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WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

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.

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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.

Describe your career to date.

I joined Urwantschky Dangel Borst in 1981 and became a partner in 1985. I am now the senior partner in our firm’s aviation law team.

What qualities make a successful aviation lawyer in today’s environment?

A successful aviation lawyer should be trained and educated by an experienced colleague. I received my aviation law training from my father who had handled his first aviation law case in 1955. He shared his excellent aviation law knowledge and experience with me. Apart from the knowledge of the national and international aviation law, a successful aviation lawyer should make sure to be “visible”, well known and respected in the aviation law community. A successful aviation lawyer has good personal connections and relationships with aviation lawyers around the world.

On what matters have clients most frequently asked you for advice over the past year? What would you say is driving this?

Over the past year, I have advised airlines and their insurers on all kinds of aviation law matters. The majority of the cases that we have dealt with in our aviation law team consisted of cases involving aviation accidents such as air crashes, damages to aircraft, personal injury, cargo cases and cases involving regulation (EC) 261/2004 on denied boarding, cancellation and delay. The reason for the increase of the regulatory work is the great amount of actions brought on behalf of passengers before the courts in Germany based on regulation (EC) 261/2004.

How have you seen the nature and volume of non-liability work from airlines develop over the past few years?

Airlines are faced with a great number of claims resulting from regulation 261/2004. Due to the activities of claim companies who effectively advertise their services in the internet, the number of these cases has increased considerably over the past few years.

How do you see the regulatory environment evolving in the aviation sector in the new few years?

I expect a further increase of regulatory cases in the next few years. The European Commission has produced a substantial number of regulations in the aviation sector in the past decades. I assume that there will be more regulations to come.

How have you sought to advise clients in light of the increasing opportunities for lawsuits to be brought via EU regulations?

I have advised our clients to settle cases related to EU regulations promptly when the claim is justified. If I believe that the case should be defended, eg, on the basis of extraordinary circumstances, I assist our clients in defending these cases. I advise the airlines in these cases to collect and provide me with the detailed evidence necessary to prove extraordinary circumstances.

What advice would you give to someone looking to start their own firm?

I would advise such a lawyer to make connections and build up relationships with other aviation law specialists around the world, and to attend and be a speaker at aviation law conferences. Furthermore, I would advise the colleague to publish articles in aviation law journals. 

What has been your greatest achievement to date?

When my father retired, I was the only aviation lawyer in the firm. Over the years, the aviation law department in our firm has increased to a team of 10 aviation lawyers. Another achievement was that I was the winner of the Transport Lawyer of the Year Award in 2015.

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.

Questions & Answers

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 recognised here for his excellence in contentious matters concerning his 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.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Peter Urwantschky is a well-known aviation lawyer who comes highly recommended for his top-tier work on aviation finance issues.

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 gains recognition for his wealth of knowledge relating to complex aviation regulatory issues. He also has strong expertise in EU legislation 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.

National Leader

Germany - Aviation 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

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