Team

Dr. Jan U. Hungar

Managing Partner, Managing Director  
+49 (0) 40 38 0860
jan.hungar@incegermany.com

Further roles: Managing Partner Ince Consultancy, Managing Partner of Ince Tax & Trust, Director at Ince Gibraltar
Department Maritime, Banking & Finance, Corporate, Admiralty  
Qualified Germany, 1999 
Languages German, English

In addition to his law degree, Jan has a degree in industrial engineering for maritime trade, is registered as a German lawyer with the Hamburg Bar Association, the Hamburg Tax Advisor Association and with the SRA as a foreign lawyer in England and Wales a. His clients, predominantly in the maritime sector, benefit greatly from the depth and breadth of his expertise.

Jan represents domestic and international banks, shipping companies, shipyards, ship and pool managers, owners, charterers, insurers as well as leasing, energy and investment companies.

Jan advises on matters relating to the shipping industry, including commercial vessels, yachts, containers, port facilities, port and ship equipment, oil rigs and off-shore equipment, as well as matters relating to the energy industry.

The scope of transactions he works on ranges from marine and energy-related M&A, joint ventures and off-shore set-ups, to asset deals, ship and corporate finance and leasing and chartering matters.

He also advises on debt, corporate and financial restructurings, marine and energy investment projects and various financial instruments for the shipping and energy industries. His expertise also covers shipbuilding and construction, ship sale and purchase, sale and leaseback and ship management matters, as well as workout, enforcement and admiralty matters.

Jan is recognised by the leading legal directories for both shipping and banking.

Professional associations & memberships

  • Hamburg Lawyers Bar Association
  • Hamburg Tax Advisors Association
  • Hamburger Anwalts Verein
  • SRA (England & Wales)
  • FSC (Gibraltar)

Accolades:

  • The Legal 500, JUVE Handbuch

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Georg Lehmann

Partner 
+49 (0) 40 38 0860
georg.lehmann@incegermany.com

Qualified Germany, 2003 
Education (University) Hamburg University, Berlin University 
Languages German, English, Spanish

Georg is a ship finance expert with a corporate background who predominately advises lenders in ship financing transactions, restructurings and corporate law. He further advises on cross-border leasings of all kinds of maritime assets, as well as on yacht and super yacht projects.

Georg’s practice is focused on ship financing and corporate law. His clients include national and international banks, private equity funds, ship owners, shipyards and warranty and indemnity insurers.

He regularly acts for German and international banks, drafting loan and security documentation for the financing of different types of vessels, including super yachts. Georg advises banks in connection with restructuring of their loans and in work out/enforcement mandates. He also advises in the financing of other maritime assets, such as containers and (cross-border) leases.

His corporate law practice encompasses all types of company set-ups, including joint ventures and M&A for companies predominately in the maritime sector. He also advises providers of warranty and indemnity insurance in all aspects of German corporate law. Furthermore, he advises on pool contracts, ship management contracts, sale & purchase transactions and shipbuilding contracts in respect of all kind of vessels and yachts.

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“My clients are always very satisfied with the quality of my advice and response time”

Professional associations & memberships

Member of the Hamburg Bar Association  

What you may not know about Georg

I’m a member of the Latin America desk due to my close Mexico connections.

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Christian Reinert

Partner*) & Proxyholder 
+49 (0) 40 38 0860
christian.reinert@incegermany.com

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, 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.

In connection with his restructuring practice Christian also helps clients with all sorts of employment law issues (contentios and non-contentious), in particular those which may arise in the context of downsizing and outsourcing.   

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.

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“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 appointed as nominated Partner of Ince Germany Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH. Kein Gesellschafter sondern ein nominierter Partner der Ince Germany Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH.

 

Sami Chowdhury

Partner*) 
+49 (0) 40 38 0860
sami.chowdhury@incegermany.com

Department Maritime finance 
Qualified 2001 
Education (University) University of Passau, University College London 
Languages English, German

Sami focuses on advising domestic and international banks, financiers and owners on all aspects of ship and other international asset and project financing.

Sami’s practice focuses on all aspects of ship and other international asset, project and structured finance, corporate finance and leasing. He acts for domestic and international banks and financiers as well as owners. 

He regularly assists both lenders and borrowers in all aspects of ship finance, including not only multi-jurisdictional loan agreements but also finance leases of maritime assets and restructurings.

In addition to ship financing, Sami also has specialist expertise in real estate financing and capital markets law.  

His expertise also extends to all fields of transactional financing work and he has specialist expertise in general trade finance, exchange traded and OTC derivatives, ISDA contracts, factoring and forfaiting.

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“Clients require not only sound legal advice but an in-depth understanding of their businesses. Feeding from global know-how within the firm, we strive to always provide legal and business thought-leadership so our clients find themselves one step ahead of the competition.”

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Member of Hamburg Rechtsanwaltskammer 

What you may not know about Sami

Sami is a German qualified Rechtsanwalt. Prior to joining private practice, Sami spent six years as visiting lecturer and research assistant at King’s College London.

*) Not a shareholder, but appointed as nominated Partner of Ince Germany Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH. Kein Gesellschafter sondern ein nominierter Partner der Ince Germany Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

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Adrian Biles

Partner Hamburg, London
+44 (0) 20 7493 6151
adrian.biles@incegermany.com

Education (University) Southampton University

After completing a law degree at Southampton University, Adrian trained as a solicitor at a large City law firm.

Adrian has advised on a wide range of mergers, acquisitions and related transactions in respect of both private and public companies in the UK and internationally. He has led teams as adviser and principal on numerous corporate finance projects, including Stock Exchange listings, fundraisings and demergers. He also has extensive experience of contentious matters in the High Court and internationally.

Adrian joined Gordon Dadds in 2013 as Managing Partner and in the period to 31 March 2017, the firm grew at a compound annual rate of 70% per annum, with fee income rising from £2.7 million to over £25 million.

Gordon Dadds Group plc, of which Adrian is now the CEO, was the first London based law firm to list on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange in August 2017, raising £20 million of new money from investors to accelerate the firm’s growth.

In 2019 Adrian joined Ince Germany as partner.

Experience

  • Theodore Goddard
  • College of Law, York
  • Southampton University LLB, Law

Accolades

  • Hot 100 2016 – featured by industry magazine The Lawyer, in the management section of their Hot 100, which is a Who’s Who of people who have made a difference to the legal world over the past 12 months.
  • The Legal 500 – recommended lawyer in 2015 for Corporate and Commercial.

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Jan Heuvels

Partner Hamburg, Director Gibraltar
+49 (0) 162 249 5159
jan.heuvels@incegermany.com

Department Insurance Qualified 1995 Education (University) Oxford University, MA Jurisprudence Languages English, German

With over 25 years of experience as an insurance lawyer, Jan specialises in international arbitration and commercial dispute resolution, with particular expertise in the mining and construction sectors. He represents captives, insurers, reinsurers and brokers in complex, high value and often multi-jurisdictional disputes. He has a strong reputation for sensible and strategic advice.

Jan is regularly consulted on ‘corporate risk’ by large companies, their captives and re/insurers, including on claims and coverage issues relating to high value liability, property and business interruption claims and related subrogated recovery actions.

He is a contributor to a number of publications and conferences including the International Bar Association and AIDA Europe on legal and market issues. He is also the past chair of the Insurance Committee of the International Bar Association, and a member of the British Insurance Law Association and Insurance Institute of London.

Jan was International Senior Partner of Ince in London from January 2015 to August 2018, is an experienced leader in legal management and consultancy services and is recognised by the leading legal directories.

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COMMERCIAL, STRATEGIC AND LEGAL ADVICE ALL IN ONE.

Professional Association & Memberships

  • International Bar Association (IBA) (past Chair of the Insurance Committee)
  • British Insurance Law Association 
  • Insurance Institute of London

What you may not know about Jan

I worked in industry before becoming a lawyer which I believe has helped me focus my legal skills on achieving commercial and strategic benefits for my clients.

Accolades:
Chambers UK, Chambers & Partners, Who’s Who Legal

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Eva-Maria Braje

Managing Associate 
+49 (0) 40 38 0860
eva-maria.braje@incegermany.com

Department Commercial Disputes, Maritime, Insurance 
Qualified Germany 2004, England & Wales 2017. 
Education (University) Trier, Cardiff 
Languages English, German

Eva is a dispute resolution specialist who brings 15 years of advocacy as well as inhouse experience to her clients. She is dual qualified in England & Wales and Germany and is a bar accredited transport specialist.

Eva specialises in complex transport and transport insurance claims for national and international clients. She handles mainly contentious shipping and logistics matters as well as general commercial and trade disputes.

Her experience includes defending logistic service providers on complex multi-party disputes, negotiating settlements in multi-layer insurance and liability cases and representing parties in high end recovery proceedings as well as handling of GA and salvage-claims.

Eva is a lecturer for international transport and transport insurance law for postgraduates at the Martin-Luther University.

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“My clients can rely on a hands-on and very communicative approach with a strong commercial focus embedded in any domestic or international legal framework.”

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Member of the German Transport Law Association and the German Maritime Law Association, 
  • Member of the German Maritime Arbitration Association
  • Member of the Hanseatic Chamber of Lawyers and the Law Society of England & Wales.

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Daniela Pombo

Senior Associate  
+49 40 380860
daniela.pombo@incegermany.com

Department Maritime, Insurance, Commercial 
Qualified Germany, 2019 
Education (University) University of Mannheim 
Languages German, Spanish, English, French

Daniela advises domestic and international clients on all aspects of maritime and commercial law, as well as insurance disputes. Beyond these more traditional areas, she helps clients to identify the legal impact of new technologies on their business and act on potential commercial opportunities.

Daniela advises clients in relation to all aspects of corporate and restructuring law and handles enforcement actions often involving multiple jurisdictions. In addition, she assists clients on contentious and non-contentious matters related to aspects of commercial and insurance law.

With the emergence of new technologies, including artificial intelligence and blockchain, Daniela also helps clients to assess the legal impact that these new developments have on their activities and maximise any commercial opportunities that may arise.

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Member of The Hamburg Bar Association
  • Member of The German Association for International Maritime Law
  • Member Argentinian-German Lawyers Association

What you may not know about Daniela

Daniela was born and raised in Colombia. During her studies and as a trainee lawyer, Daniela worked in various international law firms with a particular focus on cross-border matters with Latin America. Now, as a member of our German Latin American Desk, she is involved in 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.

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Claudia Becker

Of Counsel 
+49 (0) 40 38 0860
claudiabecker@incegd.com

Qualified 1983 
Languages German, English, French

Claudia specialises in banking and finance law for clients in the maritime sector, with additional expertise in real estate finance, general banking, banking regulation and ISDA contracts.

Claudia advises domestic and international banks, investment funds and shipowners on all aspects of ship finance law, including drafting of loan and security documentation for vessel and fleet financings. She also assists banks and shipowners on all issues concerning the restructuring of their financing arrangements.

Her expertise extends to international real estate asset and project finance for banks and investment funds. Claudia also advises on general banking law, regulation and ISDA contracts. Furthermore, she is experienced in export credit cover, debt restructuring and multi- and bilateral rescheduling of sovereign debt.

Claudia brings considerable banking sector experience to her clients, as she previously worked for a wholesale bank and the German export credit guarantee agency. During her time in the banking sector, she was responsible for transaction steering and coordination for multi-million syndicated loans and the day-to-day coordination with the bank’s subsidiary in Paris.

Professional associations and memberships

  • Alumni Member of Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA);
  • Alumni Member of Hamburg’s Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees International);
  • Alumni Member of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
  • Hamburg Bar Association

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Marko Thies

Associate 
+49 (0) 40 38 0860
marko.thies@incegermany.com

Department Litigation, Maritime, Insurance 
Qualified Germany, 2018 
Education (University) Passau 
Languages German, English, Spanish (Beginner), French (Beginner)

Marko advises domestic and international clients on all areas of maritime law, insurance disputes and commercial law.

He advises on contentious and non-contentious domestic and international matters, with a focus on the shipping sector, as well as commercial and insurance disputes. He also advises yacht clients on newbuilding contracts, as well as second-hand sale & purchase arrangements and the financing and refinancing of vessels. During his time in the firm he had a six month secondment in the legal department of a large German shipping liner. 

Prior to joining the firm, Marko worked at a large German commercial law firm in the areas of energy and aviation. He has also worked in the legal department of the Hamburg Police Force.

Professional Association & Memberships

  • Hamburg Bar Association

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Marja Helena Hinkelmann

Associate  
+49 40 380860
marja.hinkelmann@incegermany.com

Qualified 2019 
Education (University) University of Bremen, University of Hamburg (Universidad Austral (Buenos Aires, Argentina) 
Languages German, Finnish, English, Spanish, Italian (basic knowledge)

Marja advises domestic and international clients in the shipping, transport, insurance and offshore energy sectors on contentious and non-contentious matters.

Marja is a German qualified lawyer (Rechtsanwältin) and is a member of the dispute resolution team. She advises clients on all areas of maritime law, insurance disputes and commercial law on a national and international scale.

Her experience includes assisting clients in contentious and non-contentious shipping, transport and commercial matters, including German insolvency and labour law issues.

Her expertise further covers matters in the offshore energy sector, in particular with regard to renewable energy, where she advises clients on offshore construction and installation contracts, including labour law and HSE issues.

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Member of Hanseatic Bar Association Hamburg (Hanseatische Rechtsanwaltskammer Hamburg)
  • Member of German Maritime Law Association (Deutscher Verein für Internationales Seerecht e.v.,)
  • Member of German Women Lawyers Association (Deutscher Juristinnenbund e.V.)

What you may not know about Marja

Marja is Finnish and German. Afterwards, during her studies, she worked for an international law firm with focus on cross border matters with Latin America. Consequently, she is a member of our German Latin American Desk and is involved in expanding the firm’s presence in Latin America to provide assistance in civil and commercial law matters for both German and Latin American companies and private persons.

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Alexandra Ewert

Corporate Finance Manager 
 T +49 (0) 40 38 0860
alexandra.ewert@incegermany.com

Department Maritime Education (University) Welfenakademie Braunschweig 
Languages German (mother tongue), English (fluent)

Alexandra specialises in advising clients in the maritime sector on asset and corporate financing and restructuring, as well as sale & purchase transactions and bad book loan sales.

Alexandra advises banks, shipowners and yards, both domestically and internally, across the spectrum of issues which arise in the financing of vessels. In addition, she advises on sale & purchase transactions. Due to her experience gained as a relationship manager for a leading international ship financing bank, she is able to combine economic and legal insight to provide the best possible advice to her clients. Furthermore, she is familiar with all issues related to the day-to-day business of banks, such as payment transactions and swaps

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“SHE IS ALWAYS THINKING TWO STEPS AHEAD, IS VERY PRAGMATIC, RELIABLE AND FOCUSED ON THE MAIN TOPICS OF AN ISSUE. SHE STRIVES TO FIND THE BEST SOLUTION FOR HER CLIENTS AND WILL WORK TIRELESSLY FOR IT.”

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