Prof. Dr. Siegfried H. Elsing LL.M.

International Arbitration

Siegfried H. Elsing, a partner in the Düsseldorf office of Orrick and lead partner for Germany, is co-chair of the firm's International Arbitration group and a member of the Corporate group.

Mr. Elsing has more than 30 years of experience as litigation and international arbitration counsel, having represented private investors, international companies, sovereign states and state agencies in a wide range of significant and complex cross-border disputes. He is admitted as an attorney in both Germany and New York and acted as counsel in more than 100 appellate court cases. He also served as counsel, party-appointed arbitrator, sole arbitrator or chairman (currently more than 230 arbitrations), to include ad hoc proceedings, as well as arbitral proceedings under the auspices of leading arbitral institutions (DIS, HCCI, HKIAC, ICC, ICSID, SCC, VIAC and others).

Mr. Elsing appeared as a legal expert witness in both the German courts and the U.S. and UK courts (on German law matters) and before foreign law-making institutions. Mr. Elsing's experience extends to disputes involving, inter alia, M&A transactions, investments, construction contracts, loan agreements and other financing arrangements, joint ventures, licensing agreements and distributorship agreements as well as energy law. He also advises frequently in corporate, financing, licensing, construction, joint venture and M&A transactions both domestically and internationally.

In 2011, the President of the World Bank designated Mr. Elsing to serve on the Panel of Conciliators for the Administrative Council of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

Mr. Elsing is a Member of the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association (since 2009) and of the German Institution of Arbitration (since 2012).

Mr. Elsing co-founded the German law firm Hölters & Elsing in 1989 and oversaw the firm's merger with Orrick in 2009.

Mr. Elsing graduated from Münster Law School (Dr jur.) and holds an LL.M. from Yale Law School. He is a frequent lecturer and author on the topics of international arbitration and comparative law and is honorary professor at Heinrich-Heine-University, Faculty of Law, Düsseldorf, where he teaches international commercial arbitration and international civil procedure.

Since 2013, Mr. Elsing serves as Honorary Consul of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

Siegfried Elsing
  • LL.M., Yale Law School, 1979
  • Second State Examination, Düsseldorf, 1978
  • Dr. jur., University of Münster, Faculty of Law, 1976
  • First State Examination, Hamm, 1974
  • Studies, Freiburg, Lausanne and Münster
  • Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) (Arbitrator 2014 - 2017)
  • American Arbitration Association (AAA) (Member – Board of Directors)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats (AIJA)(President 1990/1991)
  • Association Suisse de l´arbitrage (ASA)
  • Deutscher Anwaltverein e.V.
  • Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit (DIS) (Member – Board of Directors)
  • International Bar Association (IBA) (Chair - Mediation 2007/2008)
  • International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)

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