Dr. Thomas Hauss - McDermott Will & Emery


Dr. Thomas Hauss has more than 25 years of experience advising companies and entrepreneurs on the drafting, negotiation, implementation and enforcement of international commercial law agreements. His client base spans a wide bandwidth of industries, including the advertising, automotive, food, 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 directors’ and officers’ liability claims, post M&A disputes, conflicts arising from insolvencies, and distribution and commercial lease agreements.

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  • Defended a major Chinese Investment company in a cross-border multi-million Euro dispute in connection with the acquisition of a German private bank
  • Defended a major Chinese Investment company in enforcement proceedings
  • Represented sellers and buyers in post-closing disputes arising from merger and acquisition transactions
  • Represented several clients in commercial law disputes
  • 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

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  • Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers™ 2020 – 2023 Germany: Leading Lawyer for Litigation
  • Legal 500 Germany 2020: Dr. Thomas Hauss is a technically sound, skilled negotiator with an eye for practical solutions and achievable goals.
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2016-2021, 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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