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Dr. Jan Dreyer

  • Admitted to the German bar in 1989, joined Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein in 1996
  • Practice in the maritime industry with a focus on contract drafting and negotiation for the shipbuilding and supplier industry, ship financing, maritime and transport insurance law. Extensive experience in litigation, arbitration and recourse actions and as arbitrator, conciliator and mediator. Expert witness on German law in foreign court proceedings. Instructed by shipowners, banks, insurers, shipyards and suppliers, off-shore corporations and yacht owners.
  • Professional experience: Dabelstein & Passehl, managing partner (2013–2017), vice managing partner (since 2000); in-house counsel at Blohm + Voss shipyard; focus on large-scale plant construction, shipbuilding and repair contracts, as well as shipbuilding supply (1993); international major law firm, focus on corporate law, first experiences in maritime law (1991–1993), apprenticeship as a banker in Hamburg (1978–1980)
  • Legal clerkship in Hamburg, Houston, Texas/USA at the German-American Chamber of Commerce and Los Angeles, California/USA at an international law firm (1986–1989)
  • Studied in Hamburg and Freiburg im Breisgau (1980–1985)
  • PhD in law (1989–1990), specialist lawyer for insurance law

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  • Memberships: IBA (International Bar Association), AIDA, German Transport Law Association, German International Maritime Law Association, GMAA (German Maritime Arbitration Association), member of the specialist team for Insurance and Transport Law at the German Lawyers Association, Association of Former Business Juniors at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce.
  • Chair of Maritime and Transport Committee der IBA International Bar Association (2013–2014), Vice Chair and Senior Vice Chair (2009–2012)
  • Languages: German, English
  • Awards:
    • Legal 500: Leading Individual Maritime and Transport Law (2013-2018)
    • Legal 500 EMEA and US Editions 2017: “Jan Dreyer is a very good and very qualified all-rounder“
    • “Top Ten Law Personalities” in Lloyd’s List Top 100
    • European Legal Experts” (2011)
    • “Who is Who Legal“ and “Guide to the World’s Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers”
    • Expert in the fields of maritime and insurance law
    • Ranked in Chambers (2015-2018): transport, shipping, finance (band 3) and litigation (band 2)
    • Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 in the areas of Energy Law, Maritime Law and Transportation Law
  • Credentials:
    • Advice to an American banking syndicate on a bid for the acquisition of a substantial ship mortgage loan portfolio
    • Establishment of a holding structure for a medium-sized shipping company in Singapore including the transfer of the German company and negotiation of shareholder agreements in Singapore
    • Negotiation and drafting of a building contract for an Italian super yacht, advice during building works, acceptance procedure and registration
    • Ongoing advice for a newly founded shipyard group in Germany, negotiation with suppliers and developers of infrastructure
    • ICC arbitration as chairman of the arbitral tribunal – conduct of ICC arbitration proceedings, presiding the tribunal as Chair
    • Settlement of a dispute between a German maritime insurer and a listed supplier



Small differences matter: pre-contractual duty of disclosure and lack of knowledge due to negligence

ILO - International Law Office
Dr. Jan Dreyer

Covid-19: the outlook from a German legal perspective

Maritime and Transport Law Committee
Dr. Jan DreyerSybille Rexer

Break the limits – Find the German Freight Forwarder!

Vortrag beim IMLS Seminar in Singapur am 24.05.2018
Dr. Jan Dreyer
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