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For more than 20 years, Pierre who is based in both Belgium and France has covered the whole range of air law, including regulatory and public air law, litigation & insurance, aircraft finance, competition and state aid. He has been involved in many high-profile matters, both contentious and transactional. He is especially known for his expertise in aviation insurance, aircraft finance, cargo, state aid and agreements between airlines.


Co-authored the leading Treaties on air law in French and many publications. Regular speaker at aviation conferences worldwide, including the main IATA legal and industry events.


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Pierre Frühling - HFW

Within: Aviation

The aviation team at HFW has established expertise across a range of contentious and non-contentious matters in the sector, with solid capabilities in EU and non-EU issues. In an example of the latter, practice head Pierre Frühling provides ongoing advice to Delta Air Lines on security and regulatory matters, most recently on implementing the updated EU Package Travel Directive legislation. Stéphanie Golinvaux is another key member of the team. Senior associate Elisabeth Decat left the firm in May 2018.

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Within: Aviation

HFW is especially active in the litigation and regulatory sectors, with particular expertise in competition and state aid cases. The team also increasingly advises on transactional matters, especially fleet transactions. Practice head Pierre Frühling, who divides his time between Paris and Brussels, recently advised Vietnam Airlines on its joint venture with Air France, with antitrust immunity one of the main concerns, and also acted for Aeromexico on compliance with French laws regarding inadmissible passengers. A recent insurance highlight saw Frühling represent Axa Corporate Solutions following the crash of an AW-139 Agusta helicopter in Benin. Other clients include KLM, Air Tahiti Nui and Waypoint Leasing.

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Aviation finance

Within: Aviation finance

HFW has a strong emphasis on instructions from airlines, with a large number of French airlines among its clients. However, the group expanded its portfolio with a mandate from HBG Mont Blanc Helicoptères, which it advised on its first operating lease transaction relating to a new helicopter leased to GECAS Milestone. Practice head Pierre Frühling splits his time between Paris and Brussels, and the group often cooperates with its Belgian colleagues, but with Richard Jadot the team also boasts an experienced partner operating exclusively from Paris. Cargolux Airlines International instructed the practice to advise on the purchase of a Boeing 747-400 ERF from Wells Fargo Bank Northwest, while French Blue turned to the firm for advice on the financing of an Airbus A330-300 aircraft in the context of the launch of the new French Blue airline. Aigle Azur, Aircalin and Waypoint Leasing also feature on the firm's client roster.

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London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

HFW’s team members advise on a mix of EU law, competition and international trade under the leadership of co-head Anthony Woolich and Brussels-based Pierre Frühling . The group focuses on handling state aid-related matters in the area of EU law, with a particular focus on the energy sector.  Other sectors of expertise include infrastructure and mining, construction, retail, consumer goods, agriculture, financial services, sports, pharmaceuticals, and media. Another differentiating characteristic of the team in terms of cross-border work is its experience in Greece and Cyprus. Department co-head Costas Frangeskides is a key contact for clients seeking assistance with contentious competition matters. Daniel Martin is also noted.

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