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 leading German companies 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 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 included in the 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 2018 edition of Legal500 Germany as one of the “names of the next generation”, and in the 2016 to 2018 editions of Euromoney’s Expert Guides – Rising Stars (Commercial Arbitration).

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 Japan 2018
Lars Markert is “very talented acting as both counsel and arbitrator in all aspects”, effuses one impressed interviewee. He is “very well regarded by his peers” thanks to his “strong knowledge of arbitration procedures and tactics”.

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 (Leading Individuals)
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


Global Arbitration Review - Investment Treaty Arbitration 2019: Japan



ICSID Regional Training Workshop 2019



Young ICCA-Young JAA Cross-Examination Skills Training Workshop



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

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

Major Cases

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