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Dr. Gerrit Niehoff

Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH von Rechtsanwälten und Steuerberatern


Dr. Gerrit Niehoff is a Senior Associate in Baker McKenzie’s Frankfurt office. He joined the Firm in 2016 after having worked as legal trainee in the Firm’s Frankfurt and New York offices. From 2012 to 2014, Gerrit worked as a graduate research assistant at the Chair for Private Law, Civil Procedure and Private International Law at the University of Passau, Germany. In 2018/2019, Gerrit was on a ten-month secondment in the legal department of a leading global biotech company.

Practice Focus

Gerrit advises clients mainly on international arbitration matters. He represents national and multinational companies with a focus on IP-related disputes and disputes in the healthcare industry. Moreover, Gerrit also has experience in handling complex construction disputes.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Represents a Taiwanese pharmaceutical company in an ICC arbitration regarding the licensing of a drug and regulatory issues of marketing authorizations in Europe and the US (amount in dispute EUR 400 million).

  • Represents a global biotech company in preparation of a potential arbitration arising from a supply agreement in connection with minimum purchase volumes (amount in dispute > EUR 50 million).

  • Represents a European lighting company in an international litigation arising out of a cross-license agreement (amount in dispute > EUR 8 million).

  • Reached a favorable settlement for a Swiss R&D company in various related IP litigations regarding patent infringement and damages resulting from this infringement against German competitor (amount in dispute > EUR 50 million).

  • Reached a favorable settlement for a global pharmaceutical company in an ICC arbitration seated in Tokyo regarding damages for breach of a license agreement (amount in dispute > USD 20 million).

  • Represented a German power plant owner in an ICC arbitration about the breach of various performance guarantees (amount in dispute > EUR 140 million).

  • Reached a favorable settlement for an international plant manufacturer in a dispute with its Russian customer about the building of a chemical plant.

  • Advised a multinational manufacturer of technical gases in preparation of a potential arbitration with the manufacturer of defective compressors (amount in dispute > EUR 1 million).

Professional Honors

  • Ones to Watch for International Arbitration, Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt 2021

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Licensing Executives Society - Member
  • German Institution of Arbitration (DIS) - Member 
  • DIS 40 - Member
  • German-American Lawyers’ Association (DAJV) - Member    
  • HKIAC’s HK45 - Member


  • Germany (2016)


  • Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt (Second State Exam) (2016)
  • University of Passau (Dr. iur.) (2014)
  • University of Passau (First State Exam) (2012)
  • University of London (Diploma in Law) (2009)


  • English
  • German


Author, "Anmerkung zur Entscheidung des OLG Frankfurt a.M. zur Auslandszustellung nach der EuZVO (13 U 210/17)", IWRZ 2019, 232

Author, "Anmerkung zur EuGH-Entscheidung in der Rechtsache Zako/Sanidel (Rs. C-452/17)", IWRZ 2019, 73

Various publications on Global Arbitration News

Co-author (with Max Oehm), "Anerkennung und Vollstreckung ausländischer Entscheidungen in Deutschland", Iurratio 2017, 1, April 2017 

Co-author (with Kabir Duggal), "The Conflicting Landscape Relating to Costs in Investor-State Arbitration", Indian Journal of Arbitration Law, Volume 5, Issue 2, January 2017

Author, "Germany: Would, Could, Should – Arbitrator’s Duty of Impartiality Does Not Require Use of Language Emphasizing the Preliminary Nature of a Pre-Hearing Indicative Order", Global Arbitration News, August 2016

Co-author (with Kabir Duggal and José Manuel Maza), "Allocating Costs in Investment Arbitration", US Practical Law, July 2016