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Next Generation Partners

Advice to the transport sector in Germany

Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein

Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein's transport, aviation and logistics practice supports operators, insurers and carriers in transport law matters and focuses on the drafting of transport and logistics contracts. Other core topics are transaction support, the advice on contentious matters and relevant interfacing matters. These capacities correspond with the focus of practice head Oliver Peltzer, who is well versed in transaction work and contract drafting and is also experienced in arbitration. He is supported by Holger Bürskens, who is experienced in the structuring and support of projects in the transport and logistics sector as well as in contract drafting and negotiations. The drafting of transport and logistics contracts is also among the core strengths of Marco Remiorz and Steffen Maelicke, they both have additional experience in diputes and litigation. The latter is also a mainstay of transport law expert Carsten Vyvers; he regularly supports clients in the defence against claims for damages. Andreas Fuchs specialises in pharmaceutical logistics as well as in- and outsourcing.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Peltzer

Other key lawyers:

Holger Bürskens; Marco Remiorz; Andreas Fuchs; Steffen Maelicke; Carsten Vyvers


‘The law firm is highly specialized in transport law.’

‘Holger Bürskens is the “go-to” contact for multimodal transport law in Germany. He combines technical expertise with a friendly approach.’

‘Very deep industry knowledge, proactive offers.’

Key clients

Char-Broil Europe GmbH


Expeditors International

FCS Frankfurt Cargo Services GmbH

G3 Worldwide Mail (Deutschland) GmbH

Konrad Zippel Spediteur GmbH & Co. KG

Med-X-Press GmbH

Movianto Germany GmbH

Nagel Group Logistics SE

Qatar Airways

Work highlights

  • Advising Qatar Airways on a request for a preliminary ruling from the ECJ on the interpretation of an article on common rules for compensation and assistance to passengers in the event of denied boarding and in the event of cancellation or long delay of flights and on the repeal of the regulation.

  • Ongoing advice to Deufol, including on transport and storage law and support in various legal disputes nationwide.

  • Judicial and out-of-court advice to Expeditors International.

BBG und Partner

BBG und Partner is primarily instructed by municipalities thanks to the team's expertise in public transport and regional rail transport, which covers all relevant aspects in this context and in particular the support in state aid and procurement law. Other competencies include the advice on e-mobility and car sharing systems as well as decarbonisation projects. Sibylle Barth also focuses on the public transport sector and is key contact for new mobility, while Lorenz Wachinger covers railway law. Niels Griem is experienced in procurement procedures and is regularly instructed by public sector clients. Malte Linnemeyer advises on procurement law issues in the local rail transport sector. In January 2023, Hubertus Baumeister (focus on the public transport) switched to of counsel status; Jantje Struß (municipal, public procurement and state aid law) made partner at the same time.

Other key lawyers:

Sibylle Barth; Lothar Fiedler; Niels Griem; Gerrit Landsberg; Malte Linnemeyer; Lorenz Wachinger; Jantje Struß; Hubertus Baumeister


‘BBG is THE specialist law firm for our sector.’

‘The team covers a wide range of topics, and experts are always available to answer specific questions as needed and can be involved in ongoing projects if necessary.’

‘Extensive specialist knowledge, extensive knowledge of current developments in the industry (legislation, case law), understandable presentation of the issues, solution-oriented approach, personal positive experiences exist, especially with Jantje Struß and Lothar Fiedler.’

Key clients

Bayerische Eisenbahngesellschaft

Beratungsgesellschaft für Beteiligungsverwaltung Leipzig

Bundesinstitut für Bau-, Stadt und Raumforschung im Bundesamt für Bauwesen und Raumordnung Forschungsverwaltung


HEAG mobilo


Kommunale Verkehrsgesellschaft Lippe mbH

Kreis Warendorf

Land Berlin

Land Brandenburg

Landeshauptstadt Kiel

Landeshauptstadt München

Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen mbH

Landkreis Freudenstadt

Landkreise im Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund Stuttgart

Lokale Nahverkehrsgesellschaft mbH Kreis Groß-Gerau

Ministerium für Verkehr Baden-Württemberg

Naumburger Straßenbahn GmbH


Region Hannover

Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund GmbH

Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis

Stadt Leverkusen

wupsi GmbH

Stadt Hürth

Stadt Hürth, Amt für Planung, Vermessung und Umwelt

Stadtrundfahrten Leipzig

Stadtrundfahrten Dresden

Stadtverkehr Herford

Zweckverband Regional-Stadtbahn Neckar-Alb

Zweckverband Verkehrsverbund Großraum Ingolstadt


Dentons focuses on transaction support and regulatory advice to companies in the automotive sector, where topics such as e-mobility and autonomous driving, including related AI software, are covered. The co-head of the global autonomous vehicles team, Michael Malterer, regularly takes the lead here; he is also well versed in corporate law and transactions. Alexander von Bergwelt is the co-head of the corporate and M&A practice and focuses on transaction support, corporate law matters, M&A and private equity transactions as well as structuring measures; he frequently assists clients from the automotive and aviation sectors. Interfacing antitrust and merger control issues are handled across all practices; this offer is complemented by experience in advising airports and airlines on state aid and procurement law as well as project support.

Other key lawyers:

Michael Malterer; Florian Wiesner; Alexander von Bergwelt


‘The entire team is very responsive and always strives to provide quick feedback. The approach is often more pragmatic than at other law firms.’

‘Assertive, powerful team with a rarely seen understanding of companies. Uncomplicated, personal. Trying to find entrepreneurial solutions. Absolutely clever.’

‘Alexander von Bergwelt: Clever, pragmatic, absolutely assertive business lawyer. Absolutely committed and brilliant. Unparalleled understanding of economic relationships.’

Key clients

Aeroground Flughafen München GmbH





Duisburger Hafen AG (duisport)


Mercedes-Benz Group AG


Munich Airport New Jersey


Slate Asset Management

Share Now

Sono Motors


Toll4Europe GmbH

Volkswagen AG

Cargo Partners

Daimler Truck AG

Doppelmayr Group

e-mobilio GmbH

Erwin Hymer GmbH

ESTRA Automotive Systems Luxembourg S.àr.l.

Flughafen München GmbH

Lucid USA, Inc.

NeXovation Inc.

Valeo SE



WISAG Aviation

Work highlights

  • Advising GEODIS on the acquisition of trans-o-flex, a logistics service provider specializing in the temperature-controlled transport of pharmaceutical and high-tech products.

  • Advising Volkswagen AG on antitrust law in several jurisdictions worldwide as part of VW’s strategic global cooperation with Ford.

  • Advising the Spanish airline Volotea in the context of a long-standing EU state aid case which was settled in favor of Volotea before the European Court of Justice.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper advises well-known companies from the aviation, automotive and logistics sectors on procurement and state aid law as well as on infrastructure projects, including project financing, and regulatory matters. The regulatory area covers matters pertaining to the automotive and e-mobility segments, including market entry, cooperations and product launches as well as related data protection issues; recent instructions in the aviation sector affected ground handling services. The team frequently acts at the interface with ESG, particularly in connection with e-mobility and project work, such as in the context of the development and expansion of charging infrastructure. With Thomas Gädtke as head of the German litigation and regulatory practice, clients are also represented in cross-border disputes.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Gädtke

Other key lawyers:

Ludger Giesberts; Guido Kleve; Frank Roth; Sylvia Ebersberger; Thilo Streit

Key clients

Flughafen Köln/Bonn GmbH

Stadt Wesseling

Work highlights

  • Advising Hyzon Motors Inc. on its entry into the European market, starting from Germany and the Netherlands.

  • Representation of an international courier and logistics company before the Higher Administrative Court of North Rhine-Westphalia in legal proceedings regarding a selection decision for concessions for self-handlers at a German airport.

  • Regulatory advice to a US automobile company on product regulation, product safety and environmental aspects, primarily in the area of ​​electromobility. Additionally, advice in connection with the planned market entry into the EU and Germany.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH advises clients from the rail transport, aviation, logistics and energy sectors, which regularly call upon the team's expertise in the areas of public transport, regional rail transport and e-mobility. The team regulalry advises on project developments, including planning and construction law issues, and M&A transactions in the transport sector. The automotive supplier expert Steffen Gaber is also experienced in defending against contractual claims. He co-leads the team with Maximilian Dorndorf, who advises clients in competition law disputes and also counts the areas of outsourcing, IT and logistics among his core competencies. In addition to private transport operators, the team is also instructed by public sector clients on procurement law issues in connection with privatisations and the associated tender procedures.

Practice head(s):

Steffen Gaber; Maximilian Dorndorf

Other key lawyers:

Ulf-Dieter Pape; Jette Gustafsson


‘Very high level of professional competence, up-to-date knowledge; forward-looking statements.’

Key clients

Fiege Logistik Stiftung & Co. KG

Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen mbH (LNVG)

Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe AöR

NVBW – Nahverkehrsgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg mbH

DPD Deutschland GmbH

Metro Logistics Germany GmbH


SEG Automotive Germany GmbH

Deutz AG

Swissport International AG

Nordkurier Logistik

Cathay Pacific Airways Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Egenberger GmbH & Co. KG before the European Court of Justice regarding allegations of participation in agreements regarding public tenders in southwestern Germany that violated antitrust law.

  • Advising Swissport International AG on the acquisition of a majority stake in Flughafen Düsseldorf Cargo GmbH.

  • Advising Nordkurier Logistik Mecklenburg-Vorpommern GmbH & Co.KG on the redesign of all transport framework contracts.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright team acts across the aviation, maritime, rail and road transport sectors, with a focus on supporting the financing and leasing of new vehicles as well as supporting PPP projects. Timo Noftz, who is experienced in drafting financing and leasing contracts, regularly takes the lead here and, in addition to transport companies, he also advises banks, lessors and funds; he shares this focus with senior consultant Ralf Springer (focus on the aviation and rail sectors), who is also well versed in restructuring-related matters. Markus Radbruch offers financing and leasing support in the aviation sector. Dirk Trautmann recently took the lead in matters pertaining to motorway projects and project financing, while Michael Jürgen Werner is frequently instructed on (contentious) antitrust and EU law matters.

Practice head(s):

Timo Noftz; Dirk Trautmann; Markus Radbruch; Michael Jürgen Werner

Other key lawyers:

Ralf Springer


‘The strength of the Munich Aviation team is that it consists not only of German lawyers, but of a good mix of German and international lawyers. This is of great importance for the aviation sector, which requires international thinking and action and is legally dominated by Anglo-Americans.’

‘Markus Radbruch is very experienced, pragmatic and is highly motivated and committed to his clients.’

‘Ralf Springer is a generally recognized expert and can be described as a luminary in the field of aviation-related projects.’

‘The strength of NRF’s Munich Aviation team is that they work quickly and have in-depth knowledge of the aviation industry. Markus Radbruch in particular is able to use his knowledge to find pragmatic solutions and complete complex transactions.’

‘Very in-depth specialist knowledge and excellent contacts and market information on aviation. International team with a wealth of experience.’

‘I always receive detailed, good advice.’

‘Timo Noftz is an excellent partner that I can more than recommend. He handles my questions, which are often very specific, brilliantly and always solves problems in a short time.’

Key clients

Imperial International Holding

LHI Securitization SA

Atlantic Airways

Aircraft Finance Germany GmbH


European Investment Bank, MEAG, KBC, CSOB

Condor Flugdienst GmbH

GOAL German Operating Aircraft Leasing GmbH & Co. KG

Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing

LCI Operations Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising LHI Securitization SA in connection with the lease purchase agreement for four Grob G120 TP aircraft.

  • Advising KfW IPEX and the banking consortium on the sale of the cruise ship ‘Global One’, which is currently under construction, to the Disney Group.

Orth Kluth Rechtsanwälte

Orth Kluth Rechtsanwälte specialises in the rail transport sector and advises public and private passenger and freight train operators on regulatory issues and supports them in the sourcing of new rail vehicles and related procurement law matters. Michael Sitsen also focuses on procurement law matters; he has additional expertise in bus transport and co-leads the team with Anselm Grün, who is also experienced in the rail transport sector; Grün is particularly well versed in  contract drafting and regulatory issues and also covers antitrust law matters. He is also experienced in ​​e-mobility and the enforcement of claims.

Practice head(s):

Michael Sitsen; Anselm Grün

Other key lawyers:

Christiane Hoffbauer; Alexander Falk; Dominika Stachurski


‘Orth Kluth has excellent, profound expert knowledge and impresses with first-class, tailor-made, timely and solution-oriented legal advice on every order.’

‘Orth Kluth’s consistent, comprehensively sound and easy-to-understand legal advice, which has been provided by Orth Kluth for many years, regularly results in concise and clear consultation results and memoranda that provide clients with clear recommendations for action.’

‘Extremely short-term processing of prioritized orders is a matter of course for Orth Kluth. Billing is carried out professionally and at reasonable conditions.’

Key clients


SBB CargoDeutschland

DE Infrastruktur GmbH (Captrain Gruppe)


Dortmunder Eisenbahn GmbH (Captrain Gruppe)

Erfurter Bahn GmbH

ERS Railways B.V. (Freightliner Group)

Farge-Vegesacker Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft mbH (Captrain Gruppe)

Kiepe Electric GmbH

Mobility Inside GmbH & Co. KG

MVG Märkische Verkehrsgesellschaft GmbH

National Express Rail GmbH

Netzwerk Europäischer Eisenbahnen e.V, SBB Cargo Deutschland GmbH, ITL Eisenbahngesellschaft mbH (Captrain Deutschland-Gruppe)

NordWestBahn GmbH (Transdev Gruppe)


Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund GmbH

Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund Servicegesellschaft mbH

Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH


Transdev Vertrieb GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport on the establishment of an infrastructure division oriented towards the common good within Deutsche Bahn AG.

  • Representation of the Captrain group SBB Cargo Deutschland in the proceedings before the Federal Network Agency to approve DB Netz AG’s train path charges for the 2024 network timetable period.

  • Advising Mobility Inside GmbH & Co. KG on the Mobility Inside project.

Gleiss Lutz

Gleiss Lutz is well versed in regulatory matters and has expertise in the automotive sector and related future topics such as e-mobility and sustainable fuels. The team also covers transaction support and contentious proceedings, particularly antitrust disputes. Marc Ruttloff is well versed in public law and advises on administrative and constitutional law matters as well as ESG topics; he jointly leads the practice with the corporate and M&A expert Jochen Tyrolt.

Practice head(s):

Marc Ruttloff; Jochen Tyrolt

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Neun; Eric Wagner; Ulrich Denzel; Ulrich Soltész; Christian Steinle; Lisa Kappler

Key clients

Audi AG

Daimler AG


Gemeinde Baiersbronn

Gemeinde Schwieberdingen

Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart

Rhein-Kreis Neuss

Mercedes Benz AG

Mercedes Benz Automotive


Robert Bosch GmbH

Rolls-Royce International Limited

Stadt Bietigheim-Bissingen

Stellantis, FCA Italy S.p.A.

Streetscooter, Deutsche Post AG

Telepass S.p.A/Atlantia S.p.A.

Volkswagen AG

Volkswagen Aufsichtsrat

Procter&Gamble Germany GmbH & Co Operations oHG

Abellio Rail GmbH

Bezirksregierung Düsseldorf

Colas S.A.

Deutsche Bahn AG

Stadt Mannheim sowie Mannheimer Verkehrsbetriebe

Voestalpine AG

Advanced Nuclear Fuels GmbH (ANF)

Gesellschaft für Nukleare Entsorgung (GNS)


Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL)

A1 mobil GmbH & Co. KG

Atlantia SpA

Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Gentherm Inc.

Schaeffler AG

Schaltbau Holding AG

Volkswagen AG

ZF Friedrichshafen AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Abellio Rail GmbH on insolvency proceedings, including lawsuits valued at €700 million.

  • Advising the Lufthansa Group on the sale of Lufthansa AirPlus Servicekarten GmbH to the Swedish SEB Kort Bank AB.

  • Supporting Deutsche Bahn AG in an independent investigation into the train accident in June 2022 in Burgrain, Garmisch-Partenkirchen.


Heuking is regularly instructed by public sector clients in the context of public transport procurement projects, including the related financing of new rail vehicles. Other core competencies include corporate law matters and transaction support as well as insolvency proceedings. The practice is co-lead by Carsten Schrader, who supports public sector clients in the construction of infrastructure projects, and transaction expert Martin Imhof. Another key contact is Ute Jasper; she supports state ministries and transport associations in the procurement of public transport services and rail vehicles.

Practice head(s):

Carsten Schrader; Martin Imhof

Other key lawyers:

Ute Jasper


‘HKLW’s broad-based procurement law team stands out from its competitors thanks to its extensive experience, its pragmatic approach and its outstanding technical expertise.’

‘The team delivers quick solutions to carry out procurement procedures in a legally compliant manner and eliminate risks.

‘Ute Jasper acts with great care and convincing professional authority when it comes to complex and politically explosive mandates and brings solution-oriented individual suggestions to the negotiations. She has been working with us very competently, committedly and trustingly for years.’

Work highlights

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Led by the trade and distribution expert Patrick Ayad, Hogan Lovells International LLP focuses on the automotive sector and advises on the development of e-mobility concepts, ​​autonomous driving and related regulatory issues. Florian Unseld is experienced in the design of distribution systems and consumer protection issues in the automotive sector, while Detlef Haß is well versed in litigation and supply chain disruption matters; Golo Edel was appointed to counsel in January 2023 and advises clients from the rail sector on commercial and distribution law, including regulatory issues, as well as on M&A transactions, particularly the acquisition of railway portfolios and logistics companies.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Ayad; Florian Unseld; Detlef Haß

Other key lawyers:

Sebastian Polly; Christoph Wünschmann; Golo Edel; Sebastian Schnell


‘Florian Unseld is a complete professional with great negotiating skills and absolute expertise. It provides practical and comprehensible support so that the results can be used in the legal department.’

‘Established practice, very good availability, excellent knowledge of the industry.’

‘Sebastian Schnell: Very good understanding of the in-house perspective, very good knowledge of the industry, always excellently thought-out contract drafts, very pleasant to deal with.’

Key clients

ABB E-mobility

Autobahn Tank & Rast

Bundesrepublik Deutschland Finanzagentur GmbH



Digital Charging Solutions


Genesis Motor Europe

YourNow Holding

Korean Air

Lürssen (NVL B.V. & Co. KG)

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation

Sono Motors





Raue advises public transport operators and airports on financing and tariff regulation as well as climate protection issues and approval procedures. Kornelius Kleinlein is a key contact for tariff regulation, he also advises on corporate law issues and transport infrastructure projects. He jointly leads the practice with Wolfram Hertel, who is an expert for public, environmental, procurement and planning law.

Practice head(s):

Kornelius Kleinlein; Wolfram Hertel

Key clients

Kapsch TrafficCom AG

Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe Anstalt des öffentlichen Rechts (BVG)

Tolltickets GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising Kapsch TrafficCom AG, Vienna, as a 50% shareholder of autoTicket GmbH on the development and, since summer 2019, on the implementation of the project to collect the failed car toll.

  • Advice to Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe Anstalt des öffentlichen Rechts (BVG) on the €9 ticket, the €29 ticket and the planned introduction of the €49 ticket (Germany ticket).

  • Advising Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe Anstalt des öffentlichen Rechts (BVG) on corporate strategy issues relating to the conversion of the bus fleet to decarbonised vehicles and on negotiations with the state of Berlin, in particular on financing and state aid issues.

REMÉ Rechtsanwälte

Boutique REMÉ Rechtsanwälte impresses with insurance law expertise, which is regularly requested in connection with maritime accidents, damages and logistics chains disruptions. The team primarily represents international and German insurers in the defence against claims for damages. Practice head Ingo Gercke comprehensively covers contentious matters, including coverage disputes and charter party issues.

Practice head(s):

Ingo Gercke

Other key lawyers:

Christoph Singer; Niels Tobien


‘Ingo Gercke knows the market, reacts quickly, is always to the point and strong in the process.’

‘REMÉ enjoys an excellent reputation in the transport and logistics sector.’

‘Law firm specializing in transport law (national and international). This means that representation is always guaranteed, even in cases of vacation or illness, so that there are hardly any delays in answering questions or dealing with concerns.’

Key clients

AIG Europe SA

Dachser SE

Zurich Insurance plc

Gebr. Weiss GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising AIG Europe SA on all transport law matters, especially recourse defense in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

  • Advising Zurich Insurance plc on all transport law matters in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

  • Advising Dachser SE on all transport law issues as well as representation in contentious proceedings.

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing demonstrates particular strength in the aviation sector and handles aviation and procurement law issues, financing, transaction-related topics and matters in connection with ground handling services. Salary partner Alper Utlu is a key contact for financing and leasing and has additional expertise in rail vehicles. He is part of the practice led by of counsel Norbert Kämper (planning and environmental law, approval procedures) and Michael Brüggemann (procurement, EU and state aid law).

Practice head(s):

Norbert Kämper; Michael Brüggemann

Other key lawyers:

Timo Stellpflug; Alper Utlu

Key clients

American Airlines



Circulor Ltd.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Flughafen Frankfurt Hahn GmbH/Brinkmann & Partner

Fraport AG

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen (Helaba)


Riese & Müller


Work highlights

  • Advice on state aid law to Flughafen Frankfurt Hahn GmbH in connection with the insolvency and advice on the implementation of various ongoing legal proceedings.

  • Advising Helaba on the financing of 14 battery hybrid vehicles for the Warnow II regional rail transport subnetwork.

  • Advising thyssenkrupp on Fleet’s entry into carValoo.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird supports public transport operators and airlines in the procurement of new vehicles and aircraft, as well as in contract drafting for public sector clients. Among the key contacts are public commercial lawyer Alexander Csaki, the asset financing and leasing expert Matthias Winter and the procurement law specialist Guido Bormann.

Practice head(s):

Guido Bormann; Alexander Csaki; Matthias Winter

Other key lawyers:

Jan Byok; Sebastian Bergenthal

CBH Rechtsanwälte

The transport practice at CBH Rechtsanwälte is experienced in supporting public transport authorities and municipal transport companies in procurement law matters; Practice head Jan Deuster and Lara Itschert, who was appointed to partner in March 2023, are among the key contacts for this. Deuster complements this with expertise in market access issues and financing issues.

Practice head(s):

Jan Deuster

Other key lawyers:

Lara Itschert


‘The cooperation with the law firm is excellent. We always receive the necessary documents, elaborations and legal information in a timely manner.’

‘So far we have worked with Jan Deuster and Lara Itschert. With the sometimes very complex issues and legal areas, we always received advice that was easy for everyone involved to understand. Even with very tight deadlines, we always received timely advice. We consider both employees to be extremely competent.’

Key clients

Regionalverkehr Köln GmbH (RVK)

Ruhrbahn AG

wupsi GmbH

Johann Bunte, Eiffage


Landkreis Freyung-Grafenau

Landkreis Neuwied

Landkreis Tuttlingen

Landkreise Saarlouis und Merzig Wadern

Work highlights

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP impresses with expertise in recourse and damage proceedings and supports international logistics companies and insurers in the context of damage to goods and transport as well as any breach of contract in the transport and freight context. Accordingly, the two practice heads Volker Lücke and Stefan Ullrich also focus on supporting carriers, freight carriers and their insurers in international claims in connection with transport contracts. They are supported by the transport and forwarding law expert and senior associate Julia Meyer.

Practice head(s):

Volker Lücke; Stefan Ullrich

Other key lawyers:

Julia Meyer


‘Great resource availability.’

‘Julia Meyer consistently and consistently brings legal disputes and advisory issues to success and is characterized by a comprehensive and balanced legal opinion.’

‘Personally very pleasant actors who cover the topic of transport/transport insurance law – even if it takes place in other legal systems – very professionally.’


FLEET HAMBURG covers all areas of logistics, transport, forwarding and maritime law and is also experienced in cross-border matters thanks to the expertise in both German and English law. In addition to drafting and negotiating contracts, this expertise is regularly utilised in contentious matters. Eva Bodenbach (charter parties, supply and service contracts) jointly heads the practice with transport and forwarding law expert Arthur Steinmann.

Practice head(s):

Eva Bodenbach; Arthur Steinmann

Other key lawyers:

Tobias Nesemann; Dharshini Bandara


‘Excellent combination of German and English lawyers, with a solution-oriented approach.’

‘In our collaboration so far, I have found and continue to find Dharshini Bandara extremely competent in all of the areas we requested.’

‘Tobias Nesemann has a strong junior team around him and is always able to solve problems at short notice with a great sense for solutions and practicality.’

K&L Gates LLP

K&L Gates LLP advises transport companies, including public and private service providers, investors and funds particularly in the context of procurement and financing as well as the leasing of rolling stock and vehicles. Frank Thomas regularly takes the lead here. He co-leads the practice with Annette Mutschler-Siebert, who is well versed in procurement law.

Practice head(s):

Frank Thomas; Annette Mutschler-Siebert

Other key lawyers:

Anne Thümmel-Barz; Marion Baumann


‘Outstanding market knowledge and expertise, high reputation in the industry, pragmatism.’

‘Very experienced team in the area of ​​transport financing, especially rolling stock transactions. This applies to both commercial financing and regional rail transport financing with and without financial aid from the authorities.’

‘High level of competence, quick, efficient and targeted creation of documentation and answers to legal questions that arise.’

‘Proactive approach and very pleasant personal interaction. Frank Thomas and Anne Thümmel-Barz deserve special mention.’

Key clients

Bayerische Eisenbahngesellschaft mbH

Rock Rail Holding Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Bayerische Eisenbahngesellschaft mbH on vehicle procurement and financing of up to 110 brand-new S-Bahn vehicles for the Munich S-Bahn.

  • Advising Rock Rail Holding Limited on the leasing financing of 17 brand-new electric Alstom multiple units for DB Regio AG.

Kuss Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbb

Kuss Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbb is experienced in recourse management and international damages claims in the rail, road and shipping sectors, where the team's expertise in transport insurance law is frequently called upon. The two practice heads and transport insurance specialists Robert Kuss and Corinna Kuss are the key contacts here.

Practice head(s):

Corinna Kuss; Robert Kuss


‘Approachable at any time, solution-oriented, lean administration, good business relationship.’

‘Very competent.’

‘Robert Kuss is a very good negotiator.’

Work highlights

Redeker Sellner Dahs

Redeker Sellner Dahs supports public sector clients in infrastructure projects in the road and rail sectors and also covers construction and planning law issues. A core strength is the representation in proceedings pertaining to planned construction projects. The practice is led by construction and planning law expert Olaf Reidt and Christian Eckart, who focuses on public commercial and aviation law.

Practice head(s):

Olaf Reidt; Christian Eckart

Other key lawyers:

Kathrin Dingemann; Frank Fellenberg

Work highlights

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP demonstrates particular strength in ship financing and also advises on financing transactions in the rail and aviation sectors. Head of Germany Christian Finnern heads the group and is well versed in financing, construction matters as well as ship registration and management. Clemens Hillmer, head of the German assets and structured finance team, is another key contact for financing in the transport sector.

Practice head(s):

Christian Finnern

Other key lawyers:

Clemens Hillmer


‘Long-term, excellent client support at the highest level.’

‘Very easy to reach, quick response times, consistently good quality.’

Key clients

MPC Capital Group

MPC Container Ships ASA

Hurtigruten Group

TUI Cruises


HSH Portfoliomanagement AöR

Eurazeo Investment Manager – EIM

GP JOULE Hydrogen GmbH

KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising a consortium of lenders and bondholders led by KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH on a €1.07 billion financing for Railpool.

  • Advising MPC Capital Group on a contract to build four state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly 5,500 TEU container ships awarded to South Korean shipyard Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Group, now known as HJ Shipbuilding and Construction.

  • Advising HSH Portfoliomanagement AöR on the due diligence for the sale of some ships, which are part of the client’s remaining ship loan portfolio, to a bidding consortium consisting of Bank of America and Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP.