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Kirstin Schwedt

Partner, Frankfurt

"I assist clients to avoid or resolve disputes by understanding the underlying business rationale and explaining complex issues simply and clearly."


Professional experience



Kirstin Schwedt has specialised experience in international arbitration, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, including expert determination and mediation, particularly in the context of complex post-M&A, joint venture and commercial disputes as well as D&O liability, corporate litigation and cartel damage litigation.

She has in-depth industry experience in the healthcare, industrials and insurance sectors and has been involved in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations, both as counsel and as arbitrator, under the rules of ICC, DIS, DIS-SRCoLD, VIAC, UNCITRAL, Waren-Verein der Hamburger Börse and ICSID/ECT in more than 25 arbitration cases.

Work highlights:

Kirstin has advised on many major litigation and arbitration cases. Those that can be disclosed include advising:

  • E.ON on a €1bn joint venture dispute before a Swiss/Czech/Austrian UNCITRAL arbitral tribunal applying Czech law
  • an international chemicals group in cartel damages litigation and concurrent settlement negotiations regarding private damages claims resulting from the organic peroxide cartel
  • a German insurance group in a series of litigation proceedings concerning fair value expert determination for various companies following the termination of equity investment management agreements
  • a leading global healthcare company in litigation and concurrent tailor-made ADR proceedings to obtain damages for delivery of toxic production filters
  • several clients in the assessment and pursuit of D&O liability claims amounting up to €225m 

Professional experience

Kirstin is a member of the German Bar Association, Lawyers of German and French Law Association (Juristen des Deutschen und Französischen Rechts e.V. – JDFR) and of all major arbitration institutions, e.g. the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Arbitral Women or the German Institution of Arbitration (Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtbarkeit – DIS).

She frequently speaks at seminars on international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, cartel damages litigation and D&O liability.

Kirstin regularly publishes in the field of litigation. Her articles include:

  • The Future of Cartel Damages Litigation in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany after the Implementation of the Damages Directive, Global Competition Review 3/2017 
  • Zur Verjährung von Ausgleichsansprüchen zwischen Gesamtschuldnern; Anm. zu BGH v. 08.11.2016 – VI ZR 200/15, NZG 2017, 756
  • When Does an Arbitration Agreement Have a Binding Effect on Non-Signatories? The Group of Companies Doctrine vs. Conflict of Laws Rules and Public Policy, Kluwer Arbitration Blog Online 30.07.2014
  • Disclosure of leniency materials in follow-on damages actions: striking "the right balance" between the interests of leniency applicants and private claimants? ECLR 2013, 174
  • Die praktische Umsetzung der BGH-Urteile Schiedsfähigkeit I und II – Vorstellung der neuen Ergänzenden Regeln für gesellschaftsrechtliche Streitigkeiten der DIS am 2. 11. 2009 in Frankfurt a.M., SchiedsVZ 2010, 166
  • Schiedsfähigkeit von Beschlussmängelstreitigkeiten: Die neuen Ergänzenden Regeln für gesellschaftsrechtliche Streitigkeiten der DIS, NZG 2009, 1281


Kirstin studied German and French law at the Universities of Cologne and Paris I (Panthéon Sorbonne) and holds a German and French law degree (Maîtrise en droits français et allemand and LL.M. Cologne/Paris). She served three months of her legal traineeship (Referendariat) in Beijing, P.R. China. She is admitted to the German bar.

She speaks German, English and French.