German Head of Litigation, Arbitration & Investigations, Frankfurt
“I advise clients on their business-critical disputes, with special knowledge of the energy sector. I provide clear guidance on the best strategies for resolving disputes, explain complicated issues simply and am a commanding advocate.”
Alexandros Chatzinerantzis is national Practice Head of the German Litigation, Arbitration & Investigations Team and co-head of Linklaters’ international Energy Disputes Team.
He is specialised in complex national and international litigation and arbitration with special focus on energy and commercial proceedings (price adjustment, grid fees, grid access, co-generation, renewable energies, power plant construction). He also has long time experience in prospectus liability, post M&A disputes as well as corporate disputes (joint ventures; actions for avoidance, nullity and declaratory judgments, etc.).
Alexandros acts as counsel and arbitrator and has conducted many ad hoc and institutional arbitrations under the rules of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI) and United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). He is also a certified mediator and well versed in alternative dispute resolution (ADR).
Alexandros is based in the firm’s Frankfurt office and has also spent significant periods of time in the firm’s Munich and Berlin offices.
Alexandros has advised major clients on a wide range of disputes. These include representing:
- Uniper Energy Sales in several proceedings relating to long-term power purchase agreements (virtual power plants and asset backed power supply agreements
- the Federal Republic of Germany in arbitration proceedings against the Toll Collect Consortium and Toll Collect arising from the delay in launching the HGV toll system, with more than €6bn in dispute
- a leading German photovoltaic company in ICC/ADR proceedings against a Chinese supplier about supply agreements for solar wafers and photovoltaic modules with US$6bn in dispute
- PricewaterhouseCoopers, as the administrators of Lehman Brothers International (Europe), in a dispute with Bankhaus, as the administrators of Lehman Brothers in Germany, for repayment of US$1bn
- Engie in the enforcement of claims for damages and contractual penalties against a Japan-based general contractor due to the delayed erection and commissioning of a coal-fired power plant in Germany
- GDF Suez in its defence against an action for price adjustment and declaration of nullity under a long-term gas supply agreement
- an international oil company in the arbitral enforcement of claims under an oil supply agreement against the state of Eritrea
- several gas and electricity grid operators in regulatory appeal proceedings against the reduction of grid fees by the national and state regulatory authorities
He is a member of the German Bar Association (DAV), the German Institution of Arbitration e.V. (DIS) and the International Bar Association.
Alexandros studied law at the University of Munich.
Alexandros speaks English, German, Greek and French.
Alexandros writes extensively and his articles include:
- HAFTUNGSRELEVANTE FAKTOREN DES GREENWASHINGS – DER BETRIEB Sonderbeilage „Environment – Social – Governance 2021“, p. 9-12 (together with Tosca Hohm).
- UNTERNEHMENSVERANTWORTUNG IN LIEFERKETTEN - STATUS QUO UND AUSBLICK – DER BETRIEB Sonderbeilage „Environment – Social – Governance 2021“, p. 20-23 (together with Dr Julia Grothaus).
- BLOCKCHAIN IM ENERGIESEKTOR – Herausforderungen und Chancen für Energieversorgungsunternehmen
EnWZ 03/2021 p. 65 ff. (together with Ute Bertram)
- CLIMATE-CHANGE RELATED DISPUTES – OVERVIEW AND TRENDS, in: Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Energie- und Regulierungsrecht Berlin, Energy Arbitration and Judicial Dispute Settlement - Proceedings of the 4th Athens Conference on European Energy Law, published by Franz Jürgen Säcker / Jochen Mohr, 2021, p. 195-206
- Climate Change Litigation – The Liability of CO2-Emitters under German Law, in Carbon & Climate Law Review (CCLR) 4/2019, p. 280-286 (together with Dr Markus Appel)
- „Haftung für den Klimawandel“ NJW 2019, p. 881-952 with Markus Appel
- „Zweck, Funktion und Reichweite der Kostenregulierung“, Die Regulierung in der Energiewirtschaft – Ein Praxishandbuch, Jürgen F. Baur, Peter Salje, Matthias Schmidt-Preuß, 2nd ed. 2016
- „Überblick über die gängigsten Formen der alternativen Streitbeilegung“, Handbuch Windenergie, Thomas Schulz, 2015
- „Besonderer Rechtschutz und behördliches Verfahren im EEG“, Handbuch Windenergie, Thomas Schulz, 2015
- Commercial Mediation – A Comparative Review, Linklaters 2012
- Liability for Climate Change Damages under German Law, SSRN, 2010, with Benjamin Herz
- A review of law and enforcement on foreign corrupt practices in 15 jurisdictions across the Americas, Europe, Russia and the Far East, Linklaters, 2010