Founding Partner, Manner Spangenberg
Jan Erik specializes in arbitration, litigation and dispute resolution. He has practiced for more ten years in the field of international dispute resolution and acts both as arbitrator and as counsel.
He has significant experience as arbitrator, including as chairman or president, sole arbitrator, under various rules (including ICC, CEPANI, SCC, UNCITRAL/PCA, DIS, GMAA, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, and Ad hoc), and in relation to a variety of contract, trade and other commercial disputes. As counsel he has successfully represented clients in many high stakes arbitrations (including under ICC, SCC, ICSID, UNCITRAL, DIS, KCAB, CEAC, RUCIP and Ad hoc) and litigation proceedings in German courts. Jan Erik was appointed to the original Arbitration pool of CAfA in January 2020.
Jan Erik has been consistently recognized for his work as arbitrator and counsel in leading rankings. Who’s Who Legal praises him as “a ‘very experienced’ arbitration lawyer who wins widespread praise from market sources for his ‘excellent’ work as arbitrator and counsel” (WWL Germany Arbitration 2020 National Leader) and as an “an outstanding lawyer” who is “very thorough, smart and client oriented” as well as that “he is able to identify the main issue immediately and provide clear and helpful advice” (WWL Arbitration 2020 Global Leader and Thought Leader). The leading German ranking JUVE calls him an “excellent lawyer, outstanding in cross-examination” (JUVE 2019/2020) and “dedicated and professional” (JUVE 2016/2017).
Jan Erik practiced in the Litigation & Trial Department and International Arbitration Practice Group of the international law firm Latham & Watkins LLP (2009-2017), before founding the arbitration boutique firm MANNER SPANGENBERG in 2017. He was co-chair of DIS40 and participated in the committee for the revision of the 2018 DIS Arbitration Rules. He regularly speaks on international dispute resolution and arbitration topics.
Jan Erik received his Doctor of Laws from Bucerius Law School. He studied law in Germany (Second German State Exam, Hamburg 2009; First German State Exam, Hamburg 2006; LL.B., Bucerius Law School 2004) and in the United States (Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, Virginia 2003). His working languages are English and German.