Dr. Inka Hanefeld, LL.M. (NYU)

Partner

Dr. Inka Hanefeld, LL.M. primarily acts as arbitrator and counsel in domestic and interna­tional arbitration proceedings in the fields of international trade, industrial plant and machine building, energy, banking & finance, as well as in post-M&A disputes.

Her expertise has been recognized in various international rankings. Inka was nominated by the Federal Republic of Germany for the ICSID list of arbitrators in 2013. Every member State of the ICSID Convention may only nominate four candidates. Additionally, Inka was appointed Vice-President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration in June 2015.

Inka worked for many years in the dispute resolution department of a large international law firm in Vienna, New York, Frankfurt, and Hamburg before establishing her own private practice in 2005. She holds a Master of Laws in International Legal Studies (LL.M.) from New York University School of Law and is admitted to the German and New York Bar. Her working languages are English and German. Inka is a Fellow Lecturer at the New York University School of Law (September 2012/2016).

As Arbitrator

  • Co-Arbitrator: 51 arbitrations (ICC, SCC, DIS, PCA, VIAC, CEAC, ad hoc), 2 of which involved State-controlled entities or a sovereign State
  • Presiding Arbitrator: 20 arbitrations (ICC, DIS, GMAA, CEAC, HamburgCC, ad hoc), 3 of which involved State-controlled entities and 2 of which constituted Investor-State Treaty Arbitrations
  • Sole Arbitrator: 7 arbitrations (ICC, DIS, VIAC, Hamburg CC), 1 which involved a State-controlled entity

As Counsel
Party representation in numerous domestic and international arbitral proceedings (e.g., ICC, DIS, ICSID, ZHK, VIAC, AAA, ad hoc)

Arbitrator and Counsel, in particular in the following sectors: Energy, Industrial Plant Building/Construction, Banking & Finance, post-M&A

  • English
  • German
  • 2011
    Founder of Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte, Hamburg
  • 2006 - 2011
    Friedrich Korch Hanefeld, Hamburg
  • 2005 - 2006
    Renzenbrink Raschke von Knobelsdorff Heiser, Hamburg
  • 2002 - 2005
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Dispute Resolution Department, Frankfurt and Hamburg
  • 2002
    New York State Bar Exam
  • 1999 - 2002
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Dispute Resolution Department, Vienna and New York
  • 1998 - 1999
    Master of Laws in International Legal Studies (LL.M.), New York University School of Law
  • 1997 - 1998
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Dispute Resolution Department, Vienna
  • 1995 - 1997
    Legal traineeship (Referendariat) in Lower Saxony including work experience with the United Nations Organization for Industrial Development (UNIDO) in Vienna
  • 1995
    Doctor of Laws (Dr. iur.), University of Hamburg
  • 1989 - 1993
    Studies of law at the University of Hamburg
  • Lecturer at the University of Hamburg for domestic and international arbitration (2011 until 2013)
  • Fellow lecturer at the New York University School of Law (September 2012/2016)
  • Enforcement of Arbitral Awards that are Incapable of being Executed under Domestic Law
    NYU Transnational Notes, 14 October 2012
  • Is there a Need for a Sovereign Debt Tribunal?
    NYU Transnational Notes, 8 October 2012
  • Country Report Germany
    in: Weigand (ed.), Practitioner's Handbook on International Commercial Arbitration, Oxford University Press, 2010
  • Schiedsgerichte in Nordamerika (Arbitral Tribunals in North America)
    in: Paschke/Graf/Olbrisch (eds.), Hamburger Handbuch des Exportrechts, Dieckmann Publishers, 2009 (together with Peter Bowman Rutledge)
  • Commentary on Sections 1029 - 1031 of the German Code of Civil Procedure
    in: Böckstiegel/Kröll/Nacimiento (eds.), Arbitration in Germany, Wolters Kluwer, 2007 (together with Rolf Trittmann)
  • "Inka Hanefeld is a highly sought-after arbitrator and counsel known for 'consistently delivering top-class service in complex cases'."
    Who's Who Legal
  • "Inka Hanefeld of Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte is regarded as 'very impressive' by her peers. Recognised both as arbitrator and counsel, her expertise in project, trade and post M&A related disputes is 'top drawer'."
    Who's Who Legal
  • "Inka Hanefeld is a 'top arbitrator', 'very professional' with a 'distinct sense of justice'."
    The Legal 500
  • "Inka Hanefeld [...] has both studied and practised in New York. She is a well-regarded arbitrator whom interviewees champion as 'extremely organised and sharp-minded'."
    Chambers Global
  • "Hailed as an extremely talented and effective advocate for her clients, sources praise Inka Hanefeld [...] for her arbitration expertise."
    Chambers Global
  • "Inka Hanefeld [...] in Hamburg is recognised as 'an outstanding choice for arbitration cases - a fantastic advocate with a very successful track record'."
    Chambers Europe
  • "Dr. Inka Hanefeld [has] great expertise in the field"; "[is] sensationally well prepared."; "[is] absolutely reliable as co-arbitrator."; "[is] a pioneer for her generation."
    JUVE
  • Since June 2015 Vice President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration
  • Since May 2015 member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Since March 2015 member of the ICDR International Panel of Arbitrators
  • 2013 nominated by the Federal Republic of Germany for the ICSID list of arbitrators
  • Member of the ICC "Task Force on Arbitration involving States or State Entities"