Germany: Aviation 2019

In this chapter we feature the top 11 lawyers in German aviation market. Practitioners have been highlighted for their outstanding work in a broad spectrum of aviation liability, regulation, compliance and financing matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Peter Urwantschky Urwantschky Dangel Borst, Neu-Ulm
2. Ulrich Steppler Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein, Frankfurt
3. P Nikolai Ehlers Ehlers Ehlers & Partner, Munich

Aviation specialist Urwantschky Dangel Borst stands out as the top firm in Germany’s aviation market, with three listings here.  
Peter Urwantschky is a leading name in the aviation market who draws international praise for his comprehensive understanding of all aspects of aviation law, especially in regulatory matters.  
Claudia Hess is well known among peers and clients alike for her first-rate practice that specialises in liability, regulation and compliance matters.
Rainer Amann is well regarded by both domestic and international peers for his excellent aviation practice. He has significant expertise in litigation and extrajudicial matters pertaining to passenger, hull, cargo and baggage claims.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer also performs well this year, with two of its practitioners listed in this edition.
Dirk Schmalenbach is praised by peers as “a leading figure” in the market. He is skilled in the aviation finance space, with extensive experience in cross-border financing.
Konrad Schott is a well-respected name in the aviation market among respondents this year and specialises in aviation finance and transactional matters.

Ulrich Steppler at Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein garners praise from around the globe for his “immense work” in the aviation space and “outstanding knowledge of the market”. His practice spans a wide range of matters including asset financing and regulatory issues.

Nikolai Ehlers of Ehlers Ehlers & Partner is a highly distinguished practitioner in the German market. His impressive practice encompasses leasing, transactions and financing matters.

Ralf Springer at Norton Rose Fulbright is described as “an outstanding lawyer” by market respondents, whose expertise lies in cross-border aviation finance and leasing matters.

Wolfgang Melzer at Allen & Overy is “up there with the top names” in the market, say commentators. He has a strong tax background and specialises in aviation finance and cross-border leasing matters.

Clemens Hillmer at Watson Farley & Williams is an accomplished name in the domestic market who commands significant experience in international and domestic aviation financing matters.

At Fleet Hamburg, Klaus Kostka boasts over 25 years of experience in the aviation space and impresses market commentators with his superb work on both contentious and non-contentious matters.

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