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18 February 2016

The German boutique has been handling ICC and DIS disputes

People in Who’s Who Legal: 2
Pending cases as counsel: 5
Value of pending counsel work: US$540 million
Treaty cases: 0
Current arbitrator appointments: 25 (of which 14 are as sole or chair)
Lawyers sitting as arbitrator: 3


Hanefeld was founded in in 2011 by Inka Hanefeld and Jan Heiner Nedden in Hamburg. Inka Hanefeld previously practised in the Vienna, New York and Hamburg offices of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, while Nedden served as counsel at the ICC International Court of Arbitration for seven years.

In 2014, the boutique added its third partner by promoting Nils Schmidt-Ahrendts. The boutique also includes of counsel Jo Beatrix Aschenbrenner, who is an expert in ADR and mediation, and three associates – the latest addition being Annabelle Möckesch from the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

The firm serves clients in a variety of industries, particularly the trade, chemical, construction and engineering, energy and financial services sectors.

Among its most recent work, the boutique is acting in two ICC arbitrations: a €360 million post-M&A dispute and a €50 million infrastructure dispute.

All three partners serve as arbitrators in ICC and German Arbitration Institution (DIS) disputes. A busy arbitrator, Inka Hanefeld has nearly 80 appointments under her belt. Recently, she was appointed as co-arbitrator in two ICC arbitrations (both valued at €120 million). She is also the president of a DIS panel hearing three parallel arbitrations valued at €50 million.

Hanefeld was appointed a vice president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration in 2015. Two years earlier, she was nominated by Germany to the ICSID panel of arbitrators

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