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Germany - Arbitration 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Sebastian Kneisel is a “very dedicated and smart” arbitration practitioner who stands out among peers for his “precise and foresighted” approach to disputes.


Dr Sebastian Kneisel is a founding partner of Borris Hennecke Kneisel. Sebastian studied law at the University of Frankfurt am Main as a scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation. He wrote his doctoral thesis on “Arbitration in International Administrative Unions” at the Max Planck-Institute for European Legal History.

Sebastian started his professional career in 2009 at the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. He initially worked at the firm’s Cologne office, transferring to its Frankfurt office in 2012. In 2014, he co-founded the independent dispute resolution boutique Borris Hennecke Kneisel, based in Cologne, together with Christian Borris and Rudolf Hennecke.

Sebastian’s practice focuses on international and domestic arbitration and litigation. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in more than 30 arbitrations (ICC, DIS, NAI, UNCITRAL and other ad hoc proceedings).

A particular focus of Sebastian’s practice is on corporate disputes, D&O liability claims and post-M&A, as well as disputes arising from cross-border sales transactions.

Sebastian lectures in international dispute resolution at the Europa-Institut at Saarland University, Germany. He is a member of, inter alia, the International Association of Young Lawyers, the German Arbitration Institute, the LCIA Young International Arbitration Group, the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum and ASA Below 40.

Sebastian speaks German and English.

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