International Dispute Resolution

HANEFELD is a leading international dispute resolution boutique with offices in Hamburg and Paris. Our clients benefit from our highly skilled arbitration and litigation teams and our global network of ‘best in class’ dispute resolution experts.

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 strive to resolve 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 inter-cultural 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.



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 the new era of a ‘virtual reality’ in international arbitration.

Our 360° approach

Our clients benefit from our ability to evaluate facts from various perspectives.

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We know what it takes to win our client's case.

Inka Hanefeld recognized as a Global Elite Thought Leader and present at the Paris Arbitration Week.

Hanefeld is proud to share that Inka Hanefeld has been recognized as a Global Elite Thought Leader in the 2022 arbitration rankings of Who's Who Legal.  Many thanks to our colleagues and peers, who we had the great pleasure to meet again during Paris Arbitration Week and the 6th ICC European Conference on International Arbitration.

We look forward to meeting you again soon.


Dr. Dirk Wiegandt’s upcoming speaking engagement on blockchain technology and arbitration in Vienna

On 16 March 2022, HANEFELD’s Hamburg based Senior Associate Dr. Dirk Wiegandt will speak at an in-person roundtable event organised by the Co-Chairs of YAAP (Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners) Anna Förstel-Cherng and Ulrich Kopetzki in Vienna. Together with Johannes Landbrecht (GABRIEL Arbitration, Zurich), he will discuss the role of arbitration in the context of blockchain technology and smart contracts.

To find out more and register, visit

Jan Heiner Nedden to participate in the upcoming GAR Damages – Live Question Time with arbitrators

Hamburg-based Partner Jan Heiner Nedden will participate in an interactive panel at the upcoming GAR Live Damages conference in London on 15 March 2022 at While & Case LLP, 5 Old Broad St, London. Together with Dame Elizabeth Gloster, Sophie Nappert, and Lord Philipps, Heiner will answer attendees’ questions on aspects of damages. Attendees can submit questions in advance or ask questions live at the session.

View the full programme here:

Registration is available here:

In-house counsel and government representatives are welcome on a complimentary basis.

BGH confirms arbitration-friendly approach in setting aside decision

In a complex pharma dispute, the German Federal Court of Justice (BGH) partially set aside a EUR 142 million ICC award for two violations of the respondent’s right to be heard. Dr. Nils Schmidt-Ahrendts and Inga M. Witte, LL.M. explain why the BGH nonetheless returned to an arbitration-friendly approach to the review of arbitral awards.


Save the date: upcoming Litigation Stammtisch on 9 March 2022

HANEFELD Hamburg-based Partner Jörn Hombeck, LL.M. (Auckland) and Associate Marianna Kychenko are pleased to invite you to their upcoming Litigation Stammtisch!
The event (in German) will take place on 9 March 2022 at 6.30 pm via Zoom and will feature Prof. Dr. Ralf Köbler, President of the Regional Court of Darmstadt and chairman of the sub-working group on the “Basisdokument” concept within the more general working group on the modernization of civil proceedings. A brief presentation by Prof. Köbler on the “Basisdokument” will be followed by a Q&A session as well as networking opportunities in separate breakout rooms.
To register for the event, please send an email to by 4 March 2022.