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Dr Nils Schmidt-Ahrendts

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Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte

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Dr. Nils Schmidt-Ahrendts is a managing partner with Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte. Nils primarily acts as arbitrator and counsel in domestic and international arbitration proceedings. He has been involved in proceedings under the rules of the ICC, the DIS, the SCC, VIAC, the DIA, the Swiss Rules and the LCIA as well as in ad hoc proceedings. Nils also represents domestic and international clients in proceedings before German courts and assists them with the enforcement of foreign awards and judgments. He also has a strong focus on follow-on damage claims. His substantive expertise lies in the areas international trade, sales law, construction law, energy law corporate law and post M&A. Nils holds a Doctor of Laws in international sales law (CISG). Nils is a permanent lecturer on arbitration and CISG at the Universities of Berlin, Freiburg and the European Business School.


Since 2013 Partner with Hanefeld Rechtsawnälte Since 2011 Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte, Hamburg 2009 – 2011 CMS Hasche Sigle, Munich (Member of the International Litigation and Arbitration Department headed by Dr. Klaus Sachs) 2005 – 2007 Research and teaching assistant to Prof. Dr. Günter Hager, Institute for Foreign and International Private Law, University of Freiburg, Germany


German, English and French


DIS (former Regional Coordinator Berlin German Institute of Arbitration (DIS40), ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, former Regional Coordinator Europe & Russia ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF) Ex Regional Coordinator Europe LCIA Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG) Groupe ASA des Jeunes Praticiens de l’Arbitrage (ASA Below 40) Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners (YAAP)


2007 – 2009 Legal traineeship (Referendariat) in Hamburg including work experience with the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris, Hengeler Mueller in Berlin and the German Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia 2007 Doctor of Laws (Dr. iur.), University of Freiburg, Germany 1999 – 2005 Studies of law, University of Freiburg and University of Grenoble

Germany: Dispute resolution

Arbitration (including international arbitration)

Within: Arbitration (including international arbitration)

Highly professional and service-oriented’ boutique Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte has international arbitration at its core and focuses on commercial and contractual disputes. Founding partner Inka Hanefeld, who is regarded as ‘one of the best arbitrators in Germany’, also acts as party counsel, most notably in contentious plant engineering, energy and post-M&A matters. The recommended Jan Heiner Nedden recently acted as arbitrator in several proceedings that involved state participation, while the ‘very experiencedNils Schmidt-Ahrendts handles the largest proportion of party counsel instructions. The ‘smartFriedrich Rosenfeld was elevated to the partnership.

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