France > Aviation finance
Index of tables
- George Paterson – Norton Rose LLP
Described as ‘a steady ship in troubled waters’, Norton Rose LLP’s 12-lawyer practice is trusted by all the major French banks active in the field, namely BNP Paribas and Natixis. The team is also assisting CACIB with a French tax lease financing of a Boeing 777 aircraft for KLM. George Paterson and Marc Hamilton head the practice.
Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP’s expertise spans ECA-backed facilities, financing and operating leases, restructuring and aircraft repossession. The team recently assisted BPCE with repossessing a Falcon Jet. Richard Jadot assists lenders, such as Natixis and CACIB, and airlines including Air France.
Mayer Brown’s five-lawyer team advises CACIB and other lenders, and airlines such as Air Austral, and has notable expertise in business jet financing. Matthieu de Varax has ‘a very good reputation’.
Simmons & Simmons LLP’s five-lawyer practice has experience in ECA-backed aircraft financing, and recently advised BNP Paribas and KFW in that regard. The firm also handles corporate jet financings. Jeremy Arscott heads the practice.
Stephenson Harwood represents a number of fast-growing Asian and Middle Eastern airline companies including Lion Air and Jazeera Airways. The practice, led by Edward Campbell, also assists banks and leasing companies with commercial plane and private jet financings.
Watson, Farley & Williams LLP’s practice has grown significantly in size and recognition since the ‘pragmatic and reactive’ Charles Viggers joined the firm in 2011. The seven-lawyer team provides ‘sound advice’ to major French German and Asian banks, including BNP Paribas and CACIB, as well as lessors and airlines. The practice advised on the JOLCO refinancing of an A380 aircraft for Air France. Eric Villateau is also recommended.
White & Case LLP’s eight-lawyer team has good experience advising export credit agencies, which it recently assisted with several Airbus aircraft financings. Victoria Westcott, Thomas McDonald and Louise Mor are the key contacts.