Legal Update: Clyde & Co Opens Hamburg Office

Global law firm Clyde & Co is pleased to announce further expansion in continental Europe with the opening of an office in Hamburg following the hire of four leading marine partners and their teams.

The partners join from Ince & Co and are a highly regarded group of marine litigation partners working for many of the major German and Scandinavian shipowners and P&I insurers. Their expertise encompasses shipping, yachting, admiralty and pilotage, as well as marine insurance, trade and energy, and offshore work. They also act in relation to commercial disputes with a focus on domestic and international arbitration work, advising on both German and English law.

In addition to the four partners 16 associates will also be joining the firm.

Simon Konsta, Senior Partner at Clyde & Co, says: “Hiring this top team and the opening of our second office in Germany is in line with our long established strategy of hiring the best lawyers across our core sectors in the geographies where our clients need us. Germany is a hugely important market for our clients and is the biggest economy in Europe, so we are excited about building on the success of our Dusseldorf office and our growing continental offering.”

Andrew Preston, partner and member of the global management board at Clyde & Co, says: “This close knit team are one of the top marine groups in Germany and give us a strong presence in a key European shipping hub, which is a major centre for owners, operators, trading houses and marine insurers. They differentiate themselves from their competitors in Germany and northern Europe thanks to the diversity of their service offering across the sector and associated fields, including trade, energy and offshore work.”

Daniel Jones comments: “We are very pleased to be joining Clyde & Co. Its heritage is derived from the marine and insurance industries and is very much the leading law firm in these areas. We have come up against several of the firm’s partners over the years and so we now look forward to further deepening these relationships from the same side of the table.”

The expansion is the latest growth for Clyde & Co in continental Europe where it has offices in Paris, Madrid, Nantes and Dusseldorf, its first office in Germany, which opened in July 2016 following the hire of a leading insurance team from Noerr, led by Dr Henning Schaloske. Since then Clyde & Co has opened offices and associated offices in Washington DC, Chicago, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Kuala Lumpur, Auckland and Orange County, Muscat and Bristol, UK.

The joining partners are:

Daniel Jones, an English qualified maritime lawyer who specialises in shipbuilding, charterparty, yachting and trading disputes acting for German and Scandinavian shipowners in contentious matters in London maritime arbitrations and the English courts.

Dr Volker Lücke, whose practice covers matters relating to shipping, insurance and yachting. He specialises in insurance claims and contractual issues handling a variety of marine and non-marine insurance cases and charterparty claims as well as high profile yachting projects for national and international clients.

Dr Tim Schommer advises on commercial, shipping and insurance litigation and arbitration matters with specific expertise in handling shipbuilding, ship repair, yachting and international trade disputes, while negotiating contracts for traders, owners, yards and manufacturers.

Dr Eckehard Volz whose practice encompasses marine insurance, shipping and energy & offshore matters. He specialises in admiralty law, marine insurance claims as well as large scale energy & offshore projects. A dedicated and experienced litigator, Eckehard has extensive experience of major litigation and arbitration cases.

The office opens on 1 February.

Clyde & Co’s Global Marine Group provides transactional and disputes advice to clients throughout the entire maritime industry: owners, charterers, P&I clubs and insurers, shipbuilders, salvors, financiers, port authorities and governments.

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