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            Whether you’re a financier, lessor, airline, aircraft operator, owner, supplier or insurer you face complex technical and legal issues that can threaten your commercial standing.

            Our specialist global aviation team provides legal advice across all areas of practice. We provide solutions for a large variety of notable clients including funders, insurers, lessors, operators and owners of aircrafts and our team function on a global level with an international network of lawyers who have extensive experience in providing cross border jurisdictional advice.

            We have a deep understanding of aviation and the wider transport sector and we regularly engage with clients and undertake research to enable us to identify the business challenges that lie ahead. This expertise allows us to offer specialist advice and innovative and cost effective proposals with excellent results.


            Regulatory and Compliance

            We work with clients to ensure compliance with all aviation regulations and procedures and advise on aviation safety.


            Transportation Law & Transport Liability

            We advise on all aspects of transportation law and liability, including hull and air cargo claims



            We can assist with corporate fundraising and offer ongoing support on corporate matters across the sector, from start-up airlines through to corporate refinancings and restructurings of airlines.


            Financing and Leasing

            We use our in depth financial knowledge within the aviation sector to provide a wide variety of advice on matters ranging from operating leases, finance leases, sale & leasebacks and Islamic Finance alternatives to conventional financing.



            Our insurance experts have an established track record of advising a number of notable aviation insurers and providing legal solutions for all aspects of insurance claims.


            Dispute Resolution

            Our aviation liability experts deal with complex, high value, multi-jurisdictional liability claims, Hull Claims, Subrogation, Coverage, Reinsurance and Policy Wordings for the aviation market in London and internationally.

            Legal Insight

            State aid law: European Commission amends COVID-19 Temporary Framework to faciltate recapitalisation aid and subsordinated debt awards

            15 May 2020

            In a move which is likely to facilitate multiple European government bail outs of airlines, sports, leisure and hospitality companies and possibly even carmakers and others under the most acute pressure from the COVID-19 crisis, the European Commission has further amended its State aid Temporary Framework to allow for recapitalisation aid and subordinated debt instruments.  The new rules contain limitations on dividends and acquisitions by businesses who benefit from recapitalisation aid and include a requirement for conditions relating to climate change and the digital agenda to be reported to the European Commission.  While the UK remains in the Brexit transition period (currently due to expire on 31 December 2020), these rules apply to it as well.

            Jonathan Moss

            • Partner // Global Head of Transport Sector // Head of Marine & Trade

            Martin Pugsley

            • Partner // Head of Financial Services Sector

            Peter Barnes

            • Partner // Head of Automotive

            Andreas Panzer

            • Partner // Head of Tax (Germany)

            Oliver Bolthausen, LLM (USA), FCIArb (UK)

            • Partner // Managing Partner (Germany) // Global Head of International Arbitration & Disputes

            Heinrich-Peter Rothmann

            • Counsel // Ambassador (Retired)

            Umera Ali

            • Partner // Head of Banking & Finance (Middle East) // Global Head of Islamic Finance

            David Reid

            • Principal Lawyer
            Connected Services offers a range of stand-alone consultative services that complement our legal offering in each of our core sectors.

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