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Dr. Inken Knief


Dr. Inken Knief
English, French, German
Practice Group

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 for three years.

"Short turnaround times and strategic approach"

Legal 500 EMEA, 2017

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.

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


Future leader in arbitration

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