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Jan Wölper


CMS Hasche Sigle
Stadthausbrücke 1-3
20355 Hamburg
Languages German, English

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 but also several logistics companies. His practice covers advising on shipbuilding and ship purchase contracts, charterparties as well as drafting contracts for transport and cargo-handling services. Jan is also very experienced in providing allround legal services to shipowners and insurers in case of marine accidents, including communication with every authority involved. Alongside his advisory practice, he regularly acts as an arbitrator, in particular in maritime disputes.

Jan was admitted as a lawyer in Hamburg in 1989 and practiced as a shipping lawyer with law firms in London, Oslo and Bangkok. Since 2001, he has been a partner with CMS.

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Listed for maritime law

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  • Law studies in Hamburg, Kiel and Surrey/UK
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  • Chairman of the German Maritime Arbitration Association
  • German Institution of Arbitration (DIS)
  • DVIS German Association for International Maritime Law (DVIS)
  • HAC Hamburg Arbitration Circle e.V.
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  • Maritime Arbitration, Maritime Law - Current Developments and Perspectives LIT VERLAG, Wien 2018
  • Maritime Arbitration in Germany, Kommentar Arbitration in Germany, Kluver Law International 2007
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Lectures list

  • Fallstricke in maritimen Verträgen (Bucerius, Hamburg 2014-2016)
  • Bergungsrecht (HST, Hamburg 2014)
  • Produkthaftung bei zugelassenen Materialien im Schiffbau (Fachtagung "Brandschutz im Schiffbau", Hamburg 2013)
  • Offshore Windpark-Projekte (Bucerius, Hamburg 2012)
  • GMAA Arbitration (Hamburg, Istanbul 2011)
  • Bergungsrecht - MV-HST Seminar Schifffahrtsrecht, Hamburg 2011
  • Average in Practice - Legal Basics (inhouse seminar of a towage company, Hamburg 2010)
  • Recent Developments in Maritime Arbitration in Germany (ICMA XVII, Hamburg 2009)
  • Salvage (MV-HST Seminar on Maritime Law, Hamburg 2009)
  • Voyage Charter and Slot Charter (Quality Broking, Hamburg 2008)
  • Management Faults - Consequences for Liability and Time-Bar Issues arising out of inadequate Organisation, in particular of Production and Transportation Processes (European Legal Meeting, Kiel 2008)
  • GMAA Arbitration (Maritime Arbitration Conference Dubai 2008)
  • Voyage Charter and Slot Charter (Quality Broking, Hamburg 2008)
  • Salvage (MV-HST Seminar on Maritime Law, Hamburg 2007)
  • Bareboat Charterparty and other C/Ps (Quality Broking, Hamburg 2007)
  • GMAA Arbitration (VSM legal Seminar, Hamburg 2007)
  • The Importance of Incorporating Charterparty Arbitration Clauses in Bills of Lading (Maritime Dispute Resolution Dubai 2005)
  • GMAA Arbitration (Maritime Dispute Resolution Dubai 2005)
  • Specialities of GMAAArbitration, Implied Conciliation etc., ICMA XV London 2004
  • Fault and Contributory Negligence in relation to Water Sports; WÜBA Hamburg 2003
  • Legal Aspects of Surveys: Liability of Surveyors, Aspects of Instruction, Legal Effect of Joint Surveys, Nautischer Verein zu Bremen and VDS 2002
  • GMAA Arbitration (Lithuania Letvia Estonia 2002)
  • Liability of Experts under German Law, IBA Mexico 2001
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