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 in Japan, and 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, and in advising on potential claims under bilateral investment treaties and related negotiation strategies. 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 adviser to the International Investment Law Centre Cologne, teaches investment law and procedure at the University of Cologne, and regularly speaks and publishes on issues of commercial and investment arbitration. Lars is recommended for his arbitration expertise by various legal directories.