Comment: This recommended insurance practice benefits from its rigorous focus on technical and industrial insurance from the maritime and transport sector. Its clients’ international orientation in this area recently brought the firm still more referral business from international law firms, incl. from the Netherlands and Hong Kong. This growth is also reflected in further expansion at the associate level. Precisely in connection with disasters, the lawyers have extensive experience with international cases and arbitration proceedings, in which Gercke is becoming just as active as an arbitrator as he is as a party representative.
Strengths: Maritime and transport insurance.
Recommended: Ingo Gercke.
Practice: Recourse proceedings and coverage disputes, esp. for transport and transport liability insurers, underwriters on coverage issues regarding major claims. Transport and shipping companies on risk management. Product liability work, often at the interface with technical insurance. Also policy drafting and frequent arbitration activity. Established contacts with London law firms. (5 equity partners, 1 salary partner, 4 associates, 1 of counsel)
Clients: ?? Federal Republic of Germany in connection with the running aground of the ultra-large container vessel Indian Ocean on the Elbe, incl. dispute with Chinese shipping company and English P&I Club; HDI Global as a general liability insurer on ship collision (both public knowledge); German company and insurer in ICC arbitration proceeding against Arabic insurer in dispute over oil tank damages in Libya; diverse insurers on embargo rules for coverage verification and payment; regular advice to various Hamburg underwriting agents.