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Karl Pörnbacher


Karl Pörnbacher

Who's Who Legal places Karl Pörnbacher 'amongst the world's leading arbitrators', being 'praised for his 'pragmatic' approach' and regularly ranked by German directory JUVE as a 'frequently recommended lawyer'. Together with his team of experienced arbitration lawyers, Karl has represented clients in more than 70 domestic and international arbitration proceedings as counsel and represents clients frequently in mediations.

He has been appointed in more than 40 proceedings as an arbitrator, both as Chairman/sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator. As a partner in the Munich office, he assists clients in the efficient resolution of their national and international disputes. Karl's practice focuses on mediation and arbitration and 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.

He 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 and teaches arbitration at the University of Bayreuth.

Recognized as "being among the world's leading arbitrators".

Who's Who Legal, , 2015/2016

Representative Experience

Representing several international oil & 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).

Education and admissions


  • LMU Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
  • Université d'Angers
  • Université de Toulouse
  • University of Passau
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