Karl Pörnbacher

Karl Pörnbacher


Email karl.poernbacher@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +49 89 290 12 0

Fax +49 89 290 12 222

LanguagesEnglish, Polish, French, German

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Recommended lawyer for Dispute Resolution and "excellent lawyer, always precise". Specifically praised by competitors for his competence in energy disputes.

JUVE handbook, 2015/2016

Together with his team of experienced arbitration lawyers, Karl Pörnbacher has represented clients in more than 70 domestic and international arbitration proceedings as counsel and represents clients frequently in mediations.

Karl has been appointed in more than 40 proceedings as an arbitrator, both as chairman/sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator. He assists clients in the efficient resolution of their national and international disputes. Karl's practice focuses on mediation and arbitration. He has extensive experience in the energy industry (gas, oil, renewables), construction and projects, M&A, and the automotive and life science industries. Karl and his team have conducted arbitration proceedings under various rules, like ICC, VIAC, Swiss Rules, Danish Chamber of Commerce, Polish Chamber of Commerce, DIS or ad hoc proceedings.

Karl is fluent in Polish, English and French. Having worked for several years in Poland and being frequently involved in cross-border disputes involving Poland and other Central and Eastern European countries, he is a member of the DIS Advisory Board and the Board of EUCON (European Institute for Conflict Management Association) and Chairman of the Arbitration Court of the German-Polish Chamber of Commerce in Warsaw. Karl teaches arbitration at the University of Bayreuth.

Who's Who Legal places Karl "amongst the world's leading arbitrators", being "praised for his 'pragmatic' approach" and regularly ranked by German directory JUVE as a "frequently recommended lawyer".

Awards and recognitions


Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Counsel (Germany)
Chambers Global


Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (including international arbitration)
Legal 500 EMEA

Education and admissions


LMU Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

Université d'Angers

Université de Toulouse

University of Passau

Related knowledge

Supply Chain Support

Representative experience

Representing several international oil and gas production companies in multi-million arbitration proceedings regarding long-term gas supply agreements (ICC, ad-hoc).

Representing an Austrian company in an ICC-arbitration in connection with a real estate joint venture in Moscow.

Advising and representing a DAX 30 company in connection with D&O coverage issues and negotiations with the insurers, especially with regard to civil fines suffered by the client due to potential violations of compliance obligations by its former board members.

Representing an Asian high-tech company against a major German manufacturer of electronic equipment in a post M&A proceeding regarding purchase price adjustment and misrepresentation claims in connection with the sale of the mobile device business (ICC arbitration).

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