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Transportation, Shipping & Logistics

Our Transportation, Shipping & Logistics team provides a vast breadth of legal, regulatory and advocacy support. From legal issues on the high seas, to regulations for communications cables, and from funding local highway projects, to helping to establish logistics centers, we are fully entrenched in this diverse industry.

International by nature, transportation, shipping and logistics law presents difficult, unique issues that must be met with creative and broadminded counsel.

Our team recognizes the need for solid representation in the myriad of matters facing public and private industry players.

Why Choose Us

Because we understand your industry and locality, we tailor our advice to meet your situation and requirements. Our clients count on us to seamlessly integrate disciplines, locations, languages and cultures. You will benefit from our:

  • Global reach – Through our multiple offices in key areas worldwide and vast network of industry authorities, we can represent clients anywhere in the world in complex matters on a single representation basis.
  • Maritime casualty expertise – With deep expertise in maritime casualties - from vessel sinkings and groundings to major ocean pollution - we have long been recognized as the go-to team for rapid advice and action.
  • Public policy know-how – Active on every major piece of transportation and infrastructure legislation for the past 30 years, we help shape opportunities for our clients.

Antitrust and Competition

We advise clients on the US Shipping Act, and when questions arise regarding diplomatic, international conventions and trade embargoes, we turn to our antitrust, competition and international trade lawyers for direct experience. Many of our lawyers have spent portions of their careers with the US Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice, International Trade Commission or the European Commission. We also have experience of national security issues and regulatory proceedings before US federal agencies.

Aviation

Insightful advice on aviation-related matters ranging from basic regulatory and business law to those involving sophisticated labor and environmental issues. Our group works closely with several other practices including the corporate, taxation, employment, pensions, property, litigation and information technology teams to meet your needs swiftly and effectively.

Corporate Transactions and Governance

Working closely with both public and private companies, our team is immersed in day-to-day interaction with in-house counsel on a variety of corporate and business law issues. These include participation in complex transactions and guidance on compliance and governance matters.

Finance

Consultation and advice on a spectrum of financing issues, from tax-exempt financings for transportation facilities and vessel financing, to representation in debt and equity capital markets, to gaining government funding for major infrastructure investments. Our work extends to billions of dollars of financings and debt restructurings for transportation infrastructure, including airports, port facilities, mass transit facilities, rail transportation facilities and other toll facilities.

Energy

We regularly advise on transactions involving cargoes such as oil, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied petroleum gas. We can bring you extensive experience in preparation and negotiation of purchase and sale contracts, charter parties and contracts of affreightment, as well as associated regulatory aspects. We have assisted in the development of deep water ports and liquefaction and regasification terminals, as well as structuring LNG transportation arrangements.

Environmental, Safety and Health

With a substantial environmental team assisted by our regulatory lawyers based mainly in our Brussels and Washington DC offices, we are ideally placed to guide you through complex regulatory schemes. We have experience representing our clients before state, federal and international agencies and organizations in inspections, investigations and documentation.

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

we have decades of experience defending multinational companies, as well as sovereign governments, and helping them to resolve business disputes. We are adept at applying a range of dispute resolution techniques that focus on cost-effective and successful outcomes, as well as major environmental casualties.

Maritime/Shipping

We have a full-service “cradle to grave” practice with years of experience in charterparty, contract of affreightment and bills of lading disputes, commodity trading and other maritime contracts. This expertise extends to litigation in the High Court in England and Wales, US Supreme Court, federal appellate and district courts, and arbitrations before arbitration forums. Our response team is well known for its swift action and results under challenging conditions. In cases involving maritime casualties or oil/chemical spills, we deal with casualty, pollution and salvage issues on behalf of ship owners, charterers, protection and indemnity insurers, and hull underwriters. We are also experienced in government and maritime security, as well as marine transport regulatory issues, such as intermodal transportation and terminals.

Public Advocacy

The most significant and influential public advocacy practice in the nation, we are widely recognized for innovation, creativity and connections in federal agencies. Our team has an exceptional record of success, having secured billions in funding for a diverse range of client projects, including highway, waterway, transit and aviation projects in the public sector. In the private sector, we focus on identifying and expanding market opportunities. Of note, our team has resolved complex Buy America, hazardous materials, motor carrier, rail, pipeline, maritime and vehicle safety legislative, regulatory and compliance issues in Congress and at the US Department of Transportation (DOT).

We also assist major domestic and international corporations in removing outmoded and costly legislative, regulatory and policy barriers, expanding market access and increasing competition. Our practice is distinguished by the presence of a former Secretary of Transportation and former senior DOT officials who bring unique insights.

Restructuring and Insolvency

Driven by global consolidation and challenging economics, there continues to be a significant trend for industry restructuring. With extensive international maritime restructuring experience, we counsel clients on all aspects, both in and out of court. Our work includes advising on cross-border insolvency regulations, serving as special maritime counsel to numerous creditor committees, advising on cross-border asset recovery actions, obtaining recognition orders and stays of arbitration and litigating fraud and misrepresentation claims.

Submarine Cable Systems

Our global team of communications, maritime, environmental, corporate and project management lawyers provide a full array of regulatory, transactional and litigation legal services across the entire spectrum of undersea cable system projects. Our experience in this unique area includes working on projects involving telecommunications, electrical power, scientific and military cable systems.

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  • Tier 1 National Ranking for Admiralty & Maritime Law in the U.S. News & World Report 2016 Best Law Firm Rankings
  • The Best Lawyers in America for our New York-based Admiralty and Maritime Law  team
  • Recognized as a recommended firm by The Legal 500 UK for our London-based Shipping Law team