Transport in Switzerland

Eversheds Sutherland AG

The transport team at Eversheds Sutherland AG acts for clients including federal, regional and municipal transport companies, international airlines and a whole host of national and international transport-related companies as well as logistics companies. The team, headed by the ‘absolutely reliable, fast and preciseOliver Beldi and ‘expert in his fields of practiceBruno Schoch, assists in transactions and advises on regulatory issues, procurement law, corporate and commercial matters as well as wider related areas, such as employment law. Barbara Klett is specialised in Swiss and international logistics and transport law and regularly represents clients in liability and insurance law matters.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Beldi; Bruno Schoch

Other key lawyers:

Barbara Klett

Testimonials

‘The strength of the team around Oliver Beldi lies in the absolutely reliable, fast and precise processing of the questions posed. Cost estimates are adhered to and thus precise cost planning is possible. The results and recommendations are practical, targeted and implementable.’

‘Oliver Beldi is a reliable, professionally experienced and pleasant contact person in the special questions of Swiss transport law. The team of Eversheds Sutherland is particularly broadly based, so that any question can be addressed by the appropriate contact person. The quality of the work on the questions is especially based on the practical usability of the results and the clear and unambiguous instructions for action.’

‘Eversheds Sutherland has a very broad practice in the transport sector: public procurement law, commercial matter, litigation, M&A transactions. Key strengths are sector know-how; the various team members provide specialist level advice in a broad range of legal areas, no fuss, and practical advice and innovative service delivery. In my view the ranking as top tier firm is justified. I can recommend the firm to my peers.’

‘There are three individuals to mention: Oliver Beldi, Bruno Schoch and Barbara Klett. Oliver Beldi is the head of the practice and very professional. He provides targeted and strategic advice at high service standards and he has exceptional credentials. Bruno Schoch and Barbara Klett both have very good sector know-how and are experts in their fields of practice.’

‘In respect of an international M&A transaction across 4 time zones, Eversheds were quick to respond, reliable, and integrated well with our in-house team. They were very professional and a great asset to the negotiation of the deal.’

‘The partner Oliver Beldi supported us in corporate governance and capital market. The legal opinion has the highest level and standards. Eversheds assists my group worldwide and it is the most reliable and skilled international firm in the legal area.’

‘Affordability, reliable, transparency and capability to react in real time. International approach.’

Key clients

IATA

Turkish Airlines

Avis Business Group

Signature Aviation

Work highlights

  • Successfully advised Signature Aviation (UK) on its acquisition of Tag Aviation FBO SA, Geneva, including assisting with due diligence, transaction documentation, negotiations and closing.

gbf Attorneys-at-law Ltd

gbf Attorneys-at-law Ltd is specialised in advising airlines, aircraft manufacturers, airports, shipping companies and insurers and re-insurers on all legal aspects of transport, including regulatory, transactional and contentious matters. In the marine transportation, shipping and trading areas, the team handles a multitude of coverage, defence and recourse claims for liability insurers, protection and indemnity clubs as well as for freight forwarders, carriers and warehouse keepers. Laurent Chassot, Lars Gerspacher and Nando Stauffer von May are the practice heads.

Practice head(s):

Laurent Chassot; Lars Gerspacher; Nando Stauffer von May

Other key lawyers:

Philip Chrystal

Testimonials

‘Extremely versed in aviation regulations, on airline-lessor relationship, and good understanding of the aircraft design and its usage – overall exceptional knowledge of the sector.’

‘Laurent Chassot and Philip Chrystal are stand-out experts in aviation, with their experience and rigor on commercial, liability and regulatory issues in the industry.’

‘GBF have uniquely focused expertise in EU and Swiss aviation competition law. Their Geneva resident partner, Laurent Chassot, combines extensive experience of the aviation sector with a deep understanding of Swiss competition law. I would regard GBF as the go-to law firm in Switzerland to work on transactions with a Swiss element requiring competition law advice. ’

‘Laurent Chassot has extensive experience of the aviation sector, including code sharing and similar agreements. His fluency in English, French and German makes him an ideal partner in providing Swiss regulatory input to multi-jurisdictional advice on aviation transactions.’

‘Team has been a great support and is always available for consultation.’

‘Laurent Chassot and Philip Chrystal are both excellent.’

‘Great availability and dependability.’

‘Laurent Chassot is outstanding.’

Key clients

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

AIG Europe

Allianz Suisse

AXA Corporate Solutions

AXA Assurances SA

AXA XL

Chubb Insurance

DHL

easyJet plc

Ergo Insurance

Fly 7 Executive Aviation SA

Global Aerospace Underwriting Managers

HDI Global

Helvetia Insurance Co.

Maersk Line

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd acts predominantly for clients from the aviation and maritime shipping spaces, such as indemnity insurance clubs, aircraft and shipowners, managers and operators as well as international airlines. The team handles non-contentious and contentious matters, including the regulatory aspects of marine and aviation activities in Switzerland, transportation contracts, supply chain management and sale, purchase and financing of aircraft and vessels as well as litigation and arbitration concerning trade fraud, commercial contracts and casualties. Alexander von Ziegler, ‘one of the best international arbitrators and mediators’, and Bernard Vischer head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Alexander von Ziegler; Bernard Vischer

Testimonials

‘The team works with Swiss precision at the highest possible level of quality. This applies not only to the field of transport law itself, but to the entire background of international commercial law as well as procedural and arbitration law, which is fundamental to the transport sector.’

‘Alexander von Ziegler for many years has been one of the most influential and outstanding personalities in national and international transport and maritime law as well as sales and commercial law. He has positively influenced these areas through his activities in leading positions in international organizations. Furthermore, he is one of the best international arbitrators and mediators in this field. In addition to the indisputably high quality of advice provided by Alexander von Ziegler, his professionalism, reliability and friendliness are to be emphasized, which makes the cooperation extremely pleasant.’

‘Alexander von Ziegler has particular skills in export/import, shipping, aviation, international trade, commercial contracts, transportation and logistics (dispute resolution and transactional). Also skills in insurance and reinsurance law and experience in mediation.’

‘Good industry expertise.’

Key clients

EasyJet

Work highlights

  • Acting for EasyJet in several on-going matters.
  • Acted for a liability provider for the freight forwarding industry in various indemnity claims / recourse actions in trans-border shipments for negligent documentation handling and failing to comply with customer’s instructions (including customs and port authority issues).
  • Advised a leading bank on the financing of vessels, yachts and aircraft.

Blum & Grob Attorneys at Law Ltd

Blum & Grob Attorneys at Law Ltd predominantly acts for airlines, aircraft manufacturers and leasing companies, business jet operators, international corporations and high-net-worth individuals. Headed by Hans-Ruedi Grob, Philippe Wenker and Rolf Schilling, the team handles contentious matters, regulatory issues, financing and re-financing, transactions, structuring of ownerships and contracts relating to aircraft management and operations, ground handling, maintenance and crew employment, among others.

MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep Ltd

The transport practice at MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep Ltd predominantly acts for clients from the aviation and shipping sectors, such as international airlines, as well as private equity firms, banks and lessors. The team advises on sale and purchase issues, registration, tax matters and has particular expertise in airline insolvencies, repossessions and loss of aircraft as well as matters pertaining to unmanned traffic management. Dunja Koch has a particular focus on advising banks, leasing companies and aircraft manufacturers on the Swiss aspects of transactions involving aircraft.

Other key lawyers:

Dunja Koch

Testimonials

‘Froriep has a very experienced and well known asset finance and, in particular, aviation practice which can provide Swiss law and English law advice. We worked together on Swiss, English law governed aircraft financings and the pragmatic approach of their lawyers is highly appreciated.’

‘Dunja Koch is one of the leading lawyers in the Swiss aviation market. She knows the market very well and she and her team have excellent contacts to all relevant aviation authorities in Switzerland.’

Key clients

Apollo Aviation Group

BBAM Aircraft and Leasing Management

ELFC

Carlyle Aviation (formerly Apollo Aviation)

Merx Aviation Services Limited

Aeroflot – Russian Airlines

Mingsheng Financial Leasing Co.

ICBC Financial Leasing Co

Elbit Systems

Silverfleet Capital

Korea Development Bank

ING Bank

Industrial Bank of Korea

Work highlights

  • Advising Aeroflot-Russian Airlines and its representative office in Geneva on matters related to its Swiss operations.
  • Assisted the Industrial Bank of Korea with financing made available to a Marshall Island-incorporated SPV to finance a vessel.
  • Assisted the Korea Development Bank as agent for a syndicate of senior lenders with the financing provided to a Korean provider of marine transportation services.

MME Legal | Tax | Compliance

MME Legal | Tax | Compliance is specialised in advice on cross-border trade, where it acts for importers and exporters, insurers and logistics service providers. Practice head Raphael Brunner and his team are particularly experienced in compliance where work includes setting up internal programmes, performing risk assessments, handling cases of breaches of regulations and risk management. The group also advises on the drafting of logistics contracts and claims handling and enforcement.

Practice head(s):

Raphael Brunner

Testimonials

‘Besides the legal customs and transport competence, which is really excellent, the team around Raphael Brunner and Peter Henschel have a pronounced affinity to technology and business operations. This is really helpful in a challenging regulatory environments and increased use of technologies adapted on a global scale. Their work does not end with the classic legal activity. Great team and with an entrepreneurial mindset.’

‘Raphael Brunner is a pleasure to work with. He offers services with extensive knowledge in the field of transport, customs, export control and sanctions.’

VISCHER

VISCHER acts for clients from the aviation sector, particularly airlines, on their core business as well as on related areas, including maintenance and catering. The team assists in contract negotiations with air-traffic authorities, handles insurance and damage claims, advises on labour law, tax law, data protection and antitrust issues as well as on the sale, purchase and leasing of aircraft. Practice head Urs Haegi focuses on contract law, transactions and succession planning. Christoph Niederer advises on national and cross-border tax and the social security aspects of transport matters.

Practice head(s):

Urs Haegi

Other key lawyers:

Christoph Niederer

Testimonials

‘Combination of practicability and professionality.’

‘Christoph Niederer has outstanding know-how.’

Key clients

Swiss International Air Lines Ltd.

Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Edelweiss Air

LSG Sky Chefs Schweiz AG

Lufthansa Technik AG

Swiss Aviation Training AG

Austrian Airlines AG

DLH Fuel Company mbH

Jet Aviation Ltd.

Schweizerische Rettungsflugwacht (Rega)

Export Development Canada

Lufthansa AirPlus Servicekarten GmbH

AirPlus International AG

Air Canada

Swissterminal AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Swiss International Air Lines on various legal and tax matters.
  • Representing Jet Aviation in various litigation matters and transactional work.
  • Advising Lufthansa group companies on certain legal affairs in Switzerland.

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

The transport practice at Bär & Karrer Ltd. acts for clients from all transport backgrounds, including maritime, aviation, rail and road. The team has particular experience in advising on M&A transactions and financing, and also assists with regulatory issues, data protection and antitrust matters. Luca Jagmetti and Christoph Neeracher specialise in corporate and commercial law, procurement and outsourcing projects as well as M&A transactions and both represent transport clients in disputes.

Practice head(s):

Luca Jagmetti

Other key lawyers:

Christoph Neeracher

Key clients

Swiss Federal Railways SBB

DHL

CEVA Logistics

Jet Aviation

Valora

DSV

Work highlights

  • Advised Swiss Federal Railways on the sale of 35% stake in SBB Cargo to Swiss Combi, a joint venture of Swiss logistics service providers.
  • Assisted DSV A/S, Hedehusene and Panalpina Welttransport with entering into an agreement on the terms and conditions of a combination by way of a public exchange offer by DSV for all publicly held registered shares of Panalpina for approximately CHF4.6bn
  • Acted for DHL on the sale of its Swiss supply chain business to Fastlog.

HFW

A key name for shipping disputes, HFW acts for banks, shipowners, charterers, shipyards, marine insurance underwriters, P&I clubs and governments. The team, headed by Michael Buisset, handles shipping disputes related to contracts, bills of lading, fraud and charterparties, among others. The group also advises on commercial and regulatory matters relating to aviation, rail and road.

Practice head(s):

Michael Buisset

Testimonials

‘Clear separation of responsibilities according to specialization.’

‘Very experienced in the industry. Very well connected.’

‘We simply love their approach to problems. Not trying to win a legal case at all costs but mostly trying to find the quickest way to resolution.’

‘Michael Buisset is outstanding in terms of understanding the client’s needs.’

‘We turn to HFW again and again when we need critical, on point and sharp legal advice. We trust them implicitly. What makes Michael’s team unique is their deep understanding of commodity trading and shipping as well as their true expertise in all legal issues relating to these areas. They understand every aspect of our business and provide excellent advice across the lifespan of a project. Moreover, they are always pragmatic and down-to-earth. Advice provided is clear and straightforward to implement, which again illustrates their industry expertise and know-how. ’

Key clients

Credit Suisse

Arab Bank (Switzerland) Ltd

Apix (Agency for Foreign Investment and Major Works of the Republic of Senegal)

Japan P&I Club

Taurus Petroleum Ltd

Banque de Commerce et de Placement SA

Work highlights

  • Advised the Agence de Promotion des Investissements et Grands Travaux-APIX of the Republic of Senegal on all corporate issues connected to the high-value Dakar-Diamniadio-AIBD express regional train project.
  • Acted for Arab Bank in a London maritime arbitration claim against the owners of the Sea Master in a $1.5m claim relating to mis-delivery of a substantial quantity of corn pledged to the bank as security for a trade finance facility.

Wartmann & Merker

Wartmann & Merker is focused on litigation and arbitration and acts for an array of clients from the transport sector, predominantly shipping and logistics companies, railway construction companies, financial institutions, insurers and investors. The team handles claims relating to malpractice, indemnity, license agreement and contracts, among others. Practice head Giovanna Montanaro is experienced in matters relating to the insurance and freight forwarding market and is regularly involved in cross-border transportation litigation matters.

Practice head(s):

Giovanna Montanaro

Testimonials

‘Giovanna Montanaro of Wartmann Merker is a well known and very competent lawyer. She is a leading expert in transport law.’