Aviation and Asset Finance

Our Aviation and Asset Finance team provide a fully integrated service on the most complex and multi-jurisdictional deals. We offer a unique combination of experience and expertise, working with specialists in our Tax, Corporate, Banking and Capital Markets, Restructuring and Insolvency and Litigation departments.

We act for lessors, lessees and financiers on financing structures across a range of asset classes, including narrow and wide-body aircraft and helicopters. We advise on platform creation and on asset-specific transactions.

Working with our litigation team, we have a strong track record of advising on the arrest of aircraft and ships, and on advising insurers on aircraft- and aviation-related claims.

We apply our long-standing strengths in tax-based structuring and cross-border aviation financing to serve clients engaged in the growing field of non-traditional aviation financing. We have significant experience of advising on the use of “Section 110” companies to own and/or lease aircraft assets. We advise on Cape Town Convention issues and aviation regulatory matters.

Representative transactional work includes acting for and advising:

  • An Irish lessee in the acquisition and financing of commercial aircraft.
  • An international bank in the refinancing of commercial aircraft.
  • A leading aviation components supplier on its Irish establishment.
  • An international investment group on the creation of a platform for the leasing of medium- and heavy-lift helicopters.
  • A leading global alternative asset lender in the acquisition and financing of 20 on-lease wide body aircraft engines from GE Capital Aviation Services (GEAS).
  • Advising an ad hoc syndicate of international institutional secured lenders to Nordic Aviation Capital (largest regional aircraft lessor in the world) in relation to its ongoing restructuring through chapter 11 in the US.
  • Creditors in the examinership of Norwegian Air.
  • Advising insurers on fatal and catastrophic claims arising out of aircraft incidents.