The business of EHLERMANN RINDFLEISCH GADOW ('ERG') is the provision of legal advice and assistance on all kinds of maritime related transactions. From its offices in Hamburg and London, ERG provides legal advice to clients in all matters related to the structuring and implementation of shipbuilding projects, sale and purchase of ships, containers and other maritime assets, financing, financial and operating leases of maritime assets as well as domestic and international corporate and insolvency law and M&A deals in the maritime industry ERG represents its clients in German and English litigation cases, including arbitration proceedings. The Firm's international team of 25 lawyers is able to advise on English, German, Marshallese and South African law. They are admitted to bar in these jurisdictions.
Domestic as well as foreign ship owners and shipping companies, among them some of the leading worldwide shipping businesses, form a major part of the Firm’s clients. Many of these clients are advised by the Firm since decades. ERG also advise ship builders, ship managers, initiators of closed end funds and other market players in the maritime industry, such as consultants, brokers and other intermediaries.
ERG advise some of the biggest ship financing banks worldwide. The Firm advises almost all German banks, other European banks, US banks as well as Chinese banks. ERG's lawyers were the first to advise Chinese banks in lending directly to German shipowners. In addition, the Firm’s lawyers advise on financings involving the export credit agencies of some of the major shipbuilding nations. The Firm frequently advises other financiers, such as institutional investors, private equity funds, hedge funds and family offices, especially in connection with purchase and lease back transactions.