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Transport lies at the heart of a globalized world economy. Market conditions, environmental impact, and investment in infrastructure continue to challenge the sector. Global trade, travel and development rely on transportation and the continued investment from the public and private sectors, whether in mature markets such as Europe or the United States or growing markets in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Emerging markets also look to the transport sector to facilitate connections to international trade hubs, increase market liberalization and competition, and attract investment.

How we can help

Eversheds Sutherland’s international transport team brings together lawyers with experience across the rail, aviation, roads, ports, shipping, logistics and automotive industries. We have considerable experience in advising clients on all aspects of transport related projects, and are highly regarded within the sector.

Our international network of offices across Europe, the United States, the Middle East, Asia and Africa means that we can offer you advice when and where you need it, providing local knowledge on a national and international level.


we offer legal advice on port facility acquisition, finance, environmental regulatory, development and operation. We frequently advise in relation to port infrastructure projects, re-development, construction projects, PPP/PFI, distribution centres and related transport infrastructure. We also advise port authorities in obtaining the necessary statutory consents to authorize the construction of port and bridge infrastructure project and in relation to their statutory powers and constitutional matters.


Airports are a vital part of modern life, stimulating social and economic activity throughout a region.

Every year, the aviation industry serves over 5.5 billion passengers and transports more than 70 million tons of cargo. And these numbers keep growing. Today, aviation is one of the fastest-growing and most technologically advanced sectors in the transportation industry. It drives innovation and technological development to serve customer needs and focuses on improving effectiveness, sustainability, and reliability.

Eversheds Sutherland's airports infrastructure lawyers have been involved in the development, acquisition, and financing of infrastructure assets for more than twenty years. We provide advisory services, from the initial joint venture agreement through the construction and financing of a project, and have a detailed understanding of the contractual arrangements that underpin revenue generation.

Our transport infrastructure team not only employs its knowledge of how a particular airport in a particular country works, but also maintains a global view of the airport market, with a clear understanding of the potential options (for regulators, buyers, and sellers) that are available. Eversheds Sutherland has positioned itself to offer this applied knowledge from its significant experience advising on all matters that involve airports, including: project financing, development and construction, mergers and acquisitions (both public and private), funding (equity and debt), litigation, competition matters, and funds.

We work with every kind of market participant in the airport sector on many of the largest airport transactions around the world, including: buyers, consortia, builders, financiers, governments, and regulators. Our experience spans every continent and includes private commercial projects, governmental concession-based greenfield development projects, and privatization of operational infrastructure assets through dispositions, financings, and long-term lease and concession arrangements.


Eversheds Sutherland has played a major role advising on many key strategic projects in the global rail market over the last twenty years. Our clients include national and regional government, infrastructure managers, passenger and freight train operators, train and other equipment manufacturers, construction and engineering contractors and banks and other financiers and lessors.

We advise clients in relation to operating and infrastructure concessions in the light rail, metro and heavy rail sectors. We are experienced in the delivery of new rail projects and major enhancements. Including:

  • operating and infrastructure concessions
  • the letting of operating and infrastructure concessions
  • the acquisition and leasing of rail rolling stock and other equipment
  • asset and infrastructure financing
  • rail regulation, competition and procurement law and health and safety issues
  • planning and approvals in connection with new rail projects and enhancements
  • procuring and managing construction and engineering contracts and contracts for the acquisition of train management and control systems and other equipment
  • real estate acquisition and development
  • employment and industrial relations issues


Eversheds Sutherland’s international road practice combines in-depth industry knowledge with a wealth of experience, gained over 20 years of working for clients in the sector. We act for clients internationally, across the whole of the road transport sector including governments, highways authorities, project consortiums, DBFO contractors and other contractors.


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