Dr. Hauke Rittscher



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Hauke Rittscher specialises in maritime finance, restructuring, corporate and mergers & acquisitions. 

Hauke Rittscher advises banks as well as investment funds and shipping companies on ship financing, including bilateral and syndicated loans, restructuring and insolvency issues. A further focus of his practice is advising clients on corporate law in connection with share and company transfers as well as corporate restructurings. He has many years of experience in national and international M&A transactions. 


1996 - 1998

Apprenticeship as bank clerk at Dresdner Bank

1998 - 2004

Studied law and economics at the University of Freiburg 


Doctorate at the University of Cologne on a corporate insolvency law topic


Completion of the legal clerkship with the second state examination at the OLG Hamburg 

2008 - 2009

Worked as management consultant at McKinsey & Co.

2009 - 2013

Lawyer (Rechtsanwalt) at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 

since 2013


since 2017



German – English

The Legal 500 Germany 2023

Leading name” in the field of ship finance


JUVE Handbuch 2023/2024

“Often recommended lawyer” 



The Legal 500 Germany 2022

“Working with Hendrik Brauns and Hauke Rittscher. Both have extensive expertise in the field of maritime finance and reliably deliver very good results without exceeding the budget. The colleagues work proactively and provide unasked suggestions for solutions in case of emerging problems or changes on a structural level. Both colleagues also have a very good understanding of the needs and, where applicable, the special features of the clients. At the same time, the cooperation is also very pleasant and uncomplicated on a personal level.” 


Cash-Management-Systeme in der Insolvenz
Schriften zum Insolvenzrecht Bd. 14, Nomos Verlag, Baden-Baden, 2007 



Cash-Pooling in Crisis und Insolvency
(in cooperation with Dr. Torsten Göcke) 
in: German Journal for Economic and Insolvency Law, 355-360, 2012 



Hauke Rittscher delivers various lectures, workshops and seminars for clients on selected legal topics. He was a lecturer at the HSBA – Hamburg School of Business Administration and taught on aspects of “Maritime Law” for the part-time course Shipping (MBA). 

Lecture on “Overview and Characteristics of the German Ship Finance Market” at the conference “Into the Bright Blue Yonder – Current Challenges in Ship and Aviation Financing”, organised by AIJA, on 30 September 2016 in Oslo. 

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