Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein is a clear market leader in the areas of transport, aviation and logistics with its various subgroups to enable targeted handling of interface issues. Under the leadership of Oliver Peltzer and deputy Holger Bürskens, the one-stop shop for the transport industry provides wide-ranging advice on sector-specific M&A transactions, contract drafting and disputes. Subgroups in particular demand include the logistics real estate group around Markus Schmitt as well as the segment digitisation and new technology with Claudia Hamm as the key contact. Ulrich Steppler primarily represents airlines and other aviation sector players, while Marco Remiorz assists freight forwarders in disputes and claims. Katja Brecke is a key contact for transactional work and, at counsel level, Carsten Vyvers is noted for his expertise defending against claims of damages and enforcing freight claims.
Advice to the transport sector in Germany
Other key lawyers:
'Hands-on, experienced law firm equipped with outstanding knowledge – also in Anglo-Saxon law.'
'ASD's transport law team brings an impressive range and specialized transport knowledge to the table.'
- Qatar Airways: Request for a preliminary ruling from the European Court of Justice on the interpretation of an article on common rules for compensation and assistance for passengers in the event of denied boarding, cancellation or long delay of flights and the repeal of the regulation.
- Deufol: Ongoing advice including a seat on the client's board of directors.
- Expeditors International: Comprehensive judicial and extrajudicial advice and representation.
BBG und Partner
BBG und Partner is an infrastructure sector boutique with particular expertise in the public transport sector. Its advisory spectrum therefore not only includes public procurement, environmental and state aid law but most notably public transport law, while the team is also experienced in railway transport and local rail services; the last-mentioned segment is an area of particular expertise for Niels Griem. A group led by Hubertus Baumeister deals with the digital transformation in the transport sector, such as shuttle systems outside large city centres, as well as with new forms of propulsion, such as hydrogen. Sibylle Barth advises municipalities and public sector companies in the public transport sector on public procurement law and also represents them in corresponding disputes. Lothar Fielder specialises in authorisation procedures under passenger transport law.
'With Dr. Niels Griem, the law firm has a partner who has a high level of professional competence in the allocation of local rail transport services as well as many years of practical experience and excellent communication skills, even with non-legal interlocutors. '
'It is helpful that the firm also has specific planning and regulatory competencies.'
'Sibylle Barth and Lothar Fiedler deserve special mention when advising on issues relating to passenger transport law. The advice convinces through the fast, precise recording of the facts and the critical points as well as through tailor-made solutions, especially for atypical problems. '
'The law firm has specialized lawyers so that additional people are involved in new tasks. Thanks to the internal communication, the issue does not have to be dealt with again in principle. The law firm's advisors have a high degree of information interlinking. '
Duisburger Versorgungs- und Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH (DVG)
Kraftverkehr Wupper-Sieg AG
Landeshauptstadt Kiel Eigenbetrieb Beteilungen
Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Verkehr
Regionalverkehr Köln GmbH
Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis und Kreis Euskirchen
Stadt Euskirchen und Stadtverkehr Euskirchen GmbH
Stadt Regensburg – Stadtplanungsamt
Zweckverband Nahverkehr Westfalen-Lippe (NWL)
Zweckverband Schienenpersonen-Nahverkehr Rheinland Pfalz Nord (SPNV-Nord)
Zweckverband SPNV Münsterland – ZVM
Zweckverband Verkehrsverbund Bremen/Niedersachsen (ZVBN)
- Duisburg Supply and Transport Company (DVG): Comprehensive public transport legal advice.
- Kraftverkehr Wupper-Sieg AG: Advice on defending against a commercial application after prior announcement.
- State capital Kiel own operation participations: Advice on legal issues relating to urban bus transport, which the municipal transport company operates on the basis of a direct award.
Blaum Dettmers Rabstein
With a firm-wide focus on the transport industry, Blaum Dettmers Rabstein is involved in a wide rage of transport and logistics law matters and has a specialism in transport claims in the road, rail and air sectors, which makes for a client portfolio including many insurers and underwriters. In this context, both Kay Uwe Bahnsen and Elke Wietoska are recommended; both are well versed in maritime commercial law. Claus Holzhüter deals with transport law disputes in Germany and abroad. Much of the team's work takes place at the intersection with logistics and haulage and therefore includes corresponding contract drafting and project support.
At Norton Rose Fulbright, a multidisciplinary practice advises clients from the aviation, shipping, rail and road sectors with the team particularly recommended for financing and leasing matters. The practice is led by a quartet consisting of aviation and real finance expert Ralf Springer, shipping specialist Timo Noftz, road infrastructure financing expert Dirk Trautmann and Michael Jürgen Werner; Werner provides the link to the Brussels office as well as to antitrust, public procurement and state aid law. In addition, the practice managed to fill two gaps with strategic new hires: In insolvency and restructuring, an area of particular growth, Regina Rath joined from Simmons & Simmons in February 2020 and Sylwia Maria Bea from White & Case LLP in June 2020; DCM expert Christoph Enderstein arrived from Allen & Overy LLP in March 2020.
'In the area of aviation, NRF covers the entire industry-specific spectrum and is active on the part of banks / financiers, airlines, leasing companies, etc. This ensures a comprehensive view of all facets of the aviation / transport industry. '
'Ralf Springer is a luminary in the field of aviation and is highly valued everywhere. Particularly noteworthy is his sober, relaxed and pragmatic approach. '
DVB Bank SE / DZ Bank
KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH
Aircraft Finance Germany GmbH
Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur (BMVI)
GOAL German Operating Aircraft Leasing GmbH
LHI Leasing GmbH
- 17 banks managed by KfW IPEX: Advising on the ECA and state guarantee-covered financing of two cruise ships for Genting Hong Kong Ltd. and their brand Dream Cruises.
- BMW: Advice on the A3 PPP motorway project.
- Aircraft Finance Germany GmbH: Advice on the bidding process for Condor Flugdienst GmbH.
REMÉ Rechtsanwälte puts significant emphasis on transport and logistics law. The team shines with its experience in transport liability law in particular when handling claims for damages pertaining to multimodal and cross-border transports. Providing assistance with recourse actions and recourse defence as well as with contracts are also part of its offering.
Segelken & Suchopar
Segelken & Suchopar advises freight forwarders, carriers and logistics companies on their day-to-day business and on the structuring of contractual relationships. In addition, the team represents transport insurers in the defence of claims against policyholders at national and international level.
Transport law is a primary focus at ADVOS Rechtsanwälte and includes road freight, railway, air freight, maritime and inland waterway law. The firm has a good reputation for the representation of transport liability insurers, carriers and freight forwarders in defending claims for damages and in pursuing recourse.
At DLA Piper, transport and traffic law advice is provided by the litigation & regulatory practice led by Ludger Giesberts. The team advises clients on air, land and water transport in equal measure, while the automotive sector plays a major role overall, where the team advises on autonomous driving as well as on road and motorway infrastructure. The group is also well versed in the aviation sector, primarily advising airports and airlines on planning, financing and charging issues. In the inland waterway sector, the team handles state aid and procurement law matters and advises on user contracts as well as shipping accidents. Besides team head Giesberts, who frequently acts for aviation sector clients, Guido Kleve is recommended; he is particularly well versed in harbour law.
Other key lawyers:
'Excellent specialist knowledge with fast and efficient consulting practice.'
Flughafen Frankfurt Hahn GmbH
Flughafen KölnBonn GmbH
- Cologne Bonn Airport GmbH: Advice on claims against the customs authorities for the use of premises at terminals.
- Rolls-Royce plc: Advice on the acquisition of the electric and hybrid drive division for the aerospace industry eAircraft from Siemens.
- city Cologne: Representation in court proceedings regarding the legality of the Cologne Air Quality Control Plan (LRP) before the Münster Higher Administrative Court as well as advice on the preparation of the LRP.
The multidisciplinary focus group transport, traffic and infrastructure at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek has experience in classic transport and forwarding law, in M&A transactions and transport insurance law as well as in matters pertaining to inland ports and seaports. Carsten Schrader and Martin Imhof jointly head the team, which also advises the public sector and transport associations on public transport procurement projects. Imhof has in-depth knowledge of international joint ventures and investments in terminals, while Ute Jasper primarily advises transport sector clients. Cord Tomhave heads the litigation department of the transport practice, which acts in defence of claims for damages arising from transport losses and transport damages.
‘The law firm’s support team is extremely well-coordinated and is characterized by outstanding technical expertise, flexibility and customer orientation.’
‘Ute Jasper is excellent at developing successful award strategies in the area of highly complex and risky infrastructure projects.’
The transport and logistics team at Heussen deals with all matters pertaining to the movement and handling of goods by road, rail and air with a focus on advising clients from the car manufacturing, retail and pharmaceutical logistics sectors, such as heavy and hazardous goods transports. Main contact Marcus Schriefers left the firm in October 2020 to launch the Hamburg office for GvW Graf von Westphalen.
Other key lawyers:
Since 1 July 2020, Hogan Lovells International LLP's transport sector support work has been under the remit of the newly structured mobility & transportation sector group, which is further divided into the aerospace & defence, automotive, and transport & logistics subgroups. The overall department, which also includes a future of mobility task force, is led by a trio consisting of Patrick Ayad, Detlef Haß and Florian Unseld. Ayad has in-depth expertise in handling automotive sector work, while Haß acts for players from the transport sector, among others, in contentious matters, and Unseld handles sector-specific contractual issues.
Other key lawyers:
'The team in Frankfurt is experienced in handling airport and motorway projects.'
'High level of commitment and demonstration of flexible solutions, taking over discussions with the supervisory authority.'
'Extremely fast and flexible availability, creativity in finding solutions, goal-oriented at all times.'
Digital Charging Solutions
Ford Motor Company
Hyundai Motor Europe
InfraVia & Egis
Norddeutsche Landesbank (NordLB)
- FlixMobility (FlixBus/Flixtrain): Advice on all legal aspects of completing the Series F financing round and its expansion.
- A German automobile manufacturer (OEM) and a leading global provider of shared mobility: Advice on entering the market in the field of micromobility in several European countries.
- Ford Motor Company: Advised Volkswagen on a $ 2.6 billion investment in Ford's autonomous vehicle platform company, Argo AI.
Kuss Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbb
Transport and logistics boutique Kuss Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB fields a team of four specialist lawyers, who predominately act in large-scale international transport claims and in complex logistics projects. Thanks to its multilingual team co-led by Corinna Kuss and Robert Kuss, it is well placed to handle international mandates and act for international clients. The former has particular strong ties to clients from the US, Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean region, while the latter acts for clients from Canada and Northern Europe as well as from the DACH and MENA regions. Other work includes transport sector court and arbitration proceedings and transport contracts.
'Legal expertise and assertiveness.'
'A reliable and safe level of competence in matters of road liability.'
'A good understanding of our problems, pragmatic advice and clear explanations of the legal situation in Germany.'
'Corinna Kuss also speaks French and knows German law very well.'
'The firm always delivers pragmatic and effective advice.'
'A unique boutique law firm with extremely strong expertise in transportation, insurance, industry, dispute resolution. For me, one of the leading law firms in Germany in this area. '
'Corinna and Robert Kuss are both very good, consistent and versatile lawyers, who also shape the firm thanks to their great personalities. The cooperation is professional to the highest degree and the support is very personal and with great commitment. '
'Corinna Kuss is an excellent transport lawyer who also speaks perfect English and Italian. Always available. '
Transport and logistics services are just as much part of Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH's offering as public procurement and transport law issues. Traditionally, the firm has been advising clients from the energy, infrastructure and mobility sectors but it has recently been able to expand its offering in the procurement of regional rail and local public transportation. The practice co-led by Maximilian Dorndorf, Steffen Gaber and Ulf-Dieter Pape is also well versed in e-mobility. Dorndorf and Gaber often act at the interface with sales and logistics, while Pape mainly deals with procurement law matters. New arrival Frank Tschentscher, who joined the firm in August 2019 from Schultze & Braun, has a focus on restructuring and financing.
Other key lawyers:
‘The difference to other law firms arises from dealing with the problems / consequences, in the practical implementation and a careful foresighted assessment of the expected reactions of those involved.’
Fiege Logistik Stiftung & Co. KG
Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen mbH (LNVG)
Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe AöR
Deutsche Bank Luxembourg S.A.
Mitsui & Co. Ltd.
Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
- Berlin transport company: Advice and legal representation in the review procedure of a vehicle manufacturer.
- BASF SE: Advice on all matters relating to the worldwide commissioning of transport and logistics services.
- Fiege Logistik Stiftung & Co. KG: Advice on the structuring of the new transport platform FIEGE FOR Freight GmbH & Co. KG for GALERIA Karstadt Kaufhof branches with the expansion of the functions of the department stores into so-called city hubs.
Raue's transport practice has local public transportation and airport mandates at its core. Advising on aviation sector remuneration strategies alongside award procedures are part of its daily work, while the group also deals with innovative traffic and transport projects, for example in the area of electromobility. Kornelius Kleinlein, who focuses on fee regulation and transport infrastructure, and Wolfram Hertel, who acts in public procurement law, jointly head the practice, which appointed two new counsels at the beginning of 2020 in line with its organic growth strategy.
Taylor Wessing pursues a cross-practice approach when handling transport sector work. In addition to providing regulatory advice in the air and rail transport sectors as well as advice pertaining to ports and waterways, the team has a focus on planning and public procurement law matters. The interdisciplinary team is co-led by Norbert Kämper, who is also a member of the industry group aerospace & defence and acts in selection procedures for ground handling services, among others, and Michael Brüggemann, who primarily handles public procurement and state aid law aspects. The practice is increasingly active in the area of mobility concepts with regulatory issues around autonomous driving and the use of drones as a particular key area of expertise.
Hamburg Port Authority
Stadt Mülheim an der Ruhr
Enterprise Rent a Car
- Hamburg Port Authority: Procurement law advice on the large-volume PPP project Steinwerder Süd.
- City of Mühlheim an der Ruhr: Advice on EU state aid law regarding the financing of the urban port and other facilities; Representation to the EU Commission.
Allen & Overy LLP
Operators, government agencies, landlords, tenants, banks and financiers rely on Allen & Overy LLP's expertise in the rail, road, aviation and shipping sectors. In September 2020, the team saw the departure of Olaf Otting, who used to head the parent group public law and has now founded the boutique Otting Zinger Rechtsanwälte together with his senior associate Christoph Zinger. Remaining counsel Udo Herbert Olgemöller regularly deals with innovative mobility projects for new business models in light of the digital age. Wolfgang Melzer is the key contract for leasing transactions in the aviation sector and for asset financing in particular.
Volvo Car Corporation
Bird Rides, Inc.
Deutsche Bahn AG
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Düsseldorf Branch, und Norinchukin Bank, Tokyo
- Volvo Car Corporation: Representation in patent infringement proceedings against companies in the automotive industry.
- IONITY: Advice on the framework agreement for the installation of high-performance chargers for electric cars.
- Bird Rides, Inc.: Advice on the takeover of the Berlin e-scooter provider Circ. Comprehensive public law advice on all questions relating to the operation of e-scooters in German cities and communities.
Clyde & Co LLP
Clyde & Co LLP's transport law department has a strong focus on the transport of goods and therefore assists logistics service providers and shipping companies with various issues pertaining to land and air freight. The firm's in-depth insurance law expertise is another particular asset, making goods transport insurance and transport damage work key elements of the practice. Volker Lücke leads the team and demonstrates expertise in damage claims arising from transport damages.
'Very good specialist knowledge, prompt reaction and action – very good mood and access to the questions.'
'High level of expertise, commitment, success-oriented, flexible.'
While FLEET HAMBURG has traditionally focused on the maritime industry, in recent years it has gradually expanded its offering to include other transport sector segments. The team co-led by Eva Bodenbach and Arthur Steinmann assists transport service providers, freight forwarders, warehousing companies and insurers as well as companies from the fashion, lifestyle, pharma, energy and chemical industries on transport and supply chain management. Bodenbach is well versed in the offshore sector, while Steinmann is a key contact for the textile industry. Providing assistance with master freight and quantity agreements as well as with the development of new business areas are among Tobias Nesemann's key areas of expertise. In the contentious space, the firm is qualified to represent clients in disputes under German and English law.
Other key lawyers:
'Exceptional competence not only in transport-specific problems, but also in questions of insurance law.'
'Absolutely solution-oriented and also lateral thinker where necessary. Internationally linked. '
'Arthur Steinmann finds solutions, even for hopeless cases.'
'Tobias Nesemann is extremely process-oriented.'
'Flexible, extensive knowledge of all relevant topics in the logistics industry and supply chain management.'