Lebuhn & Puchta

Comment: This firm comes recommended for its pronounced expertise and contacts in the Hamburg maritime sector, and mainly advises long-standing clients on ?corporate and finance. Because of the ongoing downturn in shipping, L&P stepped up restructuring work, as well as litigation. Here, L&P is positioned on the side of shipping companies, e.g. in negotiations with banks, while in insurance cases it works for insurers too. L&P branched into a new field with compliance advice to Hempel: after the Danish boat paint manufacturer hired Esche Schümann to deal with its corruption affair, L&P was brought in for its preeminent knowledge of the structures in the maritime sector. This could lead to further work, as compliance is gaining importance in this sector too.
Strengths: Long-standing expertise in maritime law, incl. ship finance.
Recommended: Dr. Heinrich-Werner Goltz (“first-class in M&A and corporate”, competitor), Dr. Christian Breitzke, Dr. Ulrich Stahl, Edward Maguin, Dr. Johannes Trost (all commercial maritime law).
Practice: Alongside traditional maritime law and increasing activity in the wind power sector, all-round advice on corporate (incl. shipping funds), shareholder disputes, startups, AGM advice, restructuring, change of corporate form and cross-border transactions. Various arbitration proceedings. English law expertise with two solicitors and an established network. (7 partners, 11 associates)
Clients: ?? Hempel Germany on compliance in connection with corruption allegation; German shipping group against bank consortium regarding loan restructuring; litigation for large Polish shipyard against purchasing company; Norwegian manufacturer of wind turbines regarding contract for converter platform; German shipping company on claims against insurer regarding damage to undersea cable.
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