Dr. Inken Knief

Dr. Inken Knief


Email inken.knief@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +49 89 290 12 0

Fax +49 89 290 12 222

LanguagesEnglish, French, German

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

"Short turnaround times and strategic approach"

Legal 500 EMEA, 2017

Inken Knief focuses on international arbitration and complex disputes. She has extensive experience in international litigation and arbitration, both ad hoc and before most major arbitral institutions (including ICC, DIS, SCAI, SCC, VIAC, PCA), governed by a variety of substantive and procedural laws, and seated anywhere in the world. She acts as counsel, and frequently serves as arbitrator. Her practice comprises disputes in the energy, telecommunications, and construction/projects sector, with a particular focus on life sciences and post M&A disputes.

Inken obtained her Ph.D. in constitutional law from the University of Bonn under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Josef Isensee. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Inken practiced as a managing associate with other international law firms in Düsseldorf and London.

Awards and recognitions


Industry Focus: Healthcare and Life Sciences
Legal 500 EMEA (Germany)


Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (including international arbitration)
Legal 500 EMEA (Germany)


Included for Litigation and Arbitration and Mediation law, Edition Best Lawyers™ in Germany, 2019
Edition Best Lawyers™ in Germany, 2019

Education and admissions


Dr. iur., University of Bonn, 2009

Second State Exam in Law, Higher Regional Court of Cologne, 2005

First State Exam in Law, University of Bonn, 2000

Diploma in International Law and EC Law, Université Aix-Marseille III, 1997

Interim Law Examination, Faculty of Law, University of Freiburg, 1996



DIS 40


ASA below 40


Representative experience

Representing a major gas supplier in a series of price review disputes (ad hoc; ICC).

Representing a supplier of natural resources in a number of arbitrations arising from long-term supply agreements (ICC, DIS).

Representing a biotech company in a dispute against its Lebanese distributor seated in Munich (ICC).

Representing a biotech company in an arbitration against a U.S. licensee under German law based in Munich (ICC).

Representing an Austrian bank in arbitration proceedings seated in Frankfurt concerning an infrastructure project in Moscow (ICC).

Representing a leading European telecommunications company in a series of arbitrations, sited in Vienna, involving the break-up of a joint venture (ICC; VIAC). *

Representing the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement in the Abyei arbitration conducted under the auspices of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague (PCA). *

Serving as administrative secretary in several multi-billion Euro arbitrations, involving a gas price revision under long-term gas supply contracts (ICC), and several post M&A disputes (ICC, DIS).*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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