Svenja Wachtel is counsel in Willkie’s Litigation department in Frankfurt, where she concentrates her practice on complex commercial litigation and arbitration with a particular focus on multi-jurisdictional legal actions. Svenja has substantial experience representing clients around the globe in contentious matters with an emphasis on U.S. related matters, preliminary legal protection, arbitration/litigation advice in M&A and private equity transactions and post-closing arbitration and litigation. Svenja also advises clients, especially in the private equity sector, on risk analyses during litigation and compliance due diligence in M&A transactions. She also acts as arbitrator in commercial and post M&A matters.
Svenja advises clients on all stages of the contentious proceedings, from initial advice and settlement negotiations to advocacy during hearings and enforcement of judgment or arbitral awards. She has represented clients across a variety of sectors including pharmaceutical, manufacturing, automotive, and financial services, in cases subject to differing systems of law and under several institutional rules, including the DIS, ICC, LCIA and SCC arbitration rules.
Svenja is especially passionate about the changes and challenges that digitalization and digital transformation mean for the legal industry. She regularly speaks at industry events about arbitration matters with respect to digitalization and digital transformation, and is the founder of the Digital Coffee Break in Arbitration, an initiative to enhance the use of technology in the field of international arbitration and to allow for a broad education and diversity in this field by means of technology. She is Committee member of the Young Thailand Arbitration Center.
Who’s Who Legal (2022) recognised Svenja as a Future Leader in the area of Arbitration. She speaks German, English and Spanish.