The transport and tourism industry is undergoing profound change: lockdowns with production stops in the industry, border controls, closures of transshipment centers and a drastic decline in consumption have presented logistics and tourism with unprecedented challenges. Even before Corona, digital transformation and the innovation-driven startup boom were shaping the two industries. These phenomena will also play a central role in determining how the two industries will continue to develop.
The challenges to be overcome are manifold and range from the automation and digitalization of the value chain to the establishment of crisis-proof warehouse structures and the use of low-emission and sustainable drive technologies to the testing of new technologies such as platform solutions, augmented reality and blockchain.
While online retail has experienced a significant boost from the Corona pandemic, the logistics industry as a whole stalled for the first time since 2010 and failed to post any revenue growth. With supply bottlenecks due to closed ports and resulting resource shortages, the pandemic clearly demonstrated the need for secure supply chains with alternative routes and storage concepts and capacities.
However, the increasing normalization of economic life is creating new growth opportunities for the logistics industry. The challenge is to respond to a societal shift in thinking toward an increasingly virtual world. At the same time, transport and climate policy goals are increasing the pressure on players to shift transshipments from road to the more environmentally friendly modes of rail and waterway, which means that bi- and trimodal transshipment options are gaining in importance. Digitalization in particular offers numerous opportunities for smart and sustainable logistics solutions and efficient interim storage.
Together with our colleagues at KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, we at KPMG Law can help you implement new and sustainable solutions, set up existing processes and concepts to meet future challenges in a legally sound manner, and make the best possible use of government funding opportunities to expand and modernize infrastructure.
The maritime industry is an important, internationally and nationally networked sector that operates in the area of tension between free competition and statutory regulations. Growth through the expansion of capacities, the development of new markets, cooperation between private and public players, speed and safety in the production, transport, handling and storage of goods, the injection of capital and the securing of human resources are among the entrepreneurial challenges faced by all industry players. In addition, the need for adaptation often arises from a constantly changing legal situation, which not infrequently interferes with companies’ operational processes.
We at KPMG Law advise you on the creation of a legally secure framework for reliable economic activity (drafting contracts between economic participants, advising on joint ventures), support you in the implementation of projects (advising on corporate and public law), in the financing and promotion of projects, and in labor law matters.
The comprehensive strengthening of local public transport by road and rail is a declared political goal at all levels of government. Creating a wide range of options for using public transportation is considered an important pillar of the transportation shift toward greater climate friendliness and sustainability. Particular importance is attached to the expansion of rail-based transport in the urban environment and beyond. The state therefore provides a large amount of funding for the expansion, new construction and reactivation of line capacities. As a rule, projects are characterized by a complex interplay of economic conditions, legal necessities, user requirements and formalized planning procedures.
These projects involve a variety of different stakeholders, such as governmental task forces, property owners, neighbors, and environmental groups. Even if the legislator sets further course for the implementation of projects by providing funds, among other things, they still require intensive interdisciplinary collaboration at the project level to make them successful.
We at KPMG Law support you with a holistic project approach in the planning and implementation of projects in all project phases, in particular in planning procedures under public law, in procurements, in obtaining approvals under public law and in the involvement of subsidies. We ensure that projects are implemented in a legally compliant manner, taking into account the economic and technical needs of the relevant players.
Domestic and foreign tourism are returning to a “new normal” amid the management of the Corona pandemic in Western industrialized countries, where many people’s desire to travel continues unabated. At the same time, however, the need for safety and environmental compatibility has grown. As a result, the focus will increasingly be on destinations that guarantee reliability and well-being in addition to their attractiveness. However, the vacation and resort hotel industry as well as the city hotel and restaurant industry are often not yet up to these new demands.
At KPMG Law, we support you in putting new and improved tourism concepts into practice, in drafting legally sound contracts between municipalities and developers as well as with investors and financiers, and in realizing sustainable, future-proof tourism.
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