Dr. Axel Boës


Phone+49 40 30 70 90 716

Shipping, arbitration and Russia are the threads through the career of Axel Boës. Axel studied law in Mainz, Chambéry (France) and Hamburg and received a doctor’s degree from the university of Hamburg, the topic of his thesis being the law on limited liability companies in Russia.

Axel started his career in a shipping boutique firm in Hamburg and before joining KDB.legal Koch Boës, Hamburg as a partner in 2018, he worked as Of Counsel in an international lawfirm.

Axel has extensive experience in complex litigation and arbitration matters, particularly in international transportation and maritime law. Axel’s clients include German and foreign insurance companies, shipping companies and ship owners which he regularly represents in disputes before state courts and in arbitration matters. A main aspect of his work is representing clients in dispute matters related to Russia and advising Russian-speaking clients. Axel has sat as an arbitrator under the rules of DIS, GMAA, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, Riga District Court of Arbitration and acted as counsel in arbitration under the rules of LMAA, ICC and Stockholm Chamber of Commerce as well.

Axel holds a lecture on international transportation and maritime law at the university of St. Petersburg and is a vice president of the German-Russian law association and a member of GMAA, DVIS and DFJV.


Born in Pinneberg

Licence en Droit (Chambéry) Frankreich
1. (2002) and 2. (2004)
State examination law in Hamburg
2005 – 2012
Associate at Lebuhn and Puchta, Hamburg
2012 – 2013
Of Counsel at GGV, Hamburg
2014 – 2017
Of Counsel at Norton Rose Fulbright, Hamburg
Since 2018
Partner at KOCH DUKEN BOËS, Hamburg since 01/2020: KDB.legal Koch Boës, Hamburg


German, English, Russian, French

Legal Focus

  • Dispute resolution / arbitration
  • Transport and maritime law
  • Insurance law
  • Russia related business