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Switzerland: Transport 2017

In this chapter, we recognise 34 of the country’s premier transport specialists. These featured lawyers excel in aviation, shipping and rail law, regularly handling financing, logistics, transactions, insurance and crisis management matters. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Alexander von Ziegler Schellenberg Wittmer, Zurich
2. Hans-Ruedi Grob Blum & Grob Attorneys at Law, Zurich
3. Andreas Fankhauser Baumgartner Mächler Attorneys, Zurich
4. Kaspar Schiller Schiller Rechtsanwälte, Zurich
5. Frédéric Meyer Meyer Avocats, Geneva

SCHILLER RECHTSANWÄLTE is a recognised player in the Swiss aviation law space with over 50 years of experience advising both domestic and international carriers and their insurers in all areas of transport law. The firm leads our research in this area, with four individuals selected for inclusion.
The “eminent” Kaspar Schiller is renowned for his longstanding aviation law expertise, and regularly represents clients in related disputes in both litigation and arbitration proceedings.
Heinrich Hempel is considered a “true aviation law specialist” by market sources. He is particularly noted for his excellent work representing clients in passenger rights cases.
Sources describe Daniel Maritz as “one of the key names” in the Swiss market. In particular, he receives praise for his wealth of regulatory expertise.
Michael Hochstrasser is also highlighted for his impressive transport law practice.

GBF ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW is an insurance, transport and trade boutique and enjoys a well-established position in the market. Three practitioners at the firm are recognised this year.
Laurent Chassot leads the firm’s Geneva offering and is described as “one of the most prominent young aviation lawyers around” by market commentators. Sources maintain, “He is very active and knowledgeable” and “definitely one to watch”.
Clients are effusive in their praise of Nando Stauffer von May. "He provides proactive and speedy resolutions, diligent case management and transparent feedback and advice," notes one respondent.
The “excellent” Lars Gerspacher is recognised for his experience in aviation and maritime law. He regularly represents insurers and reinsurers in airline and shipping disputes.

Named partner Georg Wiederkehr is one of three practitioners singled out for praise at BRATSCHI WIEDERKEHR & BUOB. He is an aviation law specialist with a strong reputation in the market.
Ivo Hungerbühler is a notable name in the aviation sector, and is highlighted for his standout work handling contentious issues.
Anton Vucurovic is also recognised for his impressive work in the field.

Leading full-service firm SCHELLENBERG WITTMER boasts two nominees in this chapter. The firm’s trade and transport team offers a comprehensive service and advise on all aspects of transport law, including ship and aviation financing.
Practice head Alexander von Ziegler is “a prominent figure” in the market with a well-established practice covering maritime and aviation law. He is also well known for his insurance expertise which sees him act for airline or their insurers in disputes relating to crashes or accidents.
The “excellent” Giovanna Montanaro has “a very good reputation” among peers. Her practice focuses on transport law and she regularly assists clients in cross-border disputes.

MEYER AVOCATS is a Geneva-based boutique focusing on business aviation and superyachts. In this chapter, two practitioners are selected.
Founding partner Frédéric Meyer enjoys widespread recognition from peers in this year’s research, earning him a place among the country’s most highly regarded practitioners. He is a seasoned aviation law specialist with over 15 years of experience advising owners on financing and transactional issues. He is also known for advising carriers and operators.
Aviation financing expert Raphaël Baeriswyl is also recognised as a leading lawyer in the aviation space.

BLUM&GROB ATTORNEYS AT LAW enjoys a fantastic reputation for its market-leading aviation finance expertise. The team regularly advises financial institutions, airlines, jet operators, corporates and individuals on financing, as well as in the purchase and sale of aircraft. Two lawyers are singled out in this chapter.
Aviation practice head Hans-Ruedi Grob enjoys widespread praise from market commentators for his first-class aviation financing practice. He regularly advises aviation-related companies on a number of financing, contractual and transactions issues.
The “fantastic” Philippe Wenker is also recognised by sources as an aviation financing specialist.

VISCHER is a leading player in the aviation space, regularly advising and representing airline companies and affiliated clients in both non-contentious and contentious matters. Two individuals are selected for inclusion.
Practice head Urs Haegi is described as “a well-known, active practitioner in the field” by one respondent. He offers clients considerable experience in contract drafting and negotiations.
Disputes specialist Thomas Weibel is recognised for his excellent work handling international contentious issues on both a national and international level.

KLEIN RECHTSANWÄLTE’s aviation and maritime practice is known for representing private and corporate owners in non-contentious and contentious matters. The firm boasts two entries in this chapter.
Gerrit Straub is known for his work assisting clients with the financing and acquisition of large jets and VIP helicopters. He also advises on tax and VAT-related structuring issues.
The “superb” Gianni Rizzello is also considered to be a “go-to lawyer” for aviation financing matters, particularly regarding jet and helicopter-related purchases.

BAUMGARTNER MÄCHLER ATTORNEYS’ Andreas Fankhauser comes highly recommended for his strong track record in complex aviation disputes. He is particularly well known for his expertise handling drone-related issues.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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