We represent clients in complex international arbitrations and cross-border litigations and act in disputes around the globe. The firm's Hamburg office is a key part of Clyde & Co’s global network and provides solution-oriented, cost-efficient, and timely advice on both German and English law.
Dispute Resolution and International Arbitration
Our disputes lawyers in the Hamburg office advise regularly on complex, high-value and sensitive multi-jurisdictional litigations both before German and English courts. Our German arbitration team has significant experience in complex international and domestic arbitrations (ICC, LCIA, DIS, SIAC, SCC, AAA, LMAA, GMAA, ad hoc) across various industry sectors. In addition to commercial arbitrations, we advise investors on investment protection and represent them in investment arbitrations (ICSID, UNCITRAL and ad hoc) when their investments abroad are at stake. We support our clients in jurisdictional disputes, arbitrator challenges, setting-aside and enforcement of arbitral awards.
Energy & Construction
Our team regularly advises on a variety of large and complex offshore wind projects, among others, in the North Sea, the Baltic Sea, the United States of America as well as in the Taiwan Strait. Our experience includes various reviews of offshore construction, transportation and installation contracts based on FIDIC Silver Book and/or FIDIC Yellow Book as well as BIMCO standard forms and tailor-made contracts for works. Moreover, we have accompanied and advised clients during complex tender proceedings. Our team also offers legal and operative project management support to project investors during the execution phase of renewable energy projects (Wind, Hydro, Geothermal, PV and CSP).
Besides the non-contentious advice, our energy team represents international contractors in commercial litigation/arbitration regarding intricate delay/variation order disputes as well as developers in post M&A/joint venture disputes regarding renewable energy projects.
Our global energy & natural resources group advises on large scale infrastructure projects with a particular focus on oil & gas/LNG. Our experience includes, among others, advising clients on the legal framework of the operation of LNG bunker vessels in German ports as well as on necessary authorizations and further legal prerequisites of LNG transport and delivery by truck through Germany.
Our insurance team handles claims across every line of insurance and reinsurance business, from the smallest claim to the largest and most complex loss. In this context, we can make use of our network across the globe to serve our clients’ individual needs.
In the marine and transport insurance field, we assist with the drafting of policy and contracts and represent clients in disputes arising out of all manner of insurance policies including hull, cargo, third party liability and transport liability. A special focus of the Hamburg team, in addition to the coordination of complex disputes, is on cover issues under policies subject to ADS/DTV-Hull-, War Risk-, DTV-Cargo- & DTV-Flusskasko-regime under German law. The Hamburg office is also running a German Marine Law Insurance Desk for the Lloyd market in London.
On the energy and the non-marine insurance side, a further special focus of the Hamburg insurance team rests with coverage issues under CAR policies as well as event cancellation, entertainment, and fine art & specie insurance both contentious and non-contentious.
Hamburg has long been an important hub for the marine industry and our team is recognized as a market leader in its field. Consisting of both German and English-qualified lawyers, we provide advice to clients all over the world throughout the entire maritime industry. Our expertise covers all aspects of shipping, yachting, admiralty, and pilotage, with a strong focus on marine insurance. This includes representing clients in arbitration and before state courts in relation to shipbuilding disputes, charterparty and bill of lading claims, sale and purchase disputes, crew and cargo claims, insurance and insolvency disputes, salvage claims, and disputes under ship management contracts. We are regarded as specialists in the yachting sector where we advise yacht and superyacht owners and their insurers on newbuilding and sale & purchase projects. We also represent our clients in claims arising out of yacht-building, refit/repair, charterparty and insurance contracts.
The Clyde & Co Hamburg team is also known for its outstanding expertise in large scale admiralty matters. We have been involved in large scale admiralty cases, including collisions, salvage, wreck removal, groundings, fire, crane collapse cases, canal blockages, cargo loss, constructive total losses etc. For ‘wet work’ we have a team of legally qualified German and English casualty investigators including mariners who are available 24/7 to respond to urgent casualties in German waters and globally.
Transport and Logistics
Transport and Logistics are one of the Hamburg office’s core areas of expertise. We cover all aspects of the carriage of goods by road, sea, rail, and air, both domestic and global. We regularly represent clients in transactional, dispute resolution, regulatory and compliance matters, and deal with small, medium, and large claims and casualties as well as contract drafting and business conceptional work on a daily basis.
Many of our lawyers have gained in-house experience with freight forwarders, shipping companies, federal authorities and in claims departments of insurers and brokers. This enables us to provide clients with in-depth insight into the legal necessities of their trade.
Trade & Commodities
Our trade and commodities practice is a growing area for Hamburg. We advise international commodity and agricultural producers, commodity trading companies, shipping companies, banks and financial institutions on all legal aspects of the international sale of goods and provide legal support and guidance to our clients in an increasingly complex geopolitical and regulatory landscape. We have extensive experience in handling large scale cross-jurisdictional disputes and our team has represented clients in litigation as well as in arbitrations under all the major international rules as well as before commodity trade tribunals (FOSFA, GAFTA, Hamburg Waren-Verein).