Dr. Damian Hecker - McDermott Will & Emery


Dr. Damian Hecker focuses his practice on litigation in commercial law and corporate law disputes.

Damian has more than 30 years’ comprehensive experience rendering advice, particularly in litigation, dispute resolution, and as an arbitrator. He advises clients on commercial-law and corporate-law matters of all kinds, especially regarding the configuration of articles of association and partnership agreements, and assisting in disputes between shareholders. A further focal point is defence against all forms of compensation claims, predominantly claims made against Board of Directors members and managing directors due to allegedly duty-breaching exercise of office (corporate officers’ liability).

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  • Advising and representing a former member of the Board of Directors of an international holding AG in the defence against compensation claims (corporate officers‘ lability) inter alia due to allegedly flawed capital increases (more than EUR 13 million) and alleged failure to file for insolvency in a timely manner (more than EUR 100 million);*
  • Advising and representing a former managing director in the defence against compensation claims (corporate officers‘ liability) due to allegedly duty-breaching management in connection with factoring and liquidity management (more than EUR 2 million);*
  • Advising and representing the managing director of a real-estate fund in the defence against compensation claims due to alleged deception of the shareholders and allegedly duty-breaching management with causation of the investment company‘s insolvency (more than EUR 8 million);*

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German Institution for Arbitration (DIS)


University of Freiburg, Dr. jur. (PhD), 1988
Studied at the universities of Freiburg, Berlin, Speyer and Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 1978 – 1983