Max Stein acts for companies and governments in complex domestic and international litigation and arbitration matters, including investment arbitration. In particular, Mr. Stein has dealt with disputes arising from corporate, energy, capital markets, construction and public international law.


Prior to joining Skadden in July 2015, Mr. Stein practiced at another major international law firm in Frankfurt for several years. During his education, he spent one year at the National University of Singapore where he focused on international trade and investment law.

Mr. Stein’s recent experience includes advising:

  • a DAX company in a multimillion euro arbitration against a U.S.-based supplier and in a related U.S. lawsuit;
  • a bank in a dispute with former board members regarding so-called “cum/ex” transactions;
  • a pharmaceutical company in a dispute regarding the sale of a joint venture share in the context of an M&A process;
  • an insurance broker on the issuance of an insurance policy for an ad hoc arbitration proceeding; and
  • a bank in a dispute with a wealthy individual regarding alleged negligence relating to investment advice.

Mr. Stein’s experience prior to joining Skadden includes representing:

  • a Central Asian state in a multibillion-dollar claim under the Energy Charter Treaty in relation to oil and gas fields (SCC arbitration);
  • a Central Asian state in relation to proceedings for the setting aside of an award and enforcement proceedings in several jurisdictions;
  • a Slovenian holding company before German courts in claims against two banks for unlawful realization of collateral;
  • a major German utilities company in a DIS arbitration for claims in relation to the operation of a biomass power plant and a wood pellet factory;
  • a German multinational in ICC proceedings against an Asian engineering company for additional payment in relation to the construction of a fertilizer plant in the Middle East;
  • an international construction and transport company in ICC proceedings against a German multinational in relation to the construction of wind turbine generators for two wind parks;
  • a leading supplier of profiles for windows and doors in claims for contractual penalties before German courts;
  • a German steel trading company in an ICC arbitration against two African companies in relation to the failure to pay for a delivery of steel; and
  • a leading English bank in proceedings before a German court in relation to the failure to repay a partnership capital subscription loan.

Mr. Stein regularly publishes on disputes topics and has lectured on investment arbitration at the University of Heidelberg, the Europa-Institut of Saarland University and KAZGUU University in Astana, Kazakhstan.



  • Second State Exam, State of Hesse, 2012
  • First State Exam, Humboldt University of Berlin, 2010


  • Frankfurt am Main

Max D. Stein

European Counsel, International Litigation and Arbitration