Partner I Proxyholder
Department: Restructuring & Insolvency, Energy & Infrastructure, Employment, Regulatory
Qualified: Germany, 2009
Education (University): University of Bayreuth
Languages: German, English, French, Portuguese and very basic Greek
Christian assists clients on all aspects of corporate and loan restructurings, often involving multiple jurisdictions. He also represents their interests in insolvency proceedings and handles enforcement actions, including ship arrests. Furthermore, he advises on shipping related regulatory issues, including money laundering, data protection and economic sanctions and embargos.
As part of his insolvency practice, for example, Christian currently serves as court appointed member of the creditors’ committee (Gläubigerausschuss) of Nobiskrug ship yard.
In connection with his restructuring practice, Christian also helps clients with all sorts of employment law issues (contentious and non-contentious), in particular those which may arise in the context of downsizing and outsourcing.
Building on experience gained through his restructuring practice in relation to employment and corporate restructurings, Christian also helps foreign clients setting up a presence in Germany, ranging from foundation or acquisition of a German company, to registering a branch office including the subsequent ancillary tasks such as business registration, office lease etc.
A further significant part of Christian’s work concerns renewable energy and infrastructure. Having been involved from the early days of Germany’s offshore wind industry, Christian advises a broad client base, including contractors, wind farm owners, ship yards and ship owners, on all major aspects of successfully establishing and running a wind farm. Christian also advised UNIPER on certain German law aspects in connection with the management of the LNG terminal in Wilhelmshaven.
As the market for ship financing more and more diversifies, Christian increasingly deals with capital markets regulation for clients seeking alternative ways of financing. This includes review of licencing requirements under KWG, KAGB and WpIG as well as queries in connection with prospectus obligations or their exemption.
Beside his legal practice, Christian is part of the office’s management team and thus proxy holder (Prokurist). He is the responsible DAC-6- and data protection officer of Hamburg. In this role he had to manage the complete 2year DAC-6 retrospective review when DAC-6 was enacted in Germany.
“When advising clients, my ambition is to satisfy two objectives: to think outisde the box and to understand clients’ true needs. I don’t want to sell clients a roadster if they actually need an estate car (and vice versa).”