Aviation

With extensive experience in nearly every form of aircraft-related transactions, our attorneys thoroughly understand the specific nuances of structuring and successfully closing your aircraft transactions. We regularly represent purchasers, sellers, lessors, lenders and other financiers, lessees, and aircraft manufacturers in a broad range of transactions.

Aviation and Aircraft Acquisitions, Sales, and Fractional Ownership Programs

Our attorneys will assist you in all aspects of the purchase and sale of new or used aircraft, including preparing or reviewing and negotiating letters of intent, brokerage agreements, purchase and sale agreements, like-kind exchanges, and other transaction documents and structures. Prior to the transaction, we will advise you on the most advantageous ownership structure and delivery-related issues, and on aircraft title registration requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the International Registry, and/or the jurisdiction in which the aircraft is to be based.

Aviation and Aircraft Leasing and Financing

Our attorneys are experienced in the structuring, negotiation, and documentation of aircraft leasing and finance arrangements, including secured lending, operating leases, single-investor leases, leveraged leases, finance leases, cross-border leases, progress payment facilities, warehouse facilities, and capital markets financing. We can help with not only original lease and financing transactions, but also the restructuring of such arrangements, including those involving multiple corporate or commercial aircraft and multiple leasing or finance parties. Additionally, we can represent aircraft lease and finance creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings of commercial airlines.

Aviation and Aircraft Management and Operation

As aircraft ownership or leasing and operation involves numerous related activities, we help you establish relationships with third-party vendors for aircraft management and crew services, hangar rental, and other services. We also will assist with revenue-generating leasing or chartering arrangements for your aircraft when not in company use.

FAA and International Registry Compliance

We coordinate aircraft title searches, title transfers, ownership registrations, and lien searches and releases with the FAA and the International Registry. We also advise companies on the most favorable ownership or leasing structure to limit liability and minimize adverse tax consequences while complying with FAA regulations, including qualification for Part 145 operations.

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