Aviation, International Asset Finance

Ireland is a global hub for aircraft leasing and financing, attracting the world’s top industry players. Working with these organisations gives us unrivalled insight into this dynamic sector. This means we never lose sight of the bigger commercial picture for our clients. 

Our award-winning advice on aviation financing transactions ranges from cross-border structuring and regulation to alternative funding and joint ventures. We also advise on contentious issues such as bankruptcy and insolvency.

Along with leading local and international lessors and financiers, we also work closely with credit agencies and government bodies.

Our Services

  • Asset leasing and financing transactions
  • ABS and debt securitisation
  • Aviation regulation at domestic and EU levels
  • Bankruptcy and insolvency
  • Cape Town Convention 
  • Corporate advice
  • Corporate governance and compliance
  • Cross-border structuring / establishment of Section 110 companies
  • Dispute resolution 
  • Joint-ventures

Gender & Diversity in Aviation Survey 2018

Our 2018 Gender and Diversity Survey revealed that there is still some work to be done in order to increase the overall representation of women and diversity candidates at senior levels. Research by business law firm Mason Hayes & Curran into gender and diversity in the Irish aviation sector has revealed an industry where female employees still struggle to progress to senior leadership positions. The full survey details can be found here.

Key findings from the survey:

  • Only 6% of respondents said they were from a minority or disadvantaged background with just 5% saying their manager is a member of a minority group.
  • Only 18% of participants reported that their organisation has a diversity committee
  • Almost one third (32%) reported that the number of diversity candidates hired at entry level was more than 30%.
  • Only 10% of participants stated that their employer had carried out a pay gap analysis while 50% stated that no analysis has taken place so far and 40% didn’t know.


Chambers & Partners, 2019

Clients and market commentators laud the "quality of the firm's lawyers and their pragmatic and commercial approach."

Chambers & Partners, 2019

Clients recommend the department for complicated deals and describe the practitioners as "incredibly thorough".

Recent Work

  • Irish counsel on ‘China Aviation Deal of the Year 2017 for Financing Innovation’ with The Export-Import Bank of China, Minsheng Financial Leasing and Asiana Airlines.
  • Lead Irish counsel on the award-winning SuperJet International transaction – a joint venture between Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi and Sukhoi Holding.
  • Airfinance Journal ‘Capital Markets Deal of the Year 2014’ ATLAS 2014-1 ABS $540m transaction.
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Christine O’Donovan