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Germany - Arbitration 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Rudolf Hennecke is “a very impressive and smart lawyer” who stands out for his “dedicated” approach to domestic and international arbitration proceedings.


Rudolf Hennecke is a founding partner of Borris Hennecke Kneisel. He studied law at the Universities of Muenster, Liverpool (UK) 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, together with Christian Borris and Sebastian Kneisel.

Rudolf’s practice focuses on international and domestic arbitration, litigation and 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 proceedings), with a particular focus on post-M&A disputes, international trade transactions, and disputes in the energy, automotive and aviation industries.

Rudolf is a member of the German Bar, the German Arbitration Institute, the International Bar Association and the German Lawyers’ Association.

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

Rudolf speaks German and English.

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