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60486 Frankfurt am Main

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Holger Bürskens

  • Admitted to the German Bar in 1992, joined ARNECKE SIBETH DABELSTEIN in 1992
  • More than 25 years of experience advising the transport industry; structuring and support of transport and logistics projects, contract drafting and negotiation (e. g. terms and conditions, ground handling, forwarding contracts and contracts of carriage, storage and logistics contracts, framework contracts with suppliers and subcontractors, enforcement and defense of extrajudicial or judicial claims; claims handling, arbitration (ICC/DIS/ZPO) and litigation
  • Professional experience: prior practice in an internationally operating American law firm
  • Legal clerkship in Frankfurt/Main and San Francisco (1988 – 1990)
  • Studied law at Goethe-University in Frankfurt/Main (1983–1987)
  • LL.M. (McGill), Montreal (1991–1992)
  • Specialist lawyer for transport and freight forwarding law (2008)

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  • Memberships: DGTR (German Society of Transport Law); Partnering Pool of the Federation for Shipping and Logistics Nordrhein-Westfalen; KDJV (Canadian-German Lawyer Association)
  • Administrative board member at Deufol SE; Jury of IATA Air Cargo Innovation Awards (2015, 2017); numerous lectures at events organized by the International Air Transport Association (IATA Cargo Claims Conferences Singapore, Bangkok, Geneva, Houston, Montreal, Barcelona) and the transport industry (Board of Airline Representatives in Germany/Barig: Cargo Committee, VSL NRW, DVZ Symposium ADSp 2016); several client seminars about domestic/international transport law; guest lecture at Heidelberg University on transport law (2009)
  • Languages: German, English, French
  • Awards: 2012:
    • Legal 500 EMEA 2012: „Leading Individual“
    • Legal Experts EMEA 2011/2012/2013: „Recommended Individual”
    • JUVE Handbook 2005 – 2018: frequently recommended lawyer in transportation law for the Frankfurt and Hessen area
    • Legal 500 2015 – 2018: Top tier transport law, recommendation as ”leading name”
    • Legal 500 2014: ”acknowledged and recommended transport lawyer”
    • Legal 500 2012/2013: ”acknowledged expert of transport, logistics and aviation industry”
    • Legal 500 2009 – 2013: Top tier mid-Germany with recommendation by name
    • Legal Experts Europe, Middle East & Africa 2009 – 2012: recommended lawyer in Germany/maritime and transport
    • Nomos law firms in Germany: 2010 – 2014: ”renowned transport and aviation lawyer”
  • Credentials:
    • Representation of international airline in relation to potential violations of private law, public law and criminal law in the context of the transit of dual-use goods
    • Long-standing extensive legal advice to one of the globally largest KEP service companies (contract drafting /disputes)
    • Representation of major automobile manufacturer in ICC-arbitration with respect of claims concerning an international logistics contract
    • Ongoing judicial and extrajudicial representation of various forwarding and logistics companies in the context of damage in transit and recourse proceedings
    • Structuring and negotiation of logistics contract concerning high bay warehouse
    • Commissioning and distribution including the drafting and negotiating of financing and leasing structures in the field of project logistics



The International Comparativ Legal Guide to: Aviation Law 2013-2018 (Co.-Autor)

Holger Bürskens

Handbuch Internationales Wirtschaftsrecht (Co-Autor), Kapitel Transportrecht

Verlag Dr. Otto-Schmidt, Köln
Holger Bürskens

"Keine Chance auf Rückforderung zu viel gezahlter Fuel Surcharges gegenüber den Beteiligten des Luftfrachtkartells?"

ZLW Zeitschrift für Luft- und Weltraumrecht 2011, S. 487-493,
Carsten VyversHolger Bürskens
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