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Trade and Transport

Expert Advice for Moving Targets

Our Trade and Transport Group consists of lawyers with first-hand experience of and excellent access to the trade and transportation market. As a result, we can offer our clients efficient and pragmatic advice as well as international dispute resolution.

„the first port of call for marine claims“

Legal 500


Prof. Dr. Alexander von Ziegler
Partner Zurich
Bernard Vischer
Partner Geneva
Bernard Vischer
Partner Geneva
Prof. Dr. Alexander von Ziegler
Partner Zurich
Grégoire Wuest
Partner Geneva
Full Team
Bernard Vischer
Partner Geneva
Prof. Dr. Alexander von Ziegler
Partner Zurich
Grégoire Wuest
Partner Geneva
Erik Erismann
Associate Geneva


Our specialized team covers all issues and aspects of international trade and transport. They include:

  • Transportation contracts and documentation (marine, aviation, road, rail, multimodal, NVOCC, volume contracts, charter agreements, freight forwarding);
  • Claims and claims defense related to transportation arrangements (cargo liability litigation/arbitration);
  • Trade fraud litigation/arbitration;
  • Casualty litigation/arbitration;
  • Air Traffic Control;
  • Sales and purchase agreements;
  • Commodity sales;
  • Distribution agreements;
  • Trade and commercial contract litigation/arbitration;
  • Supply chain management;
  • Establishment of worldwide distribution logistics structures;
  • Trade finance, letters of credit and UCP 600;
  • Marine and aviation insurance (cargo/hull/liability/P&I);
  • Ship and aircraft finance, sale and purchase, registration, and mortgages;
  • Regulatory aspects of marine and aviation activities in Switzerland.

Our team possesses detailed market knowledge gained through close dealings with the industries involved in international trade and transportation. We also have impressive academic credentials in the fields of aviation and maritime law and teach regularly at universities and in industry training programs. This blend of technical expertise and practical know-how enables us to offer advice on and support in litigation for markets and legal frameworks where international trade and transportation operate.

Thanks to Prof. Alexander von Ziegler's involvement at the Comité Maritime International (CMI) as former Secretary General and current member of the Executive Counsel as well as at UNCITRAL (as delegate for Switzerland in trade and transport matters) the team is constantly involved in the making and development of the legal framework in close cooperation with the industries involved in trade and transportation.

Our experience includes:

  • Negotiations and drafting of complex logistic contracts for a Swiss exporter and for a US based importer;
  • Negotiation for insurers with insured relating to freight forwarders' liability insurance cover;
  • Complex Arbitration involving ship-owners and ship operators (full win);
  • Purchase of a fleet of vessels (multipurpose and tankers) with complex deal structure due to insolvency of sellers and involvement of government;
  • Liability defense for an Aviation Insurer and its insured operator after a crash of an airplane in France.

Deals & Cases

Schellenberg Wittmer advises in Swiss ship-owners settlement

Awards and Recognitions

The group and leading practitioners are highly recognized amongst leading law firms across international directories and publications:

  • Legal 500 in Transport
  • WWL Switzerland and WWL Trade and Transport international guides

Selected Publications