Norton Rose Fulbright

Transportation Department

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What the team is known for Market-leading aviation finance team with a strong portfolio of clients including banks, leasing companies, aircraft manufactures and airline companies. Especially involved in the sale and purchase of aircraft, refinancing and loan agreements, usually acting for the lenders. Assists public sector clients and private companies with public procurement matters in the aviation industry. Garners notable praise for cross-border regulatory matters, including EU legislation and bilateral agreements.

Strengths Clients consistently recognise the firm's global reputation in aviation law as a key asset reporting that "we see this as a big advantage for them because we do not need to find co-counsel in other jurisdictions."

Clients also highlight the team "has been diligent in complying with our timelines" and describe Norton Rose Fulbright as "the default players to go to if there is anything aviation-related with a specific Dutch angle."

Work highlights Advised the Asia Pacific Aviation Leasing Group on the USD20 million refinancing of an Airbus A321 via an intra-group loan agreement.

Notable practitioners

"Top of the bill in the Netherlands," Berend Crans maintains an unrivalled reputation in the Dutch aviation space, regularly advising leasing and aircraft operating companies on acquisition financing matters. He also has experience assisting airlines with regulatory matters. Clients describe Crans as "down to earth, pragmatic" and "the go-to person in the market."