Ince & Co

Comment: This firm respected in Hamburg is gearing itself towards the changing needs of core clients from the maritime industry. The ongoing downturn here makes finance advice increasingly complex and extensive. As Ince is holding its ground as an advisor to major players like Hapag-Lloyd and NordLB, it responded to the rise in work by ramping up its headcount. As well as seven new associates, the team welcomed Thomas Schwenke (from own firm) as an experienced partner and integrated him into major instructions right away. Ince widened its bank contacts and gained ground in the energy sector. Contacts often stem from the international network, e.g. the Greek office. The litigation practice is held in high esteem and gained a notable offshore project developer as a client.
Strengths: All-round advice to the maritime industry via the international network.
Recommended: Dr. Jan-Uwe Hungar, Dr. Volker Lücke, Dr. Tim Schommer, Eckehard Volz (“specialist for disputes in the maritime industry, esp. involving prospectus liability”, competitor).
Practice: Focus on the maritime industry, incl. advice on corporate, ship acquisitions and sales, maritime and international commercial law as well as employment and ?insurance. Financing advice on the side of banks and borrowers. Also litigation. (9 equity partners, 2 salary partners, 19 associates, 1 of counsel)
Clients: ?? Hapag-Lloyd on restructuring all financing and leasing transactions of UASC in merger; NordLB on ship finance; shipping company on shipbuilding contracts; offshore wind farm project developer in disputes with contractual partner; bank consortium on sale of export credit-backed loans to financial investor.
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