The litigation experts of Sernetz·Schäfer have appeared at courts of law throughout Germany and have a reputation for professionalism, legal know-how and commitment to their clients. Our partner-based, personal advisory system is of particular value to clients within the scope of lawsuits and arbitration proceedings. Comprehensive experience gained over many years enables us to advise our clients effectively and successfully in litigious disputes.

Focus of our Litigation Work

We advise and represent our clients in complex disputes arising under corporate and commercial law. Our litigation work includes the conducting of shareholder and company law disputes, manager liability suits, disputes following corporate acquisitions, and disagreements with insolvency administrators. In the banking and capital markets sector, Sernetz·Schäfer is frequently retained to represent the defendants in model and class actions. In particular, the firm’s litigation specialists have considerable expertise in the strategic planning and coordination of complex and lengthy disputes.

International Civil Procedure

Legal disputes with an international dimension require specialist know-how. Our international civil procedure experts are practised in solving complicated questions on conflict of laws and the international competence of German courts. Furthermore, we consider ourselves to have a particular responsibility towards our international clients and place considerable importance on familiarising them with the unaccustomed proceedings before the German courts by way of detailed, individual reports and explanations.


We are often engaged to represent plaintiffs or defendants in arbitration proceedings. Furthermore, lawyers of Sernetz·Schäfer are regularly appointed as arbitrators in specific questions of banking and capital markets law or corporate law disputes.

an excellent and commendable market leader in the litigation sector

(The Legal 500 Deutschland, 2014)

outstanding litigation expertise

(The Legal 500 Deutschland, 2014)

sensational tactical intuition

(Juve Handbuch 2014/2015)

excel in their litigation expertise

(Juve Handbuch 2013/2014)

sought-after in arbitration

(German Commercial Law Firms 2014)