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

Managing Partner


  • Nomination GAR Awards 2016

    Dr. Inka Hanefeld, LL.M. nominated as "best prepared and most responsive arbitrator" at the GAR Awards 2016.
  • Appointment as Vice-President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration

    The World Council of the International Chamber of Commerce appointed Dr. Inka Hanefeld, LL.M. as Vice-President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration.

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. In 2013, Inka was nominated by the Federal Republic of Germany for the ICSID list of arbitrators. Notably, each Member State of the ICSID Convention may only nominate a total of four candidates for the list. Additionally, Inka was appointed Vice-President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration in June 2015.

Before establishing her own private practice in 2005, Inka worked for many years in the dispute resolution department of a large international law firm 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. 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: 55 arbitrations (ICC, ICSID, SCC, DIS, PCA, VIAC, CEAC, ad hoc), two of which involved State-controlled entities or a sovereign State and 2 of which constituted Investor-State Treaty Arbitration
  • Presiding Arbitrator: 25 arbitrations (ICC, DIS, GMAA, CEAC, Hamburg CC, ad hoc), four of which involved State-controlled entities and two of which constituted Investor-State Treaty Arbitrations
  • Sole Arbitrator: seven arbitrations (ICC, DIS, VIAC, Hamburg CC), one of 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)


  • 2x Member of ICSID Annulment Committee
  • 1x Member of LCIA Challenge Division

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

  • 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)
2019§ 20 SchiedsspruchSalger/Trittmann (eds.), Internationale Schiedsverfahren, Praxishandbuch
2017Inherent Powers to Streamline the ProceedingsEuropean International Arbitration Review
2015International Arbitration between standardization and flexibility - Predictablility and flexibility seen from a client’s perspectiveSchiedsVZ 2015, 20
2014Optionen der alternativen Streitbeilegung im Rahmen von (Offshore-) WindparkprojektenEnWZ 2014,537
2013Arbitration in Banking and FinanceNYU Journal of Law & Business, 2013
2012Enforcement of Arbitral Awards that are Incapable of being Executed under Domestic LawNYU Transnational Notes, 14 October 2012
2012Is there a Need for a Sovereign Debt Tribunal?NYU Transnational Notes, 8 October 2012
2010Country Report Germanyin: Weigand (ed.), Practitioner’s Handbook on International Commercial Arbitration, Oxford University Press, 2010
2018Fighting Institutional BureaucracyArbitration Forum of the Law and Economics FoundationSt. GallenSwitzerland
2017Inherent Powers of Arbitrators to streamline the ProceedingsScience Po ConferenceParisFrance
2017Introduction to Young Arbitral PractitionersYAWPSingaporeSingapore
2017Dispute Resolution Venue Germany – The Arbitration PerspectiveBMJVBerlinGermany
2017The Work of the ICC Court in PracticeFinish Arbitration DaysHelsinkiFinland
2017Regional Challenges to Arbitration in GermanyLCIATylney HallUnited Kingdom
2017Regional Challenges to Arbitration in Germany1st European ICC ConferenceParisFrance
2017Challenges facing arbitrators in investment arbitrationInternational Investment ArbitrationOxfordUnited Kingdom
2016Panellist in an Oxford-style debateConference organized by Young ArbitralWomen PractitionersZurichSwitzerland
2015Limits to Party Autonomy imposed by Mandatory European LawConference hosted by NYUNew YorkUSA
2014The Value of the IBA Guidelines on Taking of EvidenceConvergence and Divergence of Investment and International Commercial Arbitration conferenceSanto DomingoDominican Republic
2014Predictability and flexibility seen from a client's perspectiveDIS fall conferenceBerlinGermany
2013Streitschlichtung im Zusammenhang mit dem Bau und der Planung von Offshore-WindparksEnergy Arbitration Center SwitzerlandBerlinGermany
2013Investment Arbitration & Sovereign DebtsDüsseldorf International Arbitration SchoolDüsseldorfGermany
2013Aufhebung des Schiedsspruchs aus Schiedsrichter- und ParteiensichtHamburger SchiedsgesprächeHamburgGermany
2013N.N.Petersberger Arbitration DayBonnGermany
2013Project Finance Arbitration PanelAnnual Spring Symposium at New York UniversityNew YorkUSA
2012Arbitration in Banking & FinanceN.N.New YorkUSA
  • Recommmended in Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Commercial Arbitration 2018
  • Recommended in Who's Who Legal Germany: Arbitration Lawyers 2019
  • Recommended in Who's Who Legal: Legal Thought Leaders 2018
  • "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."; "[is] experienced and well connected".
  • 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"
  • Recommended and named, inter alia, in GAR, Who’sWhoLegal, Chambers Global,
    Chambers Europe, The Legal 500, JUVE