Ms Catherine Deane > McCann FitzGerald LLP > Dublin, Ireland > Lawyer Profile

McCann FitzGerald LLP

Work Department

Aviation & Asset Financing, Finance, Corporate Banking.


Catherine specialises in aircraft transactions and acts for many leading aircraft lessors, lenders and arrangers on all aspects of aircraft financing and leasing including secured lending, portfolio securitisation, portfolio acquisitions and disposals, cross-border leasing transactions and the establishment of complex acquisitions and financing structures and operations in Ireland. She and her team have led and managed countless large-scale asset financing transactions.

She advises a wide range of aircraft lessors in connection with the reorganisation of substantial parts of their businesses and fleets of aircraft as well as on all aspects of registration of aircraft on the Irish register, operating aircraft in Ireland and establishing aircraft facilities in Ireland. She advises in relation to the establishment and operation of aviation joint ventures and aircraft ownership and leasing platforms in Ireland, the acquisition and disposal of aircraft leasing companies and in relation to aircraft repossessions.

Catherine was awarded the ‘Best in Aviation’ award for the second year running at the 2018 European Women in Business Law Awards.


Qualified in 1987


Graduate of Trinity College, Dublin BA. Mod. Legal Science

Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > Transport

(Hall of Fame)

Catherine Deane – McCann FitzGerald LLP

McCann FitzGerald LLP is highly active in the transport space, advising clients on matters across all areas of this sector. The practice particularly stands out for its work for transport-related public sector bodies, advising on procurement, the development of infrastructure and regulation, including the drafting of legal frameworks and enforcement actions. Aviation financing is another key area of focus; the team advises on sales, leases, financings and the establishment of platforms. Hilary Marren, Catherine Deane, Joe Fay and Georgina O’Riordan are the key partners in this space, while senior associate Ian Payne is also noted. Eamonn O’Hanrahan leads both the transport team and the firm’s projects team, and is noted for his expertise in project financing, particularly in the public sector.

Ireland > Asset finance

(Hall of fame)

Catherine DeaneMcCann FitzGerald LLP

McCann FitzGerald LLP has a sizeable team dedicated to a full-range of aviation finance transactions, including aviation platforms in Ireland, aviation capital markets transactions, syndicated financing, operating leasing, sale-and-leasebacks, corporate reorganisations, restructurings and aviation M&A. The group has an outstanding reputation in aviation leasing, notably with it advising the majority of  Norwegian Air Shuttle’s aircraft leasing creditors on its recent examinership. Catherine Deane is a longstanding market leader in the sector, while Hilary Marren, Joe Fay  and Georgina O’Riordan are also high-profile aviation finance practitioners. Laura Deignan was promoted to partner in May 2021.