Christine O’Donovan


Christine is a partner, Head of our Financial Services Team and a member of our Management Committee. She is an experienced banking & finance lawyer who has worked in-house and in private practice.

Christine's 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 advises domestic and international corporate clients, domestic and international credit institutions and aircraft manufacturers, lessors and airlines.


  • Banking
  • Financial Services
  • Aviation - asset and structured finance

Representative Matters

  • 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).
  • Avianca ATR – Regional Jet/Turbojet deal of the Year 2013 – awarded by Air Finance Journal 28, May 2014.


Who's Who Legal: 2018

Christine has been listed as an expert in the area of Aviation in Who's Who Legal: Aviation 2018

Export Guides - Aviation 2017

Christine is nominated by in-house counsel and peers to appear in the 13th edition as one of the leading Aviation lawyers worldwide.

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

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Areas of Expertise

Financial Services Banking Law Aviation, Leasing & Asset Finance Law Inward Investment International Business Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Finance Brexit

Professional Memberships

International Bar Association


University College Cork (LLB)

University College Dublin (Dip Eur Law)