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International law firm, Trowers & Hamlins, has appointed arbitration specialist Hendrik Puschmann as partner in its London office, adding strength and depth to the firm's growing International Commercial Disputes practice. Hendrik joins the firm from Farrer & Co, where he was head of the firm's Arbitration Group, which he helped set up. 

He will be based in London, but work as co-head of Trowers’ International Arbitration practice, alongside the firm’s 100+ litigators across nine offices in the UK, the Middle East and Asia.

Described as a "star arbitration lawyer and master tactician" in Legal 500, Hendrik brings to Trowers nearly twenty years of litigation and arbitration experience. He has worked on matters ranging from post-M&A, joint venture and franchising claims to construction and shipbuilding disputes, and from proceedings against former directors for breach of their duties to art cases. He also has significant expertise on investor-state treaty claims.

Hendrik has acted as party representative and arbitrator in arbitrations under numerous rules, including LCIA, ICC, VIAC, SIAC, DIS, LMAA, UNCITRAL and ICSID.

The Co-Heads of Trowers' Dispute Resolution & Litigation practice, Lucy James and Nick Levy commented, "We are delighted to welcome Hendrik to the Trowers partnership. He is a real arbitration heavy-weight and his unparalleled cross-border experience will greatly enhance our international bench strength.

"Hendrik joins Trowers at an exciting time as we continue to expand our highly regarded dispute resolution offering, most recently with the application for a licence to operate in Singapore, a key arbitration hub."

They added, "Hendrik's experience is a hand in glove fit with our extensive record of arbitrating at all the major arbitration institutions and in ad hoc proceedings. It's a pleasure to have him on-board."

Commenting on his move to Trowers, Hendrik said, “Trowers might just be the most exciting law firm I could hope to join as an arbitration practitioner. With its second-to-none track record for resolving construction and infrastructure disputes, its fast-growing network of international offices and its client-focussed, collegiate approach to lawyering, the firm offers unique opportunities. I am very much looking forward to getting started.”

As well as his client work, Hendrik regularly publishes on arbitration-related topics. He is the editor and main author of Butterworths Challenges in Arbitration: Challenges against Arbitrators, Awards and Enforcement (2019) and lead author of the forthcoming Butterworths Handbook on the LMAA Terms.

Hendrik is an Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford and Clare Hall, Cambridge, and regularly lectures on arbitration topics both in the UK and internationally.