Dr. Kilian Bälz is a partner focusing on project development and finance. He divides his time between AMERELLER’s Berlin, Cairo, and Tripoli offices.

Kilian has broad experience in advising clients on debt and equity investments in the energy, transportation, telecom, and financial sectors across the Middle East and North Africa. He further represents clients in arbitration proceedings under all major arbitration rules and advises on trade sanctions as well as business and human rights.

Kilian furthermore is the head of AMERELLER’s Libya practice and has many years of experience in advising international companies on all aspects of doing business in Libya.

Before joining AMERELLER as partner in 2010, Kilian was a partner at Gleiss Lutz and the acting director of the Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, a regional policy platform supporting renewable energies based in Cairo. He publishes widely on Middle Eastern business law and is a regular speaker at conferences. In 2008, he was a fellow at Harvard Law School.

Germany, 1999


  • University of Freiburg, Germany, 1988-1990
  • Arab Language Institute, Damascus, 1991-1992 (Arabic language)
  • American University in Cairo, 1994 (Middle East Studies)
  • University of London – SOAS, 1995 (LL.M.)
  • Free University Berlin, 1997 (Dr. iur.)

“AMERELLER is my go-to firm for legal work in the Middle East. Kilian Bälz has been doing an excellent job in assisting our client’s recognition and enforcement efforts of an investment arbitration award. I am tempted to say that without the firm’s expertise we would simply have been unable to deal with the specific Libyan domestic procedural law issues.”

“Kilian Bälz, supported by a very efficient team, shows a high level of responsiveness paired with excellent quality.”

“Kilian Bälz is a very thorough lawyer. It is always a great pleasure to work with him.”

Chambers Global Chambers Global

Recommended Lawyer for General Business Law in Libya – 2024

Legal 500 Legal 500

Recommended Lawyer in Libya – 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024
Recommended Lawyer for Dispute Resolution: Arbitration in Egypt – 2023

Handelsblatt Handelsblatt

The Best Lawyers in Germany

  • Project Finance and Development – 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024
  • Arbitration and Mediation – 2022, 2023, 2024
Lexology Lexology

Legal Influencer 2019 – 2023


Dr. Kilian Bälz advises on projects and financing transactions across the MENA region. In addition, he represents clients in arbitral proceedings under all major international arbitration rules. 

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