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Dr. Jan-Ulf Suchomel

Partner, Munich

Jan-Ulf is a litigation expert, in particular complex large scale disputes and D&O.
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Jan-Ulf was admitted as a German Rechtsanwalt. He has broad experience in advising and representing clients in international disputes, especially in the field of corporate and commercial litigation, real estate litigation, insurance disputes and cross border litigation. He has been advising and representing clients as a lawyer for over fifteen years and pleaded before various German courts, including the courts of appeal. His core expertise is representation of CEOs of large companies in liability disputes/D&O.

Jan-Ulf studied law in Germany and Scotland. He has a diploma, a master title and a Ph.D. in the field of law. He regularly publishes articles on procedural issues in the renowned legal journal NJW.

Prior to joining DWF, he worked in Litigation and Arbitration departments for other large international law firms.

Recent Cases

  • Defence of CEO against 5 mio claim in connection with an M&A deal.
  • Representing a German healthcare company in a Stuttgart seated post M&A litigation against a Singaporean buyer.
  • Representing a leading German real estate investment group in a dispute over a joint-venture agreement with its former German partner.
  • Representing a trustee in about 300 (independent) German court proceedings against claims from individuals.

1. Monitoring Counsel for various national and international D&O insurers

    • Claim against two directors of a recycling company for EUR 2.3 million accused of having entered into uneconomical contracts 
    • Claim against a managing director of an asset management company for EUR 2.2 million for alleged breach of duty in connection with the acquisition of a company
    • Claim against two managing directors of an e-commerce company for EUR 2.7 million for alleged delay in filing for bankruptcy
    • Claims against three managing directors of a medium-sized German company for EUR 4 million due to alleged delay in filing for bankruptcy

2. Defence Counsel for board members and managing directors in liability proceedings

  • Defending a board member of a health insurance company against claims totalling EUR 9.2 million for alleged breach of compliance regulations (failure to monitor sales staff for unlawful conduct)
  • Defending a board member of a health insurance company against a claim for EUR 1.6 million for alleged improper investment of the company's reserves
  • Defending the directors of a dental technology company against a claim for over EUR 200,000 brought by the liquidator for delay in filing for bankruptcy

3. Monitoring Counsel for insurer in the context of a POSI insurance policy following a claim by investors against a public limited company for breach of ad hoc obligations in excess of EUR 3 billion

4. Monitoring Counsel for insurer on 18 lawsuits from various jurisdictions across Germany and 34 demand letters for a total of 52 proceedings following a cyber-breach of the insured, a major social media company headquartered in Canada, affecting people worldwide.

5. Monitoring Counsel for insurer in handling a portfolio of 15 claims under a hospital liability insurance policy

6. Other general advice to insurers on coverage issues, advice on the drafting and optimisation of policy conditions and other issues in all possible lines of insurance (private health insurance, holiday home insurance, product liability insurance, general liability insurance, etc.)


  • Kein Versicherungsschutz für Rechtsanwalt als reinen Mittelverwendungskontrolleur, GWR volume 3/2016, 57
  • Konkurrenz von § 20 VermAnlG und bürgerlich-rechtlicher Prospekthaftung bei fehlerhaftem Prospekt, NJW volume 16/2013, 1126 ff.
  • Menschenrechtsbeschwerde für Banken? (Editorial), NJW volume 19/2012 https://content.beck.de/NJW/Editorial_19-2012.pdf
  • Massenverfahren – Ende des Beibringungsgrundsatzes? NJW volume 44/2010
  • Partielle Disponibilität der Würde des Menschen, Dissertation, 2009