HSP Schaefer specializes in business aviation and provides a full range of legal services in relation to all aspects of the acquisition, sale, financing, leasing and operation of aircraft. Our tax and customs practice ensures highly qualified advice and support in any aviation related matter.

With one of the most experienced business aviation practices in continental Europe – more than 30 years of experience – we are able to provide consulting services in all aspects of business aviation, particularly large jet aircraft but also medium sized jets, small jets, turboprop aircraft and helicopters.

You can expect to work with experienced lawyers who have a deep and comprehensive understanding of all aspects of the complex area of business aviation and the aviation industry as a whole, enabling us to provide responsive, efficient and effective services.

We offer our expertise in the following matters:

  • Aircraft ownership and operating structures
  • Aircraft purchase and sale negotiations and due diligence
  • Aircraft purchase agreements and letters of intent
  • Leasing and finance arrangements
  • Taxation of aircraft use and ownership
  • Domestic and international aircraft registration matters
  • Aircraft maintenance and refurbishment
  • Engine and airframe support and maintenance overhauls
  • Engine and maintenance programs
  • Aircraft repossessions worldwide
  • Aircraft customs and tax matters
  • Pilot and crew employment matters
  • Aircraft related litigation
  • Aircraft energy tax matters
  • Aircraft insurance matters

Corporate Law

HSP Schaefer provides consultancy services to corporations and selected private clients. Our consulting portfolio includes the support of our clients in a legal, tax and business management capacity in the course of their essential activities.

Our focus is on the following main areas:

  • Business start-up with a particular focus on limited liability company and stock corporation laws
  • Start-up and administration of foreign companies (Limited, INC, LLP,LLC)
  • Design and restructuring of companies
  • Joint ventures
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • MBO
  • Corporate succession
  • Liability of executive bodies
  • Investment consultation incl. feasibility studies
  • Purchase, service and trade agency contracts
  • Insolvency law
  • Legal defense in tax offenses and white collar crime
  • Labor law
  • Intellectual property

Tax Law

Our tax practice provides practical and creative advice to meet clients’ needs for national and international tax solutions. Our experienced tax attorneys work with a wide array of clients in many different industries to develop sound and practical advice on a variety of matters.

Our clients can expect to work with skilled tax attorneys who provide innovative solutions to your specific business goals in the most tax-efficient manner. From tax planning in connection with your business transactions to supporting examination or litigation matters, we will work closely with you to gain a clear understanding of your unique tax concerns and objectives so that we can provide valuable and practical advice.

We are experts in the following areas:

  • Sales Tax / VAT
  • Business succession / transition planning
  • Organizational issues
  • International operations
  • Tax deals and tax litigation
  • Legal defense in tax allegations and offenses
  • Due to our interdisciplinary activity, we have acquired special expertise in the handling of tax havens
  • Energy Tax

HSP LAW has recently won a landmark case in the German Financial High court on the basis of European Law, which confirms certain ownership structures for business aircraft can purchase fuel in Germany at a zero energy tax rate without the need of an Air Operators Certificate (AOC).

Customs Law

Our customs practice advises and represents corporations and selected private clients in all areas of customs law. Our portfolio includes the structuring and processing of import and export procedures.

HSP Schaefer specializes in the following main areas:

  • Interdisciplinary consultancy services with respect to import value added tax (VAT)
  • Support and representation in customs audits
  • Support and representation in administrative and fiscal court proceedings
  • Customs tariff proceedings
  • Applications for binding tariff information
  • Foreign trade law and export control

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