Fleet Hamburg

Willy-Brandt-Straße 57

20457 Hamburg

Die Hamburger Elbphilharmonie

Dr. Klaus Kostka

Attorney at Law, Partner


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Klaus Kostka represents numerous German and foreign clients in the areas of maritime law, transport and logistics, insurance law and engineering. His clients include insurers, shipping companies, logistics companies, trading houses and companies active in offshore plant construction.


The range of advice covers all areas from contract negotiation and drafting to disputes before courts and arbitration tribunals. He is also active in numerous German and foreign proceedings as an arbitrator and expert witness on issues of German law.

Languages: German, English

Klaus Kostka assists clients in the following industries:

Die Hamburger Elbphilharmonie
Energy and Offshore
Small and Medium sized Businesses
Dispute Resolution


2011 - Founding Partner, Fleet Hamburg

1997 - Partner, Taylor Wessing

1994 - Associate, Taylor Wessing

1994 - Second State Examination in Law

1992 - 1994 - Trainee, Ince & Co., London and Hapag-Lloyd, Hamburg

1992 - Doctorate

1989 - First State Examination in Law


  • Assisting clients with their participation in a tender for the largest shipbuilding project of LNG-tankers to date.
  • Representing the insurers of Norwegian/English owners of a car/vehicle carrier in relation to a major casualty in the Atlantic resulting in several hundreds of damaged or destroyed vehicles.
  • Representing the primary insurer vis-à-vis London reinsurers in a coverage dispute concerning the largest claim to date involving an organized robbery of a cash-in-transit company in Germany.
  • Ongoing advice and representation of one of the leading German tanker shipping companies.
  • Enforcement of claims in excess of USD 100 million against Chinese shipyards following termination of shipbuilding contracts by a German shipowner.


  • Most highly regarded lawyer 2023. Klaus Kostka "is an excellent and very well experienced lawyer, noted for his expertise in shipping and insurance disputes." (Who's Who Legal)
  • Clients laud Klaus Kostka as a "great lawyer who is very analytical and responsive." He is further praised as being "a valuable partner in meetings," as well as "always available and carefully listening to arguments, providing more than just the purely legal view." (Chambers and Partners)
  • "Klaus Kostka and Arthur Steinmann are outstanding." (Legal 500)
  • Lawyer of the year 2021 in the field of Maritime Commercial Law (Handelsblatt)
  • Lawyer of the year 2022 in Maritime Law - Germany as well as in Insurance Law, Maritime Law, Trade Law and Transportation Law (Best Lawyers)

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