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Thomas Motte

Dr. Thomas de la Motte


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

Thomas de la Motte is a highly respected finance expert. He advises banks, companies and investors on all legal aspects of finance transactions. His focus is on real estate and asset finance (namely ship, aircraft and rail finance). Furthermore, he advises on acquisition finance, project finance for infrastructure projects (wind / solar parks) and general corporate finance. In addition to his know-how in respect of general commercial lending Thomas has a particular expertise for alternative finance methods such as leasing, factoring and securitisations. Clients furthermore regularly seek Thomas’ advice in the context of distressed loans, loan syndications, refinancings and the restructuring of financial transactions. He has special expertise in the maritime and the energy trading sector.

Thomas started his legal career with CMS in 1999 and has been a partner since 2005. He was seconded to a large energy company in 2003 and in the same year as well as in 2006, he supported the legal department of a German Bank, initially at its London branch and then at the bank’s head office in Hamburg. Since 2016 he is one of two local managing partners of our Hamburg office.

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The Legal 500 EMEA, 2015

"Interviewees describe new entry into the rankings Thomas de la Motte as ‘very strong in shipping finance.’"

Chambers Europe, 2014

Relevant experience

  • (RWE) DEA AG | Advising the client a German oil company as target of a USD multi-billion "Reserves Based Lending" acquisition financing (Volume: USD multi-billion)
  • Deutsche Bank AG und HSH Nordbank AG | Advising the banks as security agent and facility agent, respectively in connection with the conclusion of a "Syndicated Revolving Credit Facility Umbrella Agreement" for Bominflot-Group with borrowers and guarantors in twelve jurisdictions around the world (Volume: EUR 205 Million)
  • German bank | Advising the bank in connection with the financing of the acquisition of two Dutch real estate portfolios by a German real estate investment fund (Volume: EUR 160 million)
  • Two German banks | Assisting the banks in connection with the restructuring of the financing of a fleet of four tankers of a German ship owner (Volume: USD 111 million)
  • German Shipowner | Advising a the client on a sale and lease back transaction with a Chinese bank regarding three 13,600 TEU container vessels (Volume: USD 318 million)
  • German bank | Advising the bank in connection with the financing of a fleet of thirteen heavy lift vessels (Volume USD 91.7 Million)
  • German leasing company | Assisting the client in connection with the negotiation of (i) framework agreements regarding the purchase of lease receivables and (ii) framework loan agreements regarding the interim financing of the acquisition of the leased items for two of its subsidiaries (Volume: EUR 229 million)
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  • 1998: PhD; thesis on "Effects of the ISM Code on Maritime Liability Law“
  • 1996 - 1999: Trainee lawyer in Hamburg
  • 1991 - 1996: Law studies in Tuebingen, Hamburg and San Francisco (Hastings College of the Law)
  • 1987 - 1990: Training as Industriekaufmann (industrial business management assistant) and Betriebswirt (management & business administration) at Wirtschaftsakademie Hamburg
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  • Deutscher Verein für Internationales Seerecht e.V. (DVIS), i.e. the German association for international maritime law, which is the German partner of Comité Maritime International (CMI)
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