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Prof. Dr. Rolf Trittmann

LL.M. (Berkeley)
Partner // Rechtsanwalt

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rolf.trittmann@rothorn.legal
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Rolf Trittmann specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration, where he is recognised as one of the leading practitioners on a national and international level. He has acted as an arbitrator and as counsel before courts and arbitral tribunals in numerous proceedings, in particular in cross-border matters.

Rolf focuses on post-M&A and general industry disputes as well as contentious distribution and antitrust matters with an emphasis on the automotive industry.

Before founding rothorn legal, Rolf was a partner in the Dispute Resolution Group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Frankfurt since 1993.

Rolf has acted as an arbitrator in approximately 100 arbitrations, including 25 arbitrations as a chairman in ad hoc arbitrations and arbitrations under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the German Arbitration Institute (DIS). As counsel, Rolf has acted in 110 arbitrations, including ICC, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), DIS, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) and Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution (SCAI) arbitrations.

Rolf was the German member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris until 2018. He is the head of the Advisory Board of the DIS and a member of the DIS Council. Further, Rolf is a member of the American Arbitration Association (ABA), the International Bar Association (IBA), the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) and the German American Lawyers Association (Deutsch-Amerikanische Juristen-Vereinigung, DAJV). He also is co-editor of the German Arbitration Journal (SchiedsVZ) and an Honorary Professor at the University of Frankfurt, from which he also holds a Ph.D. He regularly publishes and teaches on matters of commercial litigation and international arbitration.

Rolf is recognised as a top-tier arbitrator, litigator and counsel in arbitration in Germany by Chambers and Partners.

Rolf speaks German and English.

Experience
  • Organisation of the defence against civil claims relating to emissions for one of the largest international automobile manufacturers
  • Representation of the Dubai subsidiary of leading automobile manufacturers in ICC arbitration with former distribution partners
  • Representing a provider of gas caverns in arbitration proceedings against a construction company and tenant
  • Acted as arbitrator and chairman in several institutional and ad hoc arbitration proceedings concerning claims arising from M&A transactions as well as turnkey industrial projects and the hotel industry
  • Representing a high-ranking energy company in a dispute against the German government in connection with the forced shutdown of nuclear power plants
Qualification
  • Rechtsanwalt, Germany
  • University of Frankfurt and Munich (Germany), law studies
  • Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley (USA), Master of Laws (LL.M)
  • University of Frankfurt (Germany), Ph.D.
Publications
  • Anwendungsprobleme des Haager Beweisübereinkommens im Rechtshilfeverkehr zwischen der Bundesrepublik und den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika, Diss. 1988
  • Extraterritoriale Beweisaufnahmen und Souveränitätsverletzungen im deutsch-amerikanischen Rechtsverkehr (1989), Archiv des Völkerrechts (27), S. 195 ff.
  • Chapter on Germany, in Enforcing Foreign Judgments in the United States and United States Judgments abroad (editor Ronald A Brand) (1992)
  • Author of the chapter on arbitration in “Hopt Vertrags- und Formularbuch zum Handels-, Gesellschafts-, Bank- und Transportrecht 1995, Kapitel über die Handelsschiedsgerichtsbarkeit”, 5th Ed 2020
  • International Agency and Distribution Law, Chapter on Germany, loose-leaf with updates since 1995
  • Die Auswirkungen des Schiedsverfahrens-Neuregelungsgesetzes auf gesellschaftsrechtliche Streitigkeiten, ZGR 1999, 340 ff.
  • Die Durchsetzbarkeit des Anwaltsvergleiches gemäß §§ 796a ff. ZPO im Rahmen des EuGVÜ/LugÜ – Sicherung des Ergebnisses einer außergerichtlichen Streitbeilegung, IPRax 2001, 178 ff.
  • Co-author (with Christian Duve) Arbitration Handbook, ed. Wiegand, Beck 2002, Chapter on UNCITRAL-Rules
  • Formelle Möglichkeiten schiedsgerichtlicher Entscheidungen, Alternativen zum Endschiedsspruch, (2002) DIS-Materialien IX, Tagungsbeiträge zur DIS-Tagungsveranstaltung „Der Schiedsspruch“, p. 23 ff.
  • When should Arbitrators issue interim or partial awards and/or procedural orders ?, Journal of International Arbitration 20 (3), 255-265 (2003)
  • Haager Beweisübereinkommen und pre-trial discovery: Die zivilprozessuale Sachverhaltsermittlung unter Berücksichtigung der jeweiligen Zivilprozessrechtsreformen im Verhältnis zwischen den USA und Deutschland, IPRax 2003, 7 ff.
  • Der Einfluss der Reformen des Zivilprozesses auf die Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit in Deutschland, SchiedsVZ 2005, 71
  • Das neue Wettbewerbs- und Kartellrecht, Lektion 12A -Kartellrechtliche Branchenbesonderheiten – Automobil – , Euroforum Verlag (2006)
  • Typische Probleme bei der Auswahl von Experten und bei der Würdigung von Expertisen in komplexen Fällen, in “Der Experte im Verfahren”, Heidelberg 2006
  • Vertriebsverträge: (Neue) Risiken und Chancen, (2006), Business and Law, p. 567 ff.
  • Art. 81 und 82 EGV in der Schiedsgerichtlichen Praxis, DIS Schriftenreihe Bd 19
  • Co-author, Art. 1029 – 1031 (with Inka Hanefeld) §§ 1029 – 1031 “Arbitration in Germany”, 2007 in Arbitration In Germany, The Model Law in Practice (ed Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel, Stefan Kröll, Patricia Naciemento)
  • Co-author (with Patrick Schroeder), Chapter on Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit, in Fachanwaltshandbuch Handels- und Gesellschaftsrecht, ed, Thomas Wachter) (2007 ff.)
  • Trittmann/Kasolowsky, Taking Evidence in Arbitration Proceedings between German Law and Civil Law Traditions – The Development of a Hybrid Standard of Arbitration Proceedings, University of New South Wales Law Journal Vol. 14, May 2008
  • Basics and Differences of the Continental and Common Law System in State Court Proceedings, in The Taking of Evidence in International Commercial Arbitration, DIS-Schriftenreihe, Bd 26 (2010)
  • Chapter on “EU Competitive Law Arguments in International Arbitration, Practical Steps and Strategic Considerations” in Practitioners Handbook EU and US Antitrust Arbitration, (ed. Gordon Blanke, Phlipp Landolt, 2011)
  • Englischsprachige Schiedsverfahren in Deutschland, in Anwaltsblatt 2012, 35 ff.
  • Die wesentlichen Änderungen bei den Aufgaben des ICC Schiedsgerichtshofs bzw. des ICC Sekretariats, in DIS-Schriftenreihe (2012)
  • Festschrift 100 Jahre Rechtswissenschaft in Frankfurt, “Das Zusammenspiel von Prozessrecht und materiellem Recht im internationalen Schiedsverfahren“, 2014
  • Festschrift Rolf A. Schütze, “Waffengleichheit beim Forum Shopping für deutsche Parteien im Verhältnis zu US-amerikanischen Gegenparteien?”, 2014
  • co-author (with Martin Mekat) “Standard of proof in international commercial arbitration”, in b-arbitra, 2014
  • Einschränkung der Ermittlung des Sachverhaltes und der Beweiswürdigung des Schiedsgerichts durch Parteivereinbarung gem. § 1042 Abs. 3 ZPO?, Festschrift für Siegfried H. Elsing zum 65. Geburtstag
  • Die Kostenerstattung im Schiedsverfahren – Gibt es einen nationalen/internationalen Standard?, ZVglRWiss 114 (2015)
  • The Interplay between procedural and substantive law in international arbitration, SchiedsVZ 2016, 7
  • Die Wahrheit im internationalen Schiedsverfahren, IWRZ 2016, 255
  • Salger/Trittmann, Internationale Schiedsverfahren, 2018
  • The DIS Arbitration Rules, Commentary, Co-author with Ramona Schardt, Art 27 – 31 (2020)