Area of focus

Aviation Finance

Structuring and documenting aviation finance transactions is complex. When assets are located across borders and subject to the laws of multiple jurisdictions, the complexity increases. Timing and tax efficiency are critical.

Through our extensive network of international offices, and in-depth industry know-how, we work on a wide range of structures for the acquisition and financing of aircraft. Our experience spans export credit agency-supported financings; the acquisition, financing, and disposal of individual...

Representative experience

Advised Icelandair on its financial compensation settlement with Boeing following the suspension of the airline's six grounded Boeing 737-MAX.

Advised Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA on its enhanced equipment trust certificate (EETC) financing of ten new B737-800 aircraft and the related bridge financing.

Advised Standard Chartered Bank on US$1bn sale and leaseback financing of eight B777 and 787 aircraft with Qatar Airways, and further sale and leaseback transactions for more than 16 narrowbody aircraft.

Advised an Australian commercial bank on its acquisition of an EUR800m aviation loan portfolio from a German Bank.

Advised CMIG Aviation Capital on its acquisition from Intrepid Aviation of an Airbus A330 aircraft and related financing for the acquisition, the first financing of a Chinese aircraft by Korean commercial banks.

Advised UK Export Finance on a US$913m Sukuk issuance for the acquisition of A380-800 aircraft for Emirates.

Advised the Kazakh airline JSC Aircompany (SCAT) on its purchase of up to six new Boeing 737 MAX-8 from The Boeing Company.

Advised African Export Import Bank on the financing of two bombardier Aircraft for Air Cote d'Ivoire, with senior debt provided by Export Development Canada.

Advising Pembroke Capital Ltd on the purchase and lease of 10 Airbus A320-200 aircraft to South African Airways.

Advising Citibank N.A. on a loan facility to refinance two A320 aircraft for Asia Aviation Capital on lease to VivaAerobus.

Advising China Development Bank on a US$275m loan facility to refinance the acquisition of an A380 aircraft for a Comsys vehicle facilitating a structured leasing transaction with Veling and Emirates.

Advised African Export Import Bank on a debt restructuring for Kenya Airways (with other commercial lenders).

Advising AerGen Aviation Finance on its acquisition of a portfolio of ten aircraft from Macquarie AirFinance.

Advising BOCA on its portfolio sale of 6 Embraer 190 aircraft to Truenoord.

Advising Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA on its US Exim guaranteed financing in the loan and debt capital markets of 25 new B737-800 and B787-8 aircraft.

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