Shipbuilding, Ship Sale and Purchase Lawyers

Shipbuilding, ship sale and purchase are central to maritime business. We offer comprehensive advice to shipping companies, shipyards, banks, investors and insurance companies in relation to all relevant contracts, e.g.:

  • Shipbuilding contracts
  • Shipbuilding supervision contracts
  • Repair and conversion contracts
  • Ship sale and purchase
  • Contracts for the supply of vessel equipment
  • Contracts relating to offshore platforms, vessels and equipment

We provide advice on all contract matters

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.

We are familiar with all market standard forms (e.g. NSF 2012, Newbuildcon). Our expert specialists are also experienced in drafting customised contracts. We are frequently directly involved in negotiations between builders and buyers and/or financiers and we assist during the closing process and with registration issues.

Always by your side in disputes

We represent our clients in disputes in court and in arbitration proceedings in the following matters:

  • Contractual disputes
  • Technical disputes
  • Cancellation and termination disputes
  • Disputes resulting from delay or deficient performance
  • Claims under guarantees
  • Insurance claims
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Christoph Zarth
Christoph Zarth
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...
Jan Wölper
Jan Wölper
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...
Jost Kienzle
Dr. Jost Kienzle
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,...
Jenny Buchner
Dr. Jenny Buchner
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...