AG is expanding its disputes practice in Germany with the addition of a new partner specialising in commercial litigation, international arbitration and investor-state arbitration.
Felix Doerfelt joins from Latham & Watkins, bringing the total number of Partners in Addleshaw Goddard's Hamburg office to eight.
He is the third partner hire this year following the arrival of regulatory specialists Helge Heinrich from Noerr and Jan-Oliver Schrotz from BDO.
In addition to post M&A disputes, Felix has a strong track-record in international commercial arbitration under ICC, DIS rules and ad-hoc, as well as investor-state arbitrations under ICSID rules and bilateral investment treaties. In his German litigation practice he focuses on complex commercial disputes and enforcement proceedings.
His experience includes representing Daimler AG in Germany’s longest and largest arbitration against the Federal Republic of Germany in connection with the introduction of a truck toll in Germany (Toll Collect) as well as connected court litigation. Felix also successfully defended the Republic of Croatia against claims under a bilateral investment treaty in relation to a failed real estate investment and he advised a global airline in defending cartel damages claims before German courts.
He is currently acting on behalf of the Republic of Croatia in another investor-state arbitration related to a real estate investment and Ukraine in an ICSID arbitration in relation to the insolvency of a leading national airline.
Felix has a particular interest in the renewable energy sector and is advising a member of a German industry consortium in the aftermath of an ICC arbitration in relation to a failed construction project in the solar industry after having represented an insolvency administrator in a complex post-M&A arbitration in the same industry sector.
Michael Leue, Partner in Corporate & Commercial and Head of AG's Hamburg Office said:
"Felix is an excellent strategic fit and has a proven track record of litigating large scale disputes for a client base similar to our own. His experience in energy and renewables alongside investor-state arbitration is also a strong fit with our global arbitration practice which is a key investment priority given the global brand-building nature of the disputes and the opportunity to unlock high quantum work. We are of course also experiencing a significant increase in demand from local clients for commercial litigation advice and Felix will help us to better resource existing and new opportunities."
Addleshaw Goddard's 15 partner International Arbitration Group operates across the firm's offices in the UK, Asia, the GCC, and Europe, and has experience acting as counsel on major international arbitrations, and advising multinationals, banks and governments on arbitrations seated in all the main arbitral centres, including London, Paris, Stockholm and Vienna.