Richard Kreindler is a Partner of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in Frankfurt and New York and has specialized in international disputes matters since 1985.

He is a US national, was educated in the US and Germany, is admitted to the Bar in New York and Paris, and is a professor of law in Germany. Based in Frankfurt, he also works regularly from the firm’s New York office as well as in Eastern Europe, Latin America, East Asia and the Arabian Gulf.

He has acted as counsel, arbitrator, expert and mediator in numerous commercial and investment-treaty based arbitrations, focused on energy, infrastructure, post-M&A, IP and public international law.

 

He has been listed in the Top 10 and Top 20 arbitration practitioners worldwide by Global Counsel and Cross-Border Quarterly; he has also regularly been ranked as a world-leading counsel and arbitrator in Chambers, Who’s Who Legal, Legal 500, Juve and others.

He has authored numerous treatises and other publications and lectures; his lectures in 2012 at the Hague Academy of International Law are published in Volume 361 of the Collected Courses.

He chaired the global working group resulting in the International Bar Association (IBA) Rules on Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration (2010).

He is a Fellow and Chartered Arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London.

He has served in an editorial or advisory capacity for, among others, Arbitration International, German Arbitration Journal, German Institution of Arbitration, Global Arbitration Review, ICC Institute of World Business Law, International Arbitration Law Review, International Legal Materials, Revue de Droit des Affaires Internationales, Swedish Arbitration Association and Vienna International Arbitration Centre.

Notable Experience

  • Asian company in an ICC arbitration in London under English law relating to a sale and purchase agreement

  • Latin American airport operator in a prospective ICSID arbitration in New York under Peruvian law relating to a concession agreement

  • Russian automotive company in a HKIAC arbitration in Hong Kong under Russian and Chinese law relating to an automotive joint venture 

  • Russian automotive company in a HKIAC arbitration in Hong Kong under Russian and Chinese law relating to an automotive joint venture 

  • European engineering company in an ICSID arbitration brought against a Latin American State

  • Central European pharmaceutical company in an ICC arbitration in Paris under Chinese law relating to a pharmaceutical joint venture

  • Central European pharmaceutical company in an ICC arbitration in Paris under Chinese law relating to a pharmaceutical joint venture

  • German-Korean energy company in a DIS arbitration in Frankfurt under German law relating to a wind energy project

  • German-Korean automotive company in a SIAC arbitration in Singapore under German law relating to an automotive joint venture

  • North American chemical company in an ICC arbitration in New York under Argentine law relating to a construction contract

  • German technology company in an ICC arbitration in Singapore under German and Indian law relating to a manufacturing joint venture

  • Leading international company based in Germany in compliance investigation in the energy sector in Southeast Asia

  • Set aside proceedings respecting domestic and international arbitral awards, particularly in relation to China, India, Korea UK and USA, amongst various other regions

  • Regular advice to leading international companies in the context of government investigations of foreign corrupt practices, especially related to Southeast Asia

  • Party arbitrator in an ICC arbitration in Tokyo under New York law relating to a construction dispute

  • Chairman of tribunal in a KCAB arbitration in Seoul under Korean law relating to a commercial dispute

  • Chairman of tribunal in an ad hoc arbitration in Singapore under Pakistani law relating to a property dispute

  • Party arbitrator in an ICC arbitration in Paris under New York law relating to an energy supply agreement dispute

  • Party-appointed arbitrator in an ICC arbitration in Seoul under Korean law relating to a government procurement dispute

  • Chairman of tribunal in an ICC arbitration in London under English law relating to a steel manufacturing dispute

  • Expert in enforcement proceedings under the New York Convention before the Supreme People’s Court of China

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Selected Activities

  • Served in an editorial or advisory capacity for, among others, Arbitration International, German Arbitration Journal, German Institute of Arbitration, Global Arbitration Review, ICC Institute of World Business Law, International Arbitration Law Review, International Legal Materials, Revue de Droit des Affaires Internationales, Swedish Arbitration Association and Vienna International Arbitration Centre
  • Chairman, International Bar Association Working Group, which produced the IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration
  • Honorary Professor, University of Münster, Germany
  • Fellow and Chartered Arbitrator, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London

Publications

European Court of Justice: Investor-State Arbitration Under Intra-EU Bilateral Investment Treaties Is Incompatible With EU Law,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, March 9, 2018

Global Arbitration Review’s “Litigation 2017”

“Commercial Arbitration in Germany,” Oxford University Press, March 2016, co-author. 

“Praktiken und Verfahren im Hinblick auf die Beweisführung in Internationalen Schiedsverfahren: Die Notwendigkeit größerer Präzision” [“Practices and Approaches Respecting the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration: The Need for Greater Precision”], Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Rechtswissenschaft (ZVglRWiss), Special Issue 2015.

“Die Internationale Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit und die Beweisführung: Herausforderungen und zukünftige Ansätze,” Festschrift für Siegfried H. Elsing, 2015.

“The Applicable Law and Procedural Issues: Conceptions, Preconceptions and Misconceptions,” Austrian Yearbook on International Arbitration, 2015, co-author with Mariel Dimsey.

“An Introduction to Middle East Disputes via Geneva,” Stories from the Hearing Room: Experience from Arbitral Practice, Essays in Honour of Michael E. Schneider.

“Germany,” Chapter in Enforcement of Investment Treaty Arbitration Awards (Consulting Editor Julien Fouret), 2015, co-author with Andreas Kulick.

“Beweisführung in der internationalen Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit und ihre Mythen [Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration and the Myths Surrounding It],” Global Wisdom on Business Transactions, International Law and Dispute Resolution, Festschrift für Gerhard Wegen, 2015.

“Justifications, Excuses and Defenses in the Case of Corruption and Bribery,” Herausforderungen an Staat und Verfassung, Liber Amicorum für Torsten Stein, 2015.

Arbitration Agreements with Chinese Partners,” February 2015, co-author.

Chapter § 1033 – Arbitration Agreement and Interim Measures by Court,” Arbitration in Germany – The Model Law in Practice – Second Edition (K.-H. Böckstiegel et al., eds.), 2014, co-author.

“Conduct and Costs – How should the Tribunal Sanction the Parties in Costs?” Arbitration - Journal of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 2014, co-author.

“Germany Chapter,” Interim Measures in International Arbitration, JURIS, March 2014.

Global Arbitration Review Know-how – Litigation – Germany, March 2014, co-author.

Arbitration Guide Germany – International Bar Association Arbitration Committee, 2013, co-author.

“The Role of State Courts in Assisting Arbitral Tribunals Confronted with Guerilla Tactics,” Guerrilla Tactics in International Arbitration: Ethics, Practice and Remedies, 2013.

“Competence-Competence in the Face of Illegality in Contracts and Arbitration Agreements,” Collected Courses of the Hague Academy of International Law (Recueil des cours de l’Académie de droit international de La Haye), Vol. 361, 2012.

Chapter “Arbitration” in: Business Laws of Germany, 2012, co-author.

“Die ’Ergänzenden Regeln für gesellschaftsrechtliche Streitigkeiten’ der DIS,” Arbitration Newsletter Warsaw, February 2012, co-author.

“The Impact of Public Policy Considerations,” Arbitration of International Intellectual Property Disputes, 2011, co-author.

“The 2010 IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration,” New Developments in International Commercial Arbitration, 2011.

“Legal Consequences of Corruption in International Investment Arbitration,” Liber Amicorum en l’honneur de Serge Lazareff, 2011.

“Wahl zwischen ordentlichem Gerichtsverfahren und Schiedsverfahren,” Beck’sches Rechtsanwalts-Handbuch, 2011.

“Abwehrstrategien gegen unerwünschte Rezeptionen US-amerikanischen Rechts in der Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit,” Das deutsche Wirtschaftsrecht unter dem Einfluss des US-amerikanischen Rechts, 2011.

“The 2010 Revisions to the IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration,” Les Cahiers de l’Arbitrage (The Paris Journal of International Arbitration) 2011-1, 23-32.

“Are Tribunals Setting New Limits on Access to International Jurisdiction?” ICSID Review, Spring 2010.

“International Arbitration (Preliminary Matters),” College of Commercial Arbitrators Guide to Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration, 2010, co-author.

“The 2010 Revision to the IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Commercial Arbitration: A Study in Both Consistency and Progress,” International Arbitration Law Review, Issue 5, 2010.

“Rechtsschutz für ausländische Direktinvestitionen im Energiesektor: Neue Möglichkeiten in der Investitionsschiedsgerichtsbarkeit,” Festschrift für Friedrich Graf von Westphalen, 2010.

“Possible Future Revisions to the IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Commercial Arbitration,” Schriftenreihe der Deutschen Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit, Band 26, 2010.

“Applications for ’Revision’ in Investment Arbitration: Selected Current Issues,” Liber Amicorum for Bernardo Cremades, 2010.

“Cross-Examination Against the Clock,” Take The Witness: Cross-Examination in International Arbitration, 2010.

“Corruption in International Investment Arbitration: Jurisdiction and the Unclean Hands Doctrine,” Liber Amicorum for Ulf Franke, 2010.

“Die Internationale Investitionsschiedsgerichtsbarkeit und die Korruption: Eine alte Herausforderung mit neuen Antworten,” SchiedsVZ, Heft 1, 2010.

“Parallel Proceedings in Investment Arbitration: A Practitioner’s Perspective,” The Backlash Against Investment Arbitration – Perceptions and Reality, 2010.

“Damages - Standards for Compensation and the Role of Experts,” Contemporary Issues in International Arbitration and Mediation, The Fordham Papers, 2009.

“International Commercial Arbitration” Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, 2009, co-author.

“Arbitrating with Different Legal Traditions: Civil Law,” Arbitration, Journal of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Vol. 75, No. 2, 2009.

“Investment Treaties and the Evolution in Their Negotiation and Application: The New Germany-China BIT and Its Relevance to International Financial Law Trends,” Transnational Dispute Management, Vol. 6, Issue 1, March 2009.

“Standards of Procedural International Public Policy,” Stockholm International Arbitration Review, 2008:2.

§ 1041 – Interim Measures of Protection,” Arbitration in Germany – The Model Law in Practice, 2008, co-author.

§ 1033 – Arbitration Agreement and Interim Measures by Court,” Arbitration in Germany – The Model Law in Practice, 2008, co-author.

“Herausforderungen für die internationale Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit: Gestern, Heute und Morgen,” SchiedsVZ, Heft 6, 2007.

“The Importance and Urgency of the Energy Charter Treaty,” International Arbitration Law Review, Volume 10, Issue 3, 2007.

“Inconsistent ICSID Awards- Is There a Need for an Appellate Structure?” The International Convention for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID): Taking Stock after 40 Years, Schriften zur Europäischen Integration und Internationalen Wirtschaftsordnung, 2007.

“Perspectives on State Party Arbitration: The Future of BITs – The Practitioner’s Perspective,” Arbitration International - The Journal of the London Court of International Arbitration, Vol. 23, No. 1, 2007.

“Public Policy and Corruption in International Arbitration: A Perspective for Russian-Related Disputes,” Arbitration, Journal of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Vol. 72, No. 3, 2006.

“Evaluation of Damages in International Arbitration,” Introduction, Dossiers of the ICC Institute of World Business Law, 2006.

“Arbitral Forum Shopping,” American Review of International Arbitration, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2005.

“Die Schiedsfähigkeit von Streitigkeiten über die Rechtsbeständigkeit von eingetragenen Schutzrechten im internationalen Vergleich - aus US-amerikanischer Sicht,” German Institution of Arbitration (Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit), Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit und gewerblicher Rechtsschutz, DIS-MAT XIII, 2006.

“Gerichtliche Verfahren um gewerbliche Schutzrechte im internationalen Vergleich und grenzüberschreitende Strategien aus US-amerikanischer Sicht,” German Institution of Arbitration (Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit), Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit und gewerblicher Rechtsschutz, DIS-MAT XIII, 2006.

“Fair and Equitable Treatment – A Comparative International Law Approach,”  TDM – Transnational Dispute Management, Vol. 3 - Issue 3, 2006.

“Arbitral Forum Shopping,” Parallel State and Arbitral Procedures in International Arbitration, Dossiers of the ICC Institute of World Business Law, 2005.

“Die Kostenentscheidung im Schiedsgerichtsverfahren aus US-amerikanischer Sicht,” German Institution of Arbitration (Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit), Kosten im Schiedsgerichts-verfahren, DIS-MAT X, 2005.

“Benefiting from Oral Testimony of Expert Witnesses: Traditional and Emerging Techniques,” Dossiers of the ICC Institute of World Business Law, 2004.

“The Law Applicable to International Investment Disputes,” Studies in Transnational Economic Law – Vol. 19, Arbitrating Foreign Investment Disputes, 2004.

Events

4th Annual GAR Live Frankfurt, Co-Chair, June 29, 2017

3rd Annual Grand Central Forum and Judith S. Kaye Arbitration Lecture at the New York International Arbitration Centre (NYIAC), Speaker, May 1, 2017

ICC’s 14th Annual Miami Conference on International Arbitration in Latin America, Co-Chair, November 13-15, 2016.

3rd Annual GAR Live Frankfurt, Co-Chair, June 2, 2016.

“Taking Stock of the 2010 IBA Rules of Evidence Five Years on: Reflections and Observations from Practice,” The International Arbitration Club, Luncheon Meeting, London, June 25, 2015.

“Advances on Costs: Perspectives and Experiences as Arbitrator,” IBA Regional Arbitration Day, Munich, June 19, 2015.

“Which BIT is Best for Your Investment? International and Turkish Perspectives,” Workshop, Istanbul, January 27, 2015.

“Addressing Issues of Corruption in Commercial and Investment Arbitration,” Co-Chair and Concluding Remarks, ICC Institute of World Business Law, Annual Meeting, Paris, November 24, 2014.

“Resolving Disputes in the International Energy Sector - Developments and Trends: Arbitration and Dispute Adjudication Boards,” AAA-ICDR/ICC/ICSID 31st Annual Joint Colloquium, New York, November 14, 2014.

“Effective Use of the IBA Rules of Evidence in Russia-Related Arbitrations with a Swedish Seat,” International Dispute Resolution in Sweden, Stockholm, November 3-4, 2014.

“Issues Related to Interim Measures in International Commercial and Investment Arbitration,” Presentation at Seoul International Dispute Resolution Center, September 24, 2014.

Cybersecurity Risk Management Seminar and Cocktail Reception,” Panelist, June 24, 2014.

Cleary Gottlieb Hosts GAR Live Conference,” Co-Chair, June 5, 2014.

Practice And Procedure Regarding Proof: The Need For More Precision,” 22nd ICCA Congress, Miami, April 7, 2014.

The Applicable Law and Procedural Issues: Conceptions, Preconceptions and Misconceptions,” Vienna Arbitration Days, February 2014.

“Korruption und Geldwäsche – Herausforderungen für das Schiedsgericht,” Petersberger Schiedstage, Bonn, February 22, 2014.

Kiev Arbitration Days,” Speaker, November 14, 2013.

ICC Institute of World Business Law’s Advanced PIDA Seminar,” Speaker, October 1, 2013.

Winning Approaches to Arbitration for Russian Companies,” Speaker, September 17, 2013.

“Erhebung und Verwirkung der Schiedseinrede nach der neueren US-amerikanischen Rechtsprechung” (“Raising and Waiving Objection to the Arbitration Agreement under Recent U.S. Case Law”), Annual Practice Group Conference of the German-American Lawyers Association, March 1, 2013.

“New Developments in the Practice of International Arbitration in Germany,” Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb, January 16, 2013.

“Challenges Posed by Corruption in the Context of International Commercial and Investment Arbitration,” 20th Croatian Arbitration Days in Zagreb, December 6, 2012.

“Competence-Competence in the Face of Illegality in Contracts and Arbitration Agreements,” lectures in private international law at the Hague Academy of International Law, August 13-17, 2012.

“Die RAin/der RA in der globalisierten Rechtsstreitkultur” (“The Attorney’s Role in the Globalized Litigation Culture”), University of Frankfurt, June 20, 2012.

“The 2010 Revision to the IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration,” 19th Croatian Arbitration Days in Zagreb, December 1, 2011.

“Do the 2010 IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration Bridge the Gap?” University of Neuchâtel Faculty of Law, November 11, 2011.

“Do the 2010 IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration Bridge the Gap?” Danish Institute of Arbitration 30th Anniversary Conference in Copenhagen, October 31, 2011.

“The IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration: Presentation of the 2010 Revised Text,” Inaugural Meeting of the USCIB Expatriate Subcommittee in Germany, May 17, 2011.

“Grenzübergreifende Wirkung von Insolvenzverfahren auf Schiedsverfahren in einem anderen Land: Auswirkungen auf Schiedsvereinbarungen bzw. – verfahren mit Berührung zu den USA” (“Cross-Border Effects of Bankruptcy Proceedings on Arbitration Proceedings Abroad: Arbitration Agreements and Proceedings with a US Nexus”), 9th Petersberger Schiedstage, February 26, 2011.

“The IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration: Presentation of the 2010 Revised Text,” Swedish Arbitration Association in Stockholm, January 27, 2011.

“Document Disclosure: Do the 2010 IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration Bridge the Gap?” German Institution of Arbitration (DIS) and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, October 21, 2010.

“The IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration: Presentation of the 2010 Revised Text,” International Bar Association Annual Conference in Vancouver, October 6, 2010.

“Are Tribunals Setting New Limits on Access to International Jurisdiction?” Center for International Law of the National University of Singapore, January 20, 2010.

“New Developments in the Practice of International Arbitration in Germany,” Alumni Homecoming Event of the Institute of Law and Finance at the University of Frankfurt, October 24, 2009.

“Possible Future Revisions to the IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Commercial Arbitration,” Annual Autumn Conference of the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), October 21, 2009.

“Neue Möglichkeiten in der Investitionsschiedsgerichtsbarkeit – Der Vertrag über die Energiecharta” (“New Possibilities in Investment Arbitration – The Energy Charter Treaty”), 14th Conference on International Business Law at the University of Münster, October 15, 2009.

“The Enforcement of Arbitral Awards in Cross-Border Intellectual Property Matters: An Overview of the Issues and Challenges,” IBA Committee L, International Arbitration in Multinational Intellectual Property Disputes in Madrid, October 8, 2009.

“Damages – Standards for Compensation and the Role of Experts,” 4th Annual Conference on International Arbitration of the American Society of International Law and Fordham Law School in New York, June 16, 2009.

“The 1999 IBA Rules of Evidence: Revisiting Best Practices,” 12th Annual IBA International Arbitration Day in Dubai, February 16, 2009.

“Grenzüberschreitende privatisierte Korruptionsermittlungen,” Freundeskreis Rechtswissenschaft “Schlaglichter 8,” Ansprachen und Reden an der Rechtswissenschaftlichen Fakultät Münster im Akademischen, Jahr 2008/2009.

“Introduction to the IBA Rules of Evidence: Recent and Forthcoming Developments in Taking of Evidence and Discovery in International Arbitration,” 16th Croatian Arbitration Days in Zagreb, December 12, 2008.

“Introduction to the IBA Rules of Evidence: General Observations on Taking of Evidence in International Commercial Arbitration,” CIETAC/International Bar Association Conference in Beijing, November 24, 2008.

“Expropriation Claims Against States under the European Convention on Human Rights: An Alternative to BIT Claims for US Investors?” District of Columbia Bar International Law Section/International Dispute Resolution Committee Conference, October 31, 2008.

“Arbitrating with Diverse Legal Traditions – Civil Law,” Chartered Institute of Arbitrators conference in Kuala Lumpur, October 20, 2008.

“Achieving Acceptance for International Arbitration in Arab States in the Early 21st Century,” 4th International Arbitration & ADR in Africa Workshop in Cairo, July 29, 2008.

“Enforcement Abroad of Arbitral Awards Rendered in and Related to Russia and CIS: An Overview of Selected Recent Decisions,” International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation in Moscow, June 4, 2008.

“Parallel Proceedings in Investment Arbitration: A Practitioner’s Perspective,” Harvard International Law Society, April 19, 2008.

“The Effect of Illegality on the Arbitration Agreement: Is the Arbitrator Obligated to Denounce Money Laundering, Corruption of Officials, etc.?” Erasmus University in Rotterdam, April 3, 2008.

“Investment Treaties and the Evolution in Their Negotiation and Application: The New Germany-China BIT and Its Relevance to International Financial Law Trends,” Institute for Law and Finance, University of Frankfurt, November 6, 2007.

“Benefiting from Witness Statements and Expert Reports: Traditional and Emerging Techniques from a Cross-Border Perspective,” International Bar Association Annual Conference in Singapore, October 15, 2007.

“A Contractual or Other Analysis of Relationships between Arbitrators and Parties:  Law and Legislation in the United States,” Stockholm University, May 10, 2007.

“Is the Arbitrator Obligated to Denounce Money Laundering, Corruption of Officials, etc.?” 12th Geneva Global Arbitration Forum, December 7, 2006.

“Achieving Acceptance for International Arbitration in Arab States,” ICC United Kingdom in London, July 12, 2006.

“Inconsistent ICSID Awards – Is There a Need for an Appellate Structure?” Merton Center for European Integration and International Economic Order in Frankfurt, April 28, 2006.

“Observations on the Form and Effect of the Award,” UNCITRAL/VIAC conference in Vienna, April 7, 2006.

“Fair and Equitable Treatment – A Comparative International Law Approach,” Harvard International Law Society in Cambridge, March 3, 2006.

“Procedural Rules Governing the Arbitration Proceedings,” “Arbitrators’ Approach to Fact Finding Leading up to Hearing,” and “Arbitrators’ Approach to Fact Finding: The Hearing and Post-Hearing,” University of Uppsala, February 21-22, 2006.

”’Final Rulings on Costs: Loser Pays All?’, Best Practices in International Arbitration,” Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) in Zurich, January 27, 2006.

“Benefiting from Oral Testimony of Fact Witnesses: Traditional and Emerging Techniques,” 5th International Congress on Arbitration in São Paulo, September 29, 2005.

“International or Ad Hoc Arbitration and the Arbitration Agreement,” Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Residential Diploma Course in International Commercial Arbitration, September 2005.

“Schiedsgerichte und Rechtsverstöße der Vertragsparteien: Das für die Beurteilung von Rechtsverletzungen anzuwendende Recht,” Festschrift für Peter Schlosser zum 70. Geburtstag, 2005.

“Enforcement Abroad of Russian and CIS Arbitral Awards: An Overview of Certain Recent Relevant Decisions,” British Institute of International & Comparative Law in London, November 17, 2004.