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Dr Klaus Kostka

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Fleet Hamburg LLP


Position: Managing Partner
Specialities: - Charter parties and bill of lading contracts - Averages - Maritime casualties - Marine insurance - Shipbuilding - International trade law - Energy and offshore - Transport and logistics - Court proceedings - Maritime arbitration - Mediation - Arrest


Klaus studied law in Muenster, completing his legal training in Kiel, Hamburg and London, focusing on maritime and transport law, marine insurance and international contracts for the supply of goods and services. Traineeships with a London law firm and a leading German liner shipping company followed before admission to the Hamburg Bar in 1994. Klaus has been practicing as a maritime lawyer and partner in the Maritime and Transport Law Department of Taylor Wessing before joining Fleet Hamburg as a founding member in 2011.


Klaus speaks English and German.


Klaus is a member of the German Association for Transport Law (DGfTR), the German Association for International Maritime Law (DVIS), the Association of Hamburg Jurists (GHJ), the London Maritime Arbitration Association (LMAA) and the German Maritime Arbitration Association (GMAA).


Klaus studied law in Muenster, Kiel and Hamburg. Qualifications: Klaus Kostka is admitted as Rechtsanwalt.
He is specialised in the law relating to the carriage of goods by sea and insurance of marine risks. Klaus regularly advises and represents a number of German and international shipping companies as well as marine underwriters in the “dry” and “wet” sectors. He has been involved in some large-scale litigations and arbitrations under Charterparties as well as in several "Disaster Cases" (losses of ships, aeroplane crash) and international mergers & acquisitions in respect of which aspects of maritime or insurance law have become crucial.

Germany: Transport

Maritime and shipping

Within: Leading individuals

Klaus Kostka - Fleet Hamburg LLP

Within: Maritime and shipping

Clients note that Fleet Hamburg LLP is ‘a reliable, punctual and competent partner’, which convinces through ‘short processing times, pronounced business sense and a high level of service’. It acts for German and international shipping companies, trading houses, suppliers, shipyards and marine insurers on all questions of maritime commercial law, including court and arbitration proceedings. Also noteworthy is its expertise in English law; the ‘excellent and goal-orientedDharshini Bandara and Axel Salander, who is praised for providing ‘balanced and realistic advice’, are admitted in England and Wales. Other key figures are Christoph Hasche, the ‘thorough and convincingArthur Steinmann, the ‘preciseKlaus Kostka and Eva Bodenbach, who ‘has an eye for the essentials’. New clients include two cruise shipping companies, a European agrochemical company and two European shipowners. Ann-Kathrin Burchard left the firm and Tobias Nesemann made partner.

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