Shipowners Forum

Hamburg / 2 April 2019

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Put your questions to a hand-picked panel of shipping’s most experienced and knowledgeable individuals, learn and challenge their business strategies and discover what makes them tick.  Among the speakers, you will hear from:

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Nils Aden
Managing Director
As Managing Director for V.Ships (Germany) Nils Aden is responsible for the company’s ship management activities. He has joined V.Group as of 1 January 2019 from Zeaborn Ship Management, where he held the position of Chief Executive Officer, with overall responsibility for ship management activities. He has also been an executive board member since 2013. After studying business economics at the Wirtschaftsakademie Hamburg (WHA) and the Nordakademie, Nils Aden began his career in the Vereins- und Westbank AG in Hamburg, Germany. In 2001, he then transferred to Harren & Partner, a shipping company in Bremen, Germany. In 2004, Nils Aden joined the company group of Hamburg entrepreneur Erck Rickmers, where he held various management positions e.g. in the business development department and as director customer relations. He was appointed to the management board of E.R. Schiffahrt in January 2013 and has served as CEO of E.R. Schiffahrt since February 2015. Effective 1 January 2018, E.R. Schiffahrt was acquired by Bremen-based Zeaborn Group with Nils Aden remaining CEO. Nils Aden plays a significant and leading role in supporting V.Group’s ambition to drive the transformation of the industry and to be the leading global provider of marine support services.
Bernd Aufderheide
President and CEO
Hamburg Messe und Congress
Bernd Aufderheide has been CEO of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH (HMC) since January 2004. He was appointed President of HMC in April 2007. He was born in Herford, North Rhine-Westphalia in 1959, is married and has one son. Alongside his work for HMC, Bernd Aufderheide is also an honorary Commercial Judge in Hamburg, holds the rank of Frigate Commander in the Navy Reserve, and serves on the Executive Committee of half a dozen professional associations, societies and organisations. In his leisure time he enjoys cooking for friends and family. He takes a keen interest in music and literature. He enjoys going with his family on excursions and holidays abroad. Before his appointment as CEO at HMC, Bernd Aufderheide took a degree at the University of Cologne in Anglo-American History, English Philology, Ancient History and Macro-Economics. He then held management positions at various trade fair companies in Germany and abroad.
Julian Bray
Julian Bray is Editor-in-Chief of TradeWinds, the shipping business news publisher which since its launch 25 years ago has become a reference point for decision makers in the industry. During a career in business journalism, he has won awards for both reporting and editing and built a track record of product innovation having lead numerous newspaper, magazine and website launches and relaunches. In addition to his specialist knowledge of maritime commerce, he has also been a Correspondent for the Reuters news agency, written for national newspapers and magazines, and made television and radio appearances. Away from the office, a love of the natural work often takes him to wild and mountainous regions to walk, cycle, climb and watch wildlife with family and friends. He also has a passionate interest in politics, culture and music.
Oliver Faak
Partner & Co-Head, Europe
Transport Capital
Oliver has recently joined Transport Capital, a Singapore headquartered and transportation focused investment management and advisory firm, as Partner & Co-Head Europe in its Hamburg office. His more than 25 years of banking and financing experience includes a broad range of commercial and investment banking know how with particular emphasis on the shipping and aircraft finance sector as well as on debt and equity capital market products. Oliver started his career in banking with Dresdner Bank in Hamburg. Subsequently he took over responsibility for national as well as international accounts in the Shipping Finance Team of later Dresdner Kleinwort. Further career stages included HSH Nordbank, DekaBank and Nord/LB where he served in various executive positions in the Transportation Finance Sector. Oliver has completed a two-year apprenticeship and formal education certificate program in banking and finance and holds a diploma in Business Administration from the University of Hamburg. Major subjects were banking management and commercial law.
Ole Gabs
Partner - Managing Director
Arkon Allied Container
Ole Gabs is founding Partner of (AAC) Arkon Allied Container, which was established in June 2018 by ARKON Shipping GmbH & Co. KG, Allied Feeder ships Chartering GmbH & Co. KG and well- established ship-owners. Today Ole is focusing on the Chartering/SnP of the exclusive Container tonnage of AAC and the development of shipping projects, of which he has initiated, developed and concluded a variety of specialised container new buildings, as well as retro-fittings for clients using Scrubber and LNG solutions. He holds more than 20 years of experience in Container Chartering and is a recognized expert for the Short-sea and Feeder services in Europe. Since August 2007 he has been heading the Arkon Shipping (Container Dept.) as a Director. Being a Dane, Ole completed his apprenticeship in 1998 with Aabenraa Shipping Agency in Denmark, but soon moved to Hamburg to work with Stüwe & Co. in the container department. Ole is an enthusiastic pilot and is holding various licences for aircrafts and gliders.
Jan Hagemann
Five Oceans
Jan Hagemann (48) is the sole owner of Five Oceans, a Hamburg-based specialized ship finance boutique founded in 2010. He has a lifelong family shipping background and after an early career with Oldendorff Carriers rising to Co-CEO he spent the latter half of the first decade in the German KG-fund industry with top positions at Lloyd Fonds and Woelbern Shipping. Today, through his unrivaled network and intricate knowledge of ship owning and ship finance he renders advisory and asset management services to private and institutional shipping capital providers. He holds a BA (Hons) in European Business from the University of Portsmouth (UK) and a degree in Business Administration from the University of Munster, Germany.
Mark Kuchenbecker
Managing Director
Mark is an experienced corporate finance advisor, working mainly on complex, high value transactions in the maritime industry. He has 25 years' experience in banking and corporate finance. With his team, he develops and implements practical and concrete solutions regarding financing, identification of investment opportunities, transaction support, restructuring, loan and asset servicing. His clients include shipowners, trading houses, banks and other participants in all aspects of the shipping industry.
Mark O'Neil
Columbia Shipmanagement Ltd
Mark O'Neil is the President of Columbia Shipmanagement Ltd. A maritime lawyer by profession, as a Partner with Stephenson Harwood LLP and Reed Smith LLP for 17 years, Mark headed up international law firm Reed Smith LLP's German Shipping Team, and also co-lead the firm's Offshore Department. His clients included Ship Owners, Charterers, Insurers, Management Companies, Banks, Oil Companies and Offshore Contractors worldwide with a particular focus on the German, Scandinavian, Greek, Dutch, South American and Cypriot markets. He therefore has an in-depth knowledge of the shipping, ship management, banking and offshore sectors. Mark chairs and/or speaks at numerous maritime and banking conferences and seminars worldwide. He is a passionate advocate of performance Optimisation within the shipping and ship management industry and regularly speaks on this matter together with the related topic of digitalisation.
Claus-Peter Offen
Managing Owner
Offen Group
Claus-Peter Offen is the founder, sole shareholder and managing owner of the Hamburg based Offen Group that owns, operates and manages a fleet of currently 146 vessels. The company is one of the biggest suppliers of container charter tonnage worldwide with currently 470.000 TEU - including 50 post-panmax container vessels up to 14.000 TEU. Overall, the Offen Group controls a total volume of 10.600.000 tdw. In 2017, Mr. Offen purchased the highly esteemed CONTI-Reederei, Munich and the qualified majority of shares in the Bremer Bereederungsgesellschaft BBG. In September 2017 CONTI moved its headquarters to Hamburg, thus operating now under the Offen Group.
Christopher Rex
Head of Innovation & Research
Danish Ship Finance
Christopher Rex is Head of Innovation & Research, Member of the Credit Committee and Member of the Board of Directors at Danish Ship Finance. He pioneered shipping research by focusing on the long-term implications of megatrends like digitalization, ageing global consumers and the electrification of the global energy system on the shipping industry. In recent years he has included perspectives on business model innovation to help customers navigate the emerging transformation of the shipping industry. He is behind the widely recognized report “Shipping Market Review” which Danish Ship Finance has published bi-annually since 2004. Externally he represents Danish Ship Finance as a frequent speaker at international conferences such as Global Maritime Forum, Marine Money, CMA and Nor-Shipping. Christopher holds a master degree in Economics from Copenhagen University, but has studied at universities in Switzerland, Singapore, UK, China and the US. Most recently he attended Singularity University’s executive program.
Jan-Philipp Rohr
Head of Shipping
Hamburg Commercial Bank
As Global Head of Shipping Jan-Philipp Rohr is responsible for the worldwide shipping business of Hamburg Commercial Bank with a volume of more than 5 billion euro. The shipping business of Hamburg Commercial bank includes activities in the German and the Asian market but also and above all in the most important shipping market of the world: Greece. Before joining Hamburg Commercial Bank (former: HSH Nordbank) in 2013 Jan-Philipp Rohr worked in the shipping team of Unicredit since 2005.
Armin Sass
Managing Director
Blue Net Chartering
Native of Hamburg, born 1975. Following my professional education in Hamburg to become a shipping merchant in 1997, I spent 3.5 yrs in London to help set up the Container Chartering desk at H. Clarkson in London. Returned to Hamburg in 2000 to further develop the shipbroking and commercial asset management activities of H. Schuldt in Hamburg and Singapore. Since end 2018 co-MD at Blue Net Chartering in Hamburg.
Klaus Stoltenberg
FRAN Ships
Dr Klaus Stoltenberg is the former Chairman of Global Shipping, Deutsche Bank and is now Owner of FRAN Ships, an advisory boutique.
Christoph Toepfer
Borealis Maritime Ltd
Christoph Toepfer is Founder & CEO of Borealis Maritime, an independent maritime investment and ship management firm established in 2010. In July 2013, Borealis formed a joint-venture with KKR which today is backed by USD 400 million of equity capital. Since 2010 Borealis has realized investments in excess of USD 900 million and currently manages a portfolio of 70 vessels in the container, chemical, dry cargo and offshore supply sectors. In 2018, Borealis expanded its activities by forming Australis Maritime as a finance provider for maritime assets backed by KKR and Oak Hill Advisors. For the commercial management of its container fleet, Borealis co-established Hanseatic Unity Chartering in 2015 which today commercially manages around 210 container from offices in Hamburg, Singapore and Cyprus. Prior to Borealis, Christoph was Managing Director of Allocean, a UK and Singapore based diversified shipping group with a fleet of 60 vessels. Christoph holds a Bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University, New York, and a Master’s degree from Cass Business School in London.
Philipp Wünschmann
Head of Shipping
Philipp Wünschmann is Head of Shipping in the Corporate Banking division at Berenberg. Philipp Wünschmann has around 16 years of experience in the industry, of which 6 years at Deutsche Schiffsbank, where he was responsible for a shipping loan portfolio of up to roughly USD 9.0 billion. Before joining Berenberg he was managing director at Erck Rickmers shipping group and responsible for business development, among others. In this role he initiated and structured various shipping projects, arranged the debt and equity financing, and assisted with their asset management as managing director following successful realisation of the projects.