Dr Johannes Koepp

Section Co-Chair – International Disputes (Firmwide) Partner



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Johannes Koepp

Dr Johannes Koepp is a partner in the firm's International Disputes Group. He is recognized by Chambers UK (2012-2021), The Legal 500 (2010-2011, 2013-2021), Euromoney (2015-2021), The International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration (2014-2021) and Global Arbitration Review (2011) as one of the leading specialists in the field.

His practice focuses on international arbitration, both commercial and investor-state. He has represented clients before most major arbitral institutions, as well as in ad hoc proceedings. For example, Dr Koepp has participated in international arbitrations sited in London, Paris, Geneva, Stockholm, Hong Kong, Vienna and Munich, governed by the substantive laws of England, Poland, Greece, the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. He is particularly experienced in multijurisdictional disputes arising out of energy, joint ventures, telecommunications and financial services.

Dr Koepp also advises on public international law issues and the litigation of international disputes in state courts. He has particular experience in the fields of jurisdiction, conflict of laws and international judicial cooperation. Dr Koepp is also experienced in ECHR matters, acting both on the complainant and the respondent side.

Prior to joining private practice, Dr Koepp worked as a research fellow at the University of Geneva for two years. During this time, he completed his doctoral thesis, which analyzed and compared various third-party procedures in the field of international dispute settlement. He taught law at universities in Switzerland, Germany and Spain.

Dr Koepp also serves as arbitrator, both as sole and party-appointed arbitrator, and is included on the roster of several major arbitral institutions. He speaks German, French and Spanish fluently.

Related Experience

  • International oil company-representation in an ICC arbitration sited in Paris against a sovereign state
  • Sovereign state-representation in SCC arbitration under a bilateral investment treaty regarding alleged expropriation and unfair/inequitable treatment
  • Czech trading company-lead counsel in ICC arbitration sited in Paris, governed by Swiss law
  • Major Chinese conglomerate-advice in relation to investment dispute arising from joint venture in North Africa
  • Hydropower Project Company-advice in relation to dispute arising out of a concession in relation to the calculation of the tariff under a power purchase agreement
  • Project Company v. Government-advice in relation to an IPP project relating to the calculation of the tariff under a tolling agreement
  • Russian bank-lead counsel in LCIA arbitration arising from default under loan agreement, governed by English law
  • Sovereign state-UNCITRAL arbitrations regarding multi-billion dollar Energy Charter Treaty disputes
  • Information technology services provider-representation in UNCITRAL arbitration sited in The Hague against a sovereign state
  • Information technology services provider-representation in Geneva-sited ICC arbitration, governed by Swiss law
  • Multinational manufacturer of polyolefins-representation in London-sited UNCITRAL arbitration concerning a pricing arising from joint venture in Central Europe, governed by Belgian law
  • Major German telecommunications company-VIAC arbitrations regarding a significant figure joint venture dispute in Central Europe
  • International oil company-representation in a multimillion-dollar LCIA arbitration against a Norwegian crude oil transportation company, governed by English law
  • International oil company-representation in ECHR proceeding against sovereign state
  • International oil company-advice in enforcement proceedings in relation to international arbitral awards
  • Major German telecommunications company-VIAC arbitrations regarding a significant figure joint venture dispute in Central Europe
  • Major German telecommunications company-annulment and enforcement proceedings related to an arbitral award rendered in a VIAC arbitration
  • Major provider of pay-TV services-representation in LCIA arbitration, governed by Dutch and Greek substantive law
  • ICC arbitration-sitting as Sole Arbitrator in London-sited proceedings in dispute arising from a project in Asia
  • ICC arbitration-sitting as Co-Arbitrator in dispute arising from a project in Brazil

Awards & Community

Recognised by Chambers UK, 2012-2021, for International Arbitration: Commercial Arbitration, praising him for being "in front of the work and on top of the game"

Recommended in The Legal 500 UK for Dispute Resolution: Arbitration, 2010-2011, 2013-2023 and Public International Law, emphasizing that Dr. Koepp "obtains results for his clients" and noting that Dr. Koepp is a "quick thinker and easy to work with"

Listed in The Legal 500 UK, International Arbitration Powerlist, 2019

Recognised in The International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration, 2014-2021 and listed as 'Thought Leader' for this practice, 2019-2021

Recognised in Euromoney's World's Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration, 2017-2021 and listed in 'Rising Stars', 2015 & 2016

Recognised as one of the "45 under 45" by Global Arbitration Review, 2011


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