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Dr. Marcus P. Lerch

Principal Associate

Automotive | Commercial litigation | Real estate |

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About Dr. Marcus P. Lerch

Marcus advises and represents national and international companies in commercial and business law disputes in state courts, before arbitral tribunals, and in mediations. He is experienced with insolvency related disputes, supply chain disputes, as well as the defence against mass claims.

In May 2023, the Committee on legal affairs of the German Bundestag invited Marcus to present his expert opinion on how mass claims should be regulated. He regularly writes and contributes to articles on current trends in dispute resolution as well as German and European business law and financial markets law. He is a member of our Commercial Disputes Group and our skills group Insolvency Disputes. Marcus speaks German and English.


Recent work

  • Representing a crowdinvestment broker against investor claims
  • Representing an international fund manager in a dispute resulting from the insolvency of an international bank and contractual counterparty
  • Advising an international industrial corporation regarding risk mitigation after a cyberattack
  • Advising an international insurance company in a property development dispute involving a joint venture company.  
  • Advising an international industrial corporation in an international contract dispute.
  • Advising an international utility company in post M&A disputes.
  • Representing an industry supplier in an international mediation with a trade partner.
  • Representing the joint represenative of a group of bondholders in an insolvency-related dispute with shareholders.
  • Representing an international startup company in a contract-related dispute with its former subsidiary.
  • Advising a hotel group in a dispute involving claims brought forward by an insolvency administrator resulting from a real estate transaction.
  • Representing a real estate investment company in contract-related disputes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the hospitality sector.
  • Representing an international industrial corporation in a post-M&A arbitration according to the rules of the German Arbitration Institute (DIS).
  • Defending a building-material dealer and energy company in an action brought by shareholders seeking the annulment of resolutions of the Annual General Meeting.
  • Advising a global manufacturer of home appliances in a multijurisdictional dispute arising out of the insolvency of a commercial customer, including developing and implementing the defence against claw-back and tort claims brought forward by an insolvency administrator.
  • Representing a leading German financial institution in an ad hoc arbitration concerning various corporate law issues.
  • Advising and representing a global OEM in its worldwide defense against compliance-related customer claims brought against the OEM and its dealers (with a special focus on the law of legal services).


Marcus completed his legal education at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, at Columbia University in the City of New York and at the University of Cambridge (Peterhouse). He served his legal traineeship (Referendariat) at the Higher Regional Court of Hamburg and was admitted to the bar as Rechtsanwalt in 2016. In 2020, he was seconded to Dr. Reiner Hall, attorney at the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe. During that time he was able to gather first-hand insights on the law of third-instance appeals. Marcus is also qualified as mediator for business and commercial conflicts.

  • Mediator (2020, Wirtschaftsmediator (Münchener Ausbildung) – Eidenmüller/Hacke/Fries)
  • Master of Law - LL.M. (2017, commercial law designation, University of Cambridge)
  • Dr. iur. (2015, Bucerius Law School)
  • Bachelor of Law - LL.B. (2010, Bucerius Law School)