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DLA Piper LLP

Private Aircraft

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DLA Piper brings "strong expertise in the area of corporate/business aviation," and "efficiency and dynamism" to private aircraft deals, according to interviewees. Another source highlights DLA's "global presence," stating that "their multiple jurisdictions and resources make them very easy to work with on international transactions."

"DLA are excellent, some of the best and well above the standard I'm used to," says a client. Another reports that the asset finance team is "friendly, professional and works to get deals done, not to make fat fees." "There is the right balance of legalese and sensible commercial nous," according to an interviewee, who adds: "That is rare."

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Alan Cunningham is "the very best lawyer specialising in business and private aviation," according to one commentator. "I've always found him to be the best in the field," another source agrees, adding: "He always finds practical routes to get things done." Cunningham is also described as "great at negotiating," "firm, fair and diligent," and "very savvy and skilled at putting everyone at ease." One interviewee says that "Alan is at the top of his game; he is customer-focused, provides expert support and has unrivalled knowledge," while a client observes that "he's very attentive, and in terms of lawyers in this area his knowledge in UK and international law is second to none. He doesn't miss anything."

Anna Powers is a "very knowledgeable" senior associate, interviewees say. "She has quick turnaround with minimal complexities, making things simple for us," explains a client. Another says Powers is "massively accomplished in the sector; you explain something to her once and she will remember it better than you."

Claire Manley is a "really good, high-level associate" with extensive experience in private aviation financing. An interviewee enthuses: "Claire is a delight to work with and nothing is unresolvable, she manages to find solutions to satisfy the client and bank requirements. She deserves recognition for her outstanding knowledge and courtesy."

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Alan Cunningham
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Anna Powers
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