Johannes Schmidt’s practice focuses on transnational litigation, arbitration, and enforcement.

A large part of Johannes’ practice is devoted to acting as counsel in cross-border arbitrations and representing clients before national courts in cartel follow-on damages actions. He also regularly represents and advises sovereign issuers in bondholder litigation in the aftermath of sovereign debt restructuring measures.

Johannes joined the firm in 2012.


Notable Experience

Cartel Follow-On Damages Litigation

  • Beiersdorf in antitrust proceedings as well as in in cartel damage cases before various courts in Germany.

  • A leading global manufacturer of elevators and escalators in cartel damages litigation before several German courts.

  • A leading global manufacturer of home appliances in cartel damages litigation before several German courts.

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Sovereign Debt and Other Litigation

  • The Republic of Argentina in numerous litigations brought in Austria and Germany by bondholders affected by Argentina’s default with respect to approximately $100 billion in external indebtedness.

  • The Hellenic Republic in the defense against several actions brought by investors of Greek Government bonds that were restructured in 2012.

  • Pixelpark, part of the Publicis Groupe, against activist shareholders in several proceedings before the Regional Court in Berlin as wells as in two company valuation proceedings (Spruchverfahren).

  • Bank of America in a U.S.-based litigation brought by DZ Bank.

  • A leading U.S.-based IT hardware and software corporation in litigation with a German IT distribution company with respect to purchasing terms.

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Selected Activities

  • Guest lecturer, EBS Law Term on Transnational Commercial Law, EBS Law School, Wiesbaden, Germany, 2013
  • Lecturer, Seminar “Legal Issues around the Financial Crisis”, Martin Luther University Halle, Germany, 2014/15

  • Lecturer, “Introduction to International Commercial and Investment Arbitration”, LLM-Program of the Institute for Law and Finance, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, classes of 2016 and 2017


Chapter “Germany” in: GAR know-how Litigation 2019, (co-author R. Kreindler and T. Kopp)

New DIS Arbitration Rules as of March 1, 2018, Cleary Gottlieb alert memo, February 21, 2018 (with Thomas Kopp, Matthias Schrader, Rüdiger Harms and Patrick Gerardy)

Client Alert, “German Federal Constitutional Court confirms liberal view on service of process under Hague Convention,” 2016

Commentary on ECJ decision C-352/13 (CDC Hydrogen Peroxide/Akzo Nobel), EuZW 2015, 584 (co-authors: R. Harms, J. Sanner)

Commentary of § 1033 ZPO, in: Kröll/Nacimiento, Arbitration in Germany, 2nd edition, 2015 (co-author: R. Kreindler)

“Die richterliche Überzeugung von der Wahrheit und der Indizienbeweis im Zivilprozess,” Juristische Rundschau 2015, 51 (co-author: T. Kopp)

“Anwendbares Recht bei kartellrechtlichen Schadensersatzklagen in „Altfällen,“, WuW 2014, 363 (co-author: R. Harms)

“Abwägung unter Unsicherheit,” in: Archiv des öffentlichen Rechts, 2012, pp. 545-591, (co-author: M. Klatt), reprinted in: Klatt, Prinzipientheorie und Theorie der Abwägung, pp. 105-150, Mohr Siebeck 2013

“Epistemic discretion in constitutional law,” in: International Journal for Constitutional Law (2012) Vol. 10, pp. 69-105 (co-author: M. Klatt), reprinted in:  Klatt/Meister, The Constitutional Structure of Proportionality, Oxford University Press 2012

“Spielräume im öffentlichen Recht,” Mohr Siebeck 2010 (co-author: M. Klatt), translated into Portugese „Espaços no direito público“ by Luis Afonso Heck, SafE 2015

“Die Grundsätze im Sinne der EU-Grundrechtecharta,” Mohr Siebeck 2010