Lars Markert


Tokyo | Foreign Law Partner*

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Practice areas:
Alternative Dispute ResolutionInvestor-State Dispute SettlementInternational LitigationInternational ArbitrationInternal Investigations & Outside InvestigationsInternational Investment Agreements & ISDS
Admitted in Federal Republic of Germany (2004)
Admitted in New York (2007)
Registered as a Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi (2018)

Lars is a partner in our international dispute resolution department. He regularly advises Asian clients, in particular from Japan, on German and European law issues, spanning a broad range of industries and subjects from international disputes, commercial negotiations, to internal investigations and compliance. He also advises German and other European clients on their business activities in Asia. He has particular experience 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 40 international arbitrations as counsel or arbitrator under the arbitration rules of institutions such as the DIS, ICC, Swiss Chambers, NAI, ICDR, KCAB, JCAA, SIAC and ICSID, as well as under UNCITRAL Rules.

Lars is the winner of the 2020 Lexology client choice award for “Arbitration and ADR” in Japan. He is listed by Asialaw Leading Lawyers as “Notable Practitioner” for Dispute Resolution in 2020, included in the 2020 (Global Elite Thought Leaders), 2019 (Thought Leader) and 2018 Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration, the 2017 Who’s Who Legal – Future Leaders: Arbitration (Leading Individuals), as well as listed in the 2020 edition of Legal500 Japan and the 2018 edition of Legal500 Germany as one of the “next generation partners”. He is also named as leading lawyer for Commercial Arbitration in the 2019 edition of Euromoney’s Expert Guides, having previously been listed among the Rising Stars in the 2016 to 2018 editions of the Expert Guides.

Who's Who Legal: Arbitration 2020 (Global Elite Thought Leader)
The “excellent” Lars Markert comes “highly recommended” by interviewees, who add: “Lars combines in depth knowledge of the Asian market with a strong international outlook.”

Who's Who Legal: Arbitration 2019 (Thought Leader)
At Nishimura & Asahi, Lars Markert is described as “an excellent and courageous arbitration practitioner” with vast experience in investor state disputes. Clients say, “He knows how to respond to the moving situation and win the arbitration.”

Who's Who Legal: Arbitration 2018
Lars Markert boasts “a strong knowledge of both arbitration procedures and tactics” and is commended for his “diligence in understanding the relevant facts of a case in depth”. He regularly demonstrates “immaculate legal expertise combined with an impressive grasp of complex technical issues”.

Who’s Who Legal: Future Leaders 2017
Lars Markert…attracts a significant amount of praise from across the world. He is commended for his “cross-cultural competence in particular relating to Japan and Asia – he understands the mindset of Japanese clients and is able to translate it into what is needed in international proceedings.” He is “very reliable, good on his feet and quick in analysing complex legal situations”, says one source; “I like his style,” remarks another.

Recent activities


A series of international arbitration webinars - November 2020



Japan Arbitration Day 2020 in Context - Opening Ceremony for Tokyo’s Hearing Center



The 2021 ICC Arbitration Rules - what’s new?



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

2007 - 2018
Gleiss Lutz, Stuttgart
2012 - 2014
Nishimura & Asahi, Tokyo Office (on Secondment)
2006 - 2007
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, New York
2004 - 2005
Shearman & Sterling LLP, Dusseldorf

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