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About us


Trains & Co is a young, dynamic and dedicated niche firm with an office in Rotterdam. We specialize in Transport, Insurance & Commercial Law, so please do not instruct us for anything else. Our clients include banks, insurers, logistic service providers, (commodity) traders and of course other law firms. We like to think that they value our accessible and hands-on approach against a solid academic background.

About the founder

Trains & Co was founded in 2018 by Michiel Spanjaart. Michiel was born on 30 April 1971 in The Hague. He studied law in Utrecht, graduated in 1996, and became an attorney with Kernkamp advocaten in Rotterdam. He later moved to DLA Piper, founded Padberg Spanjaart Advocaten together with Marc Padberg, a firm that they ultimately merged with Kneppelhout & Korthals.


Michiel specializes in (international) trade-, transport and insurance law, with a particular interest in maritime law related documents, such as waybills, charter parties and of course bills of lading. He wrote his PhD on the different roles of the bill of lading, and regularly publishes, advises and teaches on maritime and multimodal transport law.

Track record

Numerous proceedings in the field of commodities, cargo damage, collissions, (liability) insurance, arrests of vessels, carriage by road and air and multimodal transportation.
Visiting professor at the National University of Singapore (Multimodal Transport Law)
Assistant professor/lecturer at the Erasmus University (Maritime Law, Charter Parties & Bills of Lading, Carriage of Goods).
Board of editors Schip & Schade.
Non-executive member of the Centre for Maritime Law in Singapore.
Author of two books in the field of maritime and multimodal transport law: Vorderingsrechten uit cognossement Rights of suit under a bill of lading (Paris Zutphen 2012) and Multimodal Transport Law (Routledge London 2017).