Germany: Shipping 2019

Here we recognise 29 leading shipping lawyers who stand out for their excellent work handling sector-related contractual and financial matters, as well as disputes and casualty cases. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Jan Wölper CMS Hasche Sigle, Hamburg
2. Christoph Hasche Fleet Hamburg, Hamburg
3. Jan Dreyer Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein, Hamburg

Maritime specialist Fleet Hamburg receives four listings in this chapter.
Christoph Hasche is internationally recognised as a leading shipping lawyer in the German market. His expertise spans a range of matters from trade issues to disputes.
Klaus Kostka is “a very strong name” in the shipping space according to sources who commend his vast experience advising shipowners, insurance brokers and ship managers on an array of complex issues.

Ahlers & Vogel also performs well this year with, four lawyers recommended.
Hartmuth Sager is a widely recognised name in the German shipping market who is known for his work on complex disputes and is praised by sources as “a great mediator”.
Philipp Landers is a well-respected corporate lawyer who comes highly recommended for his strong expertise advising national and international clients on insurance and logistical matters in the shipping sector.

Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein sees three lawyers nominated here.
Jan Dreyer is “one of the most important figures” in the German shipping arena. He continues to impress respondents who consider him “great for arbitration”.
Esther Mallach is a maritime law specialist who is widely respected for her extensive experience handling logistics, employment law matters and issues relating to the cruise industry.
Dieter Schwampe is a well-established name in the field. Peers and clients alike praise his excellent work handling maritime insurance, collisions, contracts and disputes.

At CMS Hasche Sigle, Jan Wölper is a firm favourite among clients who “would definitely recommend him” for his expert handling of marine accidents, insurance matters and disputes.
Jost Kienzle is a highly visible figure in the German market who wins praise from peers for his impressive work advising shipping companies, banks and funds on complex sector-related disputes. 

Lebuhn & Puchta’s Dieter Armbrust is a well-known figure in the market who comes highly recommended for his strong expertise at the intersection of shipping and insurance law.

Maren Brandes at Watson Farley & Williams heads the firm’s shipping finance group and stands out for her impressive knowledge of a range of related matters from syndicated loans to restructurings and lease structures.

At Ince & Co, Jan Hungar leads the firm’s shipping group in the Hamburg office, and is well known among peers for his work advising on yachts, containers, oil rigs and transactions.

Schackow’s Kai Busch “has an excellent reputation” among sources who consider him a go-to name when it comes to maritime contracts, insurance matters and related disputes.

Ralf Springer at Norton Rose Fulbright is a standout name in the German shipping space where he is recognised for his strong expertise in financing and transactional matters.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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