Transport in Switzerland
The team at Eversheds Sutherland AG impresses with 'a sound knowledge of contracts relating to public procurement and public transport', 'honest and detailed communication', as well its 'an outstanding structuring and delivery of documents'. Railway procurement projects and corporate advice constitute major focus areas, alongside liability law, air transport and related passenger rights, road transport law, as well as shipping and trade finance matters. 'Extremely professional, reliable and precise' head of transport Oliver Beldi provided an early case assessment for Airbus Helicopters, which aims to terminate a commercial agreement with a supplier of helicopter parts due to quality issues. Public transport expert Bruno Schoch 'shows very high flexibility and is able to identify risks and describe successful solutions', while transport liability and insurance partner Barbara Klett is another key member of the department.
The 'excellent team' at 'go-to firm' gbf Attorneys-at-law Ltd is renowned for 'providing facilitating advice for the aviation industry, its impeccable client care and pragmatic approach'. With 'a solid offering in the arbitration and commodities space', the team focuses on cross-border transactions, regulatory matters, commercial disputes and liability cases in aviation, shipping and land transport. Lars Gerspacher has 'profound knowledge in all kinds of liability and insurance matters', while 'reputable aviation law expert' Laurent Chassot 'stays calm under pressure and has a very commercial outlook'.
Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is appreciated for its 'professionalism, efficiency and relentless hard work'. Best known for maritime, aviation and trade matters, the transport team handles insurance-related, contentious, regulatory, financing and transactional matters. In a recent highlight, Grégoire Wuest assisted a Greek ship owner with the restructuring of its fleet, including the financing aspects regarding the sale of dry bulk carriers and purchase of new ships. Alexander von Ziegler heads the practice.
VISCHER's transport department specialises in acting for airlines on corporate matters, contract negotiations and transactions, as well as insurance cases. Christoph Niederer and Urs Haegi are advising Swiss International Air Lines on various legal aspects concerning international employment, social security and tax issues. Managing associate Peter Kühn is another name to note.
The transport department at Bär & Karrer Ltd. covers finance, M&A, regulatory, employment, competition, data protection and contentious matters from the aviation, maritime, road and rail sectors. M&A specialist Christoph Neeracher acted for Matternet in negotiations with Swiss Post concerning the provision of unmanned aerial systems for drone delivery. Corporate and commercial partner Luca Jagmetti heads the practice.
In transport law, Baker McKenzie focuses on company restructuring, M&A transactions, intellectual property, data protection, outsourcing and competition matters. Alessandro Celli advises Planzer Transporte on its GDPR and Swiss data protection compliance programme, and also assists FT Logistics with all trade mark issues in Switzerland. Boris Wenger is another key partner.
'A proven specialist in aviation law', Blum & Grob Attorneys at Law Ltd has 'unparalleled industry knowledge' and is able to provide 'non-standard legal advice on domestic and international matters'. The team is best known for handling transactions, transport financing, contract negotiation, regulatory advice, as well as enforcement matters, insurance claims and other forms of litigation. The 'well-connected' Hans-Ruedi Grob, who has 'an entrepreneurial and supportive' approach, and 'knowledgeable aircraft financing expert' Philippe Wenker lead the 'impressive practice'.
Froriep's 'knowledgeable and pragmatic' transport team 'is quick to offer expert legal advice on Swiss-law aviation matters and consider the commercial reality of the situation'. It is best known for assisting with aviation finance and insolvency cases, as well as general corporate and commercial matters, and representing maritime clients in litigation proceedings. Recent highlights include advisory services provided to BoComm Leasing on existing leasing contracts with the insolvent airline Air Berlin and its Swiss subsidiary Belair. 'Very responsive, thorough and risk-attuned' London-based key partner Dunja Koch is 'highly capable and has a clear communication style'. Felix Mathis, who handles commercial aviation matters, and tax specialist Dimitri Rotter are also noted.
Clients recommend HFW for its 'responsiveness, multi-jurisdictional capabilities and business understanding'. The transport department focuses heavily on English and Swiss maritime and trade law, providing advice on transactions, dispute resolution, crisis management, commercial and regulatory issues. In a recent highlight, key partner Michael Buisset is defending vessel owner Lucretia against cargo damage claims and is representing the same client as the claimant in indemnity proceedings. 'Hardworking, smart and reliable' dispute resolution partner Sarah Hunt and 'results-oriented' senior associate William Hold are other names to note.
MME Legal | Tax | Compliance handles dispute resolution, compliance, insurance and contractual advice regarding Swiss trade, distribution, logistics, transport and shipping law. Andreas Furrer and Raphael Brunner assist DPD Schweiz with all business matters, including the drafting of agreements with subcontractors and customers, and representation in negotiation and litigation proceedings. The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and SBB also feature in the client roster.
Schiller Rechtsanwälte AG
Schiller Rechtsanwälte AG in Winterthur is recognised for its experience in aviation liability and passenger rights law, while the day-to-day advice comprises contractual and regulatory matters for clients in the maritime sector. Kaspar Schiller, Heinrich Hempel, Michael Hochstrasser and Daniel Maritz are the names to note.
The 'efficient and down-to-earth' team at ThomannFischer is 'big enough to have market influence and small enough to make clients feel well looked-after'. With 'competence' in inland navigation and maritime matters, 'very good shipping administration and contracts lawyer' Stephan Erbe and senior associate Christian Hochstrasser, who is recommended for his advice on labour law, 'know their clients' businesses by heart'.
Wartmann & Merker
Wartmann & Merker is recommended for being 'well connected in the Swiss market' and providing 'concise answers to legal questions'. The transport practice is best known for its commercial arbitration and litigation expertise, and frequently acts for insurance, shipping, trading and logistics companies. It also provides advisory services in the freight-forwarding sector. The 'straightforward, reliable and prompt' Giovanna Montanaro, who joined from Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd in January 2018, is the main contact.