Shipping & Maritime

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At LSW, our dedicated team of legal professionals specializes in Shipping and Maritime Law. We offer a wide range of services tailored to meet the unique needs of clients in the industry. Whether you’re a shipyard, ports, ship producer, investor, or industry player, our team is your trusted partner for all matters related to shipping and maritime law.

Holistic Services for Shipping & Maritime Clients

We assist clients in securing financing for vessel construction, fleet expansion, and other maritime ventures. Our team handles corporate structuring, mergers, and joint ventures within the industry.

Navigating tax implications and regulatory compliance is crucial in the maritime sector. We offer tailored advice to help clients optimize tax strategies and stay compliant with relevant laws.

Our lawyers address crew-related matters, employment contracts, and labor disputes. We ensure that clients maintain a skilled and motivated workforce while adhering to legal requirements.

When challenges arise, we provide dispute resolution services, including arbitration and litigation. Our goal is to protect our clients’ interests and find efficient solutions.

Full-Scope Advisory for Polish Shipyards

We have a proven track record of providing comprehensive advisory services to major Polish shipyards. Our expertise covers various aspects, including regulatory compliance, contractual matters, and strategic planning. Whether it’s navigating complex legal frameworks, ensuring compliance with international maritime standards, or addressing operational challenges, our team is well-equipped to guide shipyards through every stage of their projects.

Shipping & Maritime Transactions

Our experienced lawyers have successfully advised foreign investors seeking to acquire entities operating on Polish Shipping & Maritime. They also advised on many infrastructure investments. We understand the intricacies of cross-border transactions and work closely with clients to facilitate smooth acquisitions as well as infrastructure investments.

Click here and learn more about our Infrastructure & Construction Practice.

Why LSW?

Our team combines legal expertise with a deep understanding of the maritime industry.

With a global perspective, we serve clients both locally and internationally through our global network of contacts.

We prioritize client success, offering practical solutions that align with business goals.


[ 01 ]
On-going support in all matters related to current operations
  • Governance
  • Trade & Distribution
  • Employment
  • Compliance
  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Energy
  • Security
[ 02 ]
Negotiations, drafting, security & enforcement of agreements, including
  • Contracts with shipowners
  • Contracts for the supply of materials
  • Contracts regarding media supplies to and from the shipyard
  • Contracts for ships
  • Contracts required by the Energy Law
[ 03 ]
Infrastructure Investments
  • Developing and negotiating investment agreements
  • Assessing the technical and developmental aspects of investment projects
  • Advising on obtaining financing
  • Providing guidance on a wide range of co-investment platforms (joint ventures, strategic alliances)
  • Exit arrangements
[ 04 ]
Litigation & Arbitration
  • Representing clients before common courts, the Supreme Court, administrative courts, the Supreme Administrative Court, and the Constitutional Court
  • Providing support in settlement negotiations, including assistance in drafting settlement agreements
  • Representing clients at all stages of arbitration proceedings
Providing comprehensive advice to Stocznia Gdańsk S.A., covering all operational aspects including employment, maintenance, and asset use. We participated in contract negotiations with shipowners, prepared agreements, and handled arbitration disputes. We also advised on shipbuilding material orders and drafted supply contracts.
Bénéteau S.A. and Groupe Bénéteau
Advising Bénéteau S.A. and Groupe Bénéteau on the acquisition of Delphia Yachts. Value: EUR 100 million.
Port of Gdańsk’ Contractor
Undertaking activities related to the analysis of legal consequences of land remaining within the boundaries of the Port of Gdańsk (in terms of preparation and coverage with local plans, effects on lease agreements, etc.) and the effectiveness of perpetual usufruct of plots of land under water, as well as the possibility of obtaining benefits from these properties by the Shipyard. LSW represented the Client in proceedings concerning relations with the Port Authority and the performance of obligations under the port regulations. We advised on restrictions resulting from procedures in port/economy areas and areas with limited use.
Shipyard of Szczeciń (STOCZNIA SZCZECIŃSKA SP. Z O.O.)
Providing legal and tax advisory services in the field of: establishing and examining existing civil law relationships and the resulting obligations and risks; public law liabilities incurred by the Shipyard (including real estate tax) and the resulting liabilities and risks; analyzes issued to the Shipyard, decisions and certificates as well as the resulting obligations and risks.
Providing advice in the field of: establishing and examining existing civil law relationships and the resulting obligations and risks; public law obligations incurred by the Shipyard and the resulting obligations and risks; analyzes of decisions and certificates issued to the Shipyard and the resulting obligations and risks.

Shipping & Maritime Team


''LSW has repeatedly proven that its team provides services at the highest level in accordance with all global standards, and its employees have always carried out the assigned tasks professionally and reliably. We are fully satisfied with the cooperation with the LSW and we fully recommend the Law Firm as a reliable and trustworthy company providing assistance legal. ''

The Gdańsk Shipyard (Stocznia Gdańsk S.A.)
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