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Jan K. Schaefer heads King & Spalding's dispute resolution practice in Germany. He represents foreign and German clients in domestic and international arbitration matters, both commercial and investor-state. He appears before German courts in first- and second-instance matters, including for the taking of evidence for foreign proceedings, interim relief and enforcement applications, and is in high demand as international arbitrator.

With substantial trial and arbitration experience, Jan represents clients in post–merger and acquisition, joint venture, distribution, sales and license matters, as well as in foreign investment, construction and energy-related disputes, both within Germany and across international borders.

Jan represents clients as counsel and advocate in complex and high-value domestic and international arbitration proceedings conducted under various arbitration rules, including those of the ICC, DIS (German Institute of Arbitration), SCC (Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce), and ICSID in multiple venues. He also has experience in ad hoc proceedings under the UNCITRAL Rules.

In addition, Jan regularly advises clients on compliance and corruption issues. In several post-M&A matters, he has closely cooperated with criminal defense counsel to align strategies.

In addition, Jan has served as chairman, party-appointed, sole or emergency arbitrator in some 70 arbitrations under a variety of rules, including ad hoc proceedings. He also advises clients on effective, efficient resolution of disputes at early stages, including the use of alternative dispute resolution techniques.

Jan has been recognized as leader in his field by Chambers GlobalChambers EuropeLegal 500JUVE and other leading legal guides. He was named Lawyer of the Year for Arbitration by Handelsblatt and Best Lawyers 2021/22. JUVE frequently names Jan a "Leading Name" for Arbitration.

Jan is a board member of the DIS, the SCC and the Dutch Arbitration Association. He speaks English, German, Dutch and some French.

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Credentials

Frankfurt

Frankfurt Court of Appeals

Frankfurt, Germany (#135101)

English

German

Lawyer of the Year for Arbitration


Handelsblatt and Best Lawyers, 2021/22

Lawyer of the Year for International Arbitration


Handelsblatt and Best Lawyers, 2020/21

Arbitration: Leading Names in the Market


JUVE Handbook/German Commercial Law Firms, 2007-2021/22

Recognized as "Most In-Demand Arbitrators" and "Arbitration Counsel"


Chambers Global, 2017-2022

Recognized as "Leading Individual" for Arbitration


Legal 500 Deutschland, 2019-2022

Foreign Expert for Netherlands


Chambers Global, 2018-2022

"Fun to work with, very solutions-oriented, keeps his focus and does not get distracted."


Chambers Europe, 2022, Quoting

"Jan Schäfer is a top arbitrator."


Legal 500 Deutschland 2022, Quoting

"Very experienced, especially in investment disputes and energy disputes."


Legal 500 Deutschland, Quoting

"Personally very pleasant to deal with. Excellent, empathetic arbitrator."


Legal 500 Deutschland 2022, Quoting

"Dr. Jan Schäfer is an excellent chairman in arbitration hearings."


Legal 500 Deutschland 2022, Quoting

"Competent interlocutor"


JUVE, 2021/22, Quoting client

"He takes a sharp yet balanced approach in dealing with parties in arbitrations."


Chambers Europe, 2020

"Great Arbitrator"


JUVE, 2020/21, Quoting competitors

Highly Recommended” in Leaders League’s Best Arbitrators in 2019-2020 Germany List


Leaders League

"Top-notch counsel" and a "go-to arbitrator."


Who's Who Legal Germany, 2020, Quoting peers

One of Germany's Best International Arbitration Lawyers


Handelsblatt and Best Lawyers, 2017-2021

"Approachable and very prompt"


Chambers Europe, 2019, Quoting clients

"Sovereign and experienced"


JUVE, 2019/2020, Quoting competitors

"Persuasive logical argumentation"


Legal 500 Deutschland, 2019, Quoting clients

"One of the leading arbitrators"


Legal 500 Deutschland, 2019, Quoting competitors

"Fast, precise, professional“


JUVE, 2018/2019, Quoting competitors

"[He] is commercial but also has an in-depth knowledge of the law."


Chambers Global, 2017

"One of the strongest practitioners in Germany."


International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration, 2015

"Expansive advocacy skills" and "good commercial understanding.”


Who's Who Legal Germany, 2014, Quoting peers

"He does not look to escalate situations, but to help us save on legal fees."


Chambers Global, 2014

"Clients appreciate [him] for his efficiency and pragmatic approach."


Chambers Europe, 2014

"[He] is calm, convincing and firm."


Chambers Europe, 2013

"A great orator who can convince other people."


Chambers Europe, 2012

45 Under 45


Global Arbitration Review, 2011

Gillis Wetter Prize


London Court of International Arbitration, 2001

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Recognition

Lawyer of the Year for Arbitration


Handelsblatt and Best Lawyers, 2021/22

Lawyer of the Year for International Arbitration


Handelsblatt and Best Lawyers, 2020/21

Arbitration: Leading Names in the Market


JUVE Handbook/German Commercial Law Firms, 2007-2021/22

Recognized as "Most In-Demand Arbitrators" and "Arbitration Counsel"


Chambers Global, 2017-2022

Recognized as "Leading Individual" for Arbitration


Legal 500 Deutschland, 2019-2022

Foreign Expert for Netherlands


Chambers Global, 2018-2022

"Fun to work with, very solutions-oriented, keeps his focus and does not get distracted."


Chambers Europe, 2022, Quoting

"Jan Schäfer is a top arbitrator."


Legal 500 Deutschland 2022, Quoting

"Very experienced, especially in investment disputes and energy disputes."


Legal 500 Deutschland, Quoting

"Personally very pleasant to deal with. Excellent, empathetic arbitrator."


Legal 500 Deutschland 2022, Quoting

"Dr. Jan Schäfer is an excellent chairman in arbitration hearings."


Legal 500 Deutschland 2022, Quoting

"Competent interlocutor"


JUVE, 2021/22, Quoting client

"He takes a sharp yet balanced approach in dealing with parties in arbitrations."


Chambers Europe, 2020

"Great Arbitrator"


JUVE, 2020/21, Quoting competitors

Highly Recommended” in Leaders League’s Best Arbitrators in 2019-2020 Germany List


Leaders League

"Top-notch counsel" and a "go-to arbitrator."


Who's Who Legal Germany, 2020, Quoting peers

One of Germany's Best International Arbitration Lawyers


Handelsblatt and Best Lawyers, 2017-2021

"Approachable and very prompt"


Chambers Europe, 2019, Quoting clients

"Sovereign and experienced"


JUVE, 2019/2020, Quoting competitors

"Persuasive logical argumentation"


Legal 500 Deutschland, 2019, Quoting clients

"One of the leading arbitrators"


Legal 500 Deutschland, 2019, Quoting competitors

"Fast, precise, professional“


JUVE, 2018/2019, Quoting competitors

"[He] is commercial but also has an in-depth knowledge of the law."


Chambers Global, 2017

"One of the strongest practitioners in Germany."


International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration, 2015

"Expansive advocacy skills" and "good commercial understanding.”


Who's Who Legal Germany, 2014, Quoting peers

"He does not look to escalate situations, but to help us save on legal fees."


Chambers Global, 2014

"Clients appreciate [him] for his efficiency and pragmatic approach."


Chambers Europe, 2014

"[He] is calm, convincing and firm."


Chambers Europe, 2013

"A great orator who can convince other people."


Chambers Europe, 2012

45 Under 45


Global Arbitration Review, 2011

Gillis Wetter Prize


London Court of International Arbitration, 2001

Matters

Representing a Korean industrial company in an ICC arbitration against Egyptian and Kuwaiti respondents, Paris seat, Egyptian law, English language, multimillion contract termination claim.

Representing an Eastern European renewable energy company in DIS arbitration proceedings, German seat, German law, English language, delivery claims.

Representing a U.S. renewable energy company in DIS arbitration proceedings, German seat, German law, English language, multimillion price-review dispute.

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Representing a Korean industrial company in an ICC arbitration against Egyptian and Kuwaiti respondents, Paris seat, Egyptian law, English language, multimillion contract termination claim.

Representing an Eastern European renewable energy company in DIS arbitration proceedings, German seat, German law, English language, delivery claims.

Representing a U.S. renewable energy company in DIS arbitration proceedings, German seat, German law, English language, multimillion price-review dispute.

Representing a German insurance company in ad hoc arbitration proceedings, German seat, German law, German language, post-M&A dispute re call-option.

Representing a Dutch construction company in DIS arbitration proceedings, Düsseldorf seat, German law, English language, post-M&A dispute about a net-equity warranty and tort claims.

Representing a German automotive company in ICC arbitration proceedings, Paris seat, Egyptian law, multimillion distributorship dispute re commission payment.

Representing a German technology company in Swiss Rules arbitration proceedings, Zurich seat, Swiss law, patent-related dispute re ownership dispute workaround technology under consultancy agreement, co-counsel.

Representing a Middle Eastern gas company in a multimillion price re-opener dispute, preparation of request for arbitration in ICC arbitration proceedings, Geneva seat, New York law.

Representing a U.S agricultural company in ICC arbitration proceedings, Frankfurt-seated, Swiss law, dispute re violation of manufacturing agreement for noncompliance with FDA requirements.

Representing various German investors in ICSID cases against Spain (Mathias Kruck and others v. Kingdom of Spain, ICSID Case No. ARB/15/23 and KS Invest GmbH and TLS Invest GmbH v. Kingdom of Spain, ICSID Case No. ARB/15/25).

Representing German and other investors in an ICSID case against Italy (ESPF Beteiligungs GmbH et al. v. The Italian Republic (ICSID Case No. ARB/16/5).

Advising a German utility company in investment disputes with several Eastern European states about ownership unbundling, case assessment, representing in amicable settlement discussions under the Energy Charter Treaty and the pertinent German bilateral investment treaties.

Representing an Eastern European company in malpractice proceedings against a law firm relating to an arbitration before the district court of Munich.

Representing a German real estate fund in a dispute with a German bank regarding the liquidation of an open-ended fund.

Representing a U.S. technology company in Hague Convention proceedings before German courts for the taking of witness evidence for U.S. court proceedings.

Advising a U.S. energy company on enforcement in Germany against assets of a Latin American state arising under a commercial arbitration award.

Representing a Dutch construction company in litigation proceedings before the district court in Düsseldorf, post-M&A dispute.

Representing a managing director in litigation proceedings before the district court in Cologne, third-party notice in post-M&A dispute about director’s liability.

Representing an international bank in recognition and enforcement proceedings of a Luxembourg judgment in Germany under the Brussels Regulation.

Representing a Canadian technology company in independent expert proceedings relating to the sale of a glazing machine.

Representing a Canadian technology company in independent expert proceedings relating to the sale of a glazing machine.

Representing a Canadian technology company in independent expert proceedings relating to the sale of a glazing machine.

Chairman in a DIS arbitration, German parties, German law, German language, Leipzig seat, dispute relating to shareholder information request under corporate law.

Chairman in a multiparty DIS arbitration, German parties, German law, German language, Dortmund seat, dispute relating to wind energy project and insurance claims.

Chairman in a multiparty DIS arbitration, Polish and German parties, German law, English language, Frankfurt seat, post-M&A dispute.

Party-appointed arbitrator in a multiparty DIS arbitration, German parties, German law, German language, Düsseldorf seat, post-M&A dispute.

Party-appointed arbitrator in a multi-party NAI arbitration, Dutch parties, Dutch law, English language, Amsterdam seat, post-M&A dispute.

Chairman in an ad hoc arbitration under the arbitration rules of the European Development Funds, Dutch and Dutch Antilles parties, Dutch Antilles law, English language, Curacao seat, dispute about sewage plant.

Chairman in an ICC arbitration, Russian and German parties, Swedish law, English language, Stockholm seat, dispute about machine sale.

Chairman in a DIS arbitration, German and Luxembourg parties, German law, German language, Frankfurt seat, gas price dispute under take-or-pay contract.

Sole Arbitrator in an ICC arbitration, German and Australian parties, German law, English language, Frankfurt seat, industrial plant dispute in food industry.

Matters

Representing a Korean industrial company in an ICC arbitration against Egyptian and Kuwaiti respondents, Paris seat, Egyptian law, English language, multimillion contract termination claim.

Representing an Eastern European renewable energy company in DIS arbitration proceedings, German seat, German law, English language, delivery claims.

Representing a U.S. renewable energy company in DIS arbitration proceedings, German seat, German law, English language, multimillion price-review dispute.

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Matters

Representing a Korean industrial company in an ICC arbitration against Egyptian and Kuwaiti respondents, Paris seat, Egyptian law, English language, multimillion contract termination claim.

Representing an Eastern European renewable energy company in DIS arbitration proceedings, German seat, German law, English language, delivery claims.

Representing a U.S. renewable energy company in DIS arbitration proceedings, German seat, German law, English language, multimillion price-review dispute.

Representing a German insurance company in ad hoc arbitration proceedings, German seat, German law, German language, post-M&A dispute re call-option.

Representing a Dutch construction company in DIS arbitration proceedings, Düsseldorf seat, German law, English language, post-M&A dispute about a net-equity warranty and tort claims.

Representing a German automotive company in ICC arbitration proceedings, Paris seat, Egyptian law, multimillion distributorship dispute re commission payment.

Representing a German technology company in Swiss Rules arbitration proceedings, Zurich seat, Swiss law, patent-related dispute re ownership dispute workaround technology under consultancy agreement, co-counsel.

Representing a Middle Eastern gas company in a multimillion price re-opener dispute, preparation of request for arbitration in ICC arbitration proceedings, Geneva seat, New York law.

Representing a U.S agricultural company in ICC arbitration proceedings, Frankfurt-seated, Swiss law, dispute re violation of manufacturing agreement for noncompliance with FDA requirements.

Representing various German investors in ICSID cases against Spain (Mathias Kruck and others v. Kingdom of Spain, ICSID Case No. ARB/15/23 and KS Invest GmbH and TLS Invest GmbH v. Kingdom of Spain, ICSID Case No. ARB/15/25).

Representing German and other investors in an ICSID case against Italy (ESPF Beteiligungs GmbH et al. v. The Italian Republic (ICSID Case No. ARB/16/5).

Advising a German utility company in investment disputes with several Eastern European states about ownership unbundling, case assessment, representing in amicable settlement discussions under the Energy Charter Treaty and the pertinent German bilateral investment treaties.

Representing an Eastern European company in malpractice proceedings against a law firm relating to an arbitration before the district court of Munich.

Representing a German real estate fund in a dispute with a German bank regarding the liquidation of an open-ended fund.

Representing a U.S. technology company in Hague Convention proceedings before German courts for the taking of witness evidence for U.S. court proceedings.

Advising a U.S. energy company on enforcement in Germany against assets of a Latin American state arising under a commercial arbitration award.

Representing a Dutch construction company in litigation proceedings before the district court in Düsseldorf, post-M&A dispute.

Representing a managing director in litigation proceedings before the district court in Cologne, third-party notice in post-M&A dispute about director’s liability.

Representing an international bank in recognition and enforcement proceedings of a Luxembourg judgment in Germany under the Brussels Regulation.

Representing a Canadian technology company in independent expert proceedings relating to the sale of a glazing machine.

Representing a Canadian technology company in independent expert proceedings relating to the sale of a glazing machine.

Representing a Canadian technology company in independent expert proceedings relating to the sale of a glazing machine.

Chairman in a DIS arbitration, German parties, German law, German language, Leipzig seat, dispute relating to shareholder information request under corporate law.

Chairman in a multiparty DIS arbitration, German parties, German law, German language, Dortmund seat, dispute relating to wind energy project and insurance claims.

Chairman in a multiparty DIS arbitration, Polish and German parties, German law, English language, Frankfurt seat, post-M&A dispute.

Party-appointed arbitrator in a multiparty DIS arbitration, German parties, German law, German language, Düsseldorf seat, post-M&A dispute.

Party-appointed arbitrator in a multi-party NAI arbitration, Dutch parties, Dutch law, English language, Amsterdam seat, post-M&A dispute.

Chairman in an ad hoc arbitration under the arbitration rules of the European Development Funds, Dutch and Dutch Antilles parties, Dutch Antilles law, English language, Curacao seat, dispute about sewage plant.

Chairman in an ICC arbitration, Russian and German parties, Swedish law, English language, Stockholm seat, dispute about machine sale.

Chairman in a DIS arbitration, German and Luxembourg parties, German law, German language, Frankfurt seat, gas price dispute under take-or-pay contract.

Sole Arbitrator in an ICC arbitration, German and Australian parties, German law, English language, Frankfurt seat, industrial plant dispute in food industry.

Credentials

Frankfurt

Frankfurt Court of Appeals

Frankfurt, Germany (#135101)

English

German

Lawyer of the Year for Arbitration


Handelsblatt and Best Lawyers, 2021/22

Lawyer of the Year for International Arbitration


Handelsblatt and Best Lawyers, 2020/21

Arbitration: Leading Names in the Market


JUVE Handbook/German Commercial Law Firms, 2007-2021/22

Recognized as "Most In-Demand Arbitrators" and "Arbitration Counsel"


Chambers Global, 2017-2022

Recognized as "Leading Individual" for Arbitration


Legal 500 Deutschland, 2019-2022

Foreign Expert for Netherlands


Chambers Global, 2018-2022

"Fun to work with, very solutions-oriented, keeps his focus and does not get distracted."


Chambers Europe, 2022, Quoting

"Jan Schäfer is a top arbitrator."


Legal 500 Deutschland 2022, Quoting

"Very experienced, especially in investment disputes and energy disputes."


Legal 500 Deutschland, Quoting

"Personally very pleasant to deal with. Excellent, empathetic arbitrator."


Legal 500 Deutschland 2022, Quoting

"Dr. Jan Schäfer is an excellent chairman in arbitration hearings."


Legal 500 Deutschland 2022, Quoting

"Competent interlocutor"


JUVE, 2021/22, Quoting client

"He takes a sharp yet balanced approach in dealing with parties in arbitrations."


Chambers Europe, 2020

"Great Arbitrator"


JUVE, 2020/21, Quoting competitors

Highly Recommended” in Leaders League’s Best Arbitrators in 2019-2020 Germany List


Leaders League

"Top-notch counsel" and a "go-to arbitrator."


Who's Who Legal Germany, 2020, Quoting peers

One of Germany's Best International Arbitration Lawyers


Handelsblatt and Best Lawyers, 2017-2021

"Approachable and very prompt"


Chambers Europe, 2019, Quoting clients

"Sovereign and experienced"


JUVE, 2019/2020, Quoting competitors

"Persuasive logical argumentation"


Legal 500 Deutschland, 2019, Quoting clients

"One of the leading arbitrators"


Legal 500 Deutschland, 2019, Quoting competitors

"Fast, precise, professional“


JUVE, 2018/2019, Quoting competitors

"[He] is commercial but also has an in-depth knowledge of the law."


Chambers Global, 2017

"One of the strongest practitioners in Germany."


International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration, 2015

"Expansive advocacy skills" and "good commercial understanding.”


Who's Who Legal Germany, 2014, Quoting peers

"He does not look to escalate situations, but to help us save on legal fees."


Chambers Global, 2014

"Clients appreciate [him] for his efficiency and pragmatic approach."


Chambers Europe, 2014

"[He] is calm, convincing and firm."


Chambers Europe, 2013

"A great orator who can convince other people."


Chambers Europe, 2012

45 Under 45


Global Arbitration Review, 2011

Gillis Wetter Prize


London Court of International Arbitration, 2001

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Recognition

Lawyer of the Year for Arbitration


Handelsblatt and Best Lawyers, 2021/22

Lawyer of the Year for International Arbitration


Handelsblatt and Best Lawyers, 2020/21

Arbitration: Leading Names in the Market


JUVE Handbook/German Commercial Law Firms, 2007-2021/22

Recognized as "Most In-Demand Arbitrators" and "Arbitration Counsel"


Chambers Global, 2017-2022

Recognized as "Leading Individual" for Arbitration


Legal 500 Deutschland, 2019-2022

Foreign Expert for Netherlands


Chambers Global, 2018-2022

"Fun to work with, very solutions-oriented, keeps his focus and does not get distracted."


Chambers Europe, 2022, Quoting

"Jan Schäfer is a top arbitrator."


Legal 500 Deutschland 2022, Quoting

"Very experienced, especially in investment disputes and energy disputes."


Legal 500 Deutschland, Quoting

"Personally very pleasant to deal with. Excellent, empathetic arbitrator."


Legal 500 Deutschland 2022, Quoting

"Dr. Jan Schäfer is an excellent chairman in arbitration hearings."


Legal 500 Deutschland 2022, Quoting

"Competent interlocutor"


JUVE, 2021/22, Quoting client

"He takes a sharp yet balanced approach in dealing with parties in arbitrations."


Chambers Europe, 2020

"Great Arbitrator"


JUVE, 2020/21, Quoting competitors

Highly Recommended” in Leaders League’s Best Arbitrators in 2019-2020 Germany List


Leaders League

"Top-notch counsel" and a "go-to arbitrator."


Who's Who Legal Germany, 2020, Quoting peers

One of Germany's Best International Arbitration Lawyers


Handelsblatt and Best Lawyers, 2017-2021

"Approachable and very prompt"


Chambers Europe, 2019, Quoting clients

"Sovereign and experienced"


JUVE, 2019/2020, Quoting competitors

"Persuasive logical argumentation"


Legal 500 Deutschland, 2019, Quoting clients

"One of the leading arbitrators"


Legal 500 Deutschland, 2019, Quoting competitors

"Fast, precise, professional“


JUVE, 2018/2019, Quoting competitors

"[He] is commercial but also has an in-depth knowledge of the law."


Chambers Global, 2017

"One of the strongest practitioners in Germany."


International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration, 2015

"Expansive advocacy skills" and "good commercial understanding.”


Who's Who Legal Germany, 2014, Quoting peers

"He does not look to escalate situations, but to help us save on legal fees."


Chambers Global, 2014

"Clients appreciate [him] for his efficiency and pragmatic approach."


Chambers Europe, 2014

"[He] is calm, convincing and firm."


Chambers Europe, 2013

"A great orator who can convince other people."


Chambers Europe, 2012

45 Under 45


Global Arbitration Review, 2011

Gillis Wetter Prize


London Court of International Arbitration, 2001