Christine O’Donovan


Christine is the Head of our Aviation 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

Aviation, Leasing & Asset Finance Law Banking Law 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)