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

Founding and Managing Partner

Inka HanefeldDr. Inka Hanefeld, LL.M.

Rechtsanwältin (also registered with the Paris Bar (Directive 98/5/CE)) – Attorney at law (New York)

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

Her expertise has been recognized in various international rankings.

From 2013 to 2019, Inka was nominated by the Federal Republic of Germany for the ICSID list of arbitrators. From 2015 to 2020, she was also a member of the LCIA London Court of International Arbitration. Since 2015, Inka has been a Vice-President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration.

Before establishing her own private practice in 2005, Inka worked in the dispute resolution department of a leading international law firm for seven years from its offices in Vienna, New York, Frankfurt, and Hamburg. 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. Moreover, she is a member of the Paris Bar (Directive 98/5/EC).

Her working languages are English and German. Inka is a Fellow Lecturer at the New York University School of Law (September 2012/2016, May 2020).

As Arbitrator

  • More than 100 cases as arbitrator, including cases with amounts in dispute valued in the several billions and several cases involving States or State entities
  • Co-Arbitrator: 61 arbitrations (ICC, ICSID, SCC, DIS, PCA, VIAC, CEAC, ad hoc), 3 of which involved State-controlled entities or a sovereign State and 2 of which constituted investor-State Treaty Arbitrations
  • Presiding Arbitrator: 29 arbitrations (ICC, ICSID, LCIA, DIS, GMAA, CEAC, Hamburg CC, ad hoc), 5 of which involved State-controlled entities and 3 of which constituted investor-State Treaty Arbitrations
  • Sole Arbitrator: 7 arbitrations (ICC, DIS, VIAC, Hamburg CC), 1 of which involved a State-controlled entity

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


  • 3x Member of an ICSID Annulment Committee
  • 1x Member of a LCIA Challenge Division

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

  • English
  • German
  • “Inka Hanefeld is a leading arbitration practitioner extolled by peers as ‘brilliant’ and ‘impressive’. She is exceptionally active in the field and is acclaimed as ‘precise, efficient and very capable of handling the largest cases’.”
    Who’s Who Legal
  • “Inka Hanefeld is a highly sought-after arbitrator and counsel known for ‘consistently delivering top-class service in complex cases’.”
    Who's Who Legal
  • Recommended and named, inter alia, in GAR, Who’s Who Legal, Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, The Legal 500, JUVE
  • “Inka Hanefeld of Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte is regarded as ‘very impressive’ by her peers. Recognized 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 practiced in New York. She is a well-regarded arbitrator whom interviewees champion as ‘extremely organized 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 recognized 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.”; “[is] experienced and well connected.”
  • 2011
    Founder of HANEFELD
  • 2006 - 2011
    Friedrich Korch Hanefeld, 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
  • Fellow lecturer at the New York University School of Law (September 2012/2016, May 2020)
  • Lecturer at the University of Hamburg for domestic and international arbitration (2011 until 2013)
2019CIArb Diploma in International ArbitrationArbitration: Past, Present and the FutureOxfordUnited Kingdom
2019ICC Germany 4th Arbitration DayProcedural and Practical Implications of Sanctions on Arbitration ProceedingsFrankfurtGermany
2019Copenhagen Arbitration DayInherent Powers in ArbitrationCopenhagenDenmark
2018Arbitration Forum of the Law and Economics FoundationFighting Institutional BureaucracySt. GallenSwitzerland
2017Science Po ConferenceInherent Powers of Arbitrators to Streamline the ProceedingsParisFrance
2017YAWPIntroduction to Young Arbitral PractitionersSingaporeSingapore
2017BMJVDispute Resolution Venue Germany – The Arbitration PerspectiveBerlinGermany
2017Finish Arbitration DaysThe Work of the ICC Court in PracticeHelsinkiFinland
2017LCIARegional Challenges to Arbitration in GermanyTylney HallUnited Kingdom
20171st European ICC ConferenceRegional Challenges to Arbitration in GermanyParisFrance
2017International Investment ArbitrationChallenges facing arbitrators in investment arbitrationOxfordUnited Kingdom
2016Conference organized by Young ArbitralWomen PractitionersWomen in ArbitrationZurichSwitzerland
2015Conference hosted by NYULimits to Party Autonomy imposed by Mandatory European LawNew YorkUSA
2014Convergence and Divergence of Investment and International Commercial Arbitration ConferenceThe Value of the IBA Guidelines on Taking of EvidenceSanto DomingoDominican Republic
2014DIS Fall ConferencePredictability and flexibility seen from a client's perspectiveBerlinGermany
2013Energy Arbitration Center SwitzerlandDispute Resolution with regard to the Construction and Development of Off-Shore Wind Farms (in German)BerlinGermany
2013Hamburger SchiedsgesprächeAnnulment of Arbitral Awards from the Arbitrator's and Parties' Perspective (in German)HamburgGermany
2013Annual Spring Symposium at New York UniversityProject Finance Arbitration PanelNew YorkUSA
2012Lecture at New York UniversityArbitration in Banking & FinanceNew YorkUSA
2019Country Report: GermanyWeigand / Baumann (eds.), Practitioner’s Handbook on International Commercial Arbitration, 3rd ed.
2019§ 20 Arbitral Awards (in German)Salger / Trittmann (eds.), Internationale Schiedsverfahren – Praxishandbuch
2017Inherent Powers to Streamline the ProceedingsEuropean International Arbitration Review 2017, pp. 49 et seq.
2015International Arbitration between standardization and flexibility - Predictability and flexibility seen from a client’s perspectiveSchiedsVZ 2015, pp. 20 et seq.
2014Alternative Dispute Resolution with regard to (Off-Shore) Wind Farms (in German)EnWZ 2014, pp. 537 et seq.
2013Arbitration in Banking and FinanceNYU Journal of Law & Business 2013, pp. 917 et seq.
2012Enforcement of Arbitral Awards that are Incapable of being Executed under Domestic LawNYU Transnational Notes
2010Country Report: GermanyWeigand (ed.), Practitioner’s Handbook on International Commercial Arbitration, 2nd ed.
  • Since June 2015, Vice President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration
  • Since March 2015, member of the ICDR International Panel of Arbitrators
  • From 2015 to 2020, member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • From 2013 to 2019, nominated by the Federal Republic of Germany for the ICSID list of arbitrators
  • Former Member of the ICC "Task Force on Arbitration involving States or State Entities"