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GAR 100 - 12th Edition


05 April 2019

People in Who's Who Legal 3
People in Future Leaders 1
Pending cases as counsel 10
Value of pending counsel work US$600 million
Treaty cases 1
Current arbitrator appointments 31 (13 as chair or sole)
Lawyers sitting as arbitrator 6

Hanefeld was founded in Hamburg in 2011 by Inka Hanefeld and Jan Heiner Nedden. Hanefeld previously practised in the Vienna, New York and Hamburg offices of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and is a vice president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. Nedden served as counsel at the ICC Court for seven years. The firm has two other partners who were promoted internally: Nils Schmidt-Ahrendts and Friedrich Rosenfeld.

While all four partners sit as arbitrators, Hanefeld is particularly active in this regard. She has received around 80 appointments at the ICC, the German Institute of Arbitration (DIS) and other bodies, including some investment treaty cases.

In its counsel work, Hanefeld serves clients in a variety of industries, particularly the trade, chemical, construction and engineering, energy and financial services sectors.

Track record

It recently acted in a €100 million project finance dispute and a €18 million case relating to infrastructure and transport sector, both heard at the DIS. The latter led to proceedings before the German Federal Court of Justice.

Recent events

Inka Hanefeld and Jan Heiner Nedden are co-counsel in two DIS arbitrations relating to the offshore energy sector, estimated to be worth €200 million.

Schmidt-Ahrendts and Rosenfeld are advising in dispute adjudication board and ICC proceedings involving a foreign state-owned entity, with some €60 million in dispute.

Schmidt-Ahrendts and Rosenfeld are also co-counsel in an ICC arbitration in the automobile industry, with US$150 million in dispute. In her arbitrator work,  Hanefeld is chairing an ICC panel in a €250 million dispute in the pharmaceutical sector. She is also chairing an ICC panel in the arbitration sector, in a dispute worth €80 million.

She also received her first ICSID appointment as arbitrator, being tapped by Hungary to hear a US$52 million claim by a Portuguese biscuit maker. She is currently serving as Vice-President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration.

Jörn Hombeck was recently appointed as Counsel.



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