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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. 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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    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 accidents. We regularly advise shipping companies, hull insurers, P&I clubs and salvors on a wide range of incidents, including collisions, average, salvage and pollution.

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    Marine Insurance

    Comprehensive marine insurance is essential when operating and financing ships and carrying goods by sea. We support insurers, agents and policy holders in drafting the relevant contracts and in insurance disputes.

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    Maritime Contracts

    We represent shipping companies and P&I clubs, as well as cargo interests and their insurers, in disputes relating to damage to all kinds of cargo. We also advise and represent our clients in charter party disputes across all sectors (bulk, container, tanker, LNG), mostly in the form of arbitration proceedings.

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    Shipbuilding, Ship Sale and Purchase

    We regularly advise on the drafting and review of contracts and all related documentation (such as performance and refund guarantees) covering all types of vessels, from conventional commercial bulk and container vessels through to specialist vessels for the offshore industry.

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    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. We advise freight forwarders, logistics companies and their customers, as well as insurers and financiers, in relation to their day-to-day business and on drafting and negotiating complex logistics contracts.

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    CMS ad­vises Brit­ish firm Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group on ac­quis­i­tion of...
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    On 30 June 2020, the Coun­cil of the In­ter­na­tion­al Civil Avi­ation Or­gan­iz­a­tion (ICAO) ad­op­ted a de­cision ad­just­ing the peri­od to be used as the baseline for meas­ur­ing the growth of CO2 emis­sions un­der...
    09/01/2018
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    12 June 2020
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    11 June 2020
    EU ad­justs COR­SIA baseline for CO2 emis­sions for avi­ation to 2019 only...
    On 9th June 2020 the Coun­cil of the EU (the “Coun­cil”)ad­op­ted a de­cision to amend its po­s­i­tion on the peri­od to be used as the baseline for meas­ur­ing the growth of CO2 emis­sions un­der the Car­bon Off­set­ting...
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    On 13 May 2020, the Gen­er­al Court con­firmed a de­cision of the European Com­mis­sion of 29 Ju­ly 2016 de­clar­ing par­tially in­com­pat­ible an aid scheme of the Re­gion of Sardin­ia in fa­vour of the low-cost air­lines...