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Germany: Transport 2017

We list 49 lawyers for their experience in aviation, shipping and rail law including financing, logistics, transactions, insurance and crisis management.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Nikolai Ehlers Ehlers Ehlers & Partner, Berlin
Peter Urwantschky Urwantschky Dangel Borst, Neu-Ulm
Ralf Springer Norton Rose Fulbright, Munich
Dieter Schwampe Dabelstein & Passehl Rechtsanwälte, Hamburg
Esther Mallach Dabelstein & Passehl Rechtsanwälte, Hamburg
Dirk Schmalenbach Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Frankfurt
Jan Dreyer Dabelstein & Passehl Rechtsanwälte, Hamburg
Thomas Wanckel Segelken & Suchopar, Hamburg
Jan Wölper CMS Hasche Sigle, Hamburg
Christian Giesecke Lenz und Johlen Rechtsanwälte, Cologne

 Lebuhn & Puchta, traditionally known for its strong shipping practice, is the best-represented firm in our transport section, with six listed lawyers. Senior partner Heinrich-Werner Goltz advises on the field of shipping finance and also has considerable experience in transactional shipping work. The “sharp-minded” Dieter Armbrust is recognised for his experience in shipping insurance and acts for insurers and shipowners on financing projects. Ulrich Stahl is a well-regarded practitioner in the market. He has a strong commercial background and deals with international sale, insurance and reinsurance in relation to shipping. Johannes Trost is an expert in shipping law including marine casualties and salvage, advising high-end clients in Germany and internationally.

Dabelstein & Passehl sees three of its lawyers included as some of our most highly nominated practitioners. Dieter Schwampe is regarded as “an excellent lawyer and leader of the German maritime bar”. He specialises in transport insurance law and logistics relating to shipping. Esther Mallach possesses expertise across maritime law, including charter party disputes and employment law matters. She handles a range of litigation and arbitrations in the area. Jan Dreyer has expertise in shipbuilding and contracts matters including supply, finance and insurance. He is noted as “an excellent negotiator”.

Aviation law specialist Urwantschky Dangel Borst sees three individuals listed. Peter Urwantschky is highly recommended for his experience in global aviation matters including conflicts of law arising out of aviation disasters. He is recommended as “one of the true leaders in aviation law”. Rainer Amann has over 15 years of experience in aviation and transportation law and acts for airlines, aircraft manufacturers, insurers and reinsurers. He is “highly skilled and knows the market”. Claudia Hess is a well-regarded name in the aviation field. She regularly assists airlines and insurers with a range of issues, including commercial, compliance and regulatory matters.

Ince & Co sees three of its partners listed. Head of the Hamburg shipping team Jan Hungar advises on legal matters surrounding shipping and commercial vessels, equipment, oil rigs and offshore vessels. He focuses particularly on transactions. Detlef Zschoche has over 15 years of experience in admiralty law, liability and shipping insurance. He is described as “a shipping expert”. Tim Schommer advises on an array of commercial, litigation and arbitration matters relating to shipping.

Schackow sees Thomas Brinkmann listed as “a specialist with valuable experience” in commercial shipping law across multiple sectors. Also at the firm is, Julius Drumm, a project finance specialist who supports both private and commercial owners and insurers and banks. Kai Busch has expertise in transport law, particularly P&I and insurance and also has experience in insurance law.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Dirk Schmalenbach is one of the most highly regarded lawyers in our research and is described by peers as “one of the most visible lawyers for the asset financing of rail and aircraft”. He focuses on complex cross-border financings and has considerable experience in aviation financing. Konrad Schott has strong experience in financing for the rail and aviation sectors in conjunction with banks and financial institutions. He has experience with numerous investment vehicles and is well respected within the market.

At CMS Hasche Sigle, Jan Wölper is recommended as “one of the top names” in shipping law by his peers and has advised clients on the buying and selling of shipping assets as well as logistics and charter party contracts. Jost Kienzle advises on all aspects of shipping law, acting for shipping companies as well as investment funds and banks.

Hartmuth Sager at Ahlers & Vogel is recognised for his expertise in shipbuilding, marine insurance law including P&I and charter contracts. He is highly experienced in arbitration proceedings. Philipp Landers focuses on national and international shipping law including sales and distribution and insurance matters.

Nikolai Ehlers at Ehlers Ehlers & Partner is once again listed as “one of Germany’s top aviation lawyers” and “a definite inclusion on your list”. He has vast experience in aviation claims, particularly regulatory and aviation disasters, and is often instructed on matters of the utmost seriousness. 

At Norton Rose Fulbright, Ralf Springer is “very visible and a key player” in the aviation and rail finance market. He also handles a range of restructuring and insolvency matters in the area.

Thomas Wanckel at Segelken & Suchopar is recommended for his expertise in marine insurance and shipping law, including inland waterway matters. He is regarded as a “go-to lawyer” in the area.

Christian Giesecke at Lenz und Johlen Rechtsanwälte is highly recommended in our research as an for his wide experience across aviation and rail law.

Ulrich Steppler of Arnecke Sibeth is recommended for his vast experience in commercial aviation matters where he "always provides advice tailored to the client".

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