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"Friedrich is very thorough, quick and smart"
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Dr. Friedrich Rosenfeld is a Partner at HANEFELD, a leading boutique dispute resolution firm with offices in Hamburg, Germany, and Paris, France.

Friedrich represents companies in domestic and international arbitration proceedings. His track record includes post-M&A, construction, commercial, energy and investment disputes. The substantive laws applicable in Friedrich’s cases have 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, Greece, the United States, Israel, Austria, Denmark, and Switzerland. These cases have proceeded both as ad hoc and institutional arbitrations under different rules (e.g. DIA, DIS, ICC, ICDR, UNCITRAL, VIAC). He is a listed arbitrator with various arbitral institutions (e.g. KCAB, SIAC (Reserve Panel), DIAC, THAC, VIAC, AIAC, EODID) and is 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 as well as Lecturer at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, where he is also a member of the Bucerius Centre for International Dispute Resolution. In 2020, he was Global Hauser Professor from Practice at NYU in New York, where he taught international commercial arbitration. His publications include the book “Inherent Powers of Arbitrators” (Juris 2018, co-edited with F. Ferrari), “Due Process as a Limit to Arbitral Discretion” (Kluwer 2020, co-edited with F. Ferrari and D. Czernich), “Autonomous versus Domestic Standards under the New York Convention” (forthcoming with Kluwer, co-edited with F. Ferrari) and “A Comparative Introduction to International Commercial Arbitration” (forthcoming with Elgar, co-authored with F. Ferrari). 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 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 [being] rather comparable to that of big law firms than boutique firms.” The opening of the firm’s Paris office in 2020 reflects the firm’s noteworthy involvement in high profile international commercial and treaty-based cases.  

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