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. Also he is acting in a professional negligence matter.
Before joining Kaye Scholer in 2008 he was with Linklaters and its German predecessors, where he was partner since 1994.
Dr. Weigel is ranked in several law firm directories; for example, he has been recognized as a “Leading Litigator” in the international trade publications 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 (2014) and Chambers Europe (2014). Dr. Weigel is ranked in the Litigation and Product Liability Lawyers (2014) Expert Guide by Legal Media Group.
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).
- Advising a group of lenders regarding the prospective outcome of a lawsuit against the borrower filed by one of its customer raising a 9-digit claim based on alleged defects of a production line for solar panels.
- Acted as arbitrator in a dispute about the interpretation of a production contract between the seller and the purchaser of production plants in the food industry. Following the suggestions of the panel the parties have come to a settlement.
- Representation of and advise to 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 million 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 million 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.
- Representation of a JP Morgan in the enforcement of an outstanding loan in the amount of €500 million 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 favorably.
- “In the Spotlight: OLG Frankfurt am Main concretized liability for use of special purpose entities,” Deutscher AnwaltsSpiegel, January 28, 2015
- “The implementation of the Hague convention re choice of forum is on the move,” Legal Journal Dispute Resolution (Deutscher AnwaltsSpiegel – Dispute Resolution), November 2014
- “Simplified enforcement regarding damages claims caused by cartel violations in Europe,” Legal Journal Deutscher AnwaltsSpiegel, July 30, 2014
- “Collective redress in Germany,” Expert Guide, April 2014
- “Everything stays uncertain! Lehmann-Certificates: a case without an end? The latest decision of the Federal Supreme Court is not helpful,” Deutscher AnwaltSpiegel, October 30, 2013
- “The mountain has labored - The suggestions of the EU-Commission for the EU-wide introduction of a class action,” Deutscher AnwaltSpiegel, August 21, 2013
- “European Commission has not defused the ‘Italian Torpedo',” Platow Recht, 2013
- “The Torpedo is not defused,” FAZ, March 20, 2013
- “Rescission for fraud against participants of a cartel at the end?”, Deutscher AnwaltSpiegel, September 5, 2012
- “Cartel with consequences - Victims of illegal price rigging can reclaim money via rescission for fraud,” Handelsblatt, July 24, 2012
- “The Federal Supreme Court and the pitfalls of the legal text processing,” Deutscher AnwaltSpiegel, June 27, 2012
- “Unexpected barrier re Law suits Comments to a Federal Supreme Court decision about reimbursement re procedural costs," Deutscher AnwaltSpiegel, May 30, 2012
- “Faster to the money," Juve Verlag, May 2012
- “Mediation Law missed the goal," Börsen-Zeitung, March 2, 2011
- “More clarity for international supply relationships,” Deutscher AnwaltSpiegel, June 30, 2010
- “European Judges Clarify the Place of Jurisdiction Regarding International Sale of Goods,” Financial Times Deutschland, April 20, 2010
- “Cartel Victims Can Look for Hope,” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, March 24, 2010
- “New Vehicle for Cartel Victims,” JUVE, March 2010
In the Market
- JUVE Handbuch Recommends Kaye Scholer’s Frankfurt Office November 2015
- Weigel Authors Article for Fachmedien Recht und Wirtschaft—Compliance Berater July 7, 2015
- Five from Frankfurt Office Named to Best Lawyers in Germany June 26, 2015