Dr. Olaf Gärtner, Dipl.-Kfm.

Dr. Olaf Gärtner, Dipl.-Kfm.


Email [email protected]​hoganlovells.com

Phone +49 89 290 12 215

Fax +49 89 290 12 222

LanguagesEnglish, French, German

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Olaf Gärtner at Hogan Lovells specialises in advising companies on corporate litigation matters, ranging from shareholder disputes to joint venture disputes.

Who’s Who Legal Germany, 2019

Olaf Gärtner is your confident partner when it comes to solving disputes between your company and another or even within your company. As Co-Head of our worldwide Corporate Litigation Group, Olaf knows what disputes mean to you and personally engages with his team in finding practical solutions.

Olaf's focus lies on advising national and international companies and their board members with regard to corporate litigation and all aspects of board members' liability and D&O liability. He commands vast experience regarding disputes between shareholders, lawsuits of shareholders against the company, litigation in joint venture structures and pre or post M&A litigation – often combined with complex issues of business valuation.

Furthermore, Olaf advises and represents companies and/or their board members in the enforcement of respectively the defense against board members' liability claims and D&O questions. His extensive experience in corporate litigation is reflected in the leading legal directories. For example, Olaf Gärtner is listed in Who's Who Legal Germany as "one of the world's leading lawyers for litigation" at the age of 45 and younger. He is highlighted in the JUVE Handbook as a "frequently recommended lawyer" for corporate litigation and ranked by Legal 500 Germany in 2019 for his expertise in disputes. Furthermore, he is also included in the 2019 Edition of Best Lawyers™ in Germany for litigation.

Olaf regularly publishes on current topics of corporate and procedural law as well as board members liability. He is the initiator and co-publisher of the Beck handbook Reasons for rescission and annulment of shareholder decisions under the German Stock Corporation Act (Anfechtungs- und Nichtigkeitsgründe im Aktienrecht) and the co-author of several other publications.

Awards and recognitions


One of the world's leading practitioners for litigation
Who's Who Legal Germany


Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation
Legal 500 EMEA


Recommended lawyer for Corporate Litigation
JUVE handbook


Frequently recommended Lawyer for Litigation & ADR


JUVE Law Firm of the Year for Dispute Resolution 2018 (team Award)


Included for Litigation law
Best Lawyers™ in Germany


TOP Lawyer for Litigation

Education and admissions


Dr. iur., Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, 2006

Second State Exam in Law, Higher Regional Court of Munich, 2003

First State Exam in Law, LMU Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), 2001

Trier University, 1999

University of Aix en Provence, 1999



Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit (DIS) (German Institution of Arbitration)

Deutscher Anwaltsverein (DAV) (German Bar Association)

Förderverein der juristischen Fakultät der LMU München (Friends of the law faculty of the University of Munich)

Munich Judicial Association

Representative experience

Advising a leading manufacturer of high performance materials in a dispute with a former Ital. JV partner after the failure of the JV with damages claims amounting to a two-digit mill. Euros amount.

Representing Media-Saturn-Holding GmbH in a shareholder dispute between the former Metro AG (now Ceconomy AG) and the founding shareholders of the MediaMarkt stores.

Representing an Asian High Tech Conglomerate in an ICC arbitration with respect to a post-M&A dispute following the acquisition of a business unit from a DAX30 company. 

Representing a leading producer of specialty metal products in appraisal proceedings against about 80 former shareholders after a squeeze-out of minority shareholders.

Advising a leading IT services company in a 50/50 joint venture and a related shareholder dispute.

Advising one of the largest Irish investment and real estate companies in corporate law matters and disputes in connection with a European JV in the area of waste recycling and energy production.

Advising a leading online retailer in various cases in Europe regarding management liability for breach of board members' duties in connection with potential antitrust violations, tax issues, etc.

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