Dr. Carolin Schmeding


Carolin Schmeding has many years of experience in the struc­tured financing of ships, containers and other maritime goods. Carolin Schmeding has advised on numerous construction and long-term finan­cings of seagoing vessels as well as struc­tured container finan­cings. In the context of the restruc­turing of maritime finan­cings, Carolin Schmeding also advises on insol­vency law issues.

One of her main areas of practice is advising clients on corporate law in connection with share and company transfers as well as corporate restruc­tu­rings. Carolin Schmeding advises investors from Germany and abroad on M& A transac­tions and accom­panies their parti­ci­pation in companies in the German shipping industry.

Carolin Schmeding has been a lecturer in Maritime Law at the HSBA – Hamburg School of Business Adminis­tration since 2014.

1998 - 2002
Studied law at the University of Konstanz
Completion of the legal clerkship with the second state exami­nation at the OLG Celle
2004 - 2006
Worked in a large Berlin law firm in the areas of antitrust and corporate law during the prepa­ration of the doctoral thesis
since 2006
Promotion on the topic of the seaport compe­tition
since 2012


The organi­sation of access to the seaport and seaport compe­tition under German antitrust law and European compe­tition law
Publi­ca­tions of the Institute for Maritime Law and Maritime Trade Law of the University of Hamburg Vol. 20, LIT Verlag, 2009


Chapter 5, Section 8: (Cross-Border) Leasing
(in colla­bo­ration with Dr. Stefan Rindfleisch)
in: Hamburg Handbook of Export Law, Verlag Carl H. Dieckmann, 1st edition 2009

Carolin Schmeding holds various lectures, workshops and seminars for clients on selected legal topics.

Regular lecturer at the Hamburg School of Business Adminis­tration:

  • In the third semester of the course Maritime Management (BSc) Carolin Schmeding teaches the module “Maritime Law”.
  • Carolin Schmeding is the coordi­nator of the module “Maritime Law & Insurances” for the part-time course Shipping (MBA) and teaches on aspects of “Maritime Law”.

The Legal 500 Germany 2020

Leading name” in the field of ship finance

Carolin Schmeding is parti­cu­larly experi­enced in the area of sale-and-lease-back struc­tures”