Nick Chandler > Dentons > London, England > Lawyer Profile


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Asset Finance: Aviation Finance


Nick is the Chair of Dentons’ Global Aviation group. His main areas of practice are cross-border aircraft finance and leasing structures with tax-based elements, ECA-supported financings and aircraft operating leasing.

He has been recognised as a Legal Expert for Aviation Finance and Asset Finance and Leasing by Legal Business, The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners guides to the legal profession for over 20 years and is listed in the Who’s Who Legal for Aviation. He has spent time working in France and, in particular, spent 18 months on secondment with Airbus working on manufacturer-supported financings in the early 1990s.

Over the last 30 years, Nick has been involved in all manner of aircraft financings, leasing and purchase structures. In this time he has represented many of the major European, American and Japanese banks for aircraft deliveries to some of the world’s leading airlines. More recently, Nick has worked with some of the most active European airlines in their fleet development programs and with a number of the leading aircraft leasing companies on portfolio acquisitions and sales.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Finance > Transport finance and leasing

(Leading individuals)

Nick Chandler Dentons

The ‘very experienced, practical and approachable’ five-partner team at Dentons remains best known for its aviation-related finance and leasing work, where its client base includes a varied array of stakeholders, including airlines, manufacturers, lessors and lenders. Most of the work is led from the London office, although its huge international network means it can provide a one-stop-shop service, not just on English law but also on relevant local law issues should they arise. The firm’s relatively recently launched Dublin office has also enabled the firm to provide unique English/Irish law solutions on matters and enhanced its ability to service some of its lessor clients, a good number of which are headquartered in Dublin. Paul Holland is ‘massively experienced’, particularly on matters with a Middle Eastern nexus, and has recently provided expert guidance to longstanding client, Emirates, as it dealt with vastly reduced demand throughout the pandemic. Nick Chandler has a balanced practice which includes work for banks and airlines, as well as an increasing volume of lessor-related work, including his recent work for Chorus Aviation  on the acquisition of Falko Regional Aircraft from Fortress Investment Group. Serge Sergiou is also one of the more senior members of the team, whose longstanding presence in the market has seen him active across a range of different leasing and finance structures, including for core client Airbus. The ‘very approachable and pragmatic’ Stephen Temple co-heads the team alongside Sarah Dyke. Greg Kahn left to join Keystone Law in October 2021.