Dr. Maximilian Clasmeier

International Associate, Washington, DC



Maximilian is an international associate in White & Case's International Arbitration Practice Group. He represents corporates and states in a broad range of disputes, spanning national and international commercial and investment arbitration, litigation, and regulatory proceedings. He has experience working under the ICC, ICSID, DIS, UNCITRAL, and SIAC Rules. Maximilian has strong transatlantic ties and regularly works with the Firm's German offices where he started his career before later relocating to Washington, DC.

He has particular expertise in handling all stages of disputes which involve sovereign states, regulatory conduct, and which arise from public international law, international investment law, and international economic law. Maximilian also advises on the structuring of investments and risk mitigation strategies considering protection offered by bilateral and multilaterial treaties and has experience in sanctions proceedings before administrative tribunals of international development banks.

Prior to joining White & Case, Maximilian gained international commercial and investment arbitration experience with law firms in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Singapore, worked for a German think tank likewise based in Singapore, and a state representation to the European Union in Brussels. He further worked for the World Bank's Integrity Vice Presidency (INT) in Washington, DC where he gained substantial experience in investigations and enforcement matters involving allegations of fraud, bribery, and corruption.

Maximilian regularly publishes on international arbitration topics and is author of "Arbitral Awards as Investments – Treaty Interpretation and the Dynamics of International Investment Law" (Wolters Kluwer – 2017). Since 2019, he has been serving as a peer reviewer for the ICSID Review – Foreign Investment Law Journal. He has a particular interest and expertise in arbitration matters relating to East and Southeast Asia and understands the regional particularities. He is an active member of the Firm's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Group, was admitted to the Panel of Arbitrators of the Thailand Arbitration Center (THAC), and serves as Local Representative of the Chinese European Arbitration Centre (CEAC) in the United States.

Maximilian has studied law in Münster, Barcelona, Singapore and Düsseldorf. He has taught international investment law at Heinrich-Heine-University of Düsseldorf and at Thammasat University in Bangkok. He currently serves as Associated Expert at Leiden University's Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies and its Tracing Inherent Powers project aiming to improve efficiency in states' treaty negotiations on the constitution and reform of international courts and tribunals.

Bars and Courts
Rechtsanwalt, Germany
Special Legal Consultant in District of Columbia
University of Düsseldorf


Second State Examination
Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt


JD, First State Examination
University of Münster


Diploma in Common Law Studies
University of Münster


Visiting Researcher Program
National University of Singapore
University of Barcelona


* Not engaged in the practice of law in the District of Columbia. Work performed under the supervision of principals of the Firm, members of the District of Columbia Bar. Admitted to practice only in Frankfurt.


Bursel Tekstil and others v. Republic of Uzbekistan
Representing the Republic of Uzbekistan in an ICSID arbitration of a dispute arising under the Turkey-Uzbekistan bilateral investment treaty relating to an investment in the textile industry.

Daniel W. Kappes and Kappes, Cassiday & Associates v. Guatemala
Representation of claimants in an ICSID arbitration under the DR-CAFTA arising from their investments in the mining industry.

Vladislav Kim and others v. Republic of Uzbekistan
Representated the Republic of Uzbekistan under the Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan BIT in an ICSID arbitration concerning two cement plants.

Automotive Parts Supplier
Representation of an automotive parts supplier in a technology-based product liability dispute.

Japanese Client
Advised a Japanese client in the automotive industry on German law implications of a US patent litigation.

Development Bank
Representation of a development bank in ICC proceedings relating to a project in Southeastern Europe.

Polish Client
Advised a Polish client on claims following the outbreak of the Arab Spring in an Arab state.

Indian Construction Company
Representation of the client in two separate arbitration proceedings (ICC and UNCITRAL) against an Arab state (relating to force majeure and delayed payment in energy construction projects).

African State
Advised an African state on its new arbitration law (pro bono).

Russian Client
Representation of exequatur and enforcement proceedings against a German company following ICAC arbitration.


Lamm, Carolyn/Hellbeck, Eckhard/Lokova, Madina/Clasmeier, Maximilian: The Evolving Dynamics of Monetary Restrictions as International Arbitration's Next Big Challenge?, Overriding Mandatory Rules and Compliance in International Arbitration, Dossiers - ICC Institute of World Business Law 2022, pp. 46-100

Clasmeier, Maximilian: Singapore High Court Upholds Multi-Million Dollar ICC Award Relating To A Power Plant Project In Guatemala, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 2018

Clasmeier, Maximilian/Lucas, Natalie/Secomb, Matthew: Panorama international de jurisprudence/Panorama of World Cases Law: Singapour/Singapore, Les Cahiers de l'Arbitrage/The Paris Journal of International Arbitration 2018 (forthcoming)

Clasmeier, Maximilian/Lucas, Natalie/Secomb, Matthew: Panorama international de jurisprudence/Panorama of World Cases Law: Singapour/Singapore, Les Cahiers de l'Arbitrage/The Paris Journal of International Arbitration 2017-3, pp. 575-584

Clasmeier, Maximilian: Arbitral Awards as Investments: Treaty Interpretation and the Dynamics of International Investment Law, Aalphen aan den Rijn, 2017

Clasmeier, Maximilian: Myanmar's New Investment Law and its Confidence in International Arbitration, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 2017

Lorz, R. Alexander/Clasmeier, Maximilian in: Ebke, Werner F./Olzen, Dirk/Sandrock, Otto (Hrsg.), Festschrift für Siegfried H. Elsing zum 65. Geburtstag, From International Commercial to Investment Arbitration: A Long Journey and No Common End, 2015, pp. 345-360

Clasmeier, Maximilian: The Kingdom of Thailand and International Arbitration – Ending the Journey on a Winding Tollway?, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 2015