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Dr. Lutz Kniprath

Dr. Lutz Kniprath, M.A., FCIArb
German Attorney-at-Law
Partner

Phone +49 (0) 30 8145 8193-0
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Dr. Lutz Kniprath, M.A., FCIArb

Specialisation:

Arbitration (domestic / international), complex litigation

Current focus:

  • New Silk Road / Chinese Investments in Latin America
  • Dispute avoidance by contract design according to incentive systems

Working languages:

German, English, French, Chinese (Mandarin)

Professional Experience:

  • German attorney-at-law since 2000: Arbitration, Litigation, Corporate Law
  • Since 2015 co-founder of the law firm of Kniprath Lopez, Attorneys for Complex Disputes. In 2018, the head office was moved to Berlin, Germany and in 2019, a branch office opened in Barcelona, Spain
  • Since 2015 visiting lecturer, Hanover University for Applied Sciences and Arts, Hanover
  • 2010-2015 German attorney-at-law with law firms in Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Hanover (since 2011 as partner) (arbitration, shareholder disputes, corporate law)
  • 2006-2010 Corporate counsel in the corporate legal department of Robert Bosch GmbH (general commercial, corporate laws and dispute resolution)
  • 2000-2006 German attorney-at-law with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Frankfurt am Main / Shanghai (dispute resolution, corporate law)

Education:

  • 2018 Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
  • 1999-2000 University of Cologne, Ph.D., thesis: “The arbitration of the Chinese International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) – administration and procedures”
  • 1996-98 Legal clerkship with the supreme court of Lower Saxony in Celle (clerkships in Hanover and New York, U.S.A. – American Arbitration Association) (degree: German 2nd state exam)
  • 1989-95 University of Trier law school (degree: German 1st state exam)
  • 1989-95 University of Trier, modern China studies (degree: master of arts, M.A.)
  • 1988-89 Mandarin Daily News Language Center, Taipei, Taiwan, language training Chinese (Mandarin)
  • 1987-88 University of Bonn, Studium Generale (China Studies, Philosophy, etc.)

 Selection of substantive matters:

  • Several large shareholder disputes among German or non-German shareholders of German limited liability companies, including numerous interim measures of protection, highly contentious shareholder meetings, multiple shareholder actions (including pleas for nullification, declaration, etc.)
  • Numerous arbitration proceedings, e.g. regarding commercial contract, construction, plant erection, stock market laws, according to the arbitration rules of the German Institution for Arbitration (DIS), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Chinese International Economic and Trade Commission (CIETAC), or ad-hoc rules (e.g., UNCITRAL, German Civil Procedure Code, etc.)
  • Sale and purchase of shares in corporations (M&A) by a variety of large and mid-sized companies, including privatisations by public entities (e.g., energy, health, securities, real estate sectors).
  • Ongoing corporate advice (“corporate housekeeping”, preparation of all supervisory board meetings), including for various subsidiaries of an international group of companies in the electronics and automotive supplier sector.
  • Contractual advice, including drafting and negotiating of contracts in various business sectors such as transport, electronics, automotive, trade in metals etc.
  • Participation in the organisation and implementation of the global complicance structure of a large group of companies in the electronics and automotive supplier sector. 

Memberships:

  • International Bar Association (IBA), German Lawyers’ Association (DAV), German Institution for Arbitration (DIS), International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), Swiss Association for Arbitration (ASA), German-Chinese Lawyers’ Association (DCJV), German-Russian Lawyers’ Association (DRJV); honorary member of Phi-Delta-Phi, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC Germany)
  • Included in the arbitrator lists of the Chinese International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC/BIAC) and the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC).