Department Business Recovery, Restructuring & Insolvency, Energy & infrastructure Qualified 2009 Education (University) Maîtrise-en-droit (Univ. Bordeaux) 2005 First State Exam (Erstes Juristisches Staatsexamen) 2007 Second State Exam (Zweites Juristisches Staatsexamen) 2009 Languages German, French, Portuguese and English.
Christian advises clients in the shipping, aviation and trade sectors on corporate/M&A and loan restructurings. He also advises on energy and infrastructure projects, predominantly in the offshore wind sector. Beyond these more traditional areas, he helps clients to identify the legal impact of new technologies on their business and act on potential commercial opportunities.
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.
With the emergence of new technologies, including artificial intelligence and blockchain, Christian also helps clients to assess the legal impact that these new developments have on their activities and maximise any commercial opportunities that may arise.
A further significant part of Christian’s work concerns renewable energy. 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.
"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)."
Professional Associations & Memberships
- Member of the Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats (AIJA)
- Member of the EEHH Renewable Energy Hamburg
What you might not know about Christian
Christian has a passion for Portuguese culture and is thus a keen Portuguese learner. Consequently, he is a member of our German Latin American Desk, handles various projects to expand the firm’s presence in Latin America to assist both German and Latin American companies and private persons in civil and corporate law matters with particular focus on Brazil.
*Not a shareholder, but an employee appointed as Partner of Ince Germany Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, an independent law firm cooperating with The Ince Group.
My matter highlights
- Advising a German bank led international syndicate in the context of the restructuring and amendment and restatement of a USD 750m+ syndicated fleet financing (including all security) as part of a global group restructuring together with a number of other syndicated loans involving affecting financings for 22 vessels.
- Assisting a state-owned German financial institution in the restructuring and enforcement of two defaulting fleet financings against its foreign based borrower.
- Assisting a German private equity investor in the acquisition and restructuring of an industrial services provider in distress.
- Advising an international container leasing and service provider in the context of the insolvency of two
- German container leasing groups and the potential acquisition of container portfolios from the insolvency administrators.
- Advising an offshore construction company, as contractor, in light of the insolvency proceedings of the turbine supplier, being the client’s employer under a turbine transport and installation contract for a German offshore wind farm.
- Assisting a German construction company as seconded lawyer during project execution and general contract management in relation to the installation of foundations and WTGs in a German offshore wind farm.
- Regularly advising a French ship yard in relation to German offshore wind projects concerning the construction of substations.
- Regular advice to a marine insurance broker in relation to economic sanctions.
My testimonials and accolades
“Christian Reinert is very accessible and gives pragmatic advice. Transparent communication and great knowledge.”
My recent publications
News / Benefits and Relaxations in German Insolvency Laws due to COVID-19: Not as generous as they may seem…
It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic will have, or already has, negative economic effects for many companies. Most governments are working at full speed to provide financial resources to recoup the economic consequences and to facilitate keeping businesses alive in the challenging environment until the restrictive measures can be relaxed. An overview of our colleagues Alex Rogan and Julie Killip, for example, of the UK government’s measures can be found here.
News / Hamburg: new working hours regulation under German Law
11-07-2014 / Energy & Infrastructure
In Germany, new rules specifically designed to regulate the limits of working hours in the offshore industry came into effect on 1 August 2013. The “Regulation on Working Time in relation to Offshore Work” (Offshore-Arbeitszeitverordnung, “OAZV”) grants extensive exceptions to the German Working Time Act (Arbeitszeitgesetz) and also to the new German Maritime Labour Act (Seearbeitsgesetz) in order to accommodate the particular circumstances associated with the construction, operation and maintenance of wind turbines at sea. These distinctive circumstances are, inter alia, a distance to the coast line of up to 100 kilometres, a long journey of several hours on board the ships to the offshore site, and extreme weather conditions due to stronger winds and high waves.