Dr. Markus Burianski




Partner, White & Case Frankfurt

Special interests

Head of White & Case's German arbitration practice, Dr. Burianski's work focuses on national and international dispute resolution. He represents German domestic and multinational clients in a variety of court and arbitration proceedings, including those conducted under the ICC, DIS, UNCITRAL, SIAC, VIAC and Swiss rules. In addition, Dr. Burianski regularly acts as an arbitrator or as a German-law "expert" in international arbitration proceedings.

At ease with the multijurisdictional intricacies of international arbitration matters, he has significant experience of supporting clients with complex disputes relating to supply contracts, liability issues (including managing directors' liability), energy law and post-M&A matters. Dr. Burianski also regularly advises clients on issues relating to private international law and cross-border litigation (jurisdiction, service, taking of evidence and enforcement).

Clients that have benefited from his knowledge and experience come primarily from the automotive, electronics, energy (including renewable energy) and financial services sectors.

He is an active member of several professional associations, including the German Lawyers' Association (DAV), the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), the European Federation for Investment Law and Arbitration (EFILA), the ICC Commission on Arbitration, the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), and the Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht e.V. (an association with a special interest in antitrust law).

Dr. Burianski is an active member of White & Case's award-winning International Arbitration Practice, which is ranked No. 1 in the world by Global Arbitration Review 2017 and has been described by Chambers Europe 2017 as the "Leading international arbitration outfit".


Dr. Burianski is a graduate of the University of Cologne and the University of Hull. He speaks German, English and French.

Selected Publications

Dr. Burianski is a prolific author. His most recent publications are "Taking Depositions in Germany for Use in US Courts", 2017 (with Sonja Dünnwald); "Arbitration in Africa – Managing Risks in a Growing Market", Into Africa, April 2017, Pages 12-13 (with Federico Parise Kuhnle); "Germany"; Energy Disputes, Getting The Deal Through. Ed. Wood/Miller/Brogdon/Stebbing. London, 2017, Pages 55-59, (with Thomas Burmeister); "A commentary on the Pechstein decision of the BGH", LMK 2016, 381217 (with Gero Pogrzeba); "The end of inter-EU disputes? It's in the hand of the ECJ", Dispute Resolution Online 2016, Vol. 2, p. 6-8; "The binding effect of arbitration agreements for factual acquirers of enterprises", Betriebsberater 2016, Pages 397 et seq.; and Co-author, "Navigating India: lessons for foreign investors", BusinessLaw Journal.


Introduction to International Commercial and Investment Arbitration