Catrice Gayer

Contact Details
First Name
Herbert Smith Freehills Germany LLP
Lawyer - Senior Associate
Area of Specialisation / Arbitration Experience
Agency / Distribution / Franchising, Commercial Arbitration, Intellectual Property, Mergers and Acquisitions, Sales / Purchases
Breite Straße 29-31
40213 Düsseldorf
+49 211 975 59 132
English, German, French
Membership Status
Professional Details
Bar Admission

2010 - Germany




  • Postgraduate Laws Certificate (Queen Mary-UCL/London) (2016) (Specialization: International Dispute Resolution)

  • Second Legal State Exam and Admission to the Bar in 2010

  • Legal traineeship at the higher regional court of Düsseldorf  including a clerkship with the regional civil court and the public prosecutor’s office (2008)

  • Trainee in the international dispute resolution groups of an international and a major national German law firm in Düsseldorf (2009-2010)

  • First Legal State Exam (University of Mayence/Germany) (2007)

  • Maîtrise de Droit (University of Paris XII/France) (2005) (Specialization: international private /commercial law, European (antitrust) law and international litigation and arbitration)




  • Every case is different - Preclusion of enforcement grounds in enforcement proceedings regarding foreign awards in Germany - Duties of the party resisting enforcement
    Dispute Resolution Magazine, 3rd edition, September 2014

  • Party agreement versus procedural order – where to draw the line? Young International Arbitration Group E-Newsletter August 2013, Report for Germany, Annotations on the order of the OLG Frankfurt dated 17 February 2013 (Az.: 26 Sch 13/19)

  • Various other publications on corporate and arbitration matters


Professional Associations


  • Regional Representative Germany  of AIJA (Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats)

  • Regional Chair  of the DIS40 Rhine/Ruhr (DIS40 - Deutsche Initiative junger Schiedsrechtler)

  • ASA Below 40 (Groupe ASA des Jeunes Praticiens de l'Arbitrage)

  • DIS (Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit e.V.)

  • IBA (International Bar Association)

  • ICC YAF (ICC Young Arbitrators Forum)

  • YAAP (Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners)

  • YIAG (LCIA Young International Arbitration Group)

  • Cepani 40 (The Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation)

  • YSIAC (Young Singapore International Arbitration Centre Group)


Other Qualifications


  • Regularly representing foreign and domestic clients in enforcement and annulment proceedings of awards (commercial and investment arbitration)

  • Regular speaker on arbitration matters:

  • AIJA Annual Congress, August 2016, Munich: Arbitrating Energy Disputes: Hot topics

  • 8th ICCYAF/YAAP Joint Annual Conference, 19 March 2016, Vienna: Damages in International Arbitration

  • Joint DIS40/CFA40 Conference: 14 March 2016, Paris: Comparing Arbitration in Germany and France

  • DIS 40 Rhine/Ruhr, Cologne, 16 June 2015 (Pathological Arbitration Agreements – Cases in everyday practice)

  • ICC YAF, Cologne, 26 May 2015 (The Emergency Arbitrator - Success stories and challenges)

  • AIJA: M&A Reloaded: A Comprehensive View of the M&A process, Kitzbühel, January 2015

  • Extensive experience as assistant/administrative secretary to the tribunal