Schäfer, Volker

Volker Schäfer

Retired Partner

Volker Schäfer is a partner in the Frankfurt office of Latham & Watkins. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and international arbitration. He has broad experience representing clients in cross-border disputes, disputes in the financial industry (including regulatory investigations or internal investigations), antitrust civil damages claims, professional liability cases, and post M&A disputes.

Mr. Schäfer is a ranked lawyer for litigation (Chambers Europe Germany 2017). He is also singled out for arbitration (including international arbitration) by The Legal 500 EMEA 2014 and is “recommended” for commercial litigation and liability, as well as for arbitration/mediation by JUVE 2016/2017. Clients describe Volker Schäfer as "razor sharp," and say that "He thinks two steps ahead” (Chambers Europe Germany 2017).

Prior to his career in a law firm he was counsel at a major German plant construction company.


  • LL.M., Tulane University Law School, 1996
  • Second German State Exam, Higher Regional Court, Berlin, 1995
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Law, University of West England, Bristol, 1993
  • First German State Exam, Saarland University, 1992