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Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is ‘able to provide coverage on complex transactions involving many different jurisdictions’. The practice advises leading financial institutions and airline companies on the financing of commercial and corporate aircraft. It assisted Vietnam Airlines with the financing of two A321 aircraft. Richard Jadot heads the practice, which notably hired French and UK law expert Alexander Premont, who was formerly at Linklaters LLP in London; Premont is ‘able to reconcile requirements for waterproof legal documentation with necessary commercial flexibility’.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s top-end practice advises leading French banks, export credit agencies (ECAs) and international lenders on the largest financings and tax-lease transactions involving commercial aircraft. It assisted the ECAs with the financing of nine Sukhoi SuperJet 100 aircraft for InterJet. George Paterson heads the 15-lawyer practice, in which Marc Hamilton and recently promoted partner Alex Wass are also recommended.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP assists leading French and international lenders, ECAs and a high-profile aircraft manufacturer. The practice is often involved in cross-border deals, complex leasing transactions and ECA financing of commercial aircraft. It advised CACIB on the refinancing of an A320 aircraft for Air France. Practice head Charles Viggers is recommended and effectively runs the team - he ‘quickly puts the wheels in motion and directs clients to the relevant contacts’.

Ince & Co France SCP recently hired Laurence Hanley, who joined the Paris office as of counsel from Maples and Calder to establish the aviation finance practice in the Paris office; UK and Irish qualified lawyer Hanley is ‘quick, shows pugnacity and great analysis skills’. The team focuses on representing operators and clients include Air France-KLM.

Mayer Brown provides ‘an outstanding level of services’. The five-lawyer team is able ‘to handle the full spectrum of aircraft finance transactions from simple secured loan financings, to tax leases and bespoke, highly structured solutions’. The practice, which advises airlines and lenders, assisted Air Austral with the sale-and-leaseback of an ATR 72-500 aircraft. Practice head Matthieu de Varax ‘has a fantastic ability to understand the commercial considerations of a transaction’.

Stephenson Harwood, which is praised for its ‘competence and business-oriented approach’, advises leasing companies, banks and airlines. The team notably assisted Al Sahaab Aircraft Leasing with the leasing of three A319 aircraft and the refinancing of another of the same type. Practice head Edward Campbell ‘understands the business and is available 24 hours’.

White & Case LLP assists French banks, manufacturers and aircraft-related services providers. It recently represented Société Générale in the refinancing of a fleet of 17 helicopters for Blueway. Victoria Westcott heads the team, which also has experience in ECA-supported transactions. Thomas McDonald is another name to note.

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