Dr. Stefan Rindfleisch
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Dr. Stefan Rindfleisch


Stefan Rindfleisch specia­lizes in the field of struc­tured maritime financing. He has parti­ci­pated in numerous domestic and inter­na­tional fleet finan­cings and restruc­tu­rings, as well as in the intri­cacies of container finan­cings and syndi­ca­tions. Stefan Rindfleisch has compre­hensive experience in special forms of financing, such as domestic and inter­na­tional bareboat and lease financing (eg. UK Tax Leases), maritime promissory notes and loan securi­tization (pooling and repack­aging of cash flow producing financial assets into securities that are then sold to investors). Another of his areas of expertise involves the advice to private equity, hedge funds and insti­tu­tional investors on their investment activities in the shipping sector.

Stefan Rindfleisch is a regis­tered lawyer admitted to practice in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. He is a member of the German Society for Inter­na­tional Law of the Sea and of the German Maritime Arbitration Association. Stefan lectures on maritime commercial law at the University of Hamburg. He is co-author of the handbook “Grund­lagen der Schiffsfinanzierung” (basics of shipping finance) and of the book “Maritime Law – Current Develo­p­ments and Perspectives“.

1988 - 1994
Studies at the Univer­sities of Freiburg and Hamburg
Completion of the legal clerkship with the second state exami­nation at the OLG Hamburg
Doctoral thesis on the topic of inter­na­tional maritime law "Pursuit at Sea".
since 1998
since 2001


The right of pursuit at sea
LIT Publi­shing House, Münster, Hamburg, London, 2001


Legal Aspects of the German KG Ship Financing Concept
in: Marine Money, Official Guide to KG Finance, 2003


Restruc­turing of ship financing
Grund­lagen der Schiffsfinanzierung, Frankfurt School Verlag, 4th revised and extended edition

Arrest and Forced Auction
Grund­lagen der Schiffsfinanzierung, Frankfurt School Verlag, 4th revised and extended edition


Chapter 5, Section 8:
(Cross-Border) Leasing (in colla­bo­ration with Dr. Carolin Schmeding)
in: Hamburg Handbook of Export Law, Verlag C.H. Beck, 2013

Der Schiffs­hy­po­the­ken­dar­le­hens­vertrag
Grund­lagen der Schiffsfinanzierung, Frankfurt School Verlag, 4th revised and extended edition


Chapter XII – A Brief History of German Ship Financing
Maritime Law – Current Develo­p­ments and Perspectives;
in: Publi­ca­tions of the Institute for Law of the Sea and Maritime Trade Law of the University of Hamburg Vol. 24, published by LIT Verlag 2018

Various lectures, workshops and seminars for clients on selected legal topics.
University of Hamburg, Maritime Business Law: Funda­mentals of Ship Financing (ongoing).
RWS seminars: Ship financing in times of crisis (2009 – 2018).

Chambers Global 2023

Banking & Finance – Germany

Being admitted to practice in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, he is a regular and attractive choice for clients seeking assis­tance with transac­tions pertaining to this jurisdiction.”

General Business Law – Marshall Islands

Recom­mended Lawyer” (besides Dr. Klaus Dimigen the only lawyers in Germany)

He under­stands what his client wants.” 
“Stefan Rindfleisch is an excellent lawyer.”

The Legal 500 Germany 2023

Hall of Fame” in the field of maritime business law

The Legal 500 Germany 2022

Leading name” in the field of ship finance

The Legal 500 Germany 2020

Leading name” in the field of ship finance

…very friendly, knowled­geable and fast worker with great experience in ship financing and also in other maritime fields”

The eloquent Stefan Rindfleisch is a very good networker and dealmaker”

Chambers Europe 2023

Ranking Trans­por­tation: Shipping: Finance in Germany: Band 1

Leading practi­tioner Stefan Rindfleisch is held in high esteem for his considerable expertise in ship financing mandates.”

Apart from being a highly profes­sional practi­tioner who knows everyone and has a long history in this market, Stefan Rindfleisch is also very good at balancing between the transaction parties. Therefore it is always really nice working with him.” “He is the best-connected lawyer in the market and has also been chairing important events for many years, which gives him a lot of exposure.”

Handels­blatt / Best Lawyers 2022

Lawyer of the Year” for Asset Finance Law in Hamburg


Often recom­mended lawyer“

Who’s Who Legal 2022

Global Leader im Bereich “Transport – Shipping”

National Leader im Bereich “Germany – Transport – Shipping”

Respondents say Stefan Rindfleisch is “first-tier for shipping finance and restructurings”

Lloyd’s List

Stefan Rindfleisch is listed as Top 5 in Lloyd’s List TOP 10 maritime lawyers 2017