Dr. Nicholas Kessler, Partner in the Düsseldorf Office, is a member of the International Arbitration Group. Nicholas' practice focuses on national and international arbitrations and complex litigations, predominantly with regard to post-M&A and corporate law disputes, investment protection cases, product liability and particularly to construction disputes.
Nicholas has extensive experience with arbitral proceedings under the auspices of all of the major arbitral institutions and rules (e.g., ICC, DIS, SCC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, ICSID, ad hoc).
Nicholas graduated from law school in 2003 (University of Munster), earned a PhD in law and an Executive Master of Business Administration (M&A) in 2005 and was allowed to the German bar in 2007. In 2008 he received a Master of Laws diploma from the University of Cambridge (UK) and was entered on the roll as Solicitor of England & Wales in 2010.
Dr. Kessler is a visiting lecturer at the University of Münster and teaches the international arbitration and mediation in the university's post graduate program on mergers and acquisitions. He frequently publishes and holds speeches on arbitration and litigation-related topics.
Dr. Fabian von Samson-Himmelstjerna, a partner in Orrick’s Munich office, is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group. He focuses his practice on private and public M&A, Private Equity and Venture Capital, with an emphasis on cross-border transactions.
Fabian represents German and international financial institutions, corporate entities and financial investors, in particular on acquisitions and divestitures, public takeovers, joint ventures, carve-outs and portfolio transactions. He has specific industry expertise in the banking and financial services sector, in the engineering and automotive business as well as in the renewable energy sector.
Prior to joining Orrick, Fabian practiced with another leading international law firm. In 2012/13, Fabian was seconded to Deutsche Bank, where he worked on various cross-border M&A and integration projects.
Christine is dedicated to providing her clients with comprehensive, excellent legal advice combined with a deep understanding of the economics of the deal and actual business needs. Her long-standing transaction experience and deep market insights are huge assets, in particular in high-end cross-border transactions.
Christine’s work is focused on Banking and Finance. She advises on complex national and international financings in private equity transactions and in particular on acquisition financings and refinancings. Christine has also advised on a considerable number of financial restructurings.
Her clients mainly include large private equity firms as well as their portfolio companies from various industries.
IFLR1000 recognizes Christine as a “notable practitioner” in their 2019 edition for her banking & finance work.
Christine studied law in Heidelberg, Passau and Mannheim and obtained her Master‘s Degree (LL.M.) at the University of Waikato/New Zealand.
Before joining Orrick in 2018, she had been a partner at another international law firm.
Carsten Bernauer has many years of experience in advising companies in the sectors of private equity and venture capital as well as in advising listed companies.A special focus is on the comprehensive support of start-up technology companies and their investors. In this context, he accompanies his clients through all stages of growth with the aim of providing fast and efficient support in the implementation of their growth plans and investment strategies.