Dr Christian Finnern (LLM) is a partner in Watson Farley & Williams global Maritime Services Group. He is based in the firm’s Hamburg office.
He acts for shipowners, managers, investors and other market participants in the maritime industry, advising on all aspects of maritime law. A particular focus of his practice is providing advice in relation 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.
His practice also entails advising on investments in the maritime industry and he routinely represents parties in insolvency and enforcement proceedings as well as in contentious matters.
Another focus of his practice lies on investments, joint ventures and M&A transactions in the maritime industry.
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
Dr Finnern is a member of the German Society of the International Law of the Sea, the Nautical Society of Hamburg, German Maritime Arbitration Association, German – South Africa Lawyers Association and Chinese European Legal Association.