Jan Heiner Nedden is an “extremely experienced” arbitration specialist who, according to one impressed source, is “fabulous and first choice as chair”.
Jan Heiner Nedden is managing partner of Hanefeld, a boutique dispute resolution firm based in Hamburg, Germany.
Prior to joining Hanefeld in 2011, Heiner served as counsel at the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris for seven years, during which time he was in charge of the case management of over 1,000 arbitrations and the scrutiny of some 500 arbitral awards.
Heiner frequently acts as chairman, sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator in international and domestic arbitrations, including disputes involving state entities and sovereign states. He also acts as a DAB member and mediator. In addition to the numerous cases in which Heiner has represented the interests of clients, his arbitrator track record contains more than 60 international and domestic cases involving post-M&A, energy, construction and infrastructure, distribution and agency, and machine building disputes. Heiner’s experience in this regard includes acting as arbitrator in both institutional (inter alia ICC, SCC, DIS, the Danish Institute of Arbitration (DIA), VIAC, WIPO) and ad hoc arbitrations in a variety of jurisdictions (inter alia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Denmark, Sweden, Romania) and under various substantive laws (inter alia, Armenia, Austria, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Luxemburg, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Qatar, the UAE and the US).
Heiner represents clients before arbitral tribunals and in enforcement proceedings. In addition, Heiner regularly serves as party-appointed expert in proceedings before foreign courts, including in large scale finance disputes. The exceptional quality of Heiner’s work has been acknowledged in several domestic and international rankings, and he is figures in JUVE’s list of Germany’s most renowned arbitrators, a ranking that contains less than 30 individuals, as well as in JUVE’s list of Germany’s most renowned counsel in arbitration, a ranking that contains less than 25 individuals.
Heiner is a trained mediator and has lectured on domestic and international arbitration law at the University of Hamburg, the Summer Academy on International Dispute Resolution at the University of Heidelberg and the Swiss Arbitration Academy in Zurich/Geneva. He is co-editor and co-author of the German-language standard practitioner’s commentary on the 2012 ICC Rules/1998 DIS Rules (Verlag Dr Otto Schmidt, Cologne, 2014). Heiner is an appointed member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR and the Dispute Resolution Committee of the DIA. He is fluent in English, German and French.
Heiner’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”.