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

"Unconventional, precise and quick – only few can keep up“.

JUVE Handbook, 2020/2021

Together with his team of experienced international arbitration lawyers, Karl Pörnbacher has represented clients in more than 90 domestic and international arbitration proceedings as counsel. He has been appointed in more than 50 proceedings as an arbitrator, both as chairman/sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator. 

Karl assists clients in the efficient resolution of their national and international disputes. He is an expert in alternative dispute resolution, with vast experience in the structuring and conduct of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. He is frequently dealing with disputes related to energy (gas, oil, renewables), construction and infrastructure projects, (post) M&A, and the automotive, aeronautic and life science industries in commercial and investment arbitrations. 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 also frequently represents clients in mediations as well as dispute board proceedings and adjudications.

Karl is fluent in English, French and Polish. He worked for several years in Warsaw and is frequently involved in cross-border disputes involving Poland and other Central and Eastern European countries. In the recent years, his practice has particularly grown in the Eastern European and Caucasus regions.

Karl is a member of the Advisory Boards of the DIS (German Institute of Arbitration), VIAC (Vienna International Arbitration Centre) and EUCON (European Institute for Conflict Management Association), serves as Chair of the Arbitration Court of the German-Polish Chamber of Commerce in Warsaw and is a member of the scientific advisory board of the MuCDR (Munich Center for Dispute Resolution) of the law faculty of the University of Munich and the BayCDMA (Bayreuth Center for Dispute Resolution, Mediation and Arbitration). He teaches arbitration at the University of Bayreuth.

Awards and recognitions


Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Counsel (Germany)
Chambers Global


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


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


Who's Who Legal

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 an Eastern European state-owned entity in a multi-billion ad-hoc arbitration in the oil and gas sector arising out of a Production Sharing Agreement.

Representing several international energy companies in disputes re the termination of price revision of oil and gas supply and gas storage agreements, disputes regarding oil and gas pipelines.

Representing a construction company in relation to claims for costs, LDs /delay damages arising out of offshore windfarm agreements (DIS arbitration, adjudication, ad-hoc mediation).

Representing and advising employers and contractors in arbitration, adjudication and mediation re claims for delay, extension of time, damages/defects in connection with offshore windfarm projects.

Advising and representing employers in adjudication and arbitration proceedings regarding several wind, water and solar power projects (FIDIC, adjudication, ICC and ad-hoc arbitration). 

Representing an international aircraft manufacturer in supply chain disputes against European and US suppliers.

Representing an Asian high-tech company against a major German manufacturer of electronic equipment in a post M&A ICC arbitration related to purchase price adjustment and misrepresentation claims.

Representing Eastern European state entities in disputes (negotiation, dispute board/adjudication and arbitration) arising out of infrastructure projects (roads, energy, rail infrastructure).

Representing Slovakia in its dispute against Achmea before German courts and the European Court of Justice.

Advising investors and state entities regarding claims under investment protection law.

Representing an international automotive supplier in an ICC arbitration in relation to deliveries of defective automotive components, and advising on related recalls and class actions in the U.S. 

Acting as chair and co-arbitrator in various international supply chain disputes and international cooperation agreement disputes, including local content issues.

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