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„An excellent strategist“ (Legal500)
„He stands out through his 30 years of experience as a litigation lawyer and his competence in the areas of professional liability and post-M&A in particular.“ (Quelle Mandantin)
„He's always a good arbitrator: well prepared, very fair, very calm.“ (Chambers & Partners)

Dr. Karl J. T. Wach has long standing experience in complex litigation and arbitration. His main areas of practice include post-M&A and corporate disputes, liability (banks and financial service providers, D&O, lawyers, tax advisors and auditors), commercial disputes (including international trade, sales and distribution as well as sports marketing), financial and capital markets disputes and cartel damages. Dr. Karl J. T. Wach has extensive experience in domestic and international arbitrations. He also sits as an arbitrator.

Dr. Karl J. T. Wach is further recognised for his publications on capital markets law, procedural law, cartel damages as well as post-M&A litigation and arbitration. Among his most recent publications is the book "Tactics in M&A Arbitration" which he co-edited together with Frank Meckes.
Before founding WACH + MECKES LLP, Dr. Karl J. T. Wach had been a partner in the litigation department of a large German law firm which he headed for a considerable time. Since 2001 he had been Head of the Munich office and Head of the German Litigation / Arbitration Group of a leading international law firm.

Dr. Karl J. T. Wach speaks German and English.

  • Law studies at the University of Munich
  • Admission to the bar 1983
  • PhD on futures trading law 1986
  • Partner at WACH + MECKES LLP since 2009

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Lawyer of the Year 2017 (International Arbitration – Bayern) und 2018 (Litigation – Bayern)

„young, determined and extremely smart“ (Legal500)
„combining a speedy understanding of the situation and always working towards a solution“ (Chambers & Partners)
„He is very thoughtful, good at understanding the important questions, and trying to understand what the other side may be thinking. Even when the options are not good, he knows how to position our arguments so that it is easier for the other side to give in than to fight us.“ (Chambers & Partners)

Frank Meckes has extensive experience in the field of litigation and arbitration. He advises German and international clients in complex commercial disputes, in particular in relation to German and international M&A transactions, corporate fraud, D&O, professional and product liability as well as on large scale commercial and corporate disputes. He further advises businesses on crisis management in relation to white-collar crime.
His arbitration experience covers both domestic and international arbitration under the auspices of institutional rules as well as ad-hoc arbitration. Together with Karl Wach, Frank Meckes is co-author and editor of the book "Tactics in M&A Arbitration".
Als Rechtsanwalt und Diplom Betriebswirt (BA) betreut Frank Meckes, insbesondere bei Streitigkeiten mit wirtschaftskriminellem Hintergrund, sowohl die Aufklärung der wirtschaftlichen Sachverhalte als auch deren juristische Aufarbeitung.Frank Meckes is both qualified as a German lawyer and has graduated in business administration. Apart from dealing with the legal assertion of the case he therefore also conducts and leads the inquires into the economic facts, in particular in cases of fraudulent nature.

Before founding WACH + MECKES LLP, Frank Meckes had been working in the Litigation / Arbitration Group of a leading international law firm in Munich and London since 2002 where he was responsible for the group's M&A litigation and arbitration practice.

Frank Meckes speaks German and English.

  • Studies in business administration at the University of Cooperative Education (Finance Centre) in Stuttgart
  • Law studies at the University of Freiburg i.Br.
  • Admission to the bar 2002
  • Partner at WACH + MECKES LLP since 2009

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„analytisch hervorragend“ (Quelle Wettbewerber)
„sehr erfahren und sehr angenehm im Umgang“ (Quelle Wettbewerber)
„gründlich und scharfsinnig“ (Quelle Wettbewerber)

Tom Petsch has long standing experience in representing German and international clients in complex corporate and commercial litigation and arbitration proceedings. He focuses in particular on post-M&A disputes, professional liability of directors and officers, disputes between shareholders, appraisal proceedings regarding the adequateness of compensations granted to (minority) shareholders and large scale commercial disputes. His cases are often white-collar crime and/or insolvency related.
Before joining WACH + MECKES LLP in 2010, Tom Petsch had been working in the dispute resolution practice of a leading international law firm since 2003. From 2008 on he was responsible for the firm`s dispute resolution practice in Munich.

Tom Petsch speaks German, English and Italian.

  • Law studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich
  • Admission to the bar 2002
  • Partner at WACH + MECKES LLP since 2010

Dr. Henning Krauss has extensive experience in litigation and arbitration. He advises local and international clients in complex business disputes, particularly in relation to domestic and international corporate transactions, banking, finance and capital market matters, and white-collar crime related proceedings as well as corporate and commercial disputes.

Henning has also published numerous papers relating to corporate law, amongst others, on the subjects “Keine Schadenersatzansprüche auf Rückabwicklung der Beteiligung an einer mehrgliedrigen stillen Gesellschaft” (No claim for damages for exiting a multi-member silent partnership), comments on the Judgment of the Court of Appeal (OLG) in Munich dated 11.06.2012 - 21 U 4562/11, GWR 2012, 376 and "Rechtsmissbräuchliche Anfechtungsklage verpflichtet nicht zu Schadenersatz gegenüber Aktionären anderer Gesellschaften" (Liability for abuse of process in bringing an action for annulment does not extend to shareholders of other companies), comments on the Judgment of the Court of Appeal (OLG) in Hamburg dated 20.10.2010 - 11 U 127/09, GWR 2011, 10.

Before joining WACH + MECKES LLP, Henning worked in leading national and international law firms in the litigation, corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions departments.

Henning speaks German and English.

  • Studied law at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich
  • LL.M., DUKE University School of Law, 1991
  • Ph.D., University of Regensburg, 1994
  • Admission to the German bar (Rechtsanwalt), 1986
  • Of Counsel at WACH + MECKES since March 2018

Katharina Esbjörnsson advises domestic and international clients in complex commercial litigation and arbitration matters, in particular in relation to corporate and commercial law, D&O liability and capital markets.
Before joining Wach + Meckes LLP Katharina Esbjörnsson was a trainee lawyer at a leading German commercial law firm in Munich.

Katharina Esbjörnsson speaks German, English and French.

  • Law studies at the University of Passau and the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • LL.M., Stockholm University 2012, (International Commercial Arbitration Law)
  • Admission to the bar 2012
  • Associate at Wach + Meckes LLP since 2012

Andreas Laupp advises in complex domestic and international litigation and arbitration matters.

Before joining WACH + MECKES LLP, Andreas Laupp was working at the EBS Law School, Wiesbaden and in different functions at the University of Heidelberg. At the latter, he was the personal assistant of the Vice-Rector for International Relations as well as a lecturer at the Institute for Comparative Law, Conflict of Laws and International Business Law.

He speaks German, English and French.

  • Law Studies at the University of Heidelberg
  • LL.M., King's College London, 2012 (International Business Law)
  • Admission to the bar in Germany (Rechtsanwalt) 2016
  • Associate at WACH + MECKES LLP since 2016

Patrizia Schultheiss advises in complex domestic and international litigation and arbitration matters.

Before joining WACH + MECKES LLP, Patrizia Schultheiss had her own firm in Toronto, Canada, and advised Canadian corporate clients in international trade disputes. Prior to that she was Corporate Counsel at the private equity investor ADCURAM Group in Munich for six years and a Senior Associate for KPMG AG, Munich, in the Mergers & Acquisitions Tax Service Group.

Patrizia Schultheiss speaks German, English and French.

  • Law Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Germany
  • Admission to the bar in Germany (Rechtsanwältin) 2005
  • LL.M., University of Toronto, Canada, 2015
  • Associate at WACH + MECKES LLP since 2017

Sarah’s clients benefit from her vast litigation experience in court and alternative dispute resolution settings. At WACH + MECKES LLP, she advises German and international clients in complex business disputes, with a focus on international contract and commercial law.

Before joining WACH + MECKES LLP, Sarah worked as a business litigator in Simpson Thatcher & Barlett’s Silicon Valley office, as well as for Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in North Carolina. She also served as Assistant Attorney General at the North Carolina Department of Justice and as Senior Clerk to a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Sarah speaks German and English.

  • Juris Doctor, Stanford Law School, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, 2003
  • Admitted as Attorney at Law, California 2003 and North Carolina 2005
  • Admitted as Solicitor, Ireland 2018
  • Associate at WACH + MECKES LLP since 2018