Dr. Karsten Faulhaber



Karsten has more than 20 years experience in all forms of dispute resolution acting as lead counsel and arbitrator for clients in the energy and infrastructure, technology, life science, finance and automotive sectors. He is recognized as "Fast, thorough, friendly, cost-effective – an excellent lawyer for demanding mandates" (Legal 500) with significant knowledge in cross border conflicts that involve parallel proceedings in various jurisdictions.

Karsten represents clients in international arbitration under all the main arbitral institutions, including the ICC and DIS, frequently acts as sole and party-appointed arbitrator and also represents clients before national courts in Germany with experience in setting aside and enforcement actions.

As a former M&A transactional lawyer Karsten has solid grounding in pre-contractual and contractual negotiations and advises among others, energy producers and distributors, both traditional (oil and gas) and renewables (solar, wind) construction conglomerates, financial institutions, JVs and biotech companies.

Karsten is praised for his "proactive and skillful" approach (Chambers Global) and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in Germany 2020 and Legal 500.

    • Representing the Federal Republic of Germany in arbitration proceedings defending €560 million claims with respect to the planned car toll collect system after the termination of the contract.
    • Representing an investor before the State Courts against Porsche in a €200 million dispute with regard to the failed attempt to take over VW.
    • Representing a German manufacturer in a US$100 million ICC arbitration with a US company concerning a large-volume supply contract for marine gear units.
    • Counsel to a steel producer in a cross-border dispute with regard to a coal supply agreement.
    • Representing an energy multinational in a gas price revision arbitration under the ICC rules.
    • Representing a U.S. company in numerous arbitrations regarding supply contracts in the solar business.
    • Counsel to a Dutch group in various DIS arbitrations with regard to supply agreements in the renewable energy sector.
    • Counsel to an international shipyard in a construction dispute with regard to an offshore wind farm project.
    • Representing an international construction company in various arbitrations relating to an infrastructure project in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
    • Representing a DAX company in an ICC arbitration with a former Brazilian joint venture partner on the termination of a joint venture.
    • Representation of a Silicon Valley enterprise with regard to a licensing infringement dispute.
    • Representing the insolvency receiver of AgfaPhoto GmbH in various ICC arbitrations against the Belgium Agfa-Gevaert Group.
    • Counsel to an investment vehicle against a DAX entity in a post M&A arbitration in the life science sector.
    • Serving as party-appointed arbitrator in a post M&A dispute under the DIS rules in the energy sector.
    • Counsel to a listed Bio Tech company in a DIS arbitration with regard to a licensing agreement.
    • Counsel to a glass manufacturer with regard to claims raised by various parties in a school building project.
    • Counsel to plant owner with regard to construction defects of the factory building.
    • Counsel to a tax advisor in a dispute relating to his departure from a firm of tax consultants.
    • Counsel to a former managing director of a German GmbH in the defense against claims raised by the insolvency receiver of that entity.