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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.  

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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 did you find most challenging about entering aviation practice?

The greatest challenge was to become known as an aviation law specialist in Germany. It took a while to find out which aviation law conferences to attend and to build up a network of aviation law specialists worldwide.

What has been the most common advice sought by clients in the aviation industry since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic? 

The most common advice sought by clients in the aviation industry since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic was our advice to airlines on how to deal with requests for refunds due to cancellations which, were related to the global pandemic. 

What are the most challenging aspects of representing clients in aviation disasters? What are the key skills needed by lawyers to overcome these challenges?

In aviation disasters, it is very important to coordinate with the airline client on how to respond to requests from families or victims and from the media. In this interaction, a prompt and open response is vital. The airline must not create the impression it is hiding any essential information. Furthermore, justified claims should be settled amicably and litigation should be avoided, if possible. In this interaction, a good relationship and understanding with the claimants’ lawyers is helpful. 

You previously stated that meeting and communicating with great characters of the aviation community was one of the most enjoyable things about practice. How has communication changed in the past year given the coronavirus pandemic?

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there were hardly any meetings with other members of the aviation community. Personal communication was limited to phone or video calls. Aviation law conferences, which used to be ideal opportunities to meet and communicate within the aviation community, were cancelled. 

State aid issues in the European aviation sector have been a focus of the European Commission in the past few years. How does recent EU financial aid to the sector complicate this issue?

State aid issues in the focus of the European Commission on one side and recent EU financial aid to the sector on the other side is another example that overregulation is not helpful for the prosperity of the aviation sector. 

With many airlines facing financial difficulties, there is the prospect of re-nationalisation of some airlines. How would this affect the market? 

In the long run, re-nationalisation would restrict the freedom of the skies. National governments would use their increased influence in their own interest, which would necessarily lead to the restriction of the freedom that has been achieved over many years.

As an expert in EU aviation regulations, to what extent do you think these will have to change given the drastic impact covid-19 has had on the aviation industry?

Covid-19 has considerably weakened the aviation industry. EU aviation regulations should take this into account when balancing the interests of the consumer on one side and the aviation industry on the other side. Future EU aviation regulations should take into account that the survival of the aviation industry is also in the interest of the consumer. 

What are your main priorities for the aviation practice group’s development over the next five years?

It will be important to resurrect a lively networking relationship with aviation law specialists worldwide after a period of reduced possibilities for personal meetings. 

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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