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    • Patrick Brennan - Bennett Jones LLP
    • Gerard Chouest - Bersenas Jacobsen Chouest Thomson Blackburn LLP
    • Dino DeLuca - Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP
    • Donald Gray - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
    • Catherine Pawluch - DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
    • Laura Safran QC - DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

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An ‘industry leader in aircraft finance’, Bennett Jones LLP earns praise for its strong expertise across the sector, and clients say, ‘it’s hard to imagine that any Canadian firm has better knowledge or experience in this space’. Calgary-based group lead Patrick Brennanexcels at finding pragmatic solutions to difficult commercial problems’; he advised Chorus Aviation on its purchase of 13 new Q400 aircraft from Bombardier and on its structured lease financing with Export Development Canada. Toronto-based Ian Michael is also recommended.

A top performer in the aircraft space, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP is noted for its diverse practice that shines in a broad range of finance, tax, insurance, procurement and regulatory matters. It also leverages its market-leading corporate practice to advise major aerospace companies on M&A deals. Toronto-based Donald Gray is recognized as a leading light.

The ‘flexible and adaptable’ group at DLA Piper (Canada) LLP is ‘excellent on all fronts’, according to clients. Calgary-based aviation lead Laura Safran QC provides a ‘dynamic service that is strong on practicality’ and is defending Honeywell in a claim brought by Ethiopian Airlines concerning a fire at Heathrow Airport that destroyed an aircraft the airline operated. Regulatory specialist Catherine Pawluch and aircraft finance expert Andrew McFarlane are also highly regarded – both are based in Toronto.

Aviation law is a mainstay at Bersenas Jacobsen Chouest Thomson Blackburn LLP and the firm acts for an impressive list of domestic and international air operators. Regulatory and contentious matters are both sweet spots. Carlos Martins is the name to note.

Norton Rose Fulbright advised key client Bombardier on several headline matters over the past year, including its agreement with Delta Air Lines for the sale and purchase of 75 aircraft, with the option of an addition 50. National transport head Alain Ricard and Solomon Sananes are both recommended in Montreal.

Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP’s aviation practice specializes in transactional and compliance matters. Counsel Dino DeLuca is recommended.

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP has a strong track record in insurance matters. Montreal-based Martin Sheehan advised Marsh Canada in a complex liability-related claim brought by the owner of an airplane.

At Gowling WLG, Ottawa-based Cynthia Elderkin is recommended for aviation-related transactional work. The group also has an active regulatory practice.

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