Hamburg Main Office
Dr. Harald Zeller
Initially, Dr. Zeller went to sea for 8 years and worked his way up from deckhand to captain. He then studied jurisprudence at Hamburg University, completed the bar examination and worked as a maritime lawyer in Hamburg. He holds a regular D. Phil in Law from Hamburg University; his doctorate thesis covered German and International Insurance Law and examined in particular the collision liability element in Hull and P&I insurance.
Following this, Dr. Zeller spent 14 years working in the Marine and Transport Insurance Division of Munich Re, which he left at the end of 1996 to set up his own network of companies, an independent, international group of marine, transport and other specialty insurance service providers.
In late 2018 this network of companies, including ZASS International, became part of the Thomas Miller Group, an international provider of market leading insurance services.
Bente Hammann has been a fully qualified German lawyer for over ten years now and is a member of the Bar of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. She is also a specialist transport lawyer, holding an expert qualification certified by the bar. Before joining the Hamburg office of ZASS International GmbH she worked in the Claims and Legal Departments of Maersk Line in Hamburg.
Her main focus there was on claims handling as well as providing legal assistance to other departments. In addition she conducted internal education seminars. She is a member of both the German Transport Law Association as well as the German Maritime Law Association.
Phone: +49 40 389198 47
Katharina Kuckuck has passed the final examination for the profession of Management Assistant for Office Communication in 2012.
After her exams she started working as an assistant on the executive level in the energy industry before studying business law at the University of Wismar. Katharina joined ZASS in Hamburg in 2016. She speaks English and German.
Phone: +49 40 389198 78
Alexander Behnke is a Member of the Law Society of England and Wales and the German Maritime Arbitration Association.
Before joining the Hamburg office of ZASS International GmbH, he has worked for a well-known International Group P&I Club for over 7 years in both Hamburg and Piraeus, handling a broad spectrum of P&I and FD&D matters and also resolving complex casualty incidents on behalf of international shipowners of every size. Whilst Alexander’s focus was on claims and recovery handling, he was also assisting shipowners and charterers with legal and practical advice with a focus on loss prevention.
He has also worked as a P&I correspondent in Dubai for most P&I Clubs for over 3 years where he also was the regional representative for a large liner operator from Asia.
Alexander holds a Master in Maritime Law from the University of Bristol and his network includes a wide variety of national and international professionals throughout the maritime and transportation industry.
He is fluent in German, English and Greek.
Phone: +49 40 389198 48