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Maritime Lawyers

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. Our partner, Jan Wölper, is Chairman of the Board of the GMAA.

Emergency Response 24/7

  • Jan Wölper: +49 172 40 50 540
  • Christoph Zarth: +49 172 74 76 443
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Cornelius Brandi
Cornelius Brandi
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Hamburg
Cornelius Brandi specialises in corporate and maritime law. Cornelius joined CMS Germany in 1983 (formerly Hasche Albrecht Fischer), became a partner in 1986 and was Managing Partner of the Hamburg office...
Jost Kienzle
Dr. Jost Kienzle
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Hamburg
Jost Kienzle is a maritime sector expert with long-standing experience advising on all legal issues that are relevant in this particular industry. His clients include shipyards, shipping companies, funds...
Markus Schöner
Dr. Markus Schöner, M.Jur. (Oxford)
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Hamburg
Markus Schöner is a specialist for EU and German antitrust law, including merger control. His competition law expertise is in particular demand in the context of setting up selective distribution systems...
Christoph Zarth
Christoph Zarth
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Head of Maritime, CMS Germany
Germany, Hamburg
Christoph's focus is on the maritime industry. He is acting for clients from various sectors, in particular shipping, transport and logistics, shipbuilding, engineering, offshore wind energy as well as...
Jenny Buchner
Dr. Jenny Buchner
Coun­sel
Rechtsanwältin
Germany, Hamburg
Jenny Buchner’s practice focuses on all forms of dispute resolution, representing clients in court as well as in arbitration proceedings. She is a member of the Commercial Team and advises on civil...
Christoph Schröder
Dr. Christoph Schröder
Coun­sel
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Hamburg
As a member of the firm’s China Desk, Christoph Schröder advises companies on commercial and corporate law.He supports in particular Chinese state-owned and private enterprises in relation to their...
Jan-Martin Kleindienst
Dr. Jan-Martin Kleindienst
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Hamburg
Jan-Martin Kleindienst drafts, revises and negotiates contracts for companies in the maritime sector, including shipping companies, shipyards, plant manufacturers and insurers. He joined CMS in 2018.
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Carina Lutter
Carina Lutter
As­so­ci­ate
Rechtsanwältin
Germany, Hamburg
Carina started specialising in the maritime sector already during her university studies. She is now advising companies on all legal aspects in this field. Her clients include shipping companies, shipyards...