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Nils Kupka

Nils Kupka

Senior Associate

Nils Kupka is a senior associate in our disputes resolution practice and is based in Frankfurt.



He specialises in civil litigation as well as arbitration and advises and represents national and international companies and financial institutions in all areas of business and commercial law. Nils recent experience includes post M&A disputes, mass proceedings and work within the insurance sector.  He regularly advises on policy coverage and the defence of claims.

Nils' experience includes: 

  • representing and advising a French innovation and engineering consulting firm in dispute arising out of purchase of various European subsidiaries of Austrian holding in automotive industry
  • representing a leading European logistics company in a post-merger arbitration under the DIS Rules against German seller over balance sheet guarantees for Italian targets
  • advising a truck manufacturer in fending off cartel follow-on damage claims following EU Commission's decision on Truck Cartel
  • advising an UK insurer in various professional indemnity litigations brought in the German courts of first and second instance.
  • advising a corporate with a view to coverage under transport insurance policy

Recent Publications

  • Author, "Vollstreckbarkeit ausländischer Urteile – Verbürgung der Gegenseitigkeit mit der Republik Aserbaidschan", IWRZ, April 2020
  • Author, "Application to Have Arbitration Declared (In)Admissible – A German Torpedo to Arbitral Proceedings?", Kluwer Arbitration Blog, November 2015
  • Author, "CJEU confirms validity of jurisdiction clauses agreed electronically by “click-wrapping”", Litigation Notes Blog, 2015
  • Author, "The DIS Rules of Arbitration of 2018", Kluwer Arbitration Blog, February 2018






Nils graduated from the law school of the Philipps-University of Marburg. Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills in 2014, he worked for two universities as a lecturer as well as for other leading international law firms in Germany as a trainee lawyer. A native German speaker, he is fluent in English and Dutch.