Photo, Prof. Dr. Jörg (Joerg) Risse LL.M.

Prof. Dr. Jörg (Joerg) Risse LL.M.

Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH von Rechtsanwälten und Steuerberatern


Joerg Risse is widely recognized as one of Germany's leading arbitration lawyers (Chambers Global, Juve, Legal 500, Who's Who Legal). Being double-qualified as an attorney-at-law in Germany and in New York (USA), he represents his clients in international arbitration proceedings under the rules of all major institutions. Joerg Risse is one of Germany's most-in-demand arbitrators (Chambers Global, Juve); as a result, his clients also benefit from his judiciary "outlook" on a case. Joerg Risse teaches dispute resolution and advocacy skills at the University of Mannheim and at Humboldt-University, Berlin.

Practice Focus

Joerg Risse focuses on corporate law and post-merger & acquisition disputes, in particular on price adjustment claims, accounting and tax related disputes and reps & warranty claims. His second main area of practice are disputes related to large infrastructure projects such as power plants, airports, offshore wind farms and public transport projects. Most of his clients are companies form the chemical, automotive, medical and mass transport industry. Joerg Risse has special expertise in ADR proceedings where he advises his clients in settlement negotiations, mediation and adjudication proceedings.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Mediator in dispute between US Multinational vs German Multinational (Automotive Industry) over long term supply agreement, amount in dispute >EUR 30 mio.; case settled

  • Lead counsel in a shareholder dispute about the dissolution of a joint venture in the gas industry (DIS arbitration, > EUR 100 mio.)

  • Lead counsel for a German utility company in a dispute about the construction of a power plant (DIS arbitration, > EUR 1 billion)

  • Lead counsel for a German multinational in a shareholder dispute related to the privatization of airports (ICC arbitration, > EUR 50 mio.)

  • Lead counsel in a major dispute about damage claims related to tax fraud schemes (state court litigation,> EUR 100 mio.)

  • Presiding arbitrator in a DIS arbitration about a failed German/Chinese partnership in the pharmaceutical industry

  • Presiding arbitrator in a DIS arbitration about the evaluation of a real estate portfolio after an M&A transaction

  • Presiding arbitrator in an ICC arbitration about a post-M&A dispute related to an indemnification clause for environmental damages

  • Mediator in a USD 70 million, post-M&A dispute between a US multinational and an Italian company, case settled

  • Mediator in an employer vs. trade union conflict resulting in major strikes, case settled

  • Mediator in a patent law dispute between two multinationals in the chemical industry, case settled

Professional Honors

  • Thought Leader in Commercial Litigation - Who's Who Legal 2022
  • One of the two best arbitration counsels and most-in-demand-arbitrators in Germany (Elite Tier 1), Chambers Global 2021-2022
  • Leading Name in Arbitration, JUVE 2004-2021
  • Top Attorney 2021 – Arbitration, Wirtschaftswoche 2021
  • Leading individual in international arbitration (Tier 1), Legal 500 – Europe 2021-2022
  • The Best Lawyers in Germany 2022 (Arbitration and Mediation)
  • Among Germany’s most-in-demand arbitrators (Tier 1), Chambers Global 2021
  • “Among the very best arbitrators in the world”, Who’s Who Legal Germany 2021
  • “Market-leading mediator”, JUVE 2020
  • “Among the sharpest minds in the German legal market”, Who’s Who Legal - Mediation 2020

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Association Suisse de l'Arbitrage - Member
  • German American Lawyers Association (DAJV) - Member
  • German Institution of Arbitration (DIS) - Member


  • New York~United States (1999)
  • Germany (1997)


  • University of Heidelberg (Dr. iur.) (1997)
  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law (LL.M.) (1997)
  • University of Heidelberg (State Exam.) (1993)
  • Certified Banking Trainee (1989)


  • English
  • German


  • "Wirtschaftsmediation"
    Publishing House: Verlag C.H. Beck, 2nd edition Munich 2022, hardback, 678 pages

  • "M&A und Corporate Finance von A – Z," 3rd edition
    (editor/co-author with F. Kästle) Publishing House: Verlag C.H. Beck, München 2018

  • "Prozessrisikoanalyse"
    (editor/co-author with M. Morawietz) Publishing House: Verlag C.H. Beck, München 2017

  • SchiedsVZ – Zeitschrift für Schiedsverfahren/German Arbitration Journal
    (editor-in-chief since start in 2003 to date)

  • "The Complete but Unofficial Guide to the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot," 5th edition (editor/co-author with M. Altenkirch, R. Harbst, A. Keilmann, L. Reiser) Publishing House: Verlag C.H. Beck, München 2020