On 4th June 2021, the annual members meeting of the Chinese European Arbitration Association (CEAA) elected a new board.
Dr. Elke Umbeck (Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek), former Vice President, will serve as President of CEAA and Anna Masser and Dr. Nicolas Wiegand were chosen as new Vice Presidents.
The new board will start its work immediately and is elected for the next three years.
CEAA is the sole shareholder of the Chinese European Arbitration Center (CEAC) based in Hamburg. CEAC offers services of an institutional arbitration centre tailor-made to the needs of trade with China and other Asian nations. CEAC follows a truly global approach granting equal power to Asian, European and worldwide participants. By choosing this approach CEAC guaranties neutrality, in particular during the process for the choice of a neutral arbitrator.
“I am thrilled to take on the leadership role at CEAA.” said Elke Umbeck. “Together with Anna Masser and Nicolas Wiegand and our enthusiastic members, CEAA will have great momentum to promote CEAC and to enhance the Asian-European legal relationships.”
At the members meeting Prof. Dr. Eckart Brödermann was elected as Honorary Chairman and Jürgen Wöhler as Honorary Member. „We are extremely grateful for Eckart Brödermann’s and Jürgen Wöhler’s achievements in the last almost 15 years,“ said Elke Umbeck.
Prof. Dr. Brödermann, CEAA past president, said “I am personally delighted to welcome the new board members. Each one of them provides the board with a unique background which fits very well to continue our work at CEAA.
Dr. Elke Umbeck
Elke is partner of the German independent law firm Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek (with 8 offices and over 400 lawyers). Elke is based in Hamburg and co-heads the law firm’s litigation and arbitration practice group since 2008.
With over 20 years of experience Elke regularly acts as arbitrator and counsel in national and international commercial arbitration and advises national and foreign clients in complex disputes. Having started her career in the corporate practice group of an international law firm she is dedicated in particular to corporate and post M&A disputes, but her area of practice also covers energy law, construction and general commercial and trade law.
Anna is partner at Allen & Overy LLP based in Frankfurt and heads the international arbitration practice in Germany. With a sector focus on energy, she advises clients on all stages of dispute resolution.
She was qualified in Switzerland until 2016 and advises on German and Swiss law issues and also deals with issues relating to the recognition of arbitral awards and judgments. She sits as arbitrator and is a CEDR Accredited Mediator. Anna currently serves as member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR and she is a member of DIS, ASA and VIAC and immediate past Global Advisory Board Member of ICDR Y&I.
Dr. Nicolas Wiegand
Nicolas is partner at CMS based out of Hong Kong, Singapore and Munich. He is the managing partner of the Hong Kong office, leads the firm's APAC international arbitration practice and is the co-head of the German dispute resolution group.
Nicolas is specialised in international commercial, infrastructure and construction, energy, IP and investment arbitration. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in over 140 large-scale disputes under all major institutional rules and in ad hoc disputes. Having worked in Europe, the US, Australia and Asia, he has specialist experience in conflicts between European/US/Australian and Asian parties.
Nicolas very regularly sits as arbitrator and is a member of the panel of arbitrators of the most important arbitral institutions worldwide.