Business Aviation

Legal 500

“First name in the field”

Who's Who Legal

“Prominent figure in the market, with a well-established practice covering aviation law.”

Legal 500

“Outstanding practice, regularly acting or insurers on claims in the aviation and shipping industries and in financing transactions.”

Who's Who Legal

“Handles complex projects and find solutions very efficiently and provides prompt and focused advice.”

Legal 500

“Professionalism, efficiency and relentless hard work.”

Practice Group

Schellenberg Wittmer's Business Aviation team has strong expertise in all legal, regulatory and tax aspects of the business aviation industry. It is recognized internationally for its commercial and proactive approach, and has the market experience and knowledge required for all types of transactional and regulatory matters related to business aviation.

Expertise

Experience

Our specialist team focuses on providing legal solutions to the key players in business aviation, and we are fully equipped to cover all issues and areas of the aviation industry.

Our business aviation lawyers have broad experience in virtually every segment of the industry and can draw on the broad legal resources within our firm, from regulatory specialists to tax lawyers, to address any legal concern unique to business aviation operations.

Our clients, including leading entrepreneurs, financial institutions and private and public companies, have acquired interests in a variety of corporate and executive aircraft. We also advise operators, brokers and insurance companies in all types of queries they may have in connection with their business aviation activities.

Our firm has assisted its clients with legal issues in the following areas:

  • Cross-border acquisition of business aircraft from the manufacturer, dealer or owner, and subsequent sale
  • Aircraft financing
  • Establishment of international corporate structures for the ownership and operations of business aircraft
  • Registration of aircraft and security interests in the relevant registries
  • Aircraft management, operations, maintenance and support
  • Aircraft interior completion projects
  • Charter and lease transactions
  • Tax and VAT advice (e.g. on operations, import and export, maintenance) and negotiations with the relevant tax authorities
  • Aviation insurance
  • Regulatory aspects of aviation activities in Switzerland
  • Warranty and liability litigation
  • Aircraft repossession
  • Representation of numerous owners, financial institutions and operators in the sale, purchase and financing of business aircraft, such as BBJ 787, Gulfstream G650, Bombardier Global 7000, Dassault Falcon 8X and more, from virtually all manufacturers
  • Representation in insurance and litigation matters, where we have advised public authorities and insurance companies in connection with several Aviation incidents/ crashes. In particular, our firm was appointed by Skyguide and its insurer AXA Winterthur following the Überlingen mid-air collision
  • Counsel to a business aviation operator and its insurers in relation to an aircraft accident in France
  • Counsel to clients on operational conditions in Switzerland, including import into Switzerland, negotiations with the operator and tax advice in respect of the aircraft’s charters operations
  • Lead counsel to UHNW clients on the aircraft holding structure and the entire range of legal aspects, including negotiation of the purchase and management agreements, customs duties in Switzerland and the EU, and regulatory requirements
  • Counsel to a major Swiss operator in the purchase of business aircraft and the conclusion of various agreements for the financing and operation of the aircraft, including loan, mortgage and charter agreements
  • Counsel to the owners of an aircraft fleet on the restructuring of the fleet, including change of registration of certain aircraft, reorganisation of the operator and adaptation of the holding structure to the worldwide operations of the owners

Awards and Recognitions

The group and leading practitioners are highly ranked among leading law firms globally across international directories and publications:

  • Legal 500
  • Expert Guides
  • Who’s Who Legal Switzerland and Who’s Who Legal Trade & Transport guides
  • Corporate Jet Investor
  • Chambers Europe and Global

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