Clyde & Co expands in Germany with Hamburg office opening

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London, 12 February 2018. Global law firm Clyde & Co is pleased to announce further expansion in continental Europe with the hire of four leading marine partners and the opening of an office in Hamburg.

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.

Simon Konsta, Clyde & Co Senior Partner, says: “The hiring of this top marine, trade and energy team and the opening of our second office in Germany is in line with our strategy to build and strengthen our global platform by hiring the best lawyers across our core sectors. 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, which launched 18 months ago.

Andrew Preston, Partner at Clyde & Co, says: “With the hiring of this team we’ve added one of the top marine groups in Germany and secured a strong presence in a key European shipping hub, which is a major centre for owners, operators, trading houses and marine insurers.  They are a very close knit team and differentiate themselves from their competitors in Germany and northern Europe thanks to the diversity of their service offering across the sector and associated fields.”

The expansion is the latest growth for Clyde & Co in continental Europe and Germany itself, where it first launched in Dusseldorf in July 2016 following the hire of a leading insurance team from Noerr. Over the past year, Clyde & Co has opened in Washington DC, Chicago, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Kuala Lumpur, Auckland and Orange County, while announcing the opening of an office in Bristol later in 2018.

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 litigation practice covers matters relating to dry shipping, admiralty and yachting. He specialises in cargo and charterparty claims and handles a variety of marine insurance cases predominately acting for underwriters.

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

Dr Eckehard Volz’s whose practice encompasses shipping, marine insurance and offshore matters advising on all aspects of admiralty law, P&I and marine insurance as well as ship management matters. A dedicated and experienced litigator, he has extensive experience of commercial litigation and arbitration cases.

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