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Clyde & Co LLP regularly acts for airlines and insurers in the most high-profile cases following major losses. The firm is involved in several headline cases, including representing Air France, AXA CS and the insurers regarding the Rio-Paris crash lawsuits. Commercial disputes and arbitration are also covered. Practice head Maylis Casati-Ollier is top notch and Fabrice Pradon is another key figure.
DLA Piper is highly regarded for its aviation product liability expertise. The firm has been advising insurers and a leading manufacturer following crashes of commercial aircraft, including one high-profile case. The highly regarded Vonnick Le Guillou heads the practice, which also acts in smaller mechanical failure matters and is handling several helicopter accident cases. Gregory Tulquois deals with commercial matters. Airbus and Axa are clients.
HMN & Partners’ Simon Ndiaye is a key name for top aviation cases, often representing leading manufacturers.
The ‘very responsive’ team at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP provides ‘exceptional services’ and gives ‘very practical advice’; it has ‘deep knowledge of the aviation sector and the French courts’. The practice is handling some of the most prominent litigation cases involving its client Boeing, including the Flash Airlines and West Caribbean cases. Honeywell International and Global Aerospace are also clients. Thomas Rouhette is ‘a very skilled advocate who knows the aviation sector very well and provides sound, practical advice’.
Litigation boutique Courrégé-Foreman gives ‘very high level tailor-made advice’, showing ‘a perfect level of industry aviation knowledge (including in its more complicated technical aspects)’. The team regularly represents leading engine and device manufacturers in product liability cases; Safran Helicopter Engines is one such client. Simon Foreman is a key figure in the field.
Holman Fenwick Willan France LLP has ‘a very efficient and professional practice’. The four-lawyer team handles a broad range of transactional, dispute resolution and regulatory work, chiefly representing insurers and airline companies. The firm recently advised a client following a maintenance accident involving an Airbus A380. Air Corsica, Allianz AGCS and Waypoint Leasing are clients. Practice head Pierre Frühling has ‘very good knowledge of aviation law’.
Soulez Larivière et Associés is the regular adviser to DGAC (aviation authority) following accidents. The practice is led by Daniel Soulez-Larivière and Astrid Mignon Colombet, as well as recently promoted partners Aurélia Grignon and Capucine Lanta de Bérard.
At Squire Patton Boggs, Carole Sportes advises insurers and airline companies following major accidents or in dealing with cargo and passenger claims. The firm is representing Flash Airlines’ insurers and reinsurers following the crash of the Flash Airlines flight in Sharm El Sheikh in 2004.
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Norton Rose Fulbright ‘can do everything’, according to its clients. The firm stands out for its extensive experience and is routinely retained by leading commercial banks and export credit agencies (ECAs) to advise on the largest and most complex cross-border transactions. It notably assisted Coface, Euler Hermes, UK Export Finance and HSBC with the first ECA-backed transaction for a renminbi-denominated loan made via an offshore jurisdiction. It acted for BNP Paribas and Development Bank of Japan in a yen-denominated French tax lease to finance a new Boeing 777 aircraft for Turkish Airlines, a deal backed by Export-Import Bank of the United States. The practice is headed by the ‘technically superb’ George Paterson, who has ‘a wealth of market knowledge’. Also recommended are Marc Hamilton, who ‘remains calm under pressure’, and Alex Wass; associate Alexandra Howe is ‘a rising star’.
Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP assists French and international lenders and some airline companies, such as Vietnam Airlines and Natixis. The eight-lawyer team advises on all types of financing schemes, including ECA-backed deals. It assisted Bank of China with the refinancing of a Boeing 777 for Air France. Alexander Premont is the key contact. Richard Jadot joined Holman Fenwick Willan in March 2017.
Watson Farley & Williams LLP advises many leading French banks and international ECAs, as well as some aircraft manufacturers. The practice is often involved in international financing structuring. It assisted China Aircraft Leasing Company with the financing of two A320 aircraft to be leased to Turkish airline Pegasus. The practice also advised banks on a series of JOLCO financing for Air France. Practice head Charles Viggers is ‘very good’.
Ince & Co France SCP’s Laurence Hanley is one of Air France-KLM’s favourite advisers. The firm also advises on jet financing through Andrew Charlier.
Mayer Brown provides ‘an outstanding service for corporate jet financing’, acting for banks or manufacturers. Headed by Matthieu de Varax, the five-lawyer team also assists some airlines companies. It notably advised Air Austral with the sale-and-leaseback of a new Boeing 787.
Stephenson Harwood has ‘a strong aviation finance practice’. The ‘talented’ team advises banks, lessors and airlines. It advised Air Côte d’Ivoire on the acquisition and lease financing of several Airbus and Q400 NextGen aircrafts. Lion Air and CIT Aerospace are clients. Practice head Edward Campbell is ‘a preeminent aviation finance lawyer’.
White & Case LLP provides ‘a great level of service’. The team, which has ‘in-depth industry knowledge’, advises banks and lessors. It recently assisted BNP Paribas and ICBCL with the JOLCO financing of four Boeing 737 aircraft for Transavia. Practice head Victoria Westcott gives ‘reliable advice’ and is ‘a great negotiator when discussions are difficult’. Of counsel Thomas McDonald is another name to note.