Dr. Michael Weigel has been practicing as a corporate and commercial litigator and arbitrator since 1989. He has vast experience leading complex lawsuits and arbitration proceedings in the fields of economic, trade, corporate, and banking and finance law. He represents clients across a broad range of areas and has acted for numerous German and international industrial enterprises and financial institutions in various high profile matters, including warranty, compensation and recourse claims.
Before joining Kaye Scholer in 2008 he was with Linklaters and their German predecessors, where he was partner since 1994.
Dr. Weigel is ranked in several law firm directories i.a. he has been recognized as a “Leading Litigator” in the international trade publication Chambers Europe; Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers Global; The World`s Leading Lawyers for Business, every year since the inclusion of the Litigation/Arbitration category. The renowned law firm directory quotes a client as follows: "He understands extremely complicated court cases inside out and knows every advantageous strategic argument." The German Litigation Team is also recommended in Chambers Global (2012) and Chambers Europe (2012).
Dr. Weigel is a member of the Board of Directors of the Frankfurt Bar (Rechtsanwaltskammer Frankfurt) and chair of the Civil Procedural (ZPO) Committee of the German Federal Bar (BRAK).
- Advise to and representation of Bernd Lunkewitz in claiming damages in the 8 to 9 digit range, against the former Treuhandanstalt which had sold the Aufbau Verlag to him without having title which was discovered 17 years later.
- Representation of the former Massa AG against Metro in a claim for damages in the amount of more than € 50 mio. because Metro acquired the client’s retail business for an inadequate purchase price when it still was Metro’s subsidiary.
- Representation of the German holding company DIVACO (which is e.g. the parent company of the former Massa AG) against its former parent company Metro AG in various disputes. Those include claims for damages in the 7 to 8 digit range based on a breach of fiduciary obligations and counter claims raised by Metro in the 7 to 8 digit range for reimbursement of taxes incurred by a subsidiary which was transferred back to Metro.
- Representation of Deutsche Leasing i. e. its subsidiary LGS Leasinggesellschaft der Sparkassen in its defense against claims for the repayment of purchase prices in an amount of more than € 100 mio. raised by banks which had acquired LGS`s receivables against FlowTex before its fraud scheme was discovered. The law suits went through all instances. In the end half of the claims raised against the client were dismissed while the other half was settled favorably.
- Represenation of a JP Morgan in the enforcement of an outstanding loan in the amount of € 500 mio. against Prima Com. The matter involved not only several law suits in Germany and - together with colleagues there - in the UK but also the enforcement of UK-titles in Germany. The matter was finally settled favourably.