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  1. Transport: Transport law
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Kay Uwe Bahnsen - Blaum Dettmers Rabstein
    • Holger Bürskens - Arnecke Sibeth
    • Ingo Gercke - Remé Rechtsanwälte
    • Heiko Saur - Segelken & Suchopar
    • Ulrich Steppler - Arnecke Sibeth
    • Thomas Wanckel - Segelken & Suchopar

Next generation lawyers

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Full-service firm Arnecke Sibeth merged with Dabelstein & Passehl Rechtsanwälte PartGmbB and now operates under the name Arnecke Sibeth and transport law experts Marco Remiorz and Olaf Hartenstein joined in Spring 2018. The firm puts significant focus on transport law and frequently provides national and international companies, including long-term client and logistics company FedEx, with advice on matters related to insurance, public and corporate law. Having deep experience in aviation law, the team co-led by the renowned Holger Bürskens and Ulrich Steppler, routinely acts for airlines: recently, the practice advised American Airlines on matters pertaining to the merger with US Airways in Germany, and assisted Emirates with passenger complaint matters. The team’s client roster also includes the European packing company Deufol, which instructed the practice with various transport and storage law matters, and a number of mid-sized forwarding companies and rail services providers. Katja Brecke was made partner.

Maritime and shipping law matters form key elements of Blaum Dettmers Rabstein’s workload, along with work on land, air, rail and inland waterway transport. The team frequently handles contentious matters, enforcing claims arising from sea and land transport damages and defending against them are central pillars of the practice, while also handling logistics and infrastructure project matters alongside issues pertaining to the operation of German and foreign seaports constitute other areas of expertise. The client roster predominately includes carriers, shipping companies, freight forwarders, insurers and terminal companies but the team, which is based in Hamburg, Bremen and Munich, also acts for manufacturing and commercial companies. Axel Henriksen, who frequently handles matters related to commercial and corporate law, along with the renowned sea trade, transport and shipping lawyer Kay Uwe Bahnsen are recommended.

Transport and maritime law boutique Remé Rechtsanwälte is singled out for its ‘excellent knowledge of the transport and insurance industries’, its ‘short response times and hands-on approach’. The five-strong team provides national and international logistics companies and transport insurers with advice on the full spectrum of transport law including damage issues occurring on changing carriers. Ingo Gercke, who is praised for his ‘strong litigation and advisory skills’, frequently acts as arbitrator in maritime and transport law disputes and recently defended a freight forwarding client against transport damage claims brought by a meat-producing company. In other work, Jobst von Werder defended a shipping company against recourse claims following a machine failure, while the ‘analytical’ Christoph Singer assisted the Federal Republic of Germany with claim settlement matters following the collision of the M/S Jork Reliance with a lock.

Based in Hamburg and Berlin, boutique Segelken & Suchopar covers a broad range of freight and transport law and is recognised for its insurance law expertise which leads to a steady flow of advisory work on recourse matters pertaining to large ship accidents and insurance policies. Insurance companies also instruct the team with logistics and charter contract issues, while the client roster also includes transport, freight forwarding and logistics companies. Advising high-volume shippers on framework contracts constitutes another key element. Key individuals include insurance liability and commercial law expert Heiko Saur and the ‘very experienced’ Thomas Wanckel.

With offices in Düsseldorf and Frankfurt, highly specialised boutique Advos Rechtsanwälte assists various national and international transport and insurance companies with a wide range of road and air freight, rail, maritime and inland shipping law matters. In freight forwarding law, the six-strong team is well versed in handling forwarding co-operation and customs issues including the defence against damage claims, while, in logistics law, the practice routinely assists clients with the development and realisation of logistics projects. Carsten Bennera and Jürgen Temme are recommended.

Full-service firm Heussen, and its Stuttgart office in particular, predominately assist automotive, pharma, textile and food industry players with goods transport matters. As a recent highlight, Michaela Schwuchow and team head Marcus Schriefers advised an internationally operating retail company and its subsidiary on various disputes with transport services providers pertaining to temperature damages. The four-strong team also provides regular advice to a major German car manufacturer on various transportation processing matters, including transport framework agreements, container and multi-carrier contracts, and also asserts sea freight claims for the client.

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