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Dr. Rupert Bellinghausen

Dispute Resolution Partner, Frankfurt

“I have more than 24 years’ experience in arbitration and litigation. I apply a pragmatic approach with clear understanding of our clients’ commercial and strategic priorities to find the most effective and efficient way to resolve their disputes.”


Professional experience

Education and qualifications


Rupert is a seasoned litigator with more than 24 years of experience in international arbitration, litigation and mediation. He has extensive knowledge of post-M&A, commercial and infrastructure arbitration, corporate litigation, D&O liability, product liability defence, cartel damage claims and complex commercial disputes.

Rupert has prowess in the healthcare, automotive, food, infrastructure, consumer goods and chemical sectors. He often works in close collaboration with lawyers from the firm’s other market-leading practice areas, including Corporate, Banking, Competition and Insolvency, in cross-office, multidisciplinary teams.

Rupert has acted in more than 95 arbitration cases as counsel and arbitrator under all major arbitration rules. He is listed in the 2020 edition of Who’s Who Arbitration.  

Work highlights

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

  • E.ON in a joint venture dispute before a Swiss/Czech/Austrian arbitral tribunal held under Czech law
  • 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 Air France KLM Group in a €3bn cartel damage lawsuit
  • Sal. Oppenheim in D&O liability litigation against former board members and related settlement negotiations


Professional experience

Rupert is a member of the civil law committee of the German Bar Association and of all major arbitration institutions.

Rupert frequently speaks at seminars on the subjects of international arbitration, directors’ and officers’ liability, international contract law, product safety and liability.

Education and qualifications

Rupert studied law at the Universities of Bonn and Geneva, completed a doctorate in law at the University of Bonn and spent part of his education and career in Toronto and London.

He speaks German, English and French.