Harbst

Dr. Ragnar Harbst LL.M.

Partner
Baker & McKenzie Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten und Steuerberatern mbB

Biography

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 Ragnar recommend for arbitration in Germany. He is also listed in Euromoney’s Expert Guide for Commercial Arbitration.

Practice Focus

Ragnar's practice is devoted to international arbitration and adjudication proceedings, particularly in large infrastructure and construction projects, with a special focus on the railway industry. Ragnar is also increasingly sought as an arbitrator in ICC and DIS arbitrations in construction and commercial matters.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Defended client in ICC arbitration concerning implementation railway project in Asia related to public bidding law and final accounting (amount in dispute of USD300 million).
  • Represented client in arbitration proceedings concerning tunneling construction project in South-East Asia (amount in dispute over USD100 million).
  • Represented an international engineering company in dispute concerning construction of nuclear power plant (amount in dispute over EUR2 billion).
  • Sole arbitrator in an international ICC arbitration concerning competition law.
  • Advises a client on a dispute, worth over USD500 million, concerning a large railway project in the Middle East.
  • Represented a multinational company in parallel arbitration proceedings concerning intra-joint venture disputes in the energy sector.
  • Represented manufacturer of rolling stock on dispute about allegedly defective components for bogies (amount in dispute EUR300 million).
  • Sole arbitrator in ICC arbitration concerning on commercial dispute about allocation of costs for TV advertising.

Professional Honors

  • Best Lawyers in Germany 2019 for real estate law, international arbitration and litigation & arbitration, mediation, Handelsblatt in cooperation with Best Lawyers, 2019

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR Germany - Member
  • German Institution of Arbitration (DIS)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb) - Member, MCIArb

Admissions

  • England & Wales~United Kingdom (2005)
  • Germany (2003)

Education

  • 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)

Languages

  • English
  • German

Presentations

Speaker, "Vienna Arbitration Days 2018 on the probative value of Witness Evidence in International Arbitration, " 19 January 2018

Speaker, "IBA Annual Conference in Sydney on the usefulness and reliability of witness evidence in arbitration," 11 October 2017

Speaker, "The current status of the ICC Task Force on Maximizing the Probative Value of Witness Evidence in International Arbitration on occasion of the ICC Commission Meeting," Sydney, 6 October 2017

Publications

Author, "Adjudication in Germany, Chapter 9 in Burr (ed.), International Contractual and Statutory Adjudication, " Routledge, 2017

Author, "A Counsel’s Guide to Examining and Preparing Witnesses in International Arbitration," WoltersKluwer, 2015