Dr. Inka Hanefeld

Dr. Inka Hanefeld, LL.M.

Rechtsanwältin, Attorney at law (New York)

Founding Partner

About Inka Hanefeld

Dr. Inka Hanefeld primarily acts as arbitrator and counsel in international arbitration proceedings in the fields of international trade, industrial plant and machine building, energy, banking & finance, as well as in post-M&A and investor-State disputes.

Her expertise has been recognized in various international rankings.

From 2013 to 2019, Inka was nominated by the Federal Republic of Germany for the ICSID list of arbitrators. From 2015 to 2020, she was also a member of the LCIA London Court of International Arbitration, and from 2015 to 2021, Inka served as Vice-President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration.

Before establishing her own private practice in 2005, Inka worked in the dispute resolution department of a leading international law firm for seven years 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. Moreover, she is a member of the Paris Bar (Directive 98/5/EC).

Her working languages are English and German.

Contact

Recognitions

Instruments

Arbitration Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution Expert Advice

Areas of practice

Energy Construction & Engineering Banking & Finance Post-M&A & Corporate Law Investment Protection

Experience

  • More than 100 cases as arbitrator, including cases with amounts in dispute valued in the several billions and several cases involving States or State entities
  • Co-Arbitrator: 63 arbitrations (ICC, ICSID, SCC, DIS, PCA, VIAC, CEAC, ad hoc), 3 of which involved State-controlled entities or a sovereign State and 2 of which constituted investor-State Treaty Arbitrations
  • Presiding Arbitrator: 36 arbitrations (ICC, ICSID, LCIA, DIS, GMAA, CEAC, Hamburg CC, ad hoc), 6 of which involved State-controlled entities and 3 of which constituted investor-State Treaty Arbitrations
  • Sole Arbitrator: 7 arbitrations (ICC, DIS, VIAC, Hamburg CC), 1 of which involved a State-controlled entity

Party representation in numerous domestic and international arbitral proceedings (e.g., ICC, ICSID, DIS, ZHK, VIAC, AAA, ad hoc)

  • 3x Member of an ICSID Annulment Committee
  • 1x Member of a LCIA Challenge Division

Languages and nationality

  • English
  • German

  • German

Curriculum vitae

  • 2011

    Founder of HANEFELD

  • 2006 - 2011

    Friedrich Korch Hanefeld, 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

Speeches

  • International Arbitration in the new Era of Virtual Reality
    Harvard International Arbitration Law Students Association
    Cambridge, USA

  • Arbitration: Past, Present and the Future
    CIArb Diploma in International Arbitration
    Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Procedural and Practical Implications of Sanctions on Arbitration Proceedings
    ICC Germany 4th Arbitration Day
    Frankfurt, Germany
  • Inherent Powers in Arbitration
    Copenhagen Arbitration Day
    Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Fighting Institutional Bureaucracy
    Arbitration Forum of the Law and Economics Foundation
    St. Gallen, Switzerland

  • Inherent Powers of Arbitrators to Streamline the Proceedings
    Science Po Conference
    Paris, France
  • Introduction to Young Arbitral Practitioners
    YAWP
    Singapore, Singapore
  • Dispute Resolution Venue Germany – The Arbitration Perspective
    BMJV
    Berlin, Germany
  • The Work of the ICC Court in Practice
    Finnish Arbitration Days
    Helsinki, Finland
  • Regional Challenges to Arbitration in Germany
    LCIA
    Tylney Hall, United Kingdom
  • Regional Challenges to Arbitration in Germany
    1st European ICC Conference
    Paris, France
  • Challenges facing arbitrators in investment arbitration
    International Investment Arbitration
    Oxford, United Kingdom

  • Women in Arbitration
    Conference organized by Young ArbitralWomen Practitioners
    Zurich, Switzerland

  • Limits to Party Autonomy imposed by Mandatory European Law
    Conference hosted by NYU
    New York, USA

  • The Value of the IBA Guidelines on Taking of Evidence
    Convergence and Divergence of Investment and International Commercial Arbitration Conference
    Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Predictability and flexibility seen from a client's perspective
    DIS Fall Conference
    Berlin, Germany

  • Dispute Resolution with regard to the Construction and Development of Off-Shore Wind Farms (in German)
    Energy Arbitration Center Switzerland
    Berlin, Germany
  • Annulment of Arbitral Awards from the Arbitrator's and Parties' Perspective (in German)
    Hamburger Schiedsgespräche
    Hamburg, Germany
  • Project Finance Arbitration Panel
    Annual Spring Symposium at New York University
    New York, USA

  • Arbitration in Banking & Finance
    Lecture at New York University
    New York, USA

Publications

  • The Prague Rules – The New Contender and its Old Champion
    Festschrift für Roderich Thümmel zum 65. Geburtstag am 23.10.2020, pp. 283 et seq.

  • Country Report: Germany
    Weigand / Baumann (eds.), Practitioner’s Handbook on International Commercial Arbitration, 3rd ed.
  • § 20 Arbitral Awards (in German)
    Salger / Trittmann (eds.), Internationale Schiedsverfahren – Praxishandbuch

  • Inherent Powers to Streamline the Proceedings
    European International Arbitration Review 2017, pp. 49 et seq.

  • International Arbitration between standardization and flexibility - Predictability and flexibility seen from a client’s perspective
    SchiedsVZ 2015, pp. 20 et seq.

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution with regard to (Off-Shore) Wind Farms (in German)
    EnWZ 2014, pp. 537 et seq.

  • Arbitration in Banking and Finance
    NYU Journal of Law & Business 2013, pp. 917 et seq.

  • Enforcement of Arbitral Awards that are Incapable of being Executed under Domestic Law
    NYU Transnational Notes

  • Country Report: Germany
    Weigand (ed.), Practitioner’s Handbook on International Commercial Arbitration, 2nd ed.

Academic appointments

  • Fellow lecturer at the New York University School of Law
    September 2012/2016, May 2020
  • Lecturer at the University of Hamburg for domestic and international arbitration
    2011 until 2013

Memberships

  • Vice President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration
    Since June 2015
  • Member of the ICDR International Panel of Arbitrators
    Since March 2015
  • Member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
    From May 2015 to May 2020
  • Nominated by the Federal Republic of Germany for the ICSID list of arbitrators
    From 2013 to 2019
  • ICC "Task Force on Arbitration involving States or State Entities"
    Former Member
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