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Farrer & Co | Hendrik Puschmann, Partner

Practice areas

  • Dispute Resolution

Hendrik is co-head of Farrer & Co's Arbitration group. Sources praise his "exceptional technical skills" as a lawyer, the "commercially savvy advice" he delivers to clients and his "proactive leadership" of complex cases.

Hendrik represents entrepreneurs, family offices and companies in a wide variety of commercial and investor-state arbitrations, and also in proceedings before the English courts. His cases have ranged from post-M&A, joint venture and franchising claims to construction and shipbuilding disputes, and from proceedings against former directors for breach of their duties to insurance coverage cases. He has also worked on expropriation actions against governments and discrimination claims.

Hendrik has acted as party representative and party-appointed arbitrator in arbitrations under numerous rules, including LCIA, ICC, VIAC, SIAC, DIS, LMAA, UNCITRAL and ICSID.

Arbitration-related court proceedings are another area of expertise. Clients frequently come to Hendrik when they require assistance with enforcing arbitral awards in the UK and abroad. They also turn to him to handle appeals, annulment proceedings and injunction applications.

Multilingual and qualified in four jurisdictions (both civil law and common law), Hendrik is ideally placed to assist with international issues. Most of his matters involve a cross-border element.

Clients value Hendrik's strong track record for achieving amicable resolutions on advantageous terms. Where disputes cannot be settled, he is known for his assertive, no-nonsense approach to case management and advocacy.

    • Acting for a private company in relation to a claim against a state entity for breach of a joint venture agreement (English law; LCIA; London)
    • Acting for a major international salvage and offshore construction services company in several arbitrations relating to charter parties and salvage contracts (English law; ad hoc/LMAA; London)
    • Advising a state-owned central Asian power company in a dispute against a supplier of raw materials (English law; LCIA; London)
    • Acting for an East European distributor of a major automotive brand in a dispute about the termination of interrelated retail and distribution agreements (German law; VIAC; Vienna)
    • Representing a luxury travel goods retailer in several dispute against the developers of its online sales platform (German law; DIS; Berlin/English law; Mercantile Court)
    • Party-appointed arbitrator in an arbitration between a US company and an African state entity for breach of a consultancy agreement (Law of an African jurisdiction; UNCITRAL Rules; Geneva)
    • Acting for the contractor in a delay case relating to a combine cycle gas turbine plant in the Middle East (law of a Middle Eastern jurisdiction; ICC; London)
    • Assisting a North American company with an UNCITRAL BIT arbitration against a sovereign state arising out of the revocation of a licence for a mine
    • Acted for a property developer in an arbitration arising out of the contractual framework of a large-scale master-planned community (English law and the law of a Caribbean jurisdiction; LCIA; London)
    • Represented an emerging markets investment fund in a dispute (and successful settlement negotiations) against a former member relating to the termination of their partnership agreement (English law and the law of a Caribbean jurisdiction; LCIA; London)
    • Acted for an East Asian franchisee of a global retail brand in relation to the purported termination of the franchise (English law; UNCITRAL ad-hoc arbitration; London)
    • Represented a German ship owner in several arbitrations against a Japanese trading house involving questions of set-off, the conflict of laws and the construction of vessels (English and Japanese law; ad hoc arbitration; London)
    • Represented an EU telecoms company against a former director regarding breach of a settlement agreement and breach of director's duties (English law; SIAC; Singapore)
    • Advised a consortium of construction companies in several insurance/reinsurance disputes under contracts governed by Brazilian, English and French law (LCIA; London/ICC; Geneva)
  • Hendrik is a Fellow Commoner of Clare Hall, Cambridge, Visiting Senior Lecturer in International Commercial Law at Johannes Kepler University Linz (Austria) and regular guest lecturer on arbitration at Exeter University.

    In addition to client work, Hendrik regularly publishes on arbitration-related topics, both in academic journals and books and in the legal press. He is general editor of the forthcoming first edition of Butterworths Challenges in Arbitration. 

    • Hendrik Puschmann (ed.), Butterworths Challenges in Arbitration. London: LexisNexis Butterworths (under contract, to be published in 2018/19)
    • Hendrik Puschmann and Andreas Geroldinger, “ICSID Arbitration Clauses in Contracts: Time for a Revival?” in Maren Heidemann and Joseph Lee (eds), The Future of the Commercial Contract in Scholarship and Law Reform. Berlin: Springer (in press)
    • Hendrik Puschmann and Andreas Geroldinger, "Multi-Contract References under the LCIA Rules: Case Closed?" [2018] Int. A.L.R. 2 (forthcoming)
    • Michael Nueber and Hendrik Puschmann, "Arbitration of Trust and Foundation Disputes in Liechtenstein and England: A Comparison", Trusts & Trustees, Volume 24, Issue 4 (forthcoming)
    • Hendrik Puschmann and Will Charrington, "Arbitration Act 1996: Challenging Jurisdiction Pre-Award (SS 31 and 32)", Lexis®PSL Precedent (forthcoming)
    • Hendrik Puschmann and Andreas Geroldinger, "Court of Justice Finds Intra-EU BITs Incompatible with EU Law (Slovak Republic v Achmea)", Lexis®PSL, 20March 2018
    • Hendrik Puschmann, "Arbitration at all Costs – What the Parties Are Looking For", invited paper, 5th Cambridge Arbitration Day, University of Cambridge, 3 March 2018
    • Hendrik Puschmann and Andreas Geroldinger, "A Look at the New DIS Arbitration Rules 2018", Lexis®PSL, 21 February 2018
    • Hendrik Puschmann, "Court of Justice's Advocate-General: Intra-EU BIT Award Compatible with EU Law (Slovak Republic v Achmea)", Lexis®PSL, 29 September 2017
    • Revised edition published by Mealey's Arbitration Report, 18 December 2017
    • Hendrik Puschmann and Tobias Kopp. “Enforcement of Arbitral Awards in Germany”, Lexis®PSL Practice Note, 2017
    • Hendrik Puschmann and Tobias Kopp, “State Immunity in Germany”, Lexis®PSL Practice Note, 2017
    • Clarissa Coleman and Hendrik Puschmann, “Separability of Arbitration Agreements”, Lexis®PSL Practice Note, 2017
    • Peter Morton and Hendrik Puschmann, "The UNCITRAL Rules: An Overview", Lexis®PSL Practice Note, 2017
    • Ian Meredith and Hendrik Puschmann, "A Look at the Vienna Mediation Rules", Lexis®PSL, 26 September 2016
    • Hendrik Puschmann, "DIS Kicks off Rules Overhaul", Lexis®PSL, 6 June 2016
    • Hendrik Puschmann, "Court of Justice to Decide whether Intra-EU BITs Compatible with EU Law (Slovak Republic v Achmea )", Lexis®PSL, 27 May 2016
    • Ian Meredith and Hendrik Puschmann, "Notes on the Cultural Dimension of International Commercial Arbitration", SAR vol. 5 issue 1, March 2016, pp. 29-35
    • Ian Meredith and Hendrik Puschmann, “Non-Damages Remedies in International Arbitration”, Lexis®PSL Practice Note, 2016
    • Johann v. Pachelbel and Hendrik Puschmann, “Challenging the Tribunal’s Jurisdiction and Anti-Suit Injunctions in Germany”, Lexis®PSL Practice Note, 2016
    • Johann v. Pachelbel and Hendrik Puschmann, “Interim Measures in Support of Arbitration in Germany”, Lexis®PSL Practice Note, 2016
    • Daniel Eckstein and Hendrik Puschmann, “How to Navigate the Complex World of Today’s Dispute Resolution”, Corporate Disputes Magazine, issue Jan-Mar 2015, pp. 32-35

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