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Kristina Maria Weiler

Principal Associate

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

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About Kristina Maria Weiler

Kristina specializes in litigation and arbitration.

She advises and represents national and international companies and financial institutions in all areas of business and commercial law. Kristina has profound experience in defending clients against mass litigation and collective actions. She particularly enjoys advising clients on cross-border matters, in particular on matters with a US nexus.

As a member of our Insolvency Disputes Skills Group, Kristina has a special focus on advising her clients in insolvency-related matters. 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.

Qualifications

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.