Dr. Sarah Ganz's practice focuses on international arbitration and litigation. She has represented clients in disputes governed by a broad variety of substantive and procedural laws, of both civil and common law jurisdictions. She has acted as counsel in institutional as well as ad hoc arbitrations, including proceedings under the ICC, UNCITRAL, DIS, LCIA and Vienna Rules. In addition to commercial arbitrations, her practice includes the representation of investors and states in investment treaty disputes. Dr. Ganz also sits as arbitrator.

Dr. Ganz has experience in disputes across a range of commercial and industrial sectors, including pharmaceuticals, energy, private equity, technology, telecommunications, and oil and gas.

Dr. Ganz speaks regularly on international arbitration at conferences and seminars and is the author of several dispute-related publications.

Professional Activities

Dr. Ganz is a former Executive Board Member of ICDR Young & International and representative of the London Chapter of the German Arbitration Institute (DIS) Below 40 Group.

She is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), the German Arbitration Institute (DIS), the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), ArbitralWomen, and the Austrian Arbitration Association (ArbAut).

Dr. Ganz has been an adjunct professor at Pepperdine Law School’s London campus, where she taught comparative contract law. She has also taught at the London School of Economics arbitration academy and as a guest lecturer at Freie Universität Berlin.


  • Representing a global pharmaceutical company in a US $1.5 billion ICC arbitration involving a license agreement, sited in London.
  • Representing a manufacturing company in a multibillion US $ ICC arbitration arising from an M&A transaction in Brazil.
  • Represented an international private equity fund in two parallel US $600 million ICC arbitrations arising from the acquisition of a Latin American technology company, sited in São Paulo.
  • Represented a major oil field services company in a DIS arbitration relating to subsurface completion equipment.
  • Represented a leading European pharmaceutical company in a VIAC arbitration arising from a share purchase agreement, sited in Vienna.
  • Represented a major natural gas supplier in multiple ad hoc gas price review arbitrations, sited in Stockholm, each valued at more than US $1 billion.
  • Represented a leading international energy company in an arbitration under the ICC Rules relating to the construction of a power plant.
  • Represented a leading US electronics manufacturer in a DIS arbitration sited in Zurich, arising from the acquisition of a Chinese manufacturing company.
  • Represented an international pharmaceutical company in a dispute concerning the termination of a supplier agreement, sited in Germany.
  • Advised a leading telecommunications company on investment protection claims against an Asian state under the applicable bilateral investment treaty.
  • Advised an investment company on investment protection claims against a Central European state under the Energy Charter Treaty and applicable bilateral investment treaty.
  • Represented one of the world’s largest telecommunication companies in a series of parallel arbitrations under the VIAC Rules concerning the breakup of a joint venture in Eastern Europe, with an amount in dispute of several billion US dollars, sited in Geneva and Vienna.


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    Rising Star

    The Expert Guides


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    Most Highly Regarded

    Who's Who Legal: Arbitration – Future Leaders


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    Europe Rising Stars Award

    Euromoney Legal Media Group


  • Ranked as a leading arbitration lawyer in Who's Who Legal: Arbitration, 2020–2024
  • Received the Euromoney Legal Media Group's Europe Rising Stars Award 2020 in the category of “commercial arbitration” as well as in the country category “UK”
  • Recognized as a Rising Star and in the Rising Stars Expertise: Commercial Arbitration category by The Expert Guides 2019 and 2020
  • Ranked #1 of the “Most Highly Regarded” non-partner arbitration practitioners in Europe in the 2019 edition of Who's Who Legal: Arbitration — Future Leaders, a guide profiling the foremost arbitration practitioners under 45
  • Recognized in Who's Who Legal: Arbitration — Future Leaders from 2017–2019, with respondents describing her as “clearly one of the leaders in arbitration” and “an incredibly clever and pragmatic lawyer” who has “excellent legal acumen and is able to cut through complex legal and factual issues to provide simple, client-focused solutions” (2019). In previous editions, respondents recommended her as a “sensible, dedicated” advocate who “keeps her calm in any situation” (2018) and as an "amazing lawyer" with a "sharp mind" (2017).

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  • Education

    • Second State Exam, Munich Higher Regional Court, 2008

    • Dr. jur., Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, 2008

      magna cum laude
    • M. Jur., University of Oxford, 2005

      with Distinction
    • First State Exam, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, 2004

    • Licence en droit, Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), 2001

      with Distinction
  • Admissions

    • Rechtsanwältin, Munich

    • England and Wales, Solicitor

  • Clerkships

    • Munich Higher Regional Court



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