Heiner Kahlert is “a very thorough and hard-working advocate” who boasts “outstanding organisational skills”. One source says, “He is one of the brightest minds I have ever worked with.”
Dr Heiner Kahlert is an arbitration specialist at Martens, a Munich-based spin-off from the dispute resolution practice of one of Germany’s largest corporate law firms. Heiner acts as counsel and sits as arbitrator, having received appointments as chairman, sole arbitrator and party-appointed arbitrator. In addition, he has garnered vast experience as case-manager and tribunal secretary.
Heiner practises commercial, investment and sports arbitration. His commercial arbitration experience covers, eg, international trade, commodities, gas, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals, insurance, corporate disputes, competition law and commercial agent claims. In investment arbitration, Heiner is active in the energy sector. His sports arbitration practice spans the full spectrum of subject-matters including, in particular, association law (challenge of resolutions or elections, membership disputes etc), disciplinary cases (eg, anti-doping, match-fixing), eligibility matters and financial disputes (relating to IP royalties, transfer fees, salaries etc).
His experience includes ad hoc arbitrations and proceedings under the rules of the AAA/ICDR, DIS, ICC, ICISD and CAS, with seats inter alia in France, Germany, Switzerland and the USA. Heiner also represents clients before German courts in arbitration-related matters such as setting-aside or enforcement proceedings and challenges against arbitrators.
Heiner studied at Bucerius Law School (Hamburg) and Victoria University of Wellington. He holds a PhD, summa cum laude, from the University of Zurich. His PhD thesis on confidentiality in arbitration was awarded the first prize at the DIS Sponsorship Award 2015–2016. From 2015 to 2017, Heiner was a regional co-chair of the German Initiative of Young Arbitrators (DIS40). He publishes, speaks and lectures on arbitration and sports law.
Heiner is fluent in German and English and speaks conversational French and Arabic.