International Dispute Resolution

International Dispute Resolution

HANEFELD is a leading international dispute resolution boutique with offices in Hamburg and Paris.

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We support you with our skills and our network

We support you with our skills and our network

Benefit from our highly skilled arbitration and litigation teams and a global network of “best in class” dispute resolution experts.

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Recognition as Thought Leaders

Recognition as Thought Leaders

Dr. Inka Hanefeld, Jan Heiner Nedden, and Dr. Nils Schmidt-Ahrendts are listed as Thought Leaders in Germany of Who's Who Legal’s Arbitration rankings…

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Dispute Resolution

We act as counsel and arbitrators in international commercial and investment arbitrations. In addition, we represent our clients in litigation, DAB, and other ADR proceedings. In all matters, we provide a clear partner commitment and are committed to resolving disputes time- and cost-efficiently.


Our clients are based all over the globe. We work on cases situated in various jurisdictions and subject to a diverse range of laws. We cooperate with “best in class” dispute resolution experts abroad and have the legal, linguistic, and intercultural skills to successfully resolve complex cross-border disputes.


Clients value our experience and the exceptional quality of our work which has been consistently recognized in national and international rankings.


We have extensive expertise across a broad range of practice areas and industries, including Construction & Engineering, Commercial & Trade Law, Post-M&A & Corporate, Energy, Antitrust Damages, Banking & Finance, International Private & Civil Procedure Law, and Investment Protection Law.


Our boutique structure allows us to take on matters which other firms are unwilling or unable to take on due to conflicts of interest. It also allows us to team up, if required, with “best in class” dispute resolution experts around the world.


Our speeches, publications, and lectures allow us to always remain up-to-date and to keep our clients abreast of the latest trends, such as blockchain technology and crypto currency disputes.

We are a strong team.

Every member of our team has the special professional, legal, linguistic and intercultural skills required to resolve complex cross-border disputes.

Dr. Inka Hanefeld

Rechtsanwältin, Attorney at law (New York)

Founding Partner

We have a proven track record.

The large variety of matters in which we have acted is a testament to our success.

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Amount in dispute

Dispute Resolution

Our core competence is dispute resolution with a particular focus on international arbitration.


We act as counsel and arbitrators in domestic and international proceedings all around the globe.


As counsel, we enforce the rights and interests of our domestic and foreign clients before German and French courts.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

We represent our clients in dispute adjudication, mediation and other ADR proceedings.

Expert Advice

As legal experts, we assess questions regarding German law as well as public and private international law in international court proceeding…

Practice areas

We have extensive expertise and comprehensive practical experience in different practice areas.

Construction & Engineering

Our expertise in construction and engineering disputes is internationally recognized.

Commercial & Trade Law

Issues of commercial and trade law are our daily business.

Post-M&A & Corporate Law

We are leaders in post-M&A and corporate disputes.

Energy and Renewables

Our partners are among the leading arbitrators in the energy and renewables sectors.

Antitrust Damages

As experienced litigators, we assist clients to enforce or defend against claims for antitrust damages.

Banking & Finance

We are pioneers in arbitrations in the field of banking & finance.

International Private & Civil Procedure Law

We offer excellent knowledge of international private and procedural law.

Investment Protection

We are experts in the field of investment protection law.

Arbitration blog

The HANEFELD Arbitration blog reports and comments on the latest French and German arbitration case law. To always stay up to date, follow us on LinkedIn.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained: Federal Ministry of Justice announces reform of the German Arbitration Law

News from the Federal Ministry of Justice (FMJ): Yesterday, the FMJ published its long awaited paper on the reform…

BGH rules that arbitral awards are subject to a full review in relation to core antitrust rules

On 27 September 2022, the German Federal Court of Justice (BGH) partially set aside an arbitral award for violating public policy due to the misapplication of core antitrust rules. In doing so, the BGH ruled that awards are subject to a full review by sta…

OLG Koblenz denies the extension of arbitration clauses to third parties

On 31 March 2022, the Higher Regional Court of Koblenz (OLG Koblenz) denied the recognition and enforcement of a EUR 49 million award rendered by an ad-hoc tribunal seated in Moscow in the notorious Hartmann v. Eckes-Granini saga. The same award is subjec…

BGH confirms arbitration-friendly approach in setting aside decision

In a decision published on 18 February 2022, the German Federal Court of Justice (BGH) partially set aside an EUR 142 million ICC award for the violation of the respondent’s right to be heard. The case is part of a complex, long-standing and still ongoing…

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Maria Hauser-Morel has been re-elected as a Delegate to the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR

HANEFELD is delighted to share that our Paris-based counsel Maria Hauser-Morel has been re-elected as a Delegate to the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR for a second mandate 2024-2027 to represent ICC Poland International Chamber of Commerce.

We co…

HANEFELD hosts internal workshop artificial intelligence

We at HANEFELD recently had the privilege of hosting another fantastic internal workshop, this time on artificial intelligence, led by the renowned Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Christoph En…

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