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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Peter Urwantschky is praised by peers as an “excellent litigator” with a wealth of expertise in regulatory aviation matters.

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Peter Urwantschky received his law degree from the University of Munich in 1977, and his PhD in 1985 with a dissertation on conflicts of laws arising in aviation disasters. Mr Urwantschky earned an LLM from the Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley, in 1981. He has also studied at the universities of Berlin and Paris. He advises airlines and their insurers on all aviation matters.

What inspired you to pursue a legal career?

I was inspired mainly by my father, who established the aviation law practice at our firm. He handled his first aviation law case, resulting from an air crash in Germany, in 1955. I worked with him for 20 years.

What did you find most challenging about establishing your own firm?

After my father retired in 2001, I was the only aviation lawyer in the firm. I decided to establish my own aviation law team. I had the challenge of finding really good young lawyers, and I then had the privilege of training them to become excellent aviation lawyers.

How have client demands changed with the increasing focus on the environmental impact of aviation?

Client demands have changed considerably over the years. These days they are much more focused on the impact of their behaviour on society and the environment. This means that we have to not only advise our clients on the legal situation, but also discuss with them the impact of their decisions on other areas. Clients have become more interested in a holistic approach than in mere legal advice.

In your opinion, what are the main challenges of representing an international airline before the CJEU?

The main challenge is to make the airline aware that the CJEU may deviate from the wording of legal provisions to achieve a consumer-friendly result. Therefore, it is important to discuss with the airline client whether it would not be better to avoid a case being brought before the CJEU. Many of our airlines clients have, after such discussions, decided to settle the case to avoid a consumer-friendly decision from the CJEU, which would weaken their position in respect of future cases.

What are the immediate challenges that covid-19 has presented to the aviation industry?

The aviation industry depends on the fact that aircraft are flying around the world. As a result of covid-19, this is no longer the case. The main challenge for the aviation industry is, therefore, to survive in a never-before-experienced period of lockdown.

What will the long-term effects of covid-19 be on the aviation market and sector-related insurance matters?

In the past few decades, many state-owned airlines have been privatised. There is a considerable risk that this development will be reversed as a result of covid-19. At any rate, considerable state interference in the business of airlines is to be expected. This will be less so in respect of sector-related insurance.

Looking ahead, what do you believe will be the main legal challenges that new technologies such as unmanned aircraft and drones will pose?

The main legal challenges presented by new technologies such as unmanned aircraft and drones will, in my view, be the establishment of a complex and efficient international legal regime.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Always think of how you can serve your client best.

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Peter Urwantschky is a leading figure in the aviation sector who draws national and international praise as a go-to name for aviation accidents and personal injury disputes. 

Biography

Peter Urwantschky received his law degree from the University of Munich in 1977 and his PhD in 1985 with a dissertation on conflicts of laws arising in aviation disasters. Mr Urwantschky earned an LLM from the Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley in 1981. He has also studied at the universities of Berlin and Paris.

Mr Urwantschky joined Urwantschky Dangel Borst in 1981 and has been a partner since 1985. The firm has specialised in aviation law since 1955. Mr Urwantschky is active in the areas of German and international aviation law. He deals with legal problems and commercial transactions for a wide range of clients in the aerospace and insurance industries.

Peter Urwantschky advises airlines and their insurers on all aviation matters. He deals with liability and regulatory issues. He also handles cases involving EU legislation. Moreover, he and his firm advise on antitrust and competition law matters.

Mr Urwantschky is a member of the Aviation Insurance Association, the Swiss Air and Space Law Association, the European Air Law Association and the Transportation Lawyers Association. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has spoken on aviation conferences in Europe and overseas. His clients profit from his links with aviation law experts throughout the world.

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Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Peter Urwantschky is recognised for his deep experience and significant expertise in advising clients on commercial transactions in the aerospace sector.

Biography

Peter Urwantschky received his law degree from the University of Munich in 1977 and his PhD in 1985 with a dissertation on conflicts of laws arising in aviation disasters. Mr Urwantschky earned an LLM from the Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley in 1981. He has also studied at the universities of Berlin and Paris.

Mr Urwantschky joined Urwantschky Dangel Borst in 1981 and has been a partner since 1985. The firm has specialised in aviation law since 1955. Mr Urwantschky is active in the areas of German and international aviation law. He deals with legal problems and commercial transactions for a wide range of clients in the aerospace and insurance industries.

Peter Urwantschky advises airlines and their insurers on all aviation matters. He deals with liability and regulatory issues. He also handles cases involving EU legislation. Moreover, he and his firm advise on antitrust and competition law matters.

Mr Urwantschky is a member of the Aviation Insurance Association, the Swiss Air and Space Law Association, the European Air Law Association and the Transportation Lawyers Association. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has spoken on aviation conferences in Europe and overseas. His clients profit from his links with aviation law experts throughout the world.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Peter Urwantschky is recognised for his excellence in handling regulatory matters for a range of clients from the aviation sector.

Biography

Peter Urwantschky received his law degree from the University of Munich in 1977 and his PhD in 1985 with a dissertation on conflicts of laws arising in aviation disasters. Mr Urwantschky earned an LLM from the Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley in 1981. He has also studied at the universities of Berlin and Paris.

Mr Urwantschky joined Urwantschky Dangel Borst in 1981 and has been a partner since 1985. The firm has specialised in aviation law since 1955. Mr Urwantschky is active in the areas of German and international aviation law. He deals with legal problems and commercial transactions for a wide range of clients in the aerospace and insurance industries.

Peter Urwantschky advises airlines and their insurers on all aviation matters. He deals with liability and regulatory issues. He also handles cases involving EU legislation. Moreover, he and his firm advise on antitrust and competition law matters.

Mr Urwantschky is a member of the Aviation Insurance Association, the Swiss Air and Space Law Association, the European Air Law Association and the Transportation Lawyers Association. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has spoken on aviation conferences in Europe and overseas. His clients profit from his links with aviation law experts throughout the world.

National Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Peter Urwantschky is a leading name in the aviation sector, who draws international praise for his comprehensive understanding of all aspects of aviation law, notably regulatory matters.  

Biography

Peter Urwantschky received his law degree from the University of Munich in 1977 and his PhD in 1985 with a dissertation on conflicts of laws arising in aviation disasters. Mr Urwantschky earned an LLM from the Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley in 1981. He has also studied at the universities of Berlin and Paris.

Mr Urwantschky joined Urwantschky Dangel Borst in 1981 and has been a partner since 1985. The firm has specialised in aviation law since 1955. Mr Urwantschky is active in the areas of German and international aviation law. He deals with legal problems and commercial transactions for a wide range of clients in the aerospace and insurance industries.

Peter Urwantschky advises airlines and their insurers on all aviation matters. He deals with liability and regulatory issues. He also handles cases involving EU legislation. Moreover, he and his firm advise on antitrust and competition law matters.

Mr Urwantschky is a member of the Aviation Insurance Association, the Swiss Air and Space Law Association, the European Air Law Association and the Transportation Lawyers Association. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has spoken on aviation conferences in Europe and overseas. His clients profit from his links with aviation law experts throughout the world.

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