Transport in Switzerland

Eversheds Sutherland AG

Eversheds Sutherland AG acts for various clients from the transport sector and transport-related backgrounds, including federal, regional and local public transport providers, international airlines, aviation associations, aircraft manufacturers, and car rental companies. The group’s substantial practice spans contentious and non-contentious matters in public procurement, construction of public transport infrastructure and contract matters as well as tax, insurance, employment and competition law matters pertaining to the transport sector. Oliver Beldi gives ‘practical and strategic advice‘ on corporate and commercial matters. ‘Renowned expertBruno Schoch has a focus on railway-related administrative and regulatory matters while Barbara Klett has ‘outstanding expertise‘ in Swiss and international logistics and transport law.

Testimonials

‘Barbara Klett stands out through her willingness to provide service, her outstanding expertise, her commitment.’

‘Bruno Schoch who is a renowned expert in mobility and public transport. What makes the work with him – and his colleagues for specific questions – special: he listens carefully to understand my objectives and provides me with options, in a clear and perfectly reasonable language. I worked with them on several topics and was never disappointed. It is a relationships built on trust.’

‘Bruno Schoch not only has a profound understanding of the legal framework, he also has a deep knowledge of the sector.’

‘Top in diversity, a lot of highly professional diverse people with different mother languages. A positive-thinking team. As client you can feel a very good team spirit.’

‘Barbara Klett has sensational knowledge in various fields of law. The performance is outstanding and the response times extremely fast.’

‘Eversheds Sutherland continues to impress with sector know-how and specialist expertise in a broad range of legal areas. The advice is always practical and to the point and they continue to invest in technology, collaboration and billing tools. Diversity and inclusion is high on the agenda of the firm.’

‘Oliver Beldi is very professional and always available. Advice is practical and strategic and he ensures that the expectations of the client are met or exceeded. Bruno Schoch and Barbara Klett both have very good sector know-how, are very client-oriented and highly trusted advisers in the field of practice.’

‘Outstanding in my opinion is their ability to communicate with the technical engineers and experts of their clients in order to gain all necessary and useful information for the case. They know how to speak with such people and how to ask the right questions in the right way.’

Key clients

IATA

Turkish Airlines

Signature Aviation

Bergen Engines

Work highlights

  • Advised Bergen Engines on export sanctions.

gbf Attorneys-at-law Ltd

gbf Attorneys-at-law Ltd is considered a ‘leading Swiss law firm in the fields of aviation, shipping and transport financing‘. ‘Leading light for aviation lawLaurent Chassot has an excellent grasp of the liability and regulatory environment facing scheduled air transport operators‘ while Lars Gerspacher ‘is the go-to person for aviation and shipping matters‘ and ‘has notable expertise in acquisition finance matters‘. Nando Stauffer von May has a focus on contentious insurance matters for shipping companies; a reason why clients ‘highly recommend gbf for legal problems in transport damage‘. A new arrival in January 2021 from Blum & Grob Attorneys at Law Ltd, Philippe Wenker is the key contact for aircraft financing matters.

Testimonials

‘gbf Attorneys-at-law Ltd combines excellent technical knowledge with an ability to integrate business issues into its analysis. They have a unique industry focus and are, in my view the leading Swiss law firm in the fields of aviation, shipping, transport financing. Given their unique focus on specific and challenging industry sectors, gbf provides in-depth expert knowledge.’

‘Lars Gerspacher is the go-to person for aviation and shipping matters at gbf. He has notable expertise in acquisition finance matters combined with a profound commercial mind-set. Lars mixes truly outstanding industry knowledge, excellent levels of service and tailor-made solutions to assist major clients in sophisticated transactions. He is highly respected in the market and a very smart person who can understand quickly any issues. He is also very pragmatic.’

‘gbf is known for its strong capability in aviation and transport matters, for both regulatory and contentious matters.’

‘Laurent Chassot is well known as a leading light for aviation law in the Swiss and European markets. He has an excellent grasp of the liability and regulatory environment facing scheduled air transport operators.’

‘This is the ‘go-to’ aviation team in Switzerland. It is a very well structured firm with specialists in their sectors.’

‘Laurent Chassot is a renowned aviation lawyer with amazing credentials. He provides cutting-edge advice to the aviation industry based on a sound legal assessment with a very pragmatic approach to complex multijurisdictional issues.’

‘There are several competent transport lawyers in the gbf team. We can highly recommend gbf for legal problems in transport damage.’

‘Basically you can always trust and follow their advice. In any single case they deal with, they come up with a comprehensive assessment that includes pros and cons of the possible next steps to take.’

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 A/S

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s transport practice impresses with ‘profound legal knowledge in Switzerland related to international transport law‘. The team advises clients on all aspects of transport, including financing, insurance and trading, and represents clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings. Further, the practice is adept at advising on shipping and aviation regulatory matters, such as the regulatory framework for passenger services and obtaining route licenses. Alexander von Ziegler is at the very top of shipping lawyers in Switzerland‘ and is experienced in maritime, aviation and trade law, in particular involving insurance litigation. Bernard Vischer focuses on the sale, purchase or financing of aircraft and yachts, among others.

Testimonials

‘Profound legal knowledge in Switzerland related to international transport law.’

‘Alexander von Ziegler is at the very top of the shipping lawyers in Switzerland known internationally for his work.’

Key clients

EasyJet

Work highlights

  • Frequently acting for EasyJet on several ongoing matters.
  • Assisted the client, a liability provider for the freight forwarding industry, on various indemnity claims/recourse actions in trans-border shipments for negligent documentation handling and failing to comply with the client’s instructions (including customs and port authority issues).
  • Regularly advised a leading bank on the financings of vessels, yachts and aircrafts.

HFW

HFW is highly specialised in advising banks, insurers, traders, brokers, operators and governments on, in particular, disputes arising out of the trading, financing and the global transport of goods. The ‘reliable and very professional‘ team handles worldwide commercial, regulatory and litigation work, also with regard to rail, aviation or road transport, and clients ‘believe this firm is the best to handle shipping disputes‘. Practice head Michael Buisset specialises in dry shipping litigation and arbitration matters regarding, among others, bills of lading, contracts of affreightment, ship sale and purchase as well as marine insurance.

Practice head(s):

Michael Buisset

Testimonials

‘I love the fact that HFW have a dedicated team in Geneva which is quite focused on commodity trading practice area (from shipping, to trading and trade finance).’

‘The team have an astute ability to clearly communicate issues and advice to their clients in a practical manner, this is also demonstrated by their presenting/teaching efforts to commodity trading professionals.’

‘They can meet client’s expectations in all the circumstances. They are reliable and very professional.’

‘The firm offers a quick and clear service.’

‘I worked with Michael Buisset and I am very satisfied with his service. I will not hesitate to contact him again.’

‘Capability to provide legal assistance in complex shipping and trading matters involving different jurisdictions. Personalised legal advice adapted to the circumstances of the client and of the case.’

‘Very kowledgable in international sales and incoterms, very cost-efficient.’

Key clients

Arab Bank (Switzerland) Ltd

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

Japan P&I Club

Banque de Commerce et de Placement SA

UniCredit Bank AG

Hafesa Energia SL

Work highlights

  • Advised the Agence de Promotion des Investissements et Grands Travaux-APIX- (agency for the promotion of foreign investment and major works) of the Republic of Senegal on all corporate issues connected with the high value Dakar-Diamniadio-AIBD Express Regional Train project, an extremely high profile infrastructure project in Senegal, including the negotiation of all project-related agreements with various contractors and suppliers.
  • Acted for the sellers in eight separate sale & purchase transactions, comprising the client’s entire fleet of trading vessels, including advising on the MOA and utilising the team’s cross-jurisdictional expertise in the sale of Swiss-flagged vessels.
  • Acted for the financing bank in a dispute with the owner of a vessel over an alleged misdelivery of cargo, involving a complicated contractual matrix, the disappearance of over 100,000 tons of oil, and parties across at least three jurisdictions.

MLL Legal

Having teamed up with legacy firm Froriep, the combined unit MLL Legal is seen as ‘one of the top Swiss aviation law practices‘, in particular in relation to airline insolvencies, repossessions and restructurings. The transport practice advises on sale and purchase issues, registration, security interests, regulatory as well as tax matters and is jointly headed by aviation specialists Karin Oberlin, who is ‘one of the best‘ in aviation finance matters, and Dunja Koch, who is additionally the firm’s ‘go-to person for ship finance matters‘. Recently, the team has seen increased activity in ship financing and ship mortgage matters in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Practice head(s):

Dunja Koch; Karin Oberlin

Testimonials

‘Dunja Koch is their go-to person for ship finance matters. She is very responsive and gets deals done.’

‘One of the top Swiss aviation law practices.’

‘Karin Oberlin is one of the best.’

Key clients

Oaktree Capital Management

BBAM Aircraft and Leasing Management

ELFC

Avolon Aerospace Leasing Limited

Goonies Co. Ltd.

Aeroflot – Russian Airlines

Meritz Securities Co. Ltd.

Global Jet Capital

Elbit Systems

Is Bank AG

Dassault Aviation

Credit Agricole Asia Shipfinance

Standard Chartered Bank

ABC Maritime AG

Dufour Aerospace

Work highlights

  • Advised on the financing and the detention of the vessel San Padre Pio by Nigeria, including advising on a full and final settlement with Switzerland following a settlement between Nigeria and Switzerland and the release of the vessel.
  • Advised Dufour Aerospace, a start-up based in Switzerland working on the development of a new aeronautic technology platform enabling sustainable, affordable and flexible flights, incl. the development of manned and unmanned prototypes of VTOLs, on all commercial and transportation-related matters.
  • Assisted Avolon with a sale and lease back of two A320 to be delivered to Easyjet Switzerland.

MME Legal | Tax | Compliance

MME Legal | Tax | Compliance advises clients from the importing, exporting and trading industry as well as logistic service providers, carriers and insurers on a broad variety of contentious and non-contentious matters, such as export and regulatory compliance, logistics contracts and damage management. The unit has particular expertise in advising delivery service providers and postal services. Software and electronics players instruct the team for matters involving the export of restricted technologies. Practice head Raphael Brunner is ‘a specialist lawyer in transport law‘ with a particular focus on international trade, logistics, transport, shipping and trade compliance.

Practice head(s):

Raphael Brunner

Testimonials

‘The MME team is active in many different areas, which is a great advantage when it comes to different legal issues. Even with large amounts of documents, MME is equipped with the latest technology. The cooperation with this law firm was very professional in all areas at all times.’

‘The cooperation with Raphael Brunner has always been very professional and goal-oriented. He has proven his expertise in the field of transport law. We value him very much as a specialist lawyer in transport law.’

‘The firm is very well organised and always provides immediate and sharp advice.’

‘Partners like Raphael Brunner are always reliable and have an industry-related approach that is not easy to find in the market.’

‘I really like the fact that the team comprises industry experts and lawyers.’

‘MME has strong knowledge and expertise in transport logistic business.’

‘The MME team is highly responsive and has the capability to structure very complex problem statements and provide clear and transparent solutions. They fully capture the client’s needs and, based on their strong industry expertise, work out sustainable and pragmatic deliverables.’

‘Always a great experience to work with the team.’

Key clients

Solutions Switzerland AG

VISCHER

VISCHER has a strong focus on advising airlines on a broad array of corporate matters. The advice encompasses contracts negotiations with service providers, such as travel offices, air-traffic authorities and airport operators, representation in damage and insurance cases as well as advice on leasing, buying and selling aircraft. Urs Haegi heads the practice and gives ‘very pragmatic‘ advice on various aviation-related contracts as well as on the setting up of airlines and corporate transactions regarding airline companies. The tax aspects of international transport matters are a focus area of Christoph Niederer.

Practice head(s):

Urs Haegi

Other key lawyers:

Christoph Niederer

Testimonials

‘Fast, effective, broad diversity in legal areas.’

‘Urs Haegi: very client-oriented, very pragmatic and not complicated.’

Key clients

Swiss International Air Lines Ltd. No

Deutsche Lufthansa AG No

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

  • Regularly advising Swiss International Air Lines, the national carrier of Switzerland, on various legal and tax matters.
  • Regularly advising Jet Aviation Ltd on various litigation matters and transactional work.
  • Regularly advising Swiss International Air Lines and various other Lufthansa group companies in relation to a range of matters in Switzerland.

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. advises clients from the transport and logistics industries, including aviation, maritime, road and rail clients. The team advises on all regulatory, employment, antitrust and data protection matters as well as on real estate, infrastructure and energy law-related aspects. Practice head Luca Jagmetti represents transport and logistics clients in litigation and administrative proceedings. Christoph Neeracher is the specialist for complex outsourcing and procurement projects.

Practice head(s):

Luca Jagmetti

Other key lawyers:

Christoph Neeracher

Testimonials

‘Right from the start, the cooperation was very constructive and optimal. We were able to fully incorporate our planned strategy and ideas. We were also always clearly shown where the weaknesses were and where we could lose and where we had chances. No false promises and therefore we never experienced a surprise.’

‘Above all, Luca Jagmetti distinguished himself by the fact that he understands our language and can convert it very well and put it on paper. In addition, he understands the industry and knows what he is talking about and can absorb thoughts and ideas very quickly and steer them in the right direction.’

‘The cooperation with Bär& Karrer is extraordinary and more than remarkable. The high level of competence in all fields and areas relevant to us is remarkable. The excellent availability is more than remarkable and means that we always feel valued and understood. We always have complete cost overview in the cooperation with Bär&Karrer.’

‘Luca Jagmetti: vast knowledge and high thirst for knowledge. He is committed to understanding the business model and processes in order to draw the best conclusions. In addition to his very high level of competence, he is characterized by his ability to bring the right people together. Furthermore, he speaks an understandable language and can communicate complex contexts in a comprehensible way.’

Key clients

Swiss Federal Railways SBB

DHL

CEVA Logistics

Jet Aviation

Valora

DSV

EQT/Unilode Aviation

Swiss International Ari Lines AG

Edelweiss Air AG

CEBS AG

Work highlights

  • Advised kooky2go, developer and operator of a logistics system making available disposable food packaging, and collecting used packaging at own drop-boxes, on the contractual setup, the VAT concept as well as implementation of the entire documentation (such as partner agreements, general terms and conditions and investment documentation), including data protection requirements.
  • Advised EQT Infrastructure II on the sale of Unilode Aviation Solutions, a global market leader in specialty aviation infrastructure, to Basalt Infrastructure Partners, an independent infrastructure investment firm with a transatlantic focus on mid-market infrastructure.
  • Advised Swiss Federal Railways SBB regarding the sale of a 35% stake in SBB Cargo AG by Swiss Federal Railways SBB to Swiss Combi AG, a joint venture of Swiss logistics service providers.

Wartmann & Merker

Dispute resolution boutique Wartmann & Merker acts in litigation and arbitration proceedings in the transport sector, acting for shipping and logistic companies, insurance companies and banks. Typical matters include post-M&A disputes, damage and liability claims as well as advice regarding passenger rights and issues of force majeure in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. Giovanna Montanaro ‘is a highly qualified expert in her field‘, the insurance and freight forwarding market, where she regularly acts in cross-border transportation and insurance litigation cases.

Practice head(s):

Giovanna Montanaro

Testimonials

‘Quick response time, but still to the point.’

‘Giovanna Montanaro is a highly qualified expert in her field.’

‘Giovanna Montanaro is very experienced.’

‘Giovanna Montanaro knows her stuff in the transport/insurance field, and is a good litigator.’