Sara Vanetta

Partner, Berlin


“An outstanding litigator and strategist, always competent, open and unpretentious - a reliable partner!”
The Legal 500, Germany 2023


Sara Vanetta's area of practice is dispute resolution with a particular focus on insurance law. She has extensive experience in the field of D&O insurance and advises or represents insurance companies and policy holders in this regard. She has written various publications on this topic and also regularly lectures on the related corporate and insolvency law implications.

Furthermore, she advises and represents clients in liability proceedings with a technological background. Especially in the Automotive sector Sara possesses proven expertise.

In addition to that she is also experienced in representing clients in mass actions brought by investors on the grounds of alleged deficiencies in prospectuses and/or investment advice, in particular in connection with life insurance funds. As part of M&A transactions, Sara advises clients on warranty & indemnity insurance matters. Furthermore, Sara Vanetta is a member of the White & Case's EMEA Insurance Group as well as the German Bar Association's insurance working group’s section on international insurance law, insurance supervisory law, reinsurance and industrial insurance law.

Sara is highly recognised by competitors and clients: a competitor praise her as a "Rising Star" (JUVE Germany, 2022) and a client stated: "Sara Vanetta has exceptionally strong communication skills and knows how to connect with clients, co-counsel and/ or courts - indispensable for a litigator." (The Legal500, Germany 2022)

Bars and Courts
Second State Exam
Higher Regional Court of Berlin
First State Exam
Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universität Münster


Speaking Engagements

D&O Update - Prevention, avoidance, tracking: "D&O insurance - current developments and trends (Organhaftung aktuell – Vorbeugen, Vermeiden, Verfolgen: “D&O-Versicherung – aktuelle Entwicklungen und Trends“), WM-Seminar, Frankfurt am Main, 13th of March 2018

D&O insurances in insolvency - a suitable remedy for mass generation? (D&O-Versicherungen in der Insolvenz – ein taugliches Mittel zur Massegenerierung?), Österbergseminar, Tübingen, 19th of October 2018


ZPO in „Corona stress test“ - Challenges and options for action in a slowed down litigation and business environment (ZPO im Corona-Stresstest – Herausforderungen und Handlungsmöglichkeiten in einem verlangsamten Prozess- und Geschäftsbetrieb), Betriebsberater, 2020

No liability of the D&O insurance for enticement of employees for the foundation of a competitor company (Keine Eintrittspflicht der D&O-Versicherung für Abwerbung von Personal zur Gründung eines Konkurrenzunternehmens), Die Aktiengesellschaft (AG), 06/2018

"D&O insurance is not obliged to assume responsibility for enticing away personnel to set up a competing company" (Keine Eintrittspflicht der D&O-Versicherung für Abwerbung von Personal zur Gründung eines Konkurrenzunternehmens) – Article in the AG, Verlag Dr. Otto Schmidt, Cologne, 2018

Co-author, "Siemens/Neubürger – Judgment Sets New Milestone for Compliance Standards in Germany", Corporate Disputes Magazine, Issue Oct-Dec, 2014 (with Christian Wirth)

Co-author, "Proceeding for documentary evidence and digital communications technology – Tactical considerations on the probative value of electronic documents under consideration of § 371 ZPO (Urkundenprozess und digitale Kommunikationstechnologie – Prozesstaktische Erwägungen zum Beweiswert elektronischer Dokumente unter Berücksichtigung von § 371 a ZPO)", Dispute Resolution – Das Online Magazin, Issue 3, Pages 11-13, 2014 (with Christian Wirth) 

Co-author, "Between gentlemen’s agreement and discovery – the reinsurer’s contractual right of inspection in the event of a dispute (Zwischen Gentlemen’s Agreement und Discovery – Die Behandlung des vertraglichen Einsichtsrechts des Rückversicherers im Streitfall)", Dispute Resolution – Das Online Magazin, Issue 1, Pages 16-18, 2014 (with Christian Wirth) 

"Report on the symposium of the working committee „international insurance and insurance supervision law” on 15. February 2013 in Obernai (France) (Bericht über die Fachtagung des Arbeitskreises „Internationales Versicherungsrecht und Versicherungsaufsichtsrecht“ am 15. Februar 2013 in Obernai (Frankreich))", 

SpV, Issue 1, Pages 6-7, 2013

Awards and Recognition

Ones to Watch Germany in Litigation, Handelsblatt 2021