Paul E. Zschunke

Paul E. Zschunke

Associate, International Litigation and Arbitration


Paul Zschunke advises clients on complex domestic and international disputes before state courts and arbitral tribunals. Mr. Zschunke’s practice covers a wide range of representations, including corporate law disputes and follow-on damages claims litigation in antitrust and competition matters. In addition, he has experience in the fields of foreign investment protection and World Trade Organization rules and agreements from his work prior to joining Skadden. Mr. Zschunke completed law school in both civil and common law jurisdictions and holds a master’s degree in private international law.

Selected representations include:

  • a French company in a large dispute governed by French law, venued in Paris and in the French language
  • a global chemical company in a €500 million post-M&A arbitration against an Eastern European purchaser of an industrial asset in Germany
  • a global chemical company in relation to €1 billion in cartel damages claims
  • a U.S.-based biotech company in a dispute with a French pharmaceutical company in relation to a licensing and collaboration agreement
  • an international investment bank in its defense against damages claims regarding transactions effected around dividend record dates (“cum/ex” transactions)
  • the supervisory board of Continental AG in an internal investigation in connection with car emissions and related corporate governance matters
  • an Indian automotive supplier in a dispute against its joint venture partner, a German supplier of parts for the automotive industry
  • a major German car manufacturer in relation to cartel damages claims arising out of several supplier cartels
  • a multinational company’s German and U.K. businesses in defending against several antitrust/competition follow-on damages claims disputes
  • a leading German engineering company in relation to a dispute with another engineering company concerning the development of a wastewater treatment plant in Russia
  • a German bank in connection with the settlement of claims against former board members and employees in relation to a range of tax-driven transactions that ultimately caused severe losses for the bank
  • an international private equity fund as respondent in a post-M&A dispute with a strategic buyer regarding a target in the construction industry



  • Second State Exam, Higher Regional Court of Berlin, 2021
  • Master I, University of Paris II - Pantheon Assas, 2018
  • First State Exam, Humboldt University of Berlin, 2017
  • LL.B., King's College London, 2016


  • Frankfurt am Main


  • DIS
  • DIS40
  • Anglo-German Law Society
  • LCIA Young International Arbitration Group


  • English
  • German
  • French

Paul E. Zschunke

Associate, International Litigation and Arbitration