gbf Attorneys-at-law Ltd > Zurich, Switzerland > Firm Profile

gbf Attorneys-at-law Ltd
Hegibachstrasse 47
P.O. Box
8032 Zurich
Switzerland

Switzerland > Insurance Tier 1

gbf Attorneys-at-law Ltd acts for insurance and reinsurance carriers in insurance claims proceedings and insurance regulatory matters. The practice, jointly headed by Lars Gerspacher, Dominik Skrobala, Clemens von Zedtwitz and Nando Stauffer von May, accompanies clients in all stages of the business life cycle, beginning with the drafting of business plans to obtain licenses all the way to advice during the run-off period following the withdrawal of the relevant license. Clients appreciate that the team ‘fully understands the value chain from corporate and insurance regulatory matters to products and claims‘ and can ‘represent carriers in claims disagreements and disputes‘, all at ‘great value for the money‘.

Testimonials

‘Dominik Skrobala is highly responsible and focused, excellent knowledge in insurance regulatory matters. Very good value for money, pragmatic client- and business-oriented approach.’

‘Definitely a go-to- address for insurance matters.’

‘Clemens von Zedtwitz is an experienced and trusted insurance lawyer. He combines sound business expertise and profound legal knowledge. Always a pleasure working with him and his team.’

‘The people are absolute experts, very hands-on and committed. Reasonable billing and good value for money.’

‘Clemens von Zedtwitz is for me the go-to lawyer for insurance-related cases in Switzerland. He is very experienced, expresses himself very well, his English is outstanding and he has a personal approach. He knows what he is talking about.’

‘Boutique law firm specializing on insurance and insurance regulatory matters. The fully understand the value chain from corporate and insurance regulatory matters to products and claims. They understand the insurance industry and can give comprehensive and well-measured advice in regulatory matters, and also represent carriers in claims disagreements and disputes. Low overhead cost as a boutique firm and therefore great value for the money.’

‘Nando Stauffer von May is highly skilled.’

‘Lars Gerspacher: One of the best non-life insurance lawyers in Zurich, Lars has the ability to advise strategically and navigate difficult litigations and discussions with ease.’

Key clients

AIG Europe

Allianz Suisse

AXA Assurances SA

AXA Corporate Solutions

AXA XL

Beazley Insurance DAC

Berkshire Hathaway International Insurance

Bupa, London

Chubb Insurance

Chubb Insurance

Ergo Insurance

FM Insurance

HDI Global

Helvetia Insurance Co.

Markel Insurance SE Germany

Markel International Insurance UK

MS Amlin AG

Tryg Forsikring A/S, Ballerup, Zurich Branch

XL Insurance Company SE

Switzerland > Transport Tier 1

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

The firm: gbf Attorneys-at-law Ltd is a leading Swiss law firm in the fields of insurance, reinsurance, aviation, shipping, transport and trade. Our client basis consists mainly of international companies in these industries.
As a result of our unique industry focus, and our legal skills and experience of both contentious and non-contentious matters (many of which have a cross-border nature), we are in a good position to offer clients effective solutions tailored to their legal needs.
Through our offices in Zurich and Geneva, Switzerland’s two main business hubs, we ensure that our reach is country-wide. The notary’s office in Bern is managed by Nando Stauffer von May and David Mösch, the one in Olten by Marco Novoselac.

Areas of practice
Insurance: the insurance practice of gbf provides its insurer clients with a full range of services. gbf works extensively with both primary insurers and reinsurers, assisting them in their transactions, as well as in the handling of their claims. gbf is involved from the beginning with the drafting of business plans in order to obtain licences, and continues to assist with claims handling throughout, including during the run-off period up until the withdrawal of the relevant licence.

Aviation & Aerospace: aerospace law is one of gbf’s core areas of practice. Originally born out of the firm’s strong insurance practice, and hence focused on aviation accident claims, coverage and defence work, gbf’s aviation practice has expanded into regulatory and aircraft transactional work, which now also constitutes a significant part of its activities.

Transport: gbf advises its clients on all transport-related issues and represents them in litigation and arbitration proceedings, irrespective of the mode of transport, and whether commodities are being carried or passengers ferried. gbf’s maritime law expertise also includes advising companies as to the sale and purchase of second-hand vessels as well as the construction of new builds. gbf also advises its clients as to the financing of ships or other assets.

Trade: gbf has particular expertise in relation to commodity sale contracts (for example on various GAFTA or FOSFA forms), letters of credit, and associated carriage/shipping documents such as bills of lading. It regularly represents clients in all contentious matters arising out of their trading business.

Technology and digital economy: The gbf technology practice consists partly of former start-up entrepreneurs and therefore also has many years of practical experience. We advise our clients in the following areas: data protection, e-commerce, blockchain, insurtech, fintech, software development and licensing, internet of things, cyber risks and security, unmanned aircraft systems and autonomous driving.

PhotoNamePositionProfile
Laurent Chassot photoDr Laurent ChassotLaurent Chassot established and leads the firm’s Geneva office. His practice is…
Philip Chrystal photo Philip ChrystalPhilip Chrystal is Of-counsel at gbf Attorneys-at-law Ltd and specialises in aviation…
Lars Gerspacher photo Lars GerspacherLars Gerspacher is a partner at gbf Attorneys-at-law Ltd and specialises in…
Thomas Hua photo Thomas HuaThomas Hua is a partner at gbf Attorneys-at-law Ltd and regularly advises…
Yolande Lagrange photo Yolande LagrangeYolande Lagrange’s practice focuses on litigation and arbitration, and she regularly assists…
Riccardo Maisano photo Riccardo MaisanoRiccardo Maissano’s main practice areas include liability and insurance law, data protection…
David Mösch photo David MöschDavid Mösch’s legal practice focuses on in insurance supervisory law, insurance law,…
Marco Novoselac photo Marco NovoselacMarco Novoselac is a partner with gbf Attorneys-at-law. He specialises in Trade…
Vesna Polić photoDr Vesna PolićVesna Polić is Of-counsel at gbf Attorneys-at-law Ltd and is specialised in…
Dominik Skrobala photo Dominik SkrobalaDominik Skrobala is a partner at gbf Attorneys-at-law Ltd and advises both…
Nando Stauffer von May photoDr Nando Stauffer von MayNando Stauffer von May’s is a partner with gbf Attorneys-at-law Ltd and…
Roger Thalmann photo Roger ThalmannRoger Thalmann’s main practice areas include liability and insurance law, transportation law…
Philippe Wenker photo Philippe WenkerPhilippe Wenker is a partner with gbf Attorneys-at Law Ltd and advises…
Flavia Widmer photo Flavia WidmerFlavia Widmer is specialising in insurance law as well as commercial law.…
Clemens von Zedtwitz photoDr Clemens von ZedtwitzClemens von Zedtwitz is a Partner at gbf Attorneys-at-law Ltd specialising in…