Maren Brandes LL.M.



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Maren Brandes

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Maren is a Partner in the Banking & Finance group of Watson Farley & Williams in Hamburg. She co-founded the Hamburg office and has since been heading the Shipping Finance Group. She is qualified as a German lawyer and was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 2003. Since 1998, she has been a qualified lawyer, advising on all matters related to ship finance.

Maren mainly assists German and international banks on ship finance matters, including syndicated loans, ECA-backed loans, lease structures and restructuring and enforcements.

Other experience includes shipyard-related matters, marine insurance, sale and purchase, cruise and dispute resolution.

Maren speaks English and German and has basic knowledge of Spanish and French.

Experience Open

    Maren´s experience includes advising:
    • German and international lenders on numerous new-build and second-hand tonnage financings.
    • A German bank in relation to portfolio transfers.
    • Commerzbank AG in relation to the sale of a large portfolio of shipping loans worth €280m to Oaktree Capital Management.
    • Commerzbank AG in relation to the sale of its ship restructuring platform HSAM GmbH comprising a portfolio of 18 vessels in a structured bidding process.
    • German banks in relation to Japanese Operating Leases for container boxes and ships.
    • A banking syndicate co-ordinated by Crédit Agricole, DNB, HSBC and UniCredit, relating to the signing of an ECA-backed US$372m syndicated loan facility for Hapag-Lloyd.

Education Open

  • 1998: Second state examination in Bremen
  • 1997: LL.M. University of East Anglia
  • 1995: First state examination in Trier
  • 1992: Universidad de Salamanca

Author/Speaker/Awards Open

  • February 2014: Marine Money, Hamburg
  • Article WUB 4/2016, 226: Keine Einstellung der Zwangsvollstreckung in ein Schiff durch das Insolvenzgericht (Co-Author: Dr. Klaus Schmid-Burgk)

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer
  • Hamburgischer Anwaltsverein e.V.
  • German Maritime Arbitration Association

Employment Record Open

  • 2005 – present: Partner, Watson Farley & Williams LLP
  • 2005: Partner, Dr. Schackow & Partner Rechtsanwälte, Hamburg
  • 1998 – 2004: Dr. Schackow & Partner Rechtsanwälte, Bremen and Hamburg

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