We are consistently ranked at the top of our profession.

Renowned industry experts consistently recognize our law firm and its lawyers as leaders in the area of dispute resolution.

Who's Who Legal

Inka Hanefeld is [...] ‘one of the country's premier practitioners’.”

Inka [Hanefeld] is a highly sought-after arbitrator and counsel known for ‘consistently delivering top-class service in complex cases’.”

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’.”

Jan Heiner Nedden ‘is an excellent arbitrator and is always a candidate in our arbitrator selection’.”

Jan Heiner Nedden is an ‘excellent’ practitioner, considered ‘among the best of the arbitrators of his generation in Germany’.”

Nils Schmidt-Ahrendts is ‘a big star’ in the German market, commended by international peers for his top-tier work as arbitrator.”

Friedrich Rosenfeld is “[a] dedicated sharp lawyer with strong analytical skills and the ability to understand complex legal systems.”           

Friedrich is very thorough, quick and smart.” “He is a gifted drafter.” “Friedrich has strong analytical skills.” “He is an up-and-coming lawyer who is dedicated and sharp.”  

Friedrich Rosenfeld is “[a] brilliant mind.” 

Jörn Hombeck is ‘highly respected among his peers’ and is recognized as ‘very clever and incredibly experienced in arbitration’. One source says, ‘He is definitely a person to watch out for in the future’.”

Jörn Hombeck is ‚a rising star‘ with ‚in-depth knowledge‘ of the field.”

“[Jörn Hombeck] is a very diligent arbitrator who has in-depth knowledge, especially in energy disputes”

Jörn Hombeck is “[a] very clever arbitration specialist, especially experienced in energy arbitration”

Dr. Inka Hanefeld, LL.M. and Jan Heiner Nedden, M.M. are listed in Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Commercial Arbitration 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, in Who's Who Legal Germany: Arbitration Lawyers 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 as well as in Who's Who Legal: Legal Thought Leaders 2020, 2019, 2018. Dr. Nils Schmidt-Ahrendts is listed in Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Commercial Arbitration 2018, in Who's Who Legal Germany: Arbitration Lawyers 2020, 2019, 2018 as well as in Who's Who Legal: Arbitration - Future Leaders 2017. Friedrich Rosenfeld and Jörn Hombeck are listed in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration – Future Leaders 2019, 2020 and 2021.


Global Arbitration Review newly ranked Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte in the GAR100, its annual listing of the world's leading international arbitration practices. GAR recognized Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte for its growing counsel and arbitrator work in complex domestic and international arbitration matters.

The Legal 500

“Among the firms specializing in arbitration, Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte is regarded as ‘the best arbitration boutique in Germany’.”

“Hamburg-based arbitration boutique Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte [has] a ‘communicative, very pragmatic, efficient and impressive’ team, which ‘stands out due to high professionalism’.”

“The Hamburg-based arbitration boutique Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte is regarded as ‘outstanding in the field of dispute resolution’ and has ‘an excellent reputation among domestic and international arbitrators and clients’. Headed by Inka Hanefeld, who is appreciated for her ‘sharp mind’, and the ‘very competent’ Jan Heiner Nedden, the firm has set a clear focus on international arbitration. Among others, name partner Inka Hanefeld has acted as presiding arbitrator in an ICC arbitration. She concentrates in particular in construction, energy and project financing disputes.”

“The arbitration boutique Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte has an excellent reputation, analyzes problems ‘razor-sharp’ and offers ‘crystal clear and very profound’ advice. They profit from the absence of conflict issues and therefore also represent DAX corporations or large medium-sized businesses and also foreign companies. The focus is on commercial law, industrial plant building, energy law and banking and finance. Inka Hanefeld is a ‘top arbitrator’, ‘very professional’ with a ‘distinct sense of justice’, and Jan Heiner Nedden disposes of a ‘brilliant expertise due to his longtime ICC-experience’.”

Jan Heiner Nedden [is valued for] his ‘very considered, efficient conduct of the proceedings’.”

Nils Schmidt-Ahrendts is an ‘extremely good lawyer’.”

Chambers Global

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’.”

“Hailed as an extremely talented and effective advocate for her clients, sources praise Inka Hanefeld [...] for her arbitration expertise.”

Chambers Europe

Inka Hanefeld [...] in Hamburg is recognised as ‘an outstanding choice for arbitration cases - a fantastic advocate with a very successful track record’.”

Global Arbitration Review

Jan Heiner Nedden was an outstanding [ICC] counsel and a pleasure to work with. He combines strong legal skills with an extraordinary ability to get things done reliably and efficiently. His meticulous approach to award scrutiny could make senior arbitrators tremble.”

“Prof. Dr. Klaus Sachs (CMS Hasche Sigle) calls Dr. Nils Schmidt-Ahrendts ‘one of the most promising young German arbitration lawyers’, who has ‘already developed remarkable experience’ in the field.


“Within only a few years, [Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte] has become a model for other German dispute resolution boutiques.”

“Due to its clear focus on international arbitration, [Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte belongs] to the most renowned firms. Competitors very often praise the quality of the work: ‘one of the best law firms for dispute resolution', or 'each partner is outstanding as arbitrator’.”

“[Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte has] great experience in international arbitration proceedings.”

“[Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte] has acquired an outstanding position in the German market.”

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.”

Jan Heiner Nedden [is] professionally excellent and experienced in arbitration.” ; “[has] outstanding practical experience.” ; “Jan Heiner Nedden has a vast experience in ICC and DIS proceedings.” ; [works] “fast and rigorously.”

Dr. Nils Schmidt-Ahrendts [is the] arbitration shooting star.” ; [is] “committed, will not give up in rather hopeless cases.”

Dr. Friedrich Rosenfeld [is a] brilliant mind.”

Dr. Friedrich Rosenfeld is decisive.” 

Dr. Friedrich Rosenfeld is excellent.”

Jörn Hombeck is an “excellent negotiator”.

Jörn Hombeck is “competent, fast, reliable - in front of state courts and in arbitration”.

The Legal 500
Europe, Middle East & Africa

HANEFELD is recommended in The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa as a leading firm for Dispute Resolution - Arbitration (including international arbitration) in Germany. Its “very professional team” is described as “very pragmatic, efficient and impressive”. Dr. Inka Hanefeld, LL.M. is also named in the “Leading Lawyers List”. In addition, Dr. Inka Hanefeld, LL.M., Jan Heiner Nedden, M.M. and Dr. Nils Schmidt-Ahrendts are recommended for Dispute Resolution - Arbitration.