Dr. Nils Schmidt-Ahrendts primarily acts as arbitrator and counsel in domestic and international arbitration proceedings. He has been involved in proceedings under the rules of the ICC, the DIS, the SCC and the LCIA. Nils also represents domestic and international clients in proceedings before German courts and assists them with the enforcement of foreign awards and judgments. His focus lies in the areas international trade, sales law, construction law, corporate law and post M&A.

Nils holds a Doctor of Laws in international sales law (CISG). Before joining Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte, he worked several years with CMS Munich in the team of Dr. Klaus Sachs. Nils is a permanent lecturer on arbitration and CISG at the Universities of Berlin, Freiburg and the European Business School. He regularly speaks at international conferences and is the author of a number of publications. Nils speaks German, English, French and Spanish.

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Contact details

+49 (0)40 1804 8293 0

Areas of Practice

  • Year Qualified



    2007 – 2009 Legal traineeship (Referendariat) at the Higher Regional Court of Hamburg
    2007 Doctor of Laws (Dr. iur.), University of Freiburg, Germany
    1999 – 2005 Studies of law, University of Freiburg, Germany, and University of Grenoble, France


    Regional Coordinator Europe LCIA Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG)
    Regional Coordinator Europe & Russia ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF)
    Regional Coordinator Berlin German Institute of Arbitration (DIS40)
    Groupe ASA des Jeunes Praticiens de l’Arbitrage (ASA Below 40)
    Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners (YAAP)


    First State Examination
    Second State Examination
    Admission to the Bar in Germany
    Dr. iur.