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WWL Ranking: Future Leader

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Heiner Kahlert garners praise for his exceptional practice and is described by peers as "highly recommended, brilliant counsel, and an extremely well-prepared arbitrator".


Dr Heiner Kahlert is a partner at Martens, a Munich-based boutique law firm with a strong focus on dispute resolution. 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, his cases related to the energy sector and real estate.

Heiner’s 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 (including under the UNCITRAL rules) and proceedings administrated by AAA/ICDR, DIS, ICC, ICISD, HKIAC and CAS, with seats inter alia in France, Germany, Korea, Switzerland and the USA.

Also, Heiner frequently represents clients before German courts in arbitration-related matters.

Heiner read law 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.

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