Leading international law firm Clifford Chance is strengthening its German Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice with the hire of arbitration partner, Moritz Keller. The experienced litigator and specialist in international commercial and investment arbitration will join Clifford Chance as a partner and work from the firm’s Frankfurt office.

As well as boosting the firm’s German Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice and its International Arbitration Group, Moritz will establish Frankfurt as another international Clifford Chance Arbitration hub for the firm, focusing on Germany/Austria and the CEE/CIS region (Central and Eastern Europe/Commonwealth of Independent States). He will build on the strength of the existing arbitration practitioners in the German practice and throughout Europe, advising clients on international arbitration and investment protection proceedings.

Moritz Keller joins Clifford Chance from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he is head of the firm’s arbitration practice in Vienna with a focus on helping clients in their proceedings in Eastern and Southeastern Europe as well as in Austria and Germany. He is an experienced advisor in commercial arbitration proceedings according to the ICC, UNCITRAL or DIS Rules as well as investment protection disputes under the ICSID Rules, covering a broad range of industries such as energy, infrastructure and construction as well as the banking and financial sectors.

Peter Dieners, Managing Partner of Clifford Chance in Germany commented:”The addition of lawyers like Moritz Keller, with his ambition and potential, further advances our profile and strategy in the market. Moritz perfectly complements our strong German and international team with his expertise as a trusted arbitration and litigation specialist, adding value to our clients.”

Moritz Keller has made a name for himself as a versatile and trusted consultant. He advises private individuals, institutions and states in high-profile proceedings and frequently represents leading players in the energy and commodities industries in large-scale post-M&A disputes. He also represents financial institutions in complex and often transnational disputes, and increasingly advises pharmaceutical and consumer goods companies in major disputes. In selected cases, Moritz Keller takes over arbitrator mandates.

The hire of Moritz Keller, Clifford Chance further strengthens firm’s leading Global Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice and its highly-regarded regulatory expertise.

Michael J.R. Kremer, Head of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice at Clifford Chance in Germany said:”We want to make even better use of our ability to support our clients in securing their commercial, entrepreneurial goals, especially in relation to large matters. In sharpening the profile of our arbitration practice with this high-quality and market-driven partner, we are also acknowledging the growing importance of international arbitration procedures. With his strong professional and personal qualities, Moritz will significantly boost our strong market position, and reinforce the close cooperation of our successful and ambitious German team with our outstanding international network.”

The arrival of Moritz Keller comes weeks after the firm announced the hire of Thomas Voland and Michael Dietrich as partners and regulatory specialists in the firm’s practices. Thomas Voland joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and advises clients with a focus on public commercial law at the interface to litigation, M&A transactions and compliance. Michael Dietrich will, in a few months, join the firm from Herbert Smith Freehills, where he leads the German antitrust team. Michael has made a name for himself as an accomplished antitrust lawyer, especially in high-profile cartel proceedings and antitrust damages cases in a variety of sectors.

Matthew Newick, Global Head of Clifford Chance’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice commented:”With the growing role of state and regulatory authorities in international business, regulatory expertise and the protection of corporate interests often play an important part in securing the best outcomes for our clients. The hire of Moritz Keller will bolster our leading team of arbitration specialists within our Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice and I am delighted to welcome him on board.”

Clifford Chance’s global Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice has around 500 lawyers based in Continental Europe, the UK, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and the United States, who are experienced in the full spectrum of litigation, dispute resolution and regulatory issues. The team advises clients from a range of sectors including Citi, News Group Newspapers, Raytheon, ZTE Corporation, Standard and Poor’s and Autonomy founder, Mike Lynch.

The original press release can be found here on Clifford Chance’s website.