Transport in Switzerland
Eversheds Sutherland AG is known for its 'innovative service delivery' and 'sector know-how'. The group is jointly led by Oliver Beldi, who focuses primarily on commercial cases, and Bruno Schoch, who is a specialist in public transport law matters, particularly those concerning railway-related administrative law and regulation. Recent work includes representing Airbus Helicopters in a dispute relating to engine supply, while the team has also consulted on matters for the International Air Transport Association and Turkish Airlines. Others clients include domestic railway companies, where the firm is sought out to assist with procurement projects, planning, redevelopments and mergers, and international transport manufacturers.
‘The law firm Eversheds Sutherland has a very broad practice in the transport sector: public procurement law, commercial matters, litigation, and 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. The practice has gained a high profile over the years which sets them apart from the competitors. The top rankings in the last years were justified. Eversheds is highly recommended to my peers.’
‘The team is very flexible and has a fantastic know-how.’
- Representing Airbus Helicopters in a dispute relating to a supplier over engines.
The 'extremely cohesive' team at gbf Attorneys-at-law Ltd provides a 'flawless' service, and is 'the go-to practice in Switzerland' for aviation law, according to one client. Areas of expertise include cargo insurer recourse proceedings, product liability and damage claims, and aircraft acquisitions or repossessions resulting in large cross-border transactions. Laurent Chassot is 'always available' and provides 'exceptionally good' advice; Lars Gerspacher is a renowned litigator who is a key name for insurance disputes; and Nando Stauffer von May assists with contentious and non-contentious matters with a recent focus on claims and regulatory issues.
‘They are true aviation specialists which make them stand out from other firms.’
‘gbf’s practice are truly experts in the insurance and transportation sectors. In particular in the aviation sector, they are the go-to practice in Switzerland.’
‘Laurent Chassot is always available and his aviation practice is exceptionally good.’
‘The team provide sound legal advice, are trusting, would always consider hiring when required.’
‘The firm is able to intervene in any issue set in air or air insurance law, thanks to its knowledge of the sector.’
‘Good mix and exchange between juniors/seniors. Substitutions functions flawlessly.’
‘Despite being a small firm, the team have a wealth of experience and knowledge to rival any of the larger firms. The small size of the firm means a personable and friendly service. They are an extremely cohesive team and the service is also flawless.’
Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty
AXA Corporate Solutions
AXA Assurances SA
Fly 7 Executive Aviation SA
Global Aerospace Underwriting Managers
Helvetia Insurance Co.
Zurich Insurance Co
Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd has'one of the best' practices in Switzerland, according to one client, and is known for its 'international orientation and broad positioning in all areas of transport'. Aviation and maritime law specialist Alexander von Ziegler jointly leads the 'experienced and hands-on team' with Bernard Vischer, who works predominantly on corporate and transactional transportmatters. The group handles the full range of trade and transport services, from resolving cargo disputes or fraud allegations, to the financing and insurance of passenger aircraft and yachts. easyJet is among its clients.
‘The Schellenberg Wittmer transport team is certainly one of the best and most recognised teams in this sector in Switzerland. Particularly noteworthy is its international orientation and broad positioning in all areas of transport.‘
‘An experienced and hands-on team with a commercial approach to getting deals done.’
At Blum & Grob Attorneys at Law Ltd, the transport team is particularly known for its expertise in the aviation sector, and frequently receives instructionsHans-Ruedi Grob; Philippe Wenker from aircraft manufacturers and leasing companies, both domestic and international airlines, and numerous other aviation-related businesses that provide maintenance, interior completion, cargo and catering services to the industry. With joint practice heads Hans-Ruedi Grob and Philippe Wenker at the helm, the firm advises on contracts related to sale, purchase and refinancing, as well as assisting with all regulatory matters, including registration of aircraft and mortgages, and other security instruments in all major jurisdictions.
Froriep's transport practice is headed by London-based partner Dunja Koch, who has 'excellent knowledge' in the field and 'a pragmatic approach'. The 'responsive' team often goes 'above and beyond' for clients. Recent work includes assisting Carlyle Aviation with an aircraft purchase; advising Merx Aviation on the acquisition and leaseback of an Airbus A321; and acting for Irish company Engine Lease Finance Corporation on lease extension agreements and purchases. Felix Mathis, who handles commercial mandates, and Dimitri Rotter, who specialises in aviation tax queries, lead on most matters alongside Koch.
‘Responsive, helpful and working above and beyond to assist in closing out transactions.’
‘The aviation team of Froriep led by Dunja Koch is one of the top two aviation teams in Switzerland. Koch has excellent knowledge and a great network within the Swiss authorities and the Swiss aviation sector. In particular her pragmatic approach is great and it is always a pleasure to work with her.’
Apollo Aviation Group
Carlyle Aviation (formerly Apollo Aviation)
Merx Aviation Services Limited
Plane Care Solutions
- Assisting Carlyle Aviation with the purchase of an aircraft on lease to the Swiss airline Privatair SA.
- Advising Engine Lease Finance Corporation on an engine extension agreement regarding a CFM lease to IAE International Aero Engines AG; on the purchase of an engine from Comlux AG; and on a lease agreement with Swiss International Air Lines on engine issues.
- Assisting Merx Aviation with the deletion and de-registration of an Airbus A321-211 registered in Switzerland, which was leased to Germania Flug, a subsidiary of Germania.
Clients recommend MME Legal | Tax | Compliance because of its 'excellent knowledge of Swiss trade compliance laws'. Along with trade cases, the firm also advises logistics service providers and insurers, as well as handling more traditional transport matters in the aviation and maritime sectors – namely, yacht charter agreements and sale disputes, freight claims and Swiss airport service restructurings. Practice heads Raphael Brunner and Andreas Furrer lead a team known for its 'pragmatic approach and short response times' and 'high availability anywhere, any time' attitude. Other work includes advising on hardware and software export regulation and drafting contractual agreements for logistics service providers.
‘Christine Gschwend and Andreas Furrer have led our project on international trade compliance. They very quickly diagnosed our particular need for support and set up the project to not only provide us with the necessary legal documentation, but also trained our key staff members. It enabled our staff to further professionalise in the area of trade compliance.’
‘MME is our key advisor for Legal, Tax and Compliance matters. One of their core competencies is export control with extensive practical process, organisational and regulatory experience. They provide support with regards to Swiss dual-use or War material regulation, they offer also working relationship with the Swiss SECO, and can provide guidance on US EAR & ITAR compliance. They have also a partner network to provide legal binding opinion or confirmation from foreign jurisdiction in the US and EU.’
‘Excellent knowledge of Swiss trade compliance laws, pragmatic approach and short response times.’
‘High availability anywhere, anytime; understands business needs.’
- Representing a client in litigation regarding the outstanding sales price for a 35m superyacht that involved various cross-border elements.
- Advising a developer and distributor of global hardware and software on a range of matters, including on export compliance and the development of an internal compliance programme.
- Assisting an airport and airlines with the rearrangement of services in Zurich (in terms of customs, compliance, internal regulations).
VISCHER's transport practice regularly acts for airlines on insurance, regulatory and transactional matters. The firm is also the primary legal consultant for Swiss International Air Lines; in recent work, it represented the client in a high-value tax litigation case before the Federal Court, assisted with international employment laws, and handled corporate governance and data protection duties. Other work includes acting for Jet Aviation in various disputes. Team head Urs Haegi and Christoph Niederer are the main names to note.
Swiss International Air Lines Ltd.
Deutsche Lufthansa AG
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
- Acting for Jet Aviation in various disputes.
- Represented Swiss International Air Lines in a high-value tax litigation case before the Federal Court.
- Handled corporate governance and data protection duties for Swiss International Air Lines.
The team at Bär & Karrer Ltd. advises clients in the aviation, maritime, road and rail sectors on antitrust, data protection, dispute resolution, vehicle procurement and regulatory affairs. Clients include international transport and logistics couriers, railway manufacturers and rolling stock providers, as well as insurance companies. Corporate and commercial partner Luca Jagmetti and M&A specialist Christoph Neeracher are the main contacts.
Cembra Money Bank
- Advising DSV on a public exchange offer for Panalpina Welttransport.
- Acting for Zurich Insurance Company on its financial investment in the autoSense vehicle tracking technology company and app.
Alessandro Celli leads the practice at Baker McKenzie which handles transport-related M&A transactions, intellectual property and competition matters. Other work involves assisting Planzer Transporte with global GDPR and Swiss data protection compliance, advising a leading Swiss rail manufacturer on international trade sanctions regimes, and acting for a leading Austrian postal services provider in proceedings connected with a joint venture and call-option dispute.
- Assisting Planzer Transporte with their global GDPR and Swiss data protection compliance programmes.
- Advising a leading Swiss railroad rolling stock manufacturer on compliance with international trade sanctions regimes.
- Acting for a leading Austrian logistics and postal services provider in a joint venture/call-option dispute.
HFW provides 'clear and straightforward' transport advice that demonstrates genuine 'industry expertise and know-how'. Michael Buisset leads 'a strong team of professionals' that are adept at 'simplifying difficult legal concepts', and have a predominant focus on English and Swiss maritime and trade law. Work includes dry shipping cases, admiralty and crisis management issues, M&A, and aviation-related matters. Recent highlights include advising the Senegalese Agence de Promotion des Investissements et Grands Travaux on all corporate issues connected with the high-value Dakar-Diamniadio-AIBD Express Regional Train project.
‘HFW have a deep understanding of all legal issues relating to commodities and shipping. They understand every aspect of our business and provide excellent advice across the lifespan of a project (ie through the early transactional phase, when issues arise in the course of business and in the pre-contentious/contentious phase). 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.’
‘Deep and sound knowledge of the industry, fast response, available.’
‘The firm has a very deep and sound expertise in commodities and shipping. While their knowledge of the law is very deep and sound, at the same time they are able to transmit complex matters in a comprehensive language which can be understood also by someone who is not a legal expert.’
‘My direct experience concerns the HFW team of Geneva. The team is composed of excellent and experienced lawyers having a wide and broad knowledge of English and international laws. Totally dedicated to the client’s needs, the team demonstrates that it makes efforts aimed at simplifying difficult legal concepts in order to work out solutions protecting the commercial relationships of the client. The team works effectively and the response times are immediate. Their knowledge of the transport sector is immense, and they have also many many years of experience in practical and real cases. Shipping and transport are for sure their strength if I compare the HFW team with other English law firms. Another aspect to consider positively about the HFW team is that their approach is discreet and someone can trust them completely.’
‘HFW has a strong team of professionals, very knowledgeable and experienced.’
Arab Bank (Switzerland) Ltd
Apix (Agency for Foreign Investment and Major Works of the Republic of Senegal)
Japan P&I Club
International Petroleum Products
Taurus Petroleum Ltd
Banque de Commerce et de Placement SA
- Advising the Senegalese Agence de Promotion des Investissements et Grands Travaux on all corporate issues connected with the high-value Dakar-Diamniadio-AIBD Express Regional Train project.
- Acting for the shipowner in a cargo claim and vessel damage dispute.
Led by Giovanna Montanaro, the 'very efficient' and 'very well-organised' team at Wartmann & Merker specialises in arbitration and litigation proceedings. The firm acts for insurance, shipping, trading and logistics companies in a wide range of haulage, maritime and damages cases, alongside more general export and contracts work.
‘My impression is that the firm is very well organised.’