Lars Markert is a Foreign Law Partner at Nishimura & Asahi, Tokyo Office. He is admitted to the German and New York bars, a registered foreign lawyer (gaikokuho-jimu-bengoshi) in Japan, and frequently advises clients in both investor-state and international commercial arbitrations. Lars has experience in representing investors and states in proceedings under the ICSID Convention and the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. Due to a secondment to Tokyo from 2012-2014, he has a particular understanding of arbitration issues in Asia.
Besides his German legal education, Lars holds law degrees from France (maîtrise, Aix-en-Provence) and the US (LL.M., Georgetown University). Furthermore, he holds a PhD in investment arbitration from the University of Cologne on the topic of dispute settlement clauses in investment agreements. He is an academic advisor to the International Investment Law Centre Cologne (IILCC), teaches investment law at the University of Cologne, and regularly speaks and publishes on issues of commercial and investment arbitration.