COMINDIS is an independent boutique law firm specialising in dispute resolution, corporate & compliance and insurance with a particular focus on plant engineering, energy and infrastructure.
To the law firm
We will advise and represent you in disputes before arbitration courts, state courts as well as in all out-of-court proceedings.
To the Services
Our experience and our strengths are based on many years of practice in leading international law firms and legal departments of well-known plant engineering companies and industrial concerns.
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Compliance

Your company builds trust.
Choose COMINDIS as your competent partner.

Insurance

Your risks are our expertise.
Trust our experience in financial lines.

Dispute Resolution

Your challenges are our specialty.
Benefit from our know-how in complex legal disputes.

Law firm

COMINDIS is a boutique law firm. We are specialised in dispute resolution, corporate & compliance and insurance. With a focus on plant engineering, energy and infrastructure, we advise and represent industrial and service companies, banks and insurance companies, as well as private equity firms – nationally and internationally.

COMINDIS offers you many advantages and outstanding quality.

  • We are independent and can represent your interests free of conflict and with commitment right from the start.
  • Short channels of communication means higher communication speed and efficiency for you.
  • We value a sustainable, good relationship with our clients and have a high
    standard for continuous service and availability.
  • With our international network, we can guide your legal matters to their destination, even across international borders.
  • We are a streamlined organisation and can provide you with both transparency and a convincing price –performance ratio.

We founded COMINDIS because we believe that independent and personalized legal advice is an important factor for a company‘s success.

We know the types of situations that can be legally unsettling for companies. Whether acute or anticipatory –
if it becomes relevant for your company‘s share price or results, or if your good reputation is at risk, we have your back.

COMINDIS – dispute resolution, corporate & compliance, insurance and are our passion as lawyers in the industry. Many years of experience and vital expertise help us to advise and represent our clients professionally and successfully in fundamental strategy and tactical issues. In doing so, we proceed with great care in a solution-oriented manner.

Services

We will advise and represent you in disputes before arbitration courts, state courts as well as in all out-of-court proceedings.

Experience

Our experience and our strengths are based on many years of practice in leading international law firms and legal departments of well-known plant engineering companies and industrial concerns.

Team

Dr. Eric Decker

Partner | Lawyer

Professional Career

Admitted to practice law in 1999; worked from 1999 to 2000 in the law firm Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz, worked from 2000 to 2007 in the global law firm Shearman & Sterling LLP in the areas of corporate M&A and dispute resolution, worked from 2007 to 2020 as the Legal Director & Head of Global Insurance at Bilfinger SE; January 2021 to present (Founding)Partner of COMINDIS.

Education

Legal education at the Technischen Universität Dresden (TU Dresden) and the Universität Regensburg; Doctorate from TU Dresden (Dr. iur. 1998) dissertation topic: “European Antitrust and IP Law“; clerk at the Appeals Court Dresden with internships in leading business law firms including in the Middle East (Dubai).

Areas of Focus

International arbitration and litigation with a focus on plant engineering and infrastructure; representation and advice in international and domestic commercial law; advice in the area of compliance and directors‘ and officers‘ liability; Advice in the area of insurance, especially on financial lines (D&O, cyber etc.).

Experience
Various national and international arbitration and court proceedings in the areas of plant engineering, infrastructure and post M&A; complex directors‘ and officers‘ liability cases including settlement negotiations; legal and strategic advice on various complex commercial law issues; advice on international and domestic contracts under FIDIC, NEC and other contract models.

Working Languages
German and English

Memberships
German Arbitration Institute (DIS)
German Bar Association (DAV)
Working Group Construction and Real Estate Law
DICO – German Institute for Compliance

 

Personal
Born in 1971; Leisure activities include international travel, hiking, skiing, cycling and fly fishing.

Dr. Ingo Kühl

Partner | Lawyer

Professional Career
Admitted to practice law in 2010; worked from 2010 to 2020 at the international business law firm Hogan Lovells International LLP in the area of dispute resolution, the last several years as of Counsel; worked from 2014 to 2015 on secondment in the legal department of Bayer AG; January 2021 to present (Founding) Partner of COMINDIS.

Education
Legal education at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena und the University of Bonn; Doctorate from the University of Göttingen (Dr. iur. 2013); Clerk (Referendariat) in Bielefeld with internships in leading business law firms in Frankfurt a.M.

Areas of Focus
State court litigation and international arbitration with a focus on plant engineering; representation and counseling in international and domestic commercial law (including product liability)

Experience
Handling of various national and international court and arbitration proceedings as well as arbitration expert opinion proceedings, providing legal and strategic advice on various complex commercial law issues; advising on international and national contracts.

Working Languages
German and English

Membership
German Arbitration Institute (DIS)
German Bar Association (DAV) 
Working Group Construction and Real Estate Law
DICO – German Institute for Compliance

Personal
Born in 1979; Leisure activities include climbing, mountaineering, running and hiking.

Marie Wittrock

Associate | Lawyer

Professional Career
Admitted to practice law in 2021; worked from 2018 to 2019 as a Research Assistant at the international business law firm Hogan Lovells International LLP in the practice group Litigation/Arbitration; August 2021 to present Associate at COMINDIS.

Education
Legal education at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster; legal traineeship at the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf with a traineeship at a leading business law firm.

Areas of focus
International arbitration and litigation with a focus on plant engineering; representation and advice in international and domestic commercial law.

Experience
Handling various national and international court and arbitration proceedings; advice on international and national contracts.

Working Languages
German and English

Personal
Leisure time music, art, literature

Jens Bürkle

Of Counsel | Lawyer

Professional Career
Attorney admitted to the bar in Nuremberg (since 2001) and Paris (since 2017). Between 1997 and 2002 collaborations at law firms Herzfeld & Rubin, Thacher Proffitt & Wood and Rödl & Partner, worked from 2003 to 2016 for the AREVA Group in Germany and France: General Counsel of the Group’s Nuclear Activities in the areas of major NPP construction projects, supply contracts, cooperation and consortium agreements, complex arbitrations, compliance and corporate governance. Founding Partner of GOTEM law firm based in Paris. Of Counsel at COMINDIS since February 2021.

Education
Legal education at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nuremberg with traineeships in leading US law firms.

Areas of Focus
National and international commercial arbitration, adjudication and mediation, plant engineering and construction projects and related supply and service contracts; advises clients on a large variety of contractual matters in relation to contracts in the energy, construction, manufacturing, infrastructure, nuclear and oil & gas industry. Advises on M&A and corporate law issues.

Experience
Large variety of international contract laws and regulations, complex commercial arbitration proceedings and dispute resolution. Advice in relation to major new build, construction and supply contracts, cooperation and consortium agreements, EPC, FIDIC-, NEC-based as well as tailor-made contracts.

Working Languages
German, Swedish, English, French

Memberships
Committee member and Lecturer at Université II Paris, Panthéon-Assas, DU Contract Management (Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution)
Lecturer at the Association of French In-House Counsels (AFJE)
Founding Member of the Association Française du Contract Management (AFCM)

Personal
Born in 1971; Leisure activities include music, singing, cycling and running.

Arnulf Mallmann

Associate I Lawyer

Professional Career
Admitted to the German Bar in 2022; previously worked as a research assistant in commercial law firms and at the Institute for Energy Law at the University of Cologne; Associate at COMINDIS since June 2022.

Education
Studied law at the University of Cologne and at the Université Reims Champagne-Ardenne (France); legal traineeship at the Higher Regional Court of Cologne at Statkraft a leading international energy company.

Areas of focus
International and national commercial law, insurance law, plant construction law.

Experience
International and national contracts in the field of commercial law, in particular plant construction, infrastructure and energy supply.

Working languages
German and English

Personal
Music, literature, travelling

Kathrin Mikuska

Office Manager

Professional Career
Initially employed in the organisational hotel sector. Since 1991 project assistant and assistant to the executive board, e.g. at Isenbeck Development GmbH, System Invest GmbH, Commerz Real AG and Avison Young – Germany GmbH. In parallel, many years of experience as a self-employed person with own sales and distribution business. Partnerassistant at COMINDIS since February 2021.

Education
After apprenticeship as a hotel manageress, qualification as management assistant in 2007.

Experience
Organisation of daily business processes, especially for the board of directors and management, extensive experience with complex document management (word, excel, powerpoint as well as other EDP applications).

Working Languages
German and English

Personal
Leisure activities include international travel, hiking, drawing.

Services

COMINDIS – Our Name is our program. We are Partners for corporate & compliance, insurance and dispute resolution, with a focus on plant engineering, energy and infrastructure.

At a glance

  • Shaping Companies Legally
  • Identifying risks
  • Reacting and mitigating
  • Checking, setting up and optimising Companies and Systems

COMINDIS includes corporate & compliance. We help you to shape your business. Our advice is focused on legal admissibility and economic optimisation keeping in mind ESG and compliance requirements. We support companies to reach their aims in a rule-compliant and ethical manner. Corporate & Compliance form a unit and contribute significantly to securing the company‘s existence. We advise our clients nationally and internationally on their corporate & compliance projects.
Also Technical compliance and ESG risks – such as product liability, supply chain issues or environmental cases – are increasingly coming into focus.

Scope of services in the area of corporate & compliance:

  • advice on joint ventures, M&A projects and restructurings
  • advice on liability issues of corporate bodies
  • risk analyses and review of the compliance management system
  • compliance due diligence / ESG and compliance in M&A projects (compliance and MAC clauses)
  • advice regarding compliance monitorships (across the board)
  • compliance legal (pursuit of claims)
  • compliance trainings and guidelines

At a glance

  • Risk analysis
  • Thinking with vision
  • Act wisely

Insurance is a part of COMINDIS. We are trustworthy and reliable partners. We advise in particular within the scope of financial lines (D&O, legal protection and cyber) and industrial insurance both preventively and in contentious proceedings. We know the market and the problems from practical experience. We regularly participate in events and give lectures on current developments. Industrial insurance is a world of its own that requires experts.

Scope of services in the area of insurance:

  • advice in D&O cases
  • defend and enforce claims regarding liability and coverage matters in D&O cases
  • cyber cases (e g. ransom cases, CEO fraud) and advice regarding cyber insurance
  • advice in the area of industrial insurance (e.g. major industrial damage claims) under the erection all risk or liability insurance.

At a glance

  • In depth analysis
  • strategic thinking
  • claim enforcement

Dispute Resolution is a part of COMINDIS. Complex disputes are an economic, organisational and human resource challenge. We represent you with commitment and strategic foresight.

As both external lawyers and in-house counsel, we have advised and represented clients succesfully in a large number of international arbitration and ordinary legal proceedings. Benefit from our expertise in pre-litigation claims, in project structuring or in settlement negotiations.

Scope of services in the area of dispute resolution:

  • arbitration (arbitration ad hoc or according to DIS, ICC, SIAC, VIAG, LCIA, KLCRA etc.)
  • litigation (proceedings before state courts)
  • contract and claim management
  • assessment of claims or litigation prospects, e.g. as part of due diligence for M&A transactions (including for private equity)
  • post M&A conflicts and other corporate disputes
  • alternative dispute resolution (mediation and adjudication)
  • pursuing or defence of liability claims against executive bodies
  • annulment and enforceability proceedings for arbitration awards
  • independent evidence proceedings
  • interim proceedings (e.g. against drawing of bonds / guarantees in plant engineering)
  • corporate defense (OWiG und civil law)

At a glance

With our focus on plant engineering, energy and infrastructure, we concentrate in particular on all related legal questions. We advise our clients nationally and internationally in turnkey EPC projects (e.g. based on FIDIC or NEC or other models) and represent them before state courts, arbitration tribunals or in alternaticve dispute resolution (ADR).

Scope of services in the area of plant engineering and product liability:

  • contact drafting and negotiations of plant construction projects in all areas
  • representing clients in legal disputes at arbitral and ordinary courts
  • advising on regulatory issues in our focus industries
  • construction support (contract and claim management)
  • advice at the interface of „plant engineering / compliance“
  • coordination of complex disputes for legal departments and corporate housekeeping
  • training courses

Experience

As lawyers, we have been advising and representing national and international clients for years with our comprehensive know-how. Our experience is based on legal practice in leading international law firms as well as in legal departments of globally active industrial and plant engineering companies.

These diverse perspectives enable us to respond precisely to the challenges of our clients.

With empathy for your company, we support you in an uncomplicated and professional manner. We do not rest on our experience and are always up-to-date on the current legal standards.

Publications

We publish academic articles and hold lectures in our areas of expertise.

  • Law Handbook Plant Engineering, Chapter „Securities“, Herausgeber Bock/Zons, C.H. Beck Verlag,
    2. Aufl. 2020, Dr. Eric Decker
  • Book of Contracts Private Construction Law, Chapter „The International Consortium Agreement“, Herausgeber Roquette/Otto, C.H. Beck Verlag, 3. Aufl. 2020, Dr. Eric Decker
  • The European Prohibition of Abuse in Relation to Intellectual Property Rights, Dissertation, Dresden, 2001, Bd. 1 of the publication series of the Institute for Technical and Environmental Law., Dr. Eric Decker
  • The Efficiency Rule and the Contracting Physician in Criminal Law: An Examination with Special Reference to the Supply of Medicine, Dissertation, Springer Verlag, Göttingen 2013, Dr. Ingo Kuehl
  • The New Expedited Procedures of the German Instition for Arbitration, SchiedsVZ 2019, 75 ff.,
    Dr. Eric Decker
  • Legal Aspects of Trading in Emission certificates, emw 2004, 6 ff., Dr. Eric Decker mit Dr. Meyer-Lindemann
  • Price Abuse Control over Water Supply Companies, in: WuW, Wirtschaft und Wettbewerb 1999, 967 ff., Dr. Eric Decker
  • Successfully implementing hydrogen projects, VAIS Verband f̈ür Anlagentechnik und Industrie Service e.V., 01.09.2022, Dr Eric Decker and Dr Ingo Kühl
  • Corporate Sanctions Law (Verbandssanktionengesetz) – A Paradigm Shift from a Litigation Perspective?, BuJ Section Dispute Resolution, 2021, Dr Eric Decker
  • Association Sanction Law  – From the Viewpoint of Dispute Resolution a Paradigm Shift?, BuJ Fachgruppe Dispute Resolution 2021, Dr. Eric Decker
  • The Cyber Insurance Process from the Perspective of the Risk Manager and the CIO, EUROFORUM Cyber 2020, Dr. Eric Decker with Helge-Karsten Lauterbach
  • The Cyber Market Situation – A Look into the Future, Panel discussion, EUROFORUM Cyber 2020,
    Dr. Eric Decker
  • D&O Market ́ Advanced, Panel discussion, EUROFORUM Haftpflicht 2020, Dr. Eric Decker
  • The user’s perspective: Enforcement of EA decisions & awards resulting from expedited proceedings of presentation, Panel diskussion, AIJA 2020, Dr. Eric Decker
  • Association Sanction Law – Necessary Paradigm Shift or Error?, German Bar Association (DAV), ARGE Int. Construction Law 2020, Dr. Eric Decker
  • Trends und Risks in Plant Engineering, German Bar Association (DAV) , ARGE Int. Construction Law 2019, Dr. Eric Decker
  • Securities, Module 2 Financial Basics for Commercial Management, Lecturer in Masters Program at Dresden International University Contract & Claims Management, 2017, Dr. Eric Decker
  • Trends und User Problems of new Rules of Arbitration –Practice Insight, Dr. Eric Decker with Jan K. Schäfer, 8. Roundtable Claims und Contract Management VDMA Working Group Large Plant Construction
  • Collateral in International Plant Engineering from a Practitioner‘s Perspective, German Bar Association (DAV), ARGE Int. Construction Law 2016, Dr. Eric Decker