AXEL NEELMEIER

German Attorney-at-Law

Axel Neelmeier studied law and psychology at the University of Hamburg. In 1981 he became partner of SNB.

Axel Neelmeier as an attorney-at-law focused on advice to and representation of enterprises in all matters related to trade and corporate law. This included advice on domestic and international M&A transactions. This service concentrated on China because of advising on many investments from and into the People´s Republic of China and because of establishing, supervising and supporting of SNB´s own office in Shanghai.

Since many years Axel Neelmeier has been concerned with arbitration proceedings – especially with reference to China. He was a founding member of and from 2007 until 2012 the managing director of CEAC – Chinese European Arbitration Centre, Hamburg.

Nowadays Axel Neelmeier is exclusively working on arbitration matters. He has extensive practical experience as arbitrator, presiding arbitrator and counsel at various arbitral institutions, i.a.:

  • CIETAC – China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, Beijing
  • SHIAC – Shanghai International Arbitration Center, Shanghai
  • CEAC – Chinese European Arbitration Centre, Hamburg
  • DIS – Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit, Cologne
  • Arbitration Court of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce
  • Hamburg Friendly Arbitrage

He often has been publishing on China related arbitration issues and he is a regular speaker at related conferences. Axel Neelmeier is known as one of the few German experts on CIETAC and SHIAC arbitrations.

You can find a brief introduction to the drafting of arbitration clauses here.

Axel Neelmeier is member of the Hamburg Arbitration Circle, Member of the Advisory Board of the Beijing - Hamburg Conciliation Centre, Hamburg and is an honorary judge at the Hamburg Lawyers´ Professional Court. He is president of the Chinese-German Association e.V., Hamburg.


SECRETARIAT: Frau Rogge
Telephone +49 (0)40 - 36 97 96-41 / Telefax +49 (0)40 - 36 20 88 / Email
a.neelmeier@snb-law.de
ADDRESS: Baumwall 7 / 20459 Hamburg


ADVISORY FIELDS: Corporate, China Desk, Company Law/M&A, Commercial and Civil Law, Arbitration


FOCAL ACTIVITIES: International arbitration procedures, in particular in a German-Chinese context, arbitration law

2016
„Länderbericht Volksrepublik China“ in „Münchener Kommentar zur Insolvenzordnung“, Verlag C.H. Beck, 3. Auflage 2016

2015
Urteilsanmerkung zur Verlautbarung des Chinese Supreme People´s Court vom 15.07.2015 in SchiedsVZ 2015, 250 ff.

2014
„Schiedsgerichte in Asien - insbesondere China“ in „Hamburger Handbuch des Exportrechts“, C.H.Beck Verlag 2. Auflage, 2014

2013
„CIETAC versus CIETAC“ in Deutsch-Chinesische Wirtschaftsvereinigung e.V. Jahrbuch 2012-2013, S. 105 ff.

2012
„Rechte durchsetzen – CIETAC-Schiedsverfahren gewinnen an Bedeutung“, in China Contact 5/2012 Seite 27
„CIETAC Arbitration Rules 2012 – Another Move Forward“, SchiedsVZ 2012, 134 ff.

2009
"CIETAC Arbitration Compared to Other 2009: „Asian Institutions" in “Chinese Arbitration – A Selection of Pitfalls“, published by Maklu Antwerpen

2007
„Verbürgung der Gegenseitigkeit zwischen Deutschland und China?“ in SchiedsVZ 2007, 100 ff.

2006
„Streitbeilegung in der Volksrepublik China“ in Ranft/Schewe, Chinesisches Wirtschaftsrecht, NOMOS Verlag 2006

2005
„Ausländer als Geschäftsführer einer GmbH“ in GmbHR 2005, 1409 ff.,

German (mother tongue), English

  • Deutsch-Chinesische Juristenvereinigung e.V.
  • CELA – Chinese European Legal Association e.V.
  • DIS - Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit
  • Hamburg Arbitration Circle e.V.
  • Chinesisch-Deutsche Gesellschaft Hamburg e. V. (President)
  • Förderkreis Deutsch-Chinesischer Schüleraustausch e.V. (Chairman fof the Board)
  • CSH – Chinesische Schule Hamburg (Chairman of the Advisory Board)
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