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Germany - Arbitration

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Rudolf Hennecke demonstrates significant expertise in arbitration and draws praise from peers who state that he is "extremely dedicated" and "someone who is very smart, very diligent and makes parties very comfortable".


Rudolf Hennecke is a founding partner of Borris Hennecke Kneisel. He studied law at the Universities of Muenster, Liverpool and Cologne. In 2006, Rudolf joined the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was a member of the firm’s dispute resolution practice group. He left Freshfields in 2014 to co-found the dispute resolution boutique Borris Hennecke Kneisel with Christian Borris and Sebastian Kneisel. 

Rudolf’s practice focuses on international and domestic arbitration, litigation, as well as expert determination proceedings. He has, inter alia, acted as counsel and arbitrator in more than 50 arbitrations (ICC, DIS, SIAC, FAI, ICSID, UNCITRAL and other ad hoc), with a particular focus on post-M&A disputes, international trade transactions, as well as disputes in the energy sector and in the automotive and aviation industries. 

Rudolf is a member of the German bar, the German Arbitration Institute (DIS), the International Bar Association (IBA) and the German Lawyers’ Association (DAV). 

He is a co-author of the Commentary on the New York Convention (Wolff, ed), and a contributor to the Handbook on International Investment Law (Bungenberg/Griebel/Hobe/Reinisch, eds). He publishes and speaks regularly on issues of international arbitration. 

Rudolf speaks German and English. 

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