Dr. Sarah Ganz


Ganz, Sarah

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 and Vienna Rules. In addition to international commercial arbitrations, her practice includes the representation of investors and states in investment treaty disputes.

Dr. Ganz advises clients across a wide range of commercial and industrial sectors, including telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, technology, energy, and oil and gas.

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

Recent Highlights

  • Represented a leading telecommunications company in a series of joint venture disputes in Eastern Europe under the Vienna Rules, sited in Vienna, with an amount in dispute of several billion euros
  • Represented a leading pharmaceutical company in a post-M&A dispute, sited in Vienna
  • Represented a major natural gas supplier in multiple ad hoc price review arbitrations
  • Represented a leading electronics manufacturer in a dispute arising from a share purchase agreement, sited in Zurich
  • Represented an international pharmaceutical company in a dispute arising from a supplier agreement
  • Advised a telecommunications company on protection under applicable bilateral investment treaties
  • Represented a major European telecommunications company in an arbitration involving the breakup of a joint venture under the ICC Rules, sited in Geneva

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized as one of the 10 Most Highly Regarded non-partners in Europe by Who's Who Legal: Arbitration - Future Leaders 2018, with respondents commending her as "a sensible, dedicated and very likeable advocate, who keeps her calm in any situation." In 2017, Dr. Ganz was named a leading arbitrator in the inaugural edition of Who's Who Legal: Arbitration - Future Leaders 2017, with respondents calling her an "amazing lawyer" with a "sharp mind."

Professional Activities

Dr. Ganz is a member of the Global Advisory Board of ICDR Y&I. She is also a member of the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF), the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS and DIS Below 40), the LCIA Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG), the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA Below 40), the Austrian Arbitration Association (ArbAut) and the Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners (YAAP), Arbitral Women, and the Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration (Young ICCA).

Publications & News


March 5, 2018

Revision of the DIS Arbitration Rules

The German Institution of Arbitration (Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit, or “DIS”) has revised its Arbitration Rules (“Rules”). The new Rules came into effect on 1 March 2018 and replace the 1998 DIS Rules. The revision introduces major changes to the existing arbitral procedure under the DIS Rules and is the result of an extensive consultation process which lasted for almost two years.

December 8, 2017

Who's Who Legal: Arbitration Recognizes 18 WilmerHale Lawyers in 2018 Edition

The 2018 edition of Who's Who Legal: Arbitration has recognized 18 WilmerHale lawyers for their industry-leading experience in international arbitration.

December 20, 2016

Who's Who Legal Names Seven Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr International Arbitration Practitioners as "Future Leaders of International Arbitration"

Who's Who Legal has ranked Rachael Kent, Franz Schwarz, Duncan Speller, Maxi Scherer, Michelle Bock, Sarah Ganz and Helmut Ortner in its inaugural listing of the "Future Leaders of International Arbitration."

July 25, 2016

Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards Arising from an Internal Trust Arbitration: Issues Under the New York Convention

A chapter by Dr. Sarah Ganz in SI Strong (ed), Arbitration of Trust Disputes, Issues in National and International Law (OUP 2016, forthcoming).

June 16, 2015

Karrieresprungbrett Wahlstation

An interview with Dr. Sarah Ganz, published in the May 2015 edition of Anwaltsbaltt Karriere.

April 1, 2015

Interviewing Sarah Ganz

Young Arbitration Review interviews Sarah Ganz on trends and developments in international arbitration.

March 18, 2015

The Big Unknown Amongst the Arbitral Institutions?

An article by Dr. Maxi Scherer and Dr. Sarah Ganz, published in Dispute Resolution magazine on March 18, 2015.

June 3, 2013

Die Internationale Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit

An article by Sarah Ganz and Olga Braeuer, published by JUVE's career magazine azur.

January 1, 2012

Third Party Funding: Snapshots From Around the Globe: Germany

An article by Sarah Ganz and Olga Braeuer, published by Global Arbitration Review, Vol. 7, Issue 1, p. 8.

October 21, 2011

Weighing the Interests of Host-State and Investor - A Further Blow to Domestic Litigation Provisions in BITs?

An article by Sarah Ganz, published by Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 21 Oct 2011.


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Second State Exam, Munich Higher Regional Court, 2008

Dr. jur., magna cum laude, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, 2008

M. Jur., with Distinction, University of Oxford, 2005

First State Exam, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, 2004

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

Bar Admissions

Rechtsanwältin, Munich

England and Wales, Solicitor






Munich Higher Regional Court

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