Dr. Christian Finnern LL.M.
Partner, Maritime


T: +49 40 800 084 0
D: +49 40 800 084 414
M: +49 151 440 48 627

EmailE: cfinnern@wfw.com

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Christian Finnern

Summary Open

Christian Finnern is a partner in the global Maritime Services Group of Watson Farley & Williams. He is based in Hamburg.

He acts for ship-owners, managers, investors and other market participants in the maritime industry, advising on all aspects of maritime law.

His practice comprises in particular advice relating to ship-building, the sale and purchase of second hand tonnage, advice regarding all flag and registration matters as well as on the employment, operation and management of ships.

Another focus of his practice lies on investments, joint ventures and M&A transactions in the maritime industry.

He also represents parties in insolvency and enforcement proceedings, including advice to insolvency administrators relating to shipping matters as well as in contentious matters.

Furthermore, Christian has broad experience in advising international and domestic banks on all matters of ship finance. This includes advice on complex syndicated financing structures, and on a number of high-profile restructurings as well as in respect of warehouse and platform solutions.


Experience Open

    Christian’s experience includes advising:

    • ZEABORN on the acquisition of the entire business of “Rickmers-Linie”, including employees, offices, chartered vessels and certain subsidiaries in various jurisdictions.
    • Ship owner based on the Bahamas on the sale of a fleet of four multi-purpose vessels to a Dutch ship owner.
    • German ship owner with regard to the financing granted to a foreign subsidiary, in particular its collateralization by a fleet consisting of six tankers flying Marshall Islands and Gibraltar flag.
    • Norwegian ship owner on the sale of two river cruise ships to a ship owner based in Switzerland.
    • German federal state bank with regard to the financing granted to a German ship owner for 10 multi-purpose vessels (6 floating and 4 under construction) as well as 6 container vessels with a total volume of USD 400m.
    • Investor based in Luxembourg in connection with the sale of ships registered in Germany to a new ownership structure based in Cyprus.
    • German business bank on the restructuring of a EUR 52m financing for 6 container vessels with German ship owners as borrowers.
    • Investor based in Luxembourg in relation to a mezzanine loan granted to a German ship owner for the partial financing of three container ships.
    • Syndicate of banks with regard to charter agreements regarding the service of offshore supply ships for the use in one of the largest offshore wind energy sites in the German North Sea.
    • Insolvency administrator on the sale of three ships as well as on the defense of alleged claimed.
    • Ship owner based in Singapore on the acquisition of a ship from a German ship owner as well as on flag matters, and ship owner based on the Marshall Islands on the sale of a ship registered in Malta to a German buyer.

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • German Society of the International Law of the Sea
  • German – South African Lawyers Association
  • Nautical Society of Hamburg
  • Chinese European Legal Association
  • German Maritime Arbitration Association

Employment Record Open

  • 2010-present: Watson Farley & Williams LLP
  • 2011: Secondment with legal department of Deutsche Bank AG (Deutsche Shipping)
  • 2007-2010: Ince & Co., Hamburg
  • 2007: Admission as German attorney (Rechtsanwalt)
  • 2005-2007: trainee/intern with shipping law firms in Hamburg and Cape Town as well as with Hapag-Lloyd AG

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