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Dr. Julia Grothaus

Dispute Resolution Partner, Frankfurt

"I assist clients in resolving their business-critical disputes and contentious matters, with a particular focus on post-M&A and corporate disputes and competition litigation. I strive to provide well-considered, pragmatic and straightforward advice to gain the trust of my clients and help them meet their business objectives."


Professional experience

Education  and qualifications


Julia has extensive experience in complex domestic and international dispute resolution including litigation, international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution in the context of a range of contentious matters, particularly post-M&A and corporate disputes and competition litigation. Further core areas are contractual disputes as well as drafting and negotiating of commercial contracts, dispute resolution clauses and general terms and conditions.

Julia advises a broad range of German and international clients especially from the automotive, banks, consumer, industrials and tech sectors, and often works closely with the firm’s Corporate, Competition, Banking, Tax and Insolvency practices in cross-office, multidisciplinary teams. 

Work Highlights

Julia has advised on a full range of confidential international arbitration and litigation matters. Publicly known examples are:

  • defending Flex-N-Gate in a post-M&A arbitration against a German DAX company and parallel U.S. litigation
  • defending Deutsche Bank against damage claims brought by the Kirch Group
  • defending the Saint-Gobain Group in various cartel damage lawsuits in connection with the car glass cartel
  • defending Air France KLM Group in a €3bn cartel damage lawsuit in connection with the air freight cartel
  • representing Deutsche Oppenheim Family Office AG in D&O liability litigation against former board members

Professional experience

Julia is a member of all major arbitration institutions, e.g. the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the German Institution of Arbitration (Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtbarkeit – DIS), as well as several below 40 organisations (e.g. ICC YAF, Young ICCA, DIS40) and Arbitral Women. Furthermore, she is a member of the Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht e.V. and the IBA.

She frequently speaks at seminars on international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution and cartel damages litigation.

Julia frequently publishes in the field of dispute resolution. Her publications include:

  • „Haftung der Kartellanten auch gegenüber nicht am betroffenen Markt als Anbieter oder Nachfrager tätigen Personen („Otis u. a.“)“, CJEU, judgment of 12 December 2019 – C-435/18 (Otis Gesellschaft m.b.H. u. a. gegen Land Oberösterreich u. a.), EWiR 2020, 61-62 (together with Dr Georg Haas)
  • „Legal 500 comparative guide on Competition Litigation“, 2019 (together with Dr Rupert Bellinghausen)
  • „Zivilprozessrecht: Zur Bestimmung des Deliktsgerichtsstands am Erfolgsort in Kartellschadensersatzverfahren“, CJEU, judgment of 29 July 2019 – C-451/18 (Tibor-Trans Fuvarozó és Kereskedelmi Kft./DAF Trucks NV), EuZW 2019, 794-796 (together with Dr Georg Haas) 
  • „Kein Anscheinsbeweis bei Quoten- und Kundenschutzkartell für Schadenseintritt oder Kartellbefangenheit einzelner Aufträge („Schienenkartell“)“, BGH, 11 December 2018 - KZR 26/17, EWiR 2019, 253-254 (together with Dr Rupert Bellinghausen)
  • „Zur Verjährungshemmung und Verzinsung von Kartellschadensersatzansprüchen in Altfällen („Grauzementkartell II“)“, BGH, 12 June 2018 - KZR 56/16, EWiR 2018, 509-510 (together with Dr Rupert Bellinghausen)
  • Post-award challenges to impartiality and independence in Germany“, Arbitration.Links, 13 September 2017 (together with Dr Rupert Bellinghausen)
  • Advocate General Wathelet endorses intra-EU BITs“, Arbitration.Links, 27 September 2017 (together with Dr Rupert Bellinghausen)
  • Do arbitration clauses catch cartel damages claims?“, Arbitration.Links, 9 January 2018 (together with Dr Rupert Bellinghausen)
  • The judgment of the CJEU in Slovak Republic v. Achmea B.V.: intra-EU BITs incompatible with EU law“, Arbitration.Links, 13 March 2018 (together with Dr Rupert Bellinghausen)
  • Erstes Urteil zum Lkw-Kartell – Rückenwind für Kartellgeschädigte?“, NZKart 2018, 116 (together with Dr Rupert Bellinghausen)
  • Escalation Clauses: No Longer a Tripping Hazard for Arbitrations with Seat in Germany?“, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 1 December 2016 (together with Dr Rupert Bellinghausen)
  • "The CJEU’s decision in CDC v Akzo Nobel et al: A Blessing or a Curse for Arbitrating Cartel Damage Claims?", Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 31 July 2015 (together with Dr Rupert Bellinghausen)
  • DIS Autumn Conference 2014: “Global Pond or Single Playing Field: How international should international arbitration really be?", German Arbitration Journal (SchiedsVZ) 2015, 32
  • "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, 30 July 2014 (together with Kirstin Schwedt)
  • “Inlandsvollstreckung mit Auslandswirkung – die inländische Vollstreckung von Handlungs- und Unterlassungsentscheidungen mit ausländischem Leistungsort“, Baden-Baden 2010 (at the same time doctoral thesis, University of Cologne, June 2010)

Education  and qualifications

Julia studied law at the Universities of Cologne and Bielefeld, completed a doctorate in law at the University of Cologne and spent her legal traineeship (Referendariat) in Cologne, Frankfurt, Hanoi and London. She is admitted to the German bar.

She speaks German and English.