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Dr. Inken Knief


Dr. Inken Knief
English, French, German
Practice Group

Inken Knief focuses on International Arbitration. Inken has extensive experience in international litigation and arbitration, both ad hoc and institutional, seated in various jurisdictions such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France, and governed by various substantive and procedural laws.

She acts as counsel, assists arbitrators and acts as arbitrator in various arbitration proceedings. Inken has dealt extensively with issues regarding conflict and civil procedures, as well as different aspects of public international law and EC law. Her experience comprises disputes in the energy, telecommunications, post-M&A, international public law sector, life science and infrastructure sector.

Inken has completed her legal education in Freiburg im Breisgau, Aix-en-Provence and Bonn, where she was a research assistant to Prof. Dr. Ingeborg Puppe at the Institute for Criminal Law. She obtained her Ph.D. in constitutional law from the University of Bonn under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Dr. H.C. Josef Isensee, and holds a diploma in European and international public law from the University of Aix-Marseille III.

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells in 2011, Inken practiced as a managing associate with Orrick, Hölters & Elsing in Dusseldorf, and as an associate with the international arbitration group of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr in London.

Representative experience

Representation of major gas suppliers in price review disputes (ad hoc; ICC).

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

Representation of an international media company in an arbitration sited in Germany, involving the rescission from a mobile TV venture (DIS). *

Assisting the Arbitral Tribunal in several multi-billion Euro arbitrations, involving a gas price revision under long-term gas supply contracts (ICC). *

Administrative Secretary to the Arbitral Tribunal in several post M&A disputes, with an amount in dispute ranging from €10m to €500m (ICC; DIS). *

Representation of Southern Sudan in the Abyei Arbitration conducted under the auspices of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague (PCA). *

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

Representing an Austrian bank in an arbitration based in Frankfurt concerning a infrastructure project in Moscow (ICC).

Acting as Arbitrator in an agency law dispute (DIS).*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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
  • DIS 40
  • YAAP
  • ASA below 40
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