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WWL Ranking: Future Leader

WWL says

Friedrich Rosenfeld is a "dedicated and sharp lawyer" with "strong analytical skills" and the "ability to understand complex foreign legal systems".


Dr Friedrich Rosenfeld is partner with Hanefeld, a boutique dispute resolution firm based in Hamburg, Germany. He is recognised in rankings as a “brilliant mind”, “decisive” and “excellent”.

Friedrich represents companies in domestic and international arbitration proceedings. His track record includes cases in the fields post-M&A, construction, commercial, energy and investment. The applicable substantive laws included German, Israeli, Turkish, Qatari, Japanese and international law. Friedrich also represents clients in enforcement proceedings.

Apart from his work as counsel, Friedrich frequently sits as arbitrator. He has acted as president, co-arbitrator and sole arbitrator in arbitrations seated in Germany, the US, Israel, Austria, Denmark and Switzerland. The cases included both ad hoc and institutional arbitrations under different rules (eg, DIA, DIS, ICC, ICDR, UNCITRAL, VIAC). He is a listed arbitrator with various arbitral institutions (eg, KCAB, SIAC (Reserve Panel), DIAC, THAC, VIAC, AIAC, EODID) and a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR.

Friedrich is also global adjunct professor at NYU Paris; visiting professor at the International Hellenic University in Thessaloniki; and lecturer at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, where is also a member of the Bucerius Centre for International Dispute Resolution. In 2020, he will serve as global visiting professor for arbitration at NYU in New York. His publications include the books Inherent Powers of Arbitrators (Juris 2018, co-edited with F Ferrari) and Due Process as a Limit to Arbitral Discretion (Kluwer 2020, co-edited with F Ferrari and D Czernich). In addition, Friedrich has published a number of articles on arbitration and international law with leading publishers (Kluwer, Oxford, Cambridge, Juris).

Prior to joining Hanefeld in 2011, Friedrich worked for the United Nations Assistance in Phnom Penh and clerked with the UN Tribunals in The Hague and Arusha. Friedrich studied at Bucerius Law School and Columbia Law School. He was a scholar of the German National Academic Foundation and earned a PhD in international law (summa cum laude).

Friedrich’s professional background goes hand in hand with the international focus and practice of Hanefeld. The unique background and experience of the firm’s lawyers ensures that clients benefit from a particularly profound knowledge and familiarity with the perspective of parties’ counsel, arbitrators and mediators, as well as that of arbitral institutions. Hanefeld’s expertise encompasses commercial and investment arbitration. In 2017, Hanefeld received the prestigious JUVE Award for Law Firm of the Year, for dispute resolution in Germany, and has been distinguished as having “become a benchmark … with the scope and number of international arbitrations handled by the Hanefeld team as arbitrators or counsel comparable to that of big law firms, rather than boutique firms".

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