Christine O’Donovan


Christine is the Chair of Mason Hayes & Curran. She is a partner in our Banking and Financial Services team and leads the firm’s International Asset Finance team.

Christine is consistently recognised as one of the leading business lawyers in the financial services particularly for her expertise in aviation. Her award-winning practice focuses on international transactions in areas of corporate lending, project and acquisition finance, asset financing, particularly aircraft and cross-border leasing.  She is a trusted advisor to domestic and international corporate clients, domestic and international credit institutions and aircraft manufacturers, lessors and airlines.


  • Aviation

  • Banking

  • Financial Services

  • International Asset Finance 

Representative Matters

  • 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 - $425M ECA supported financing. Special award Global Transport Finance Dec. 2014 – for most innovative financing and best contribution to the aviation transport finance industry in 2014.
  • ATLAS 2014-1 ABS $540m transaction– Aldus Aviation and Embraer (30 aircraft portfolio).


Chambers & Partners, 2021

Christine is recognised an as 'Eminent Practitioner'.

Legal 500, 2021

Christine is celebrated as a ‘Leading Individual’.

Speaking Engagements & Teaching

  • Regular lecturer at Law Society of Ireland – Diploma on Aircraft Financing and Leasing. 


Co-authored Ireland submission to Getting the Deal Through – Air Transport (Ireland) 2011

  • LinkedIn

Areas of Expertise

Aviation, International Asset Finance Banking Financial Services Inward Investment International Business Commercial Real Estate Finance Brexit

Professional Memberships

International Bar Association


University College Cork (LLB)

University College Dublin (Dip Eur Law)