European Aviation and Logistics

European Union Regulatory Group

Key Contacts

Experience

  • Completed a detailed analysis of the EU rules concerning the unbundling of railway infrastructure management and railway operations for a major European railway company in the context of a series of infringement proceedings initiated by the European Commission against almost all EU Member States concerning the implementation of the EU's First Railway Package.
  • Represented a large Swiss hub airport before the European Commission and the German courts, including the German Supreme Court, in a dispute on the use of the airspace of Germany for approaches to and departures from the airport, including advice on negotiations on a bilateral treaty and on strategic options.
  • Represented a plastic materials producer before the Kassel Administrative Court of Appeals in litigation against Germany concerning the compatibility of departure routes from Frankfurt airport across the client's chemicals plant with the EU Directive on the Control of Major Accident Hazards.
  • Represented major US and European airlines in a series of high-profile slot exchange transactions at the UK's London Heathrow airport.
  • Represented an airport in connection with the organization of the selection of ground-handling service providers and ensuing litigation before the national courts.
  • Completed a comprehensive study on European air space management and design, leading a consortium of legal, technical and policy experts. The recommendations of the study laid the ground for and are reflected in the EU regulatory framework for the creation of a single European sky.
  • Assisted in establishing a startup airline in a new EU Member State (including provision of regulatory, corporate and financial advice).
  • Provided comprehensive transactional and regulatory advice to an EU Member State government concerning the successful privatization of its national airline by international competitive tender process.
  • Represented an intervener in proceedings before the European Court of First Instance concerning the European Commission's decision prohibiting preferential landing charges for Ryanair at Charleroi airport as illegal state aid.
  • Represented a leading German airline and other airlines in several landmark litigations before the Düsseldorf Court of Appeals and the Düsseldorf Court of First Instance concerning landing fees at an international airport in Germany.
  • Represented a leading German airline in highly complex merger review proceedings in a series of high-profile airline mergers before the European Commission and other antitrust authorities worldwide.
  • Advised a leading German airline on aviation regulatory, competition and corporate law aspects of its acquisition of a substantial minority ownership interest in jetBlue Airways, the US low-cost airline. The transaction represents the first major investment by an EU airline in a US airline following the 2007 signing of the EU-US open skies air transport agreement.
  • Represented a major international airline in connection with industry-wide investigations by the European Commission and other antitrust authorities worldwide relating to the imposition of fuel and other surcharges on air cargo rates.
  • Represented Boeing in connection with the US challenge in the World Trade Organization (WTO) to European subsidies to large civil aircraft.