Dr. Stefan Rindfleisch



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Stefan Rindfleisch specialises in the field of structured maritime financing.

Stefan Rindfleisch 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 securitisation (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. 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 - 94

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



German – English

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 Deutschland 2023

“Hall of Fame”in the field of maritime business law


The Legal 500 Deutschland 2022

“Leading name” in the field of ship finance 


The Legal 500 Deutschland 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 Europa 2024

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.”  


Chambers Europa 2022

Ranking Transportation: Shipping: Finance in Germany: Band 1

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 2023

“Best Lawyer” for Asset Finance, Maritime Commercial Law and Structured Financing 



“Often recommended lawyer” 


Who’s Who Legal 2022

Thought Leader im Bereich “Transport – Shipping”


Lloyd’s List

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


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 

  • Various lectures, workshops and seminars for clients on selected legal topics. 
  • RWS seminars: Ship financing in times of crisis (2009 – 2018). 

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