Anke C. Sessler
Dr. Anke Sessler has extensive experience in complex domestic and international litigation and arbitration, with an emphasis on corporate law, banking and finance, capital markets, joint ventures and M&A.

Bio

Dr. Sessler joined Skadden as a partner on September 1, 2014. For six years, Dr. Sessler was chief counsel litigation at Siemens AG in Munich. Prior to joining Siemens, she was a partner at another top international law firm in Frankfurt for more than 10 years.

Dr. Sessler is a CEDR-accredited mediator and has served on various arbitration-related institutions such as the DIS Advisory Board, ICC Commission on Arbitration, ICC National Committee Germany, AAA and ASA Board. She served on the ICSID Panel of Conciliators for Germany until 2013. Recently, Dr. Sessler was appointed to serve on the governing board of ICCA.

Selected matters as counsel include:

  • representing a technology start-up enterprise in a landmark directors’ liability case, claiming successfully damages from the former CEO who had falsified books and records, and deceived shareholders about financial data;
  • acting as co-lead counsel in a directors’ liability case involving lawsuits against former board members of a German construction company for damages based on the negligent violation of their officers’ duties;
  • successfully defending a state against a claim for damages from an Indian investor (UNCITRAL, Brussels);
  • successfully representing five state banks against the claim of the insolvency administrator of a U.S. airline regarding an aircraft lease agreement involving complex questions of international and German insolvency law;
  • successfully representing investment management companies against damage claims of institutional investors;
  • successfully defending a telecommunications company in a post-M&A dispute against warranty claims of the buyer; and
  • representing an English publishing house in arbitration proceedings and expert proceedings regarding warranty claims and claims for purchase price adjustment under an M&A contract.

Selected matters as in-house counsel include representing her company:

  • successfully in various lawsuits and settlement negotiations against former board members and other former top managers regarding the embezzlement of funds and other misconduct (Regional Court of Munich and other German courts);
  • in a number of antitrust damage claims in Germany, England, Israel and other countries deriving from an alleged international cartel;
  • against the Republic of Argentina in a multimillion-dollar investment treaty arbitration case, obtaining a favorable settlement for the company (ICSID, Washington, D.C.);
  • successfully against the €150 million claim of an Indonesian energy utility enterprise relating to purported claims under an MOU (ICC, London);
  • in a successful arbitration case against a former Iranian business agent who had claimed €80 million for alleged services (ICC, Lausanne); and
  • in a favorable settlement for the company in two post-M&A matters filed by the seller of a certain section of the company’s former telecom business (DIS, Munich).

Dr. Sessler regularly publishes and lectures on international dispute resolution topics.

Credentials

Education

  • Dr. jur, University of Freiburg, 1991
  • Second State Exam, State of Hesse, 1993
  • First State Exam, University of Freiburg, 1988

Admissions

  • Frankfurt am Main

Associations

  • DIS Advisory Board
  • ICC Commission on Arbitration
  • ICC National Committee Germany
  • ASA Board
  • AAA Board
  • ICCA Governing Board

Languages

  • German
  • French
  • English

Anke C. Sessler

Partner, International Litigation and Arbitration
anke.sessler@skadden.com