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Dr Ragnar Harbst

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Baker McKenzie’s Dispute Resolution Practice Group in Germany




Dr. Ragnar Harbst is a member of Baker McKenzie’s Dispute Resolution team. He is qualified as a solicitor of England & Wales and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. In 2012 and 2013, he won the ILO Client Choice Award for the leading arbitration lawyer in Germany, based on a survey of in-house counsel. He lectures on legal writing at the University of Frankfurt and regularly teaches legal writing to clients and students. He is a co-chair of the current ICC Task Force on Maximizing the Probative Value of Witness Evidence, which deals with psychological influences on witness evidence in arbitration. 

The German JUVE Handbook and Chambers Europe list Dr. Harbst recommend for arbitration in Germany. He is also listed in Euromoney’s Expert Guide for Commercial Arbitration.


  • English
  • German


  • German Institution of Arbitration (DIS)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb) - Member, MCIArb


  • University of Cologne (Ph.D. International Commercial Arbitration) (2003)
  • University of Hamburg (Second State Exam) (2002)
  • University of London (LL.M. International Arbitration) (1998)
  • University of Muenster (Assessor Exam) (1998)

Germany: Dispute resolution

Arbitration (including international arbitration)

Within: Arbitration (including international arbitration)

The ‘outstanding’ arbitration team at Baker McKenzie is best known for its expertise in the construction, plant engineering and infrastructure sectors and frequently handles post-M&A disputes with representations in the Asiatic region on the increase. Recently, Günter Pickrahn advised an Asian manufacturing conglomerate on several post-M&A arbitrations. When dealing with infrastructure matters, the team is well versed in handling energy sector work, as demonstrated by representing the claimants Steag and EVN in an ICC arbitration against a general contractor consortium associated with the Japanese firm Hitachi; the dispute concerned construction delays of the coal-fired power station in Duisburg-Walsum and subsequent additional costs and was handled by Pickrahn, Jörg Risse and the ‘very experienced and pragmaticRagnar Harbst. Heiko Haller is recommended.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Baker McKenzie routinely deals with construction and plant engineering sector instructions alongside post-M&A disputes, frequently including cross-border elements with Asia, and has notable experience in matters related to compliance, product liability and energy law. Utilising this expertise, Heiko Haller acted for an auditing firm in a potential liability case pertaining to the assessment of an onshore wind farm portfolio. In other work, he has been representing a bank in proceedings related to the financing of a power plant project. Axel Hamm is acting for a group of companies in the energy sector in a dispute over the construction of solar systems, and Peter Stankewitsch represented a company from the aluminium production sector in a dispute over the delivery of defective production equipment. Key individuals include Jörg Risse, Ragnar Harbst and team head Günter Pickrahn.

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Germany: Real estate and construction

Construction (including construction litigation)

Within: Construction (including construction litigation)

With offices in Berlin and Frankfurt, Baker McKenzie’s team has a strong profile for infrastructure and plant engineering work. Susanne Mertens and counsel Stephan Götze continue to act for Berlin Brandenburg Airport in damage claim proceedings and contentious contract supplement matters, while also advising several regional organisations on refugee accommodation issues. In Frankfurt, Jürgen Schramke, Jörg Risse and Ragnar Harbst have been representing a technology company in a number of arbitration and litigation proceedings, including complex plant engineering and cross-border elements, amounting to several billion euros.

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