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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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Jan Wölper
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Hamburg
Jan Wölper specialises in advising and representing companies in the maritime industry. His clients include numerous leading container and tanker shipping companies, shipyards and marine insurers...
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Dr. Christoph Schröder
Part­ner
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...
Lars Eckhoff
Lars Eckhoff, LL.M. (Victoria University of Wellington)
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Cologne
Lars Eckhoff advises companies on all legal aspects of their operational activities, including production, purchasing and distribution of goods. He drafts distribution and supply agreements as well...
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...
Christoph Zarth
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Head of Maritime Group, 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...
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,...
Markus Schöner
Dr. Markus Schöner, M.Jur. (Oxford)
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Head of Competition & EU Group, CMS Germany
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...
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 commercial...
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....
Konrad Latz
Konrad Latz
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Cologne
Konrad Latz advises German and international companies in all commercial sectors on stock corporation law and limited liability company law. He assists with the preparation and implementation of...