Transport law in Germany

Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein

Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein acts far beyond the boundaries of classic transport law and, following the successful merger between Arnecke Sibeth and Dabelstein & Passehl in 2018, is increasingly proving its broad bench strength when assisting with major projects and worldwide transport chains. The firm's particular areas of expertise include valuables-in-transit and matters arising from its cooperation with the pharmaceutical, chemical and food industries. Team head and experienced transport industry advisor Holger Bürskens is regularly involved in the structuring and supervision of various transport and logistics projects. Assisting forwarders with contentious and non-contentious matters and handling transport contracts are part of Marco Remiorz's key areas of expertise. Ulrich Steppler and Katja Brecke are key individuals in the aviation space, a core competence of the team, where they advise airlines and companies in the aviation and travel industry on transactions, contracts and liability issues. With counsel Carsten Vyvers, who defends against claims for damages and asserts claims for freight compensation, the firm also has a strong bench at the junior level.

Practice head(s):

Holger Bürskens


‘Counsel Christine Kranich is very reliable, solution-oriented and flexible, thinks pragmatically and is very well connected, particularly in the aviation industry.’

Key clients

Federal Express


Work highlights

  • Represented FedEx in and out of court in damage claims, including Federal Agency of Aviation proceedings.

REMÉ Rechtsanwälte

Highly specialised in land and air transport and forwarding law, REMÉ Rechtsanwälte handles a wide spectrum ranging from rail to sea and inland waterway transport. Its offering also includes transport liability law matters pertaining to national and cross-border transports, as well as recourse and contract issues. Most of the firm's transport sector specialists are therefore not only transport and forwarding lawyers but also insurance law experts. Key individuals Ingo GerckeJobst von Werder and Christoph Singer regularly represent international forwarding companies, shipping industry players alongside underwriting agents and insurance brokers. The firm stands out for advising shipping companies and forwarding companies with captive insurance solutions on the full spectrum of transport law, from the drafting of clauses to the settlement of claims, and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Ingo Gercke

Other key lawyers:

Jobst von Werder; Christoph Singer

Key clients

AIG Europe

Dachser SE

WK Webster & Co

Zurich Insurance plc

Segelken & Suchopar

Segelken & Suchopar is well versed in transport and forwarding law and predominantly acts in matters at the intersection with insurance law. The team led by Heiko Saur and Thomas Wanckel also provides forwarders, carriers and logistics companies with ongoing advice on commercial and contractual relationships.

Other key lawyers:

Heiko Saur; Thomas Wanckel

Blaum Dettmers Rabstein

In transport law, Blaum Dettmers Rabstein covers the full spectrum of freight forwarding, road, rail and aviation law. The team led by Kay Uwe Bahnsen has particular expertise in the enforcement and defence of claims of transport damages, and major accidents in particular. This set of expertise leads to regular instructions from national and international insurers and underwriters, who also receive assistance with recourse matters, with Elke Wietoska being a key individual for this segment. Handling matters at the interface between warehousing, transhipment and real estate law is another core area of the firm, which also acts in contentious matters before state courts, and as arbitrator.

Practice head(s):

Kay Uwe Bahnsen

Other key lawyers:

Elke Wietoska


In transport law, Heussen Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH focuses on overlapping logistics matters, primarily acting for clients from the automotive, retail and pharmaceutical logistics industries. Key contact Marcus Schriefers specialises in work pertaining to the movement of goods by land, sea and air.

Other key lawyers:

Marcus Schriefers

ADVOS Rechtsanwälte

The team at ADVOS Rechtsanwälte consists of five specialist transport lawyers, dealing with civil law issues as well as with public law matters such as hazardous goods law. The team covers road freight, railway, air freight, sea and inland navigation law as well as claims for damages and associated recourse actions. Carsten Bennera and Jürgen Temme are particularly active in this space.

Other key lawyers:

Carsten Bennera; Jürgen Temme

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP assists companies in the rail, road, aviation and shipping sectors with the transformation process in connection with innovation, sustainability and new business models. As a main focus, the team frequently advises regional rail transport and public transport companies, where clients benefit from its close cooperation with the public law group including Udo Herbert Olgemöller and Olaf Otting, who have particular expertise in this sector. In the transactional and leasing space, Wolfgang Melzer frequently takes the lead and is particularly active in aviation work.

Clyde & Co LLP

In 2019, Clyde & Co LLP established itself in Hamburg with several arrivals from Ince, including transport sector experts Volker Lücke and Tim Schommer alongside goods transport damage specialist Eckehard Volz. While the key individuals are best known for their maritime expertise, the practice's workload also includes contentious and contractual matters in the road, rail, sea and air segments. Lücke has extensive knowledge in international claims arising from project transport contracts as well as in project planning and the conclusion of framework agreements. Associate Anna Falk provides civil and public law advice on various means of transport including storage risks.

Practice head(s):

Volker Lücke

Other key lawyers:

Tim Schommer; Eckehard Volz; Anna Falk


Strong expertise, commitment, success-oriented, flexible and friendly.

Very good sector knowledge, react and act promptly – very good atmosphere and access to questions.

Eckehard Volz, Katarina Solf – both are professional, knowledgeable, engaged and always available.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP's sector specific work includes mandates involving rail, ship and aviation, where the team advises on financing matters and sale-and-lease-back structures alongside contentious issues, regulatory requirements and, in particular, contract drafting. Peter Huber advises clients on corporate law matters, Detlef Haß represents transport companies in contentious proceedings, and Florian Unseld handles transport sector work from a commercial and distribution law perspective. The interdisciplinary team also deals with developments in the mobility services sector, such as drones.

Other key lawyers:

Detlef Haß; Peter Huber; Florian Unseld

Kuss Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbb

Kuss Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbb is highly specialised in international transport, forwarding and warehousing law. The main focus of the four-strong team of specialist lawyers lies on complex transport damage cases as well as on recourse actions and recourse defence respectively. The team jointly led by Robert Kuss and Corinna Kuss also advises policyholders and insurers on transport insurance coverage. Additionally, the firm's English, French, Italian and Russian language skills add particular value in the context of international work.

Practice head(s):

Robert Kuss; Corinna Kuss


‘The firm is very competent, reliable and always sticks to the allocated timetable. The team furthermore is characterised by patience and determination also in stressful situations.’

‘The firm is our first port of call in Germany in the area of transport law. Particularly in the area of road transport the team is unparalleled with regard to efficiency, transparency, know-how and experience.’

‘Robert Kuss is outstanding in his competency and client-orientation and has excellent negotiation skills.’

‘Robert Kuss is an excellent lawyer with very broad experience in trade, transport and insurance law.’

‘Corinna Kuss speaks four languages fluently and therefore is invaluable at an international level.’

‘Corinna Kuss ist an outstanding lawyer, very efficient and well connected, particularly in the French market.’

Norton Rose Fulbright

The transport law practice at Norton Rose Fulbright has strong interface capabilities between the segments transport, real estate and infrastructure. Jointly led by Ralf SpringerTimo Noftz, Dirk Traumann  and Michael Jürgen Werner, the team has particular strength in financing and dispute resolution, including litigation. Springer has a specialism in aviation and railway financing including various corresponding leasing types.

Practice head(s):

Ralf Springer; Timo Noftz; Dirk Traumann; Michael Jürgen Werner

Key clients

Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur (BMVI)

DVB Bank SE / DZ Bank

S7 Group/Siberian Airlines



Work highlights

  • Advised the Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure on the PPP motorway project A3.
  • Represented the Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure in a legal action brought by the private motorway operator A1 Mobil, including advising the grantors of the concessions in pre-court proceedings.
  • Advised DVB Bank and DZ Bank on the sale of a railway loan portfolio and an aircraft loan portfolio to Helaba/MUFG.