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Ireland’s International Aviation Services – Forging Ahead in 2014

07 February 2014

The development, growth and sustainability of the aviation industry sector in Ireland is a significant contributor to the success of Ireland as a global international financial services sector.

The Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny in his speech at the recent Air Finance Conference in Dublin (22 January 2014) commented that the Irish Government has consistently sought to ensure that Ireland not only maintains its position in the global airfinance sector, but also continues to avail of new opportunities as the sector evolves and as the demand for diversification of services and funding becomes increasingly sophisticated and competitive. The Irish Government has endeavoured to ensure that we have a balanced tax and regulatory regime which keeps pace with industry developments and he referred to a number of initiatives which are in progress for 2014. 

In this short bulletin we look at some recent industry, legal and regulatory developments in Q4 2013 and what may lie ahead in 2014.


Aviation Financing and Legal Developments: What Lies Ahead In 2014

1. Ireland’s Dedicated Exchange for Aviation Finance (announced in January 2014) On 20 January 2014, the Irish Stock Exchange ("ISE") announced plans to create a dedicated exchange for aviation related debt and other instruments. ISE Chief Executive Deirdre Somers said: “Ireland is a world leader in aviation…

Financial Services Regulation: Clarity On Treatment Of SPV’s Under AIFMD

On 8 November 2013, the Central Bank of Ireland (the “Central Bank”) clarified the approach that will be taken to Irish special purpose vehicles (Section 110 companies) in light of the implementation of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (the “AIFMD”). In particular,…

Case Law & Precedent in Ireland

Future practice and procedures are informed by events of the past and recently 2 cases came before the Irish High Court in relation to certain aspects of the International Registry. Set out below is a brief summary of cases recently decided by the High Court in Ireland ("Commercial Court") which deals with certain operational…