Christoph Harler


Harler, Christoph

Christoph Harler has extensive experience with disputes governed by various substantive and procedural laws under the auspices of several arbitral institutions. Mr. Harler's practice includes international arbitration proceedings conducted in both English and German.

Mr. Harler in addition has experience with M&A and other corporate transactions, such as strategic alliances, joint ventures and licensing agreements.  His recent practice has focused on technology-driven transactions, particularly those in the biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and energy industries.

Publications & News


June 8, 2017

Brazil's Developing Gas Marketing: Opportunities for Arbitration

An article co-authored by Christoph Harler, published in Commercial Dispute Resolution's Summer 2017 edition.

May 17, 2017

Antitrust Investigation and Litigation

Prof. Dr. Hans Georg Kamann and Dr. Stefan Ohlhoff co-authored and co-edited this handbook, with contributions from Dr. Peter Gey, Christian Schwedler and Christoph Harler (Kartellverfahren und Kartellprozess, Kamann/Ohlhoff/Völcker (ed.), C.H. Beck Verlag, Munich).

September 24, 2015

Arbitration Reform and State Court Merger in Russia

An article by Christoph Harler and Evgen Antipin, published in the September–October 2015 edition of Commercial Dispute Resolution, pp. 57-60.

August 1, 2015

The ECJ’s CDC-Judgment on Jurisdiction in Cartel Damages Cases: Repercussions for International Arbitration

An article co-authored by Christoph Harler, published in the August 2015 edition of Europäisches Wirtschafts-und Steuerrecht.

June 25, 2012

WilmerHale Secures Major Deal for Nabriva Therapeutics and Forest Laboratories

November 8, 2010

WilmerHale Advises Gedeon Richter on the Acquisition of Grünenthal’s Oral Contraceptive Portfolio

January 1, 2009

Liability, Limitation of Liability, Indemnification

Author of Chapter 7 in Logistic Agreements, 1st edition 2009, edited by Dr. Martin Braun; published by Heinrich Vogel, Munich.

Speaking Engagements

April 11, 2017

William C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

Vienna, Austria

June 20, 2011

Science4Life Venture Cup

Frankfurt, Germany

Recent Highlights

  • Representation of a leading international pharmaceutical company in a VIAC arbitration sited in Vienna over contractual guarantees following the acquisition of a new drug portfolio
  • Representation of a major energy provider in a DIS arbitration sited in Berlin regarding mutual obligations under an M&A agreement
  • Representation of a major natural gas supplier in multiple ad hoc price review arbitrations
  • Representation of a biotechnology company in the commercial transactions relating to the development and partnering of its lead systemic product to an international pharmaceutical company
  • Advised in a cross-border M&A transaction regarding the acquisition of a German medical technology company by a US-based strategic investor

Professional Activities

Mr. Harler is a member of the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), the DIS initiative of young arbitrators (DIS below 40) and the German Irish Lawyers and Business Association.


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Second State Exam, Düsseldorf, 2007

First State Exam, University of Passau, 2005

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Frankfurt am Main




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