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Navigating the maritime and logistics sector

CMS is one of the leading law firms in Europe for the maritime and logistics sector. We have the specific legal expertise and technical understanding to support our clients both in their home countries and abroad. They benefit from our deep understanding of their global operations and the economic context of their business.

Our clients include shipping companies, shipyards, terminal operators, brokers, NVOCCs, transport and logistics operators, freight forwarders, trading companies, banks, P&I clubs, other insurers and all other players in the shipping and logistics market.We receive instructions from our clients covering virtually all areas of their business. We advise them on their day-to-day operations, in relation to drafting, revising and negotiating contracts, in the event of collisions and accidents/casualties, as well as with regard to a wide range of projects and transactions.

Our key areas

In conjunction with our Banking & Finance team, we regularly advise major German banks, other financing institutions and shipping companies regarding their ship financing and restructuring operations.

We are a leading practice for advice on offshore projects

We are particularly familiar with the offshore industry. We understand the specific commercial and technical challenges and risks of this sector and how to adequately address these risks in agreements and disputes. Working with our Energy team, we are one of the leading firms for legal advice in relation to offshore wind farms.

Disputes – help you can rely on

We successfully represent our clients in and out of court as well as in domestic and international arbitral proceedings. We have in-depth knowledge of the maritime arbitration institutions, such as the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA) and the German Maritime Arbitration Association (GMAA). We also regularly sit as arbitrators in arbitration proceedings involving maritime matters, transport and logistics, and commercial disputes. 

Emergency Response 24/7

  • Christoph Zarth: +49 172 74 76 443

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Maritime Wirtschaft
Admiralty and Casualty – "Wet Shipping"
More than almost any other lawyers in Germany, our wet shipping specialists have experience and expertise in all types of maritime incidents and accid
Maritime Wirtschaft
Marine Insurance
Comprehensive marine insurance is essential when operating and financing ships and carrying goods by sea. We support insurers, agents and policy holde
Maritime Wirtschaft
Maritime Contracts
Our service portfolio naturally also includes advice on all the typical maritime contracts and terms and conditions. We regularly advise clients on th
Maritime Wirtschaft
Shipbuilding, Ship Sale and Purchase
Shipbuilding, ship sale and purchase are central to maritime business. We offer comprehensive advice to shipping companies, shipyards, banks, investor
Maritime Wirtschaft
Transport and Logistics
In addition to maritime business, our services cover all other modes of transport (road, rail, air, inland waterways), plus warehousing and logistics.

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22/01/2024
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01/06/2023
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Airline slots: The European Commission presents to the Council and the...
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20/07/2022
The General Court of the EU confirms the Commission decision on the Finnish...
On 22 June 2022, the General Court of the EU confirmed the legality of the European Commission decision of 9 June 2020 approving the public recapitalisation of Finnair for an amount of around EUR 500...
21/06/2022
The General Court of the EU confirms the recovery of aid to Tirrenia di...
On 18 May 2022, the General Court of the EU confirmed the legality of the European Commission's decision of 2 March 2020 concerning the recovery of illegal and incompatible aid granted by Italy to the...