Transport

 

The transport sector in France has become increasingly complex due to the framework law that has divided the responsibility for transport among different governing bodies which have handed-over their networks to private companies. Knowledge of regulatory provisions and an approach that fully integrates public & private law are crucial when tackling the domain of transport.

 

We advise major players in France and abroad:

  • Public and private providers of railway transport and passenger services in general.
  • Banks and credit institutions specialised in financing rolling stock and aeronautics, conventional loans, projects finance or structured leasing.
  • Investment funds involved in financing of public transport concessions.
  • Arrangers and experts in residual values.
  • Local authorities.

 

Our specialised expertise allows us to approach the industry in a transversal manner, both as advisers (contracts, regulatory matters, public and private sectors, PPP concessions, financing, accounting and tax structuring) and litigations. In particular, we focus on:

  • Railway: intermodal contracts, public ownership, financing.
  • Land: contracts, insurance, litigation, financing bus and vehicles fleets.
  • Aviation: air transport disputes, exploitation accountability, funding.
  • Maritime: liability, insurance, foreclosures, financing.
  • River transport: regulation and operation.
  • Ports and customs: Customs disputes, public sector and ports police, shipping agent status.
  • International trade: sales, Incoterms, documentary credit, trading.

 

The transport industry is rapidly changing due to the growing scarcity of natural resources, increasing environmental concerns and the reduction of public funding. Our firm is well prepared to meet the challenges of the years to come, to anticipate developments and effectively address the requirements of our clients:

  • Intensifying market competition.
  • Development of inter-modality transport: road and air transport and high-speed train.
  • Creation of sustainable and competitive transport.
  • Integration of transport in land-use planning.
  • Eco-friendly aviation.
  • Public funding reduction and the implementation of alternative financing methods (issues of funding duration strain on the balance sheet), combined with a diminishing public investment.

 

Our philosophy is to anticipate. This is the key to providing the best service to our clients:

  • We capitalize on our knowledge of the industry to better advise our clients on a wide spectrum of transport activities and services.
  • We provide insight to help our clients build a strategic approach via our in-depth knowledge of the public sector.
  • We prepare for the future by monitoring the potential alternative financing methods.
  • We prepare for increasing railway transport competition.