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We have extensive experience advising across the aviation sector.  Our practice is multi-disciplinary and includes lawyers from our corporate, finance, disputes and competition, regulation and trade teams, which guarantees that we can deal with any technical complexity or depth of work.

We have substantial experience advising a broad range of operators in the sector, such as airlines, airports, insurers, finance providers, service provides, leasing companies and regulatory bodies to provide cross-border, full-service legal and regulatory advice. Our lawyers collaborate to address a broad range of legal issues, including regulatory matters, antitrust, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, aircraft finance, structured finance and leasing and litigation.

We fully understand the regulations in place governing airlines and those in the wider field of aviation. We are at the forefront of advising on complex regulatory and structural issues and have acted for a number of airlines on matters relating to ownership, control requirements and traffic rights including in the context of Brexit.  It is our ability to balance this understanding with our clients desire to exploit greater commercial freedom that allows us to successfully advise on a broad range of matters in this sector. 

In terms of aircraft leasing, we have represented airlines, equity providers, sponsors, owners, arrangers, debt providers, residual value providers, defeasance institutions and other participants in a wide range of aircraft finance transactions, including domestic and cross-border debt and finance/capital and operating leases.

Our airport experts have worked together for many years across all aspects of airport projects, representing all types of clients, including advising infrastructure owners and operators, institutional investors, airlines, airport sponsors, financiers, government authorities and contractors on the complexities and nuances of aviation projects, and related disputes.

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Recent Experience

BREXIT STRUCTURING ISSUES

Several UK airlines on the implications of Brexit for the UK aviation industry, in particular in respect of access to traffic rights to/from and within the EU, advice on potential new corporate and regulatory structures that would enable UK airlines to retain access to EU negotiated traffic rights and the ECAA and advice in relation to lobbying the UK Government

VIRGIN ATLANTIC

on a proposed sale of 31% of Virgin Atlantic to Air France KLM and the creation of an enhanced joint venture between Virgin Atlantic and Air France KLM including on the implications and consequences of Brexit and structuring solutions focussed on ownership and control issues

SLOTS SECURITISATION

Virgin Atlantic on its landmark £220 million securitisation financing using its take-off and landing slot portfolio at London Heathrow – the first time that UK landing slots had been subject to a securitisation

A NUMBER OF AUSTRALIAN AIRLINES

Advising since 2006 in relation to numerous secured debt transactions (including ECA supported debt), aircraft operating lease transactions, aircraft sale and leaseback transactions, aircraft sales, Boeing and Airbus purchase agreements, pre-delivery payment financings, aircraft wet leasing, aircraft subleasing (both intra-group and to a US airline), engine pooling, parts pooling, engine leasing, simulator financing, ground services equipment leasing, power by the hour arrangements, merchant acquiring facilities, receivables facilities and aircraft remarketing arrangements

TUI TRAVEL

on its recommended £5.2 billion all-share cross-border merger with TUI AG by way of scheme of arrangement to create one of the first German incorporated, LSE listed, FTSE companies

LONDON LUTON AIRPORT CONCESSION EXTENSION

Advising London Luton Airport Operations Limited in relation to the 31-month extension of its concession to operate London Luton Airport

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