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  • Partner
  • Tokyo
  • "His encyclopedic knowledge of arbitration is complemented by the uncanny ability to see through complex issues, reduce them to the most essential propositions, and convey them through an incisive analysis and crisp writing into clear and compelling arguments. " 

    Chambers Asia-Pacific, Dispute Resolution: International – Japan 2022
  • "Lars Markert is described as “one of the best arbitration lawyers in the world”. Clients say he has “deep knowledge of investment treaty arbitration” and is “one of the stars in the field”

    Who’s Who Legal - Thought Leaders Global Elite - Arbitration 2022
  • "Lars is a great lawyer with a tremendous legal and academic background - he excels in bridging Japanese culture with foreign clients."

    Who’s Who Legal - Thought Leaders - Arbitration 2021

Lars is a partner in our international dispute resolution group. With almost twenty years of experience working in Tokyo, New York, and Germany, he advises clients from Europe and Asia on complex cross-border disputes, commercial negotiations, and internal investigations.

Lars’ practice is focused on commercial and investment arbitration. He has particular expertise in contentious proceedings involving post-M&A, commercial, manufacturing, construction, and distribution matters, in areas such as life sciences, automotive, and energy. Lars also deals with cases involving governments, and has advised foreign investors and sovereign states on issues of foreign direct investment and public international law, including related negotiations and investor-state disputes. He has been involved in more than 50 international arbitrations as counsel and arbitrator under the arbitration rules of institutions such as the ICC, DIS, SAC, NAI, ICDR, KCAB, JCAA, SIAC, and ICSID, as well as under the UNCITRAL Rules.

Awards & Rankings

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The University of Cologne (Ph.D.)
Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M)
Julius-Maximilians-University Wuerzburg (First State Examination)
Aix-Marseille University (Maitrise en droit)
Julius-Maximilians-University Wuerzburg

Professional Experience

Gleiss Lutz, Stuttgart 
Nishimura & Asahi, Tokyo Office (on Secondment) 
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, New York 
Shearman & Sterling LLP, Dusseldorf