Law firm Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has advised Global Ports Holding (GPH) on its successful bid for the contract to manage bremenports GmbH & Co, the operating company for the Bremerhaven cruise terminal.
WFW advised GPH throughout the process on procurement, regulatory and contract law, as well as on setting up a German operating company. The current operator’s concession, Columbus Cruise Centre Bremerhaven, expires at the end of 2024.
Istanbul-based GPH is the world’s largest independent cruise port operator looking after 27 ports in 14 countries, providing services to more than 15 mill passengers a year. bremenports is Bremen’s port management company organised under private law, headquartered in Bremerhaven and fully owned by the municipality of Bremen.
The multi-disciplinary WFW Germany team that advised GPH was led by Munich Partners Dr Felix Siebler (Regulatory, Public Law & Competition) and Dr Christian Bauer (Corporate and Energy).
They were supported by Counsel Norbert Schleper (Regulatory, Public Law & Competition, Hamburg), Managing Associate Annekathrin Hoffmann (Energy and Infrastructure, Munich), Senior Associates Muteber Yalcin (Corporate and M&A, Hamburg) and Dr Jonathan Möller (Regulatory, Public Law & Competition, Hamburg) and Associate Felix Wörner (Corporate and Energy, Munich).
Dr Siebler commented: “We are very pleased to have been able to support our long-standing client Global Ports Holding in winning this competitive bidding competition. Being granted this mandate once again demonstrates WFW’s impressive track record advising on challenging infrastructure projects.”
Dr Bauer added: “Advising Global Ports Holding on this successful bid also highlights our expertise in German regulatory and contract law.”