Dr Dorothee Ruckteschler

Independent arbitrator and lawyer

Dr Dorothee Ruckteschler has more than 30 years of experience as a lawyer and arbitrator in complex high-volume German and international arbitration proceedings. She acquired her expertise over the many years during which she was a partner and head of the dispute resolution practice group at one of the world’s leading commercial law firms.

Leading companies rely on her comprehensive commercial knowledge, her intercultural acumen and her proven legal expertise.

It is not always possible to avoid disputes in our complex and collaborative business world. Particularly in international business relations, arbitration offers great value for companies as it allows them to resolve their disputes outside of state courts in internationally-recognised proceedings using rules which can be tailored to their needs.

Companies and colleagues value Dr Dorothee Ruckteschler’s ability to help the parties in such situations to build new bridges despite the dispute, to overcome cultural misunderstandings and to maintain ongoing business relationships whenever possible.


Many years of extensive and international experience with arbitration proceedings on the basis of the rules of numerous arbitration institutions, such as ICC, SCAI, VIAC, DIS, LCIA, HKIAC.


Key focus areas: corporate law disputes, post M&A disputes, D&O liability, disputes in the field of plant engineering and general commercial disputes.


Completely independent, no ongoing advice to companies, no connection to other law firms.
What others say about her
Who's Who Arbitration 2022

Dorothee Ruckteschler is a
„truly great arbitrator“ who is renowned for her „reasoned and well-balanced“ approach to
difficult disputes.

Who’s Who Legal Germany 2021

Dorothee Ruckteschler is touted as “the perfect choice” for arbitration proceedings that arise from M&A proceedings, energy project, D&O liability claims and shareholder disputes.

Chambers 2021

Dorothee Ruckteschler is held in particularly high esteem for her expertise in post-M&A arbitration, where she both represents clients and presides over arbitration. One source highlights her as “calm, relaxed and extremely competent.”

Handelsblatt 2019 to 2022

Named in the Handelsblatt  & Best Lawyer surveys as „Lawyer of the Year“ in Germany in the fields of international arbitration and dispute resolution.

AcritasStars 2021

She works at an explicitly high level of quality in analyzing complex matters and is certainly capable to lead in complex matters with a structure involving many different parties and interests. She’s very goal-orientated.

Who’s Who Legal Germany 2020

Dorothee Ruckteschler is a „fantastic arbitrator“. Peers view her as an extraordinarily experienced and “very renowned” lawyer with “great international exposure”.

Chambers 2018
She is also regarded as “really capable of handling difficult witnesses and giving everyone an opportunity to put on their best behavior in difficult situations.”
JUVE 2016/2017

“Exceptionally well-prepared, 
calm, effective.”

Publications & Lectures (Selection)
Selected references
Presiding arbitrator and co-arbitrator in national and international arbitration proceedings under the rules of various arbitration institutions (mainly in disputes arising from M&A transactions, in shareholder disputes and in complex commercial law disputes).

Representation of well-known German and international companies and private equity funds in numerous international arbitration proceedings concerning the enforcement of or defence against high-volume compensation claims arising from M&A transactions

Presiding arbitrator in a DIS arbitration between two German companies regarding the construction of a nuclear power plant (EUR 130 million)

Party appointed arbitrator in a commercial dispute (ICC) between a German and a Chinese party (USD 170 million)

Presiding arbitrator in an ICC arbitration between an American licensor and a Turkish licensee in the food sector (USD 53 million)

Defense of the former CEO of a large Italian bank against a compensation claim by minority shareholders (EUR 17.35 billion) and defense of the former CFO of a large German bank against compensation claims by the bank (EUR 140 million)
Caroline Hess

Personal Assistant and Office Manager

Sophia Kubo

Research Assistant

Contact details


Dr Dorothee Ruckteschler
Haussmannstrasse 2
D-70188 Stuttgart