (including renewable energy) and financial services sectors.

Prior to joining White & Case, Markus worked in Brussels for a renowned US law firm, with a particular focus on litigation relating to competition and international trade law before the courts of the EU.

He is a prolific author on arbitration law and is an active member of several professional associations, including the German Lawyers' Association (DAV), the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), the European Federation for Investment Law and Arbitration (EFILA), the ICC Commission on Arbitration, the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), the Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht e.V. (an association with a special interest in antitrust law) and the ASA Below-40 (Association Suisse de L’Arbitrage)

Markus teaches international arbitration at the Institute for Law and Finance of the Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main and 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 2018 as the "Leading international arbitration outfit".

Bars and Courts

  • Rechtsanwalt


  • Dr jur, Albertus-Magnus University of Cologne
  • Second State Exam, Higher Regional Court of Cologne
  • LLM, University of Hull
  • First State Exam, University of Cologne


  • German
  • English
  • French


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.

Oil & Gas Consortium

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

Oil & Gas Consortium, ongoing

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

Taiwanese solar company, ongoing

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

African Cocoa Company, ongoing

Representation of an African cocoa company in FCC commodity arbitration proceedings as well as insolvency proceedings against a German buyer.

German Automotive OEM, ongoing

Representation of a major German OEM in ICC arbitration proceedings against an Indian supplier related to breach of contractual securities.

German System Construction Company, ongoing

Representation of a listed German system construction company in SCC-arbitration proceedings against a Chinese customer.

German Bank, ongoing

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

Tier 1 Automotive Supplier

Representation of a major international tier 1 automotive supplier in a cross-border dispute against a tier 2 supplier concerning the termination of supply agreements.

Uzbek Mining Company

Successful representation of an Uzbek mining company in a post-M&A dispute arising from a failed joint venture in Uzbekistan.

Speaking Engagements

Participated at the panel discussion "GDPR-International arbitration meets data protection: practical guidance for compliance", November 2: Fordham International Arbitration and Mediation Conference, Fordham University,
New York

Presented "Force Majeure in International Arbitration: A Yemen Case Study", November 1: NYU LAW, The center for transnational litigation, arbitration and commercial law,
New York

"Disclosure Obligations Pursuant to the Amended German Competition Act – a German "Discovery"?", 2018 Litigation Summit,

"Why The EU Investment Court System Is Destined To Fail Foreign Investors And Host States Alike?", EFILA Annual Conference 2018,

"Taking of Evidence in International Disputes", 2018: workshop in the context of the Master Program "International Dispute Resolution" at HU Berlin

"Autonomous Driving", 2017: 15th annual conference of Euroforum,

"The Impact of Digitalization on International Arbitration", 2017: DAJV conference,

"Upstream Force Majeure", ICC YAF 3/2017,

"Costs in international arbitration- tactical aspects of advance on cost", 2015: IBA Regional Day,

"Free trade and democracy", 2015: Young Public Law Academics,

"Managing political and commercial risks by means of arbitration", 2015: 4th Managing Risk in Africa,

"Umbrella clauses in the context of future treaty making", 2015: EFILA inaugural conference,

"Autonomous / automated driving and modern driver assistance systems – progress in a legal grey zone", 2014: 12th annual conference of Euroforum,

"John Deere: International Arbitration", 2014:

"Managing political and commercial risks by means of arbitration", 2013: 2nd Managing Risk in Africa,


Awards & Recognition

Who's Who Legal Arbitration: Future Leaders 2018

Handelsblatt Best Lawyers Germany 2018: Arbitration and Mediation

Dispute Resolution, Arbitration Counsel, Chambers Germany 2018

Recommended Lawyer: Dispute Resolution – Germany, The Legal 500 Germany, 2018

Highly Recommended Lawyer:

Corporate Litigation (JUVE 2018/2019); Arbitration/Mediation (JUVE 2018/2019); Litigation & ADR (Kanzleimonitor 2014/2015/2016)

Dispute resolution expert:, P.R.I.M.E. Finance

Dr. Markus Burianski