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Our Aviation Group works closely with lawyers from our Corporate and M&A, Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Tax, Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency, Financial Regulation, Employment and Litigation and Dispute Resolution practices to deliver a product that adds value to all elements of our clients operations. Our reputation is based on proven professional skills, a thorough understanding of client requirements, sound judgment and a practical approach to resolving commercial problems in an efficient way.

We have extensive experience in offering advice to a multitude of domestic and international aircraft lessors, lenders, airlines, investors and insurers, and our team is uniquely well qualified to advise across all areas of the industry including

  • Establishment of aircraft leasing platforms in Ireland and advices on day to day operations
  • Operating and finance leases including Japanese operating leases
  • Assets sales and novations
  • Aircraft portfolio sales and purchases
  • Domestic and international tax
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Financing transactions including warehouse financings, ABS transactions, intercompany funding, security arrangements, Export Credit Agency-supported financing, Islamic financing and secondary debt trading
  • Capital market products including EETCs, asset backed securitisations, secured term loans, E-notes and other debt and equity issuances
  • Enforcement of security, repossession and insolvency
  • Restructuring of portfolios
  • Cape Town Convention advices and registrations
  • Local registration of aircraft
  • Regulatory matters including airport charges, ground handling, ownership of airlines and licensing of aircraft
  • Sanctions and export controls

Relevant Experience

  • Advised the Waypoint Leasing Steering Committee on all Irish law matters across corporate, finance, security, tax and aviation in connection with a Chapter 11 process for an Irish helicopter leasing platform
  • Advising Air France in the sale of Cityjet to Intro Aviation
  • Advising various Chinese aircraft leasing companies on their Irish leasing platforms, including advising on the initial set up, corporate structure and ongoing aircraft leasing transactions, including ICBC; CCB; BoComm Leasing; China Merchant Bank; Ping An; Skyco; China Construction Bank
  • Advising client on its helicopter acquisitions and successful aviation litigation involving Italian lessee
  • Advising various lenders to aviation platforms including Deutsche Bank; Nord LP; BNP
  • Acting for Japan Bank for International Co-Operation in relation to acquisition facilities advanced to Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation for the acquisition of RBS Aerospace
  • Acted for financiers of the recent financing (bond and debt) of the Aercap acquisition of ILFC
  • Advising Industrial & Commercial Bank of China on various transactions, and most recently Project Ivy, a bond issue to fund its leasing operations

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