Dr. Clemens C. Hillmer LL.M.



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Clemens Hillmer

Summary Open

Clemens is a Partner in and Head of the Banking & Finance group, based in the Hamburg office of Watson Farley & Williams LLP.

Clemens has broad experience in domestic and international financings. His banking and finance practice includes acting for financial institutions in domestic and cross border bilateral and syndicated lending and debt restructuring.

Clients praise Dr Clemens Hillmer: “he has excellent contacts to banks” (JUVE Handbuch 2016/2017).

Experience Open

    Clemens’ experience includes advising:

    • A group of banks on the restructuring of a group with holdings in various jurisdictions and more than 80 affiliates with a total volume of more than $1.8bn.
    • KKR Credit in relation to its agreement by which KKR Credit, together with a sovereign wealth fund, to acquire a portfolio of performing and non-performing shipping loans originated by NORD/LB with an initial total volume of about US$1.5bn including up to 100 ships, and create a shipping portfolio management company, designed to be open for use by third-party banks for their portfolio management.
    • HSH Nordbank on various loan facilities (“Nautilus structure”).
    • Bank N.V. and DVB Bank S.E. on a US$150m container box financing transaction with ING, DVB and Bremer Landesbank Kreditanstalt Oldenburg – Girozentrale as lenders and Hapag-Lloyd AG as borrower.
    • HSH Nordbank on a highly innovative structured deal to transfer a fleet of distressed vessels out of HSH’s non-core portfolio to Navios Group. The fleet included seven container vessels and seven dry bulk carriers, with an average overall age of four years and market value of US$225m.

Education Open

  • 2001: Master of Laws (Shipping Law), University of Cape Town
  • 1999 – 2001: Traineeship, Second State Exam
  • 1997: Doctoral Thesis
  • 1997: First State Exam

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer
  • Hamburgischer Anwaltsverein e.V.

Employment Record Open

  • 2008 – present: Watson Farley & Williams, Hamburg
  • 2004 – 2008: Ince & Co., Hamburg
  • 2001 – 2004: CMS Hasche Sigle, Hamburg

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