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

"sharp, very hard-working and absolutely determined"

Who's Who Legal: Arbitration, 2020

Inken Knief represents clients in international and domestic arbitration proceedings. She has extensive experience in handling complex disputes and arbitrations, 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 also frequently serves as arbitrator.

Inken's practice has a particular focus on life sciences, the aerospace and defense sector, as well as post M&A disputes. Inken is currently involved in a number of large-scale supply chain arbitrations across different industries. One of Inken's particular strengths lies in her eagerness to understand the details of any technical issues involved in her cases, in order to be able to discuss those at eye level with her clients, experts and arbitral tribunals.

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 with other international law firms in London and Düsseldorf.

Awards and recognitions


Listed as Leading Individual among the world's Future Leaders – Partners for Arbitration
Who's Who Legal: Arbitration


Named next generation lawyer for Arbitration
Legal 500 Germany


Frequently recommended lawyer for Dispute Resolution (Arbitration/Mediation)
JUVE Handbook


Included for Litigation and International Arbitration
2020 Edition of Best Lawyers™ in Germany


Recommended lawyer for Arbitration
Legal 500 Germany

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 leading pharmaceutical company in an arbitration against a Chinese supplier.

Representing a leading defense company in a post M&A arbitration concerning the earn-out (DIS).

Representing a leading defense company in a supply chain arbitration regarding the delivery of reconnaissance hardware and software (DIS).

Representing a leading aerospace company in a supply chain dispute against a US supplier (ICC).

Representing a European leading retailer in a post M&A arbitration concerning the acquisition of an online retailer (DIS).

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

Representing a leading pharmaceutical company in a price adjustment dispute (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 an Austrian bank in arbitration proceedings seated in Frankfurt concerning an infrastructure project in Moscow (ICC).

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