Dr. Markus Altenkirch LL.M.

Baker & McKenzie Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten, Wirtschaftsprüfern und Steuerberatern mbB


Dr. Markus Altenkirch, a senior associate, joined Baker McKenzie’s Dispute Resolution Practice Group in Frankfurt in 2012 having been a research assistant and university lecturer for several years. Dr. Altenkirch holds a doctorate degree in international arbitration and obtained a master’s degree in law with a special focus on international arbitration at King’s College, London. As a law clerk, he gained significant experience in handling arbitration matters while working for the ICDR – the International Centre for Dispute Resolution in New York. Dr. Altenkirch teaches at the University of Mainz and regularly publishes in the field of international arbitration. He is an editor of Global Arbitration News, Baker McKenzie's blog on international arbitration.

Practice Focus

Dr. Altenkirch represents clients mostly in international arbitrations and is currently acting in ICC, DIS, HKIAC, and CIETAC arbitrations. He focuses on Post M&A disputes as well as disputes arising from license and distribution agreements. Moreover, Dr. Altenkirch has experience in handling complex construction disputes.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Represents a Taiwanese industrial conglomerate in a DIS arbitration concerning the breach of a financial statements warranty (amount in dispute EUR42 million).
  • Represented an Italian marketing company in a Post M&A Dispute concerning the rescission of a share purchase agreement.
  • Acted as secretary to the tribunal in a DIS arbitration involving price adjustments in an M&A transaction.
  • Represented a company from the photovoltaic sector in a USD25 million ICC arbitration seated in Tokyo concerning the breach of a license and technology transfer agreement and the violation of a non-compete clause.
  • Represented an international pharmaceutical company in a CIETAC arbitration seated in Shanghai concerning the termination of a Distribution Agreement.
  • Represented a US pharmaceutical company in a litigation concerning the termination of a Distribution Agreement (amount in dispute EUR9 million).
  • Represents an energy company in an ICC arbitration concerning the construction of a power plant (amount in dispute more than EUR1.2 billion).
  • Represented a contractor in several disputes concerning the construction of offshore wind farms.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • German Institution of Arbitration (DIS) - Member
  • DIS 40 - Member
  • Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration - Member
  • International Centre for Dispute Resolution - Young & International (ICDR Y&I) - Member
  • HKIAC's HK45 - Member


  • Germany (2012)


  • Regional Court of Mainz (Assessor Exam) (2011)
  • King's College London, UK (LL.M.) (2008)
  • Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz (Referendar Exam) (2007)


  • English
  • French
  • German