Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte

Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte

Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte is a boutique law firm specialising in Dispute Resolution with a particular focus on International Arbitration and Litigation.

Dispute Resolution

We act as counsel and arbitrator in international commercial and investment arbitrations, in addition to conducting litigation, acting in DAB proceedings and other alternative methods of dispute resolution, and acting as legal experts. In all matters, our priority is to maintain a clear partner commitment and to provide the personal attention our clients’ cases require, while monitoring, managing and resolving disputes quickly and cost-effectively.


While boutique in size, our international experience has proven invaluable in cross-border disputes, while our broad professional experiences have equipped us with the necessary legal, linguistic and inter-cultural skills needed to effectively manage cross-border disputes.


The exceptional quality of our work and experience is valued by clients and colleagues across the world and has been recognised in national and international rankings. Our experience and expertise allows us to achieve optimal and efficient solutions in complex arbitrations and litigation for our clients.

Practice Areas

We have extensive experience and expertise across a range of practice areas and industries, including Construction & Engineering, Energy, Post-M&A & Corporate, Commerce & Trade, Private Wealth, Banking & Finance and Foreign Investments.


Our boutique structure allows us to act in matters in which other firms are unwilling or unable to act due to conflicts of interest. Our clients also benefit from having access to our unique international dispute resolution network.


We regularly involve ourselves in academic assignments, which include publications, lecturing and speaking engagements in the field of dispute resolution at both domestic and foreign universities. While these activities allow us to give back to the legal and business communities, they also ensure that we remain up-to-date with developments and can keep our clients abreast of the latest changes and trends in the fields of dispute resolution.

Unique 360° approach

Our clients benefit from our ability to draw from perspectives and experiences acquired acting as party counsel, arbitrators, mediators and legal experts, as well as from our engagements with arbitral institutions.

Arbitrator / Neutral
Institution / Academia
Legal Expert
Knowing what it takes to resolve or win our client's case.

Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte receives recognition in the latest edition of Who´s Who Legal Germany

Dr. Inka Hanefeld is among the eight most highly regarded lawyers for arbitration and described as „an absolutely brilliant practitioner“, who pays „great attention to cases with an exceptional view of the market“.“ Jan Heiner Nedden „offers strong expertise in cases relating to trade, construction and M&A matters with sources noting that he is „smart and very fast“.“ Dr. Nils Schmidt-Ahrendts „is up and coming“ and his „ability to „think about every little aspect of a case“ is highlighted.

Dr. Inka Hanefeld to speak at Arbitral Women event: “Women in Arbitration and International Law”

Dr. Hanefeld will participate as a panellist at an event organised by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer on 6 December 2018 in Vienna, Austria. Amongst other things, the panel will discuss personal experiences and challenges for women acting in international arbitration, as well as on how to achieve gender parity in international arbitration.

Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte receives recognition in the recently published JUVE Handbuch 2019

The firm has again been endorsed for its work in the area of international arbitration: "With its clear focus on international arbitration, the firm is considered by many to be the "mother of all conflict resolution boutiques. [...] All partners are consistently praised by competitors as arbitrators and party representatives. [...]. With the counsel appointment of Jörn Hombeck, who is already recognized in the market, Hanefeld is also expanding its scope of action more strongly in the area of litigation."

Moreover, Dr. Inka Hanefeld has been named in the recent JUVE ranking amongst the most renowned party representatives in arbitration proceedings, and, together with Jan Heiner Nedden, in the category of the most renowned arbitrators.

Jörn Hombeck, LL.M. promoted to Counsel

We are delighted to announce that senior associate Jörn Hombeck, LL.M. will be promoted to Counsel at Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte as of 1 September 2018 after five years of affiliation with our firm.

Dr. Inka Hanefeld’s appointment as Vice President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration extended for a second term

Dr. Inka Hanefeld's appointment as Vice President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration has been extended for a second term. Again headed by Alexis Mourre, Inka will be joined by a renewed, gender-equal Court that includes 88 women and 88 men.


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