Philippe Wenker is a partner with Blum&Grob Attorneys at Law and the Co-Head of the Blum&Grob L2A Team ("Law to Aviation") which consists of specialists in all relevant areas of aviation law. Blum&Grob's L2A Team advises a substantial number of Swiss and foreign airlines and business jet operators on a wide variety of contractual, commercial, corporate, tax and contentious matters. The L2A Team, furthermore, mainly advises aviation-related companies such as aircraft financiers (lessors, banks and other financial institutions) maintenance facilities and other suppliers in the aviation industry.
Philippe Wenker focuses on aircraft financing matters where he advised several domestic and foreign aircraft financiers as well as airlines and business jet owners and operators in a large number of multinational aircraft financing transactions with relevance to all major jurisdictions. Furthermore, he advises on aircraft sales and purchases, operating leases (wet and dry) and finance leases, tax-optimised structures to operate aircraft of all categories, registration of aircraft and mortgages in all relevant jurisdictions, enforcement of mortgages or other security interests, issues regarding Cape Town Convention, contracts with suppliers (maintenance, cargo, catering, etc.), advice in complex liability cases, regulatory matters (e.g. route licence applications, operating authorizations and AOCs for operators, compliance with EU Emission Trading System), representation before court and any other competent authorities in connection with aviation and corresponding tax issues.
Philippe Wenker graduated from the University of Zurich in 1996 and has been admitted to the Zurich Bar in 2000. In 2002 he obtained a master of laws (LL.M.) from the New York University School of Law. Prior to joining Blum&Grob's L2A Team in 2006 he worked for a Zurich District Court and various Zurich based business law firms. He is a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and the European Air Law Association (EALA). He is a recognised issuer's representative (Listing Agent) of the SIX Swiss Exchange. Philippe Wenker is the author of several publications on aviation law and co-editor of the Blum&Grob newsletter 'Insight'.
Since the last issue of this Experts Guide in 2014 Switzerland's aviation industry has faced significant challenges. A nearly collapsed financial market with a still insecure market environment and high volatility in the aftermath not only resulted in a decrease in demand for aviation related...
Since the last issue of this Experts Guide in 2013 Switzerland's aviation industry has faced significant challenges. A nearly collapsed financial market with an insecure market environment and high volatility in the aftermath not only resulted in a decrease in demand for aviation related services...