Kathrin Bauwens

Dr. Kathrin Bauwens

Dispute Resolution Managing Associate, Frankfurt

"I am a dispute resolution lawyer representing clients before ordinary courts and arbitral tribunals with a particular focus on product liability defence, commercial disputes and post-M&A disputes. I strive to provide clients with practical, efficient and creative solutions to legal challenges."

Overview

Education and qualifications

Published works

Overview

Kathrin has specialized experience in domestic and international litigation and arbitration, particularly in the context of product liability disputes, complex post-M&A and commercial disputes.

In the context of product liability and safety, Kathrin advises on all legal aspects arising throughout the lifecycle of a product – from risk prevention and management during the development phase, to (cross-border) supply chain and distribution management, to product safety and liability. Kathrin also advises on recalls and warnings and has significant experience in defending individual consumer compensation claims.

Kathrin co-heads the editorial board of ProductLiabilityLinks, Linklaters’ product liability blog, where clients find insights, commentary and regular updates on commercial and regulatory developments, current initiatives and relevant decisions in product liability related matters. She is also part of the firm’s ESG team.

Kathrin has significant industry experience in the automotive, healthcare, industrials and consumer goods sectors.

Work highlights

Kathrin has advised on a full range of national and international litigation and arbitration matters, examples are:

  • Defending one of the leading manufacturers of medical devices in over 100 lawsuits of patients and health insurers before German courts and coordinating the litigation strategy for both in- and out-of-court claims;
  • Advising a manufacturer of consumer goods on a silent recall and in sanctioning proceedings;
  • Advising a leading automotive supplier on a settlement in a complex supply chain dispute;
  • Representing a major international industrial service provider in an infrastructure related post-M&A arbitration;
  • Representing an insolvency administrator in a multiparty post-M&A arbitration.

Education and qualifications

Kathrin studied law at the Universities of Münster and Barcelona (Universitat de Barcelona) and worked at the Chair of Civil Law, German and International Corporate and Antitrust Law at the University of Düsseldorf. She spent her legal traineeship in Düsseldorf and holds a doctorate in law from the University of Münster.

Published works

Kathrin publishes recently on ProductLiabilityLinks, Linklaters’ product liability blog, where clients find insights, commentary and regular updates on commercial and regulatory developments, current initiatives and relevant decisions in product liability related matters.

Main topics are in particular: collective redress, issues at the interface of ESG and product liability, liability for emerging technologies and AI and supply chain liability.