Dr. Max Oehm is a member of Baker McKenzie’s Dispute Resolution Practice Group in Frankfurt. Max has a particular focus on international arbitration and ADR in infrastructure projects and post-M&A disputes, often involving projects in Europe and South America. As a litigator, he advises in cases of professional liability of auditors, tax advisors and investment banks as well as in strategic / risk-relevant issues in connection with such services.
Max holds a doctoral degree from the University of Mainz, Germany, and obtained a master’s degree in law at Boston University, USA, where he was awarded the American Law Outstanding Achievement Award.
Max writes and speaks regularly on international arbitration and professional liability issues. He teaches at the University of Mannheim, Germany.
Max focuses on advising clients on managing risks and resolving disputes relating to professional services, infrastructure projects and M&A. He is experienced in resolving disputes through international arbitration, commercial litigation and other methods, including mediation. Max is knowledgeable in various industry sectors, including financial and professional services, infrastructure / construction and energy.
To help clients make informed decisions about whether to invest in dispute resolution and to ensure that they get the best possible return on their investment, Max relies on legal tech and risk analysis methods to calculate probabilities for clients to prevail on their claims. Max also uses these tools to efficiently determine the key aspects of a case and help clients decide whether to invest in expert opinions to achieve the greatest outcome.
Representative Legal Matters
Developed a convincing litigation strategy for a client concerning claims against its former auditors and tax advisors (amount in dispute above EUR 300 million)
Successfully defended a major German industrial group against claims above EUR 100 million in litigations concerning a PPP IT project
Represents a client in an ICC arbitration concerning an infrastructure project in South America (amount in dispute above EUR 40 million)
Represents a client in a DIS arbitration concerning an offshore wind farm project in the German North Sea (amount in dispute above EUR 125 million)
Successfully enforced clients' claims resulting from professional services by way of litigation and by other dispute resolution methods (ADR)
Professional Associations and Memberships
- German Arbitration Institute (DIS) - Member
- Young Singapore International Arbitration Centre (YSIAC) - Member
- German Initiative of Young Arbitrators (DIS40) - Member
- Young International Arbitration Group at the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA-YIAG) - Member
- Germany (2016)
- Superior Court of Justice, Berlin (Assessor Exam) (2016)
- Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz (Dr. iur.) (2015)
- Boston University School of Law (LL.M.) (2012)
- Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz (First State Exam) (2011)
Co-author, Comments on §§ 313-345 BGB, first English language edition, Beck Verlag, 2020
Co-author (with Jörg Risse), "The Aftermath of Achmea: Germany Requests Dismissal of Vattenfall Case After CJEU’s Achmea Decision", Global Arbitration News, May 2018
Co-author (with Jörg Risse), "European Court of Justice Stops Investment Arbitration in Intra-EU Disputes", Global Arbitration News, March 2018
Co-author (with Gerrit Niehoff ), "Anerkennung und Vollstreckung ausländischer Entscheidungen in Deutschland", Iurratio 2017, 1, April 2017
Author, "Nachtragsliquidator vertritt Restgesellschaft bei einzelnen Abwicklungsmaßnahmen, IWRZ 2017, 130" (Case Note to BGH, Decision of 22 November 2016)