Dr. Karsten Faulhaber



Dr. Karsten Faulhaber, a Düsseldorf-based partner in the International Arbitration Group, brings more than a decade of experience as counsel and arbitrator. However, his proficiency goes beyond just arbitration, as he has deep knowledge in dispute resolution in many forms, and his background in transactional law allows him to provide solutions to clients’ problems – often before they even reach a courtroom.

He has been praised in Chambers Global for his “proactive and skillful” approach to arbitration. Karsten represents clients in arbitrations under various German and international rules but also regularly acts as arbitrator. In addition, he frequently represents global enterprises in international disputes before the national courts.

When he originally started practicing law, Karsten was an M&A lawyer, and as a result has extensive experience in contracts and their negotiation. But the opportunity to work in dispute resolution and especially arbitration appealed much to him. Calculating the strategy in complex disputes and the importance of thinking ahead, anticipating the moves of the other parties, the temperament of the opponents and ultimately the fight to win was simply more in line with his temperament.

  • Representative engagements with regard to Corporate Law and Post M&A disputes include: 

    • Representation of the insolvency receiver of AgfaPhoto GmbH in various arbitrations against the Belgium Agfa-Gevaert Group.
    • Counsel to a tax advisor in a dispute relating to his departure from a firm of tax consultants.
    • Representation of a DAX company in an arbitration with a former Brazilian joint venture partner.
    • Counsel to a former managing director of a German GmbH in the defense against claims raised by the insolvency receiver of that entity.
    • Serving as party-appointed arbitrator in a post M&A dispute under the DIS rules.

    An indicative selection of Karsten´s experience with regard to infrastructure and construction disputes includes:

    • Counsel to an international shipyard in a construction dispute with regard to an offshore wind farm project.
    • Representation of an international construction company in various arbitrations relating to an infrastructure project in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
    • Counsel to plant owner with regard to construction defects of the factory building.
    • Counsel to a glass manufacturer with regard to claims raised by various parties in a school building project.

    His experience in the area of energy law include:

    • Representation of an US 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 solar business.
    • Counsel to a steel producer in a cross-border dispute with regard to a coal supply agreement.
    • Involvement in a gas price revision arbitration under the ICC Rules.

     Examples for his experience in the Tech and Finance sectors include:

    • Representation of an investor against Porsche with regard to press statements issued by Porsche in 2008 during the attempt to take over VW.
    • Counsel to a listed Bio Tech company in a DIS arbitration with regard to a licensing agreement.
    • Representation of a Silicon Valley enterprise with regard to a licensing infringement dispute.
    • Assistance in the refinancing of an engineering group.
    • Representation of a German stock corporation with regard to a capital increase.