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Norton Rose Fulbrightcan 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 superbGeorge 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.

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