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Kristina Maria Weiler


Automotive | Commercial litigation | Consumer products | Manufacturing | Mass claims |

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About Kristina Maria Weiler

Kristina is a versatile disputes lawyer who advises her clients on all aspects of commercial litigation and arbitration.

She has a strong track-record in defending clients against mass litigation and collective actions as well as in disputes that arise on the back of internal investigations.

As a member of our Insolvency Disputes Skills Group, Kristina has a special focus on advising her clients in litigation that evolves in a corporate restructuring or insolvency.  What Kristina enjoys most is advising on cross-border matters, particularly on those with a US nexus.

She is also a member of our International Arbitration Group, and regularly acts as secretary to the arbitral tribunal in arbitration proceedings under the rules of the The German Arbitration Institute (DIS).

Kristina advises in both German and English.

Recent work

  • Advising a global manufacturer of home appliances in multijurisdictional disputes arising out of the insolvency of a commercial customer, including developing and implementing the defence against claw-back and tort claims brought forward by an insolvency administrator.

  • Defending a leading German financial institution against a claw-back action filed by an insolvency administrator.

  • Acting for one of the world’s leading shipping companies in an insolvency-related arbitration.

  • Defending a German insurance company against a claim in connection with the redemption of a credit loan.

  • Representing a group of bondholders in an insolvency-related litigation against the debtor's shareholders. This complex dispute has arisen in connection with one of the most prominent insolvencies Germany has seen in recent years.
  • Advising and representing a global OEM in its worldwide defence against compliance-related customer claims brought against the OEM and its dealers.

  • Representing a major Austrian construction company and its joint venture partner in an ICSID arbitration against the Federal Republic of Germany under the Energy Charter Treaty. The claims arise in connection with changes to Germany's regulatory framework for the offshore wind energy sector.


Kristina studied law at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg and at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. She completed her legal clerkship (Referendariat) at the Hanseatisches Oberlandesgericht (Hamburg Appellate Court), during which she worked in Freshfields' Hamburg and London offices. Kristina was admitted to the Hamburg bar as Rechtsanwältin in 2016. Since joining Freshfields, Kristina has been seconded to our offices in New York City, Vienna and Frankfurt.

In 2020, she was seconded to Dr. Reiner Hall, attorney at the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) in Karlsruhe. During her secondment, she gathered first-hand insights into the law of third-instance appeals.