Christian Duve

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Prof Dr Christian Duve acts as mediator, negotiator and arbitrator as well as strategic advisor in domestic and international disputes.


For over 20 years, Christian was a partner and lawyer with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, a leading international law firm. During this time, Christian gathered broad experience in resolving commercial disputes and leading fact-finding missions. For example, in 2015/2016, Christian led an investigation on behalf of the German Football Association (DFB) regarding the question of whether potential irregularities affected the tender for the FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany.


Christian has sat as an arbitrator in more than 100 arbitration proceedings and served as counsel in about 40 arbitration proceedings. In commercial disputes, his main focus areas are post M&A-disputes, joint venture disputes and other corporate disputes. Christian has also mediated numerous commercial mediation cases. Recurring themes are, for example, disputes among shareholders, the search for an orderly dissolution of joint ventures, an adjustment of long-term business relationships and dealing with unexpected economic circumstances.


In his capacity as a board member of the German Bar Association (Deutscher Anwalt Verein, DAV), Christian leads a task force on Legal Tech. In addition to seminars in the topic of football and law or dispute resolution, Christian lectures on artificial intelligence and its regulation.


Christian speaks German, English and French.


Professional Experience






2018 - 2019


2007 - 2014



2002 - 2018



1998 - 2002

Founder and Partner of V29 Legal

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Independent Law practice

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Honorary professor at the legal faculty of the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg

Heidelberg, Germany

Arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)

Lausanne, Switzerland

Partner with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Associate with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (and its predecessors)

Frankfurt am Main, Germany