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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Dr. Friedrich Rosenfeld´s upcoming speaking engagement in Vienna

Join our Partner Dr. Friedrich Rosenfeld in a unique Baker McKenzie - New York University - Vienna International Arbitral Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (VIAC) event inspired by the Handbook of Evidence in International Commercial Arbitration ( The event will also feature Franco Ferrari of New York University, Helmut Ortner of Peters Ortner Partners, Klaus Peter Berger of the University of Cologne, Venus Valentina Wong of Wolf Theiss, Hattie Middleditch of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Natascha Tunkel of KNOETZL, Niamh Leinwather of Vienna International Arbitral Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (VIAC), and Désirée Prantl of Baker McKenzie.

The event will be followed by a cocktail reception.

When? Friday, June 10, 2022 from 15:30 to 17:00 pm

Where? Roof top Juridicum, Vienna

To secure your place, please see the registration details in the flyer.


ASA below 40 Spring Event

On 10 June 2022, HANEFELD’s Hamburg based Senior Associate Dr. Johanna Büstgens will moderate a panel with Iuliana Iancu and Olivia Roberts, ACA on the topic “What Should the Arbitrator Expect from the Expert” on the occasion of the ASA below 40 Spring Event “Help, My Client Needs an Expert”. The event is organized by the ASA below 40 co-chairs Catrice Gayer, Daniel Durante and Flavio Peter and will take place in person in Geneva.

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German court denies the extension of arbitration clauses to third parties

In a decision rendered on 31 March 2022, the Higher Regional Court of Koblenz denied the recognition and enforcement of the award rendered by the ad-hoc tribunal in the notorious Hartmann v. Eckes-Granini saga, which is also subject to proceedings in various other European jurisdictions. The Court held that there is no room for the group of companies doctrine under German law. Nils Schmidt-Ahrendts and Viktoria Schneider comment on why the decision may face a critical review by the German Federal Court of Justice.

Inka Hanefeld appointed to the ICC Governing Body for Dispute Resolution

We are pleased to announce that Inka Hanefeld has been appointed to the ICC Governing Body for Dispute Resolution Services for the 2022 - 2024 term beginning in September 2022.  

The Governing Body’s mandate is to propose to the ICC Executive Board measures to ensure that the ICC Dispute Resolution Services achieve their principal objectives, including:

✔ Maintaining high-quality #service to users of ICC dispute resolution services;

✔ Identifying areas for #growth; and

✔ Preserving the ICC’s reputation as the pre-eminent global institution for resolving #disputes.

Inka will join as a new Member of the Governing Body with Heather Grenier, Senior Director of Commercial Litigation and Head of Operations for Legal and Global Security at Apple. Inka and Heather will replace outgoing members Laureanne Delmas and Vera Van Houtte, each of whom has completed two consecutive terms on the Governing Body. They will serve alongside Michael Mcilwrath, Chair of the Governing Body, Founder and CEO of MDisputes, Prof. Dr. Mohamed Abdel Wahab, Vice-Chair of the Governing Body, Partner at Zulficar & Partners Law Firm, Liz (Kyo-Hwa) Chung, Legal Director of Netflix Korea, Justin D'Agostino MH, CEO of Herbert Smith Freehills, Maria Fernanda Garza Merodio, CEO of Orestia, Pierrick Le Goff, Partner at De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés, Pierre Le Moine, Deputy Group CEO of Groupe SMA, Sundaresh Menon, Chief Justice of Singapore, Richard Susskind OBE, Technology Advisor to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, and Maria Varsellona, Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary of Unilever. The Governing Body also includes four ex officio members: Ajay BANGA, ICC Chair, John W.H. Denton AO, ICC Secretary General, Claudia Salomon, President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, and Alexander Fessas, Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration.  

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