Clifford Chance LLP

Aviation: Finance (International Firms) Department

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What the team is known for Highly recommended for its ability to handle cross-border aviation financings, with considerable depth of expertise for matters involving the PRC, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Korea and the USA, thus highlighting its strong regional presence. Full spectrum of services attracts many lessors and lenders, ranging from portfolio disposal and lease restructuring to airline insolvency-related issues and joint venture matters. Also well placed to advise on asset-based securitisations and other capital market financing structures. Experienced in handling diverse joint ventures to establish new leasing opportunities for both domestic and multinational companies.

Strengths The firm draws widespread praise in the market. One client is quick to endorse the firm, saying: "The team is excellent, they provide good responses and appropriate advice in every respect."

Another market source underlines the team's presence in the market: "They hold the lion's share in the aviation market."

Work highlights Advised Accipiter on the free trade zone restructuring of three aircraft on lease to Spring Airlines.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Paul Greenwell demonstrates strong expertise handling matters within the Japan and China aviation markets. Particularly adept at advising on asset and structured finance, acting on behalf of international financial and leasing institutions, equity arrangers, export credit agencies and airlines. One source describes him as a "strong technical lawyer."