Dr. Thomas Hauss has more than 20 years of experience advising companies and entrepreneurs on the drafting, negotiation, implementation and enforcement of international commercial law agreements. His client base spans the advertising, automotive, food, pharmaceutical, real estate and banking/payment solution industries. Apart from his non-contentious work, Thomas focuses his practice on national and international commercial law disputes, representing clients in out-of-court dispute resolution as well as in matters argued before the courts. Thomas regularly represents parties in arbitration or mediation processes, and has a proven track record of highly favorable, quick settlements for his clients. Within his broad commercial dispute resolution practice, Thomas maintains a special focus on conflicts arising from insolvencies, merger and acquisition transactions, and distribution and commercial lease agreements, as well as on acting as defense counsel for directors and officers.

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  • Represented the chairman of the supervisory board of an international automotive manufacturing group in the successful defense of claims for damages following an international restructuring
  • Represented the managing director of an international services group in the successful defense of claims for damages following a failed building project in Russia
  • Represented the German and Belgian subsidiaries of a large US manufacturer in successful mediation of claims raised under a distribution agreement

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  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2016, Dispute Resolution within Arbitration
  • JUVE Handbook 2015/2016, lauded with “In Düsseldorf, McDermott has an asset in its strong contacts in the manufacturing and auto sectors and thus [Hauss] landed D&O liability cases involving failed international projects and share sales.”


  • German Institution of Arbitration (DIS)


University of Cologne, Dr. jur. utr., 1993
Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf, Second State Exam, 1993
University of Bonn, Graduate School on EU and International Commercial Law, 1992
University of Cologne, First State Exam, 1990


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Dr. Thomas Hauss

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