Dr. Carolin Schmeding



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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, she also advises on insolvency law issues. 

One of Carolin Schmeding's main areas of practice is advising clients on corporate law in connection with share and company transfers as well as corporate restructurings. She 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 from 2014 until 2020.  


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

Lawyer (Rechtsanwältin) at EHLERMANN RINDFLEISCH GADOW


Doctoral thesis on the topic of the seaport competition

since 2012



German – English

Chambers Europa 2024

Ranking Transportation: Shipping: Finance in Germany: Band 3

“Carolin Schmeding is extremely pragmatic but still technically very good. She really makes sure everything is correct from a legal dogmatic point of view, but also that it is implemented pragmatically.” 


The Legal 500 Germany 2023

“Leading name” in the field of ship finance 


The Legal 500 Germany 2022

“Leading name” in the field of ship finance



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. 

Carolin Schmeding taught the module “Maritime Law” for the third semester of the course Maritime Management (BSc) at the Hamburg School of Business Administration and she was the coordinator of the module “Maritime Law & Insurances” for the part-time course Shipping (MBA) and taught on aspects of “Maritime Law”. 

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