Gide's Insurance, Industrial Risk and Transport practice group has developed, for a certain number of years now, significant expertise in aviation and aerospace law as well as in aviation insurance.
The Transport team, headed by partner Richard Ghueldre, comprises lawyers specialising in the handling of aviation and aerospace legal issues, and who have, as well as their legal skills, excellent technical knowledge of the field and can work in an international environment.
We offer a full range of services to the sector’s operators on all aviation insurance legal topics and the specific liability of aircraft manufacturers and airlines. Such services may also be provided to traditional sector players (such as insurers, insurance intermediaries, reinsurers), freight forwarders and airports, as well as to players in the financial sector, such as fund donors, credit and financial institutions.
This cross-disciplinary team can cover all legal fields likely to affect the aviation and aerospace sector, and is active from the implementation of operational structures, sale and financing contracts through to seizing aircraft. We are thus in a position to support our clients from the implementation of their aviation and aerospace projects and throughout their period of operation, whether regarding the construction, refuelling, running of air fields or airports, freight or ground-handling assistance, etc.
Beyond its wealth of experience, our Transport team also benefits from excellent organisation and logistical structure that enable it to react quickly and efficiently organise the defence of its clients, in terms of compensating for damages suffered or to prepare potential administrative and legal dispute procedures.
Gide boasts a large and very diverse client base, comprising airlines, aircraft manufacturers and their insurers, chambers of commerce and industry, airport operators, parts manufacturers, government authorities, as well as companies active in the aviation financial sector. Our Transport team is also highly competent in the aerospace sector, and has in particular been instructed, by a group of leading aviation insurers, to conduct arbitration against a satellite manufacturer following the total loss of a spacecraft. Our lawyers have also acquired considerable experience in the maintenance of spacecraft and their engines. Gide is ranked among the leading law firms in the field of aviation and aerospace law by the legal directories.
Advises airlines and manufacturers on product liability and regulatory matters in addition to assisting with litigation following major aircraft accidents. Offers further experience in insurance and reinsurance issues and aircraft and engine maintenance. Also acts on finance and competition matters within the aviation industry. Further expertise lies in drafting and negotiating a variety of commercial contracts, including code sharing, operation, maintenance and lease agreements. Clients appreciate the team's 'high-quality service' and describe the lawyers as 'responsive and available.' Advised La Réunion Aérienne as insurer of the manufacturer on issues arising from the crash of an EC145 helicopter. Advised Global Aerospace on a large number of claims following incidents on airport premises across France. Richard Ghueldre and Capucine Bernier are heads of the practice and key contacts for queries.
Chambers Europe 2018