Christian R. Scharff

  • Warburgstrasse 50
  • 20354 Hamburg
  • Germany
Profile Experience

Dr. Christian Scharff is of counsel in the Corporate and Litigation & Trial Departments in the Hamburg office. He retired from partnership on December 31, 2016. Dr. Scharff has acted for numerous large and medium-sized German and international clients in German and cross-border controversies and transactions, focusing his practice on:

  • Litigation and arbitration
  • Mergers and acquisitions

  • Joint ventures

  • Corporate law

His clients operate in industries including real estate, steel, maritime shipping and infrastructure.

Mr. Scharff is a member of the Hamburg Bar Association, the German Bar Association and the German Maritime Arbitration Association. 


Mr. Scharffs M&A experience includes advising:

  • Hanseatic City of Lübeck in the auction process regarding the privatization of Lübeck Airport
  • PE investors and developers on the sale of shares in hotel or office building owning companies
  • Shipowning groups and banks on ship financings, ship building contracts and other maritime industry related activities
  • Hanseatic City of Lübeck on the restructuring of the port in Lübeck and on the privatization sale of Lübecker Hafengesellschaft to RREEF Infrastructure
  • Hamburger Aluminium-Werk GmbH on the closure of the aluminum smelter in Hamburg and on environmental agreements with the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and on the sale of the assets of the aluminum smelter to Trimet Aluminium AG

His recent litigation and arbitration experience includes advising/representing

  • Technology company in post-M&A arbitration with a market leader in automotive fitting technology
  • Arbitrator in a dispute between major European corporations regarding a contract for the construction of an off-shore wind farm
  • Arbitrator in a post-M&A dispute in the food industry
  • Majority shareholder of a real estate group in various court cases against the administrator of a will
  • Members of executive boards and supervisory boards in D&O liability matters
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