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Aviation repossessions and disputes

For over 25 years, Allen & Overy has advised a wide variety of clients on repossession tactics and strategies in many different parts of the world.

We regularly act for aircraft lessors and financiers in the repossession of aircraft in the UK, Europe, Russia and Asia, beginning with the Hispania repossession in 1989. Through the 1990s we were acting frequently on repossessions involving European operators and Eurocontrol.

Over recent years we have developed a genuine global reach, exemplified by our recent role in acting for various aircraft and engine owners in successfully recovering their assets from Transaero, involving A&O teams in Moscow, London, US, Spain, France and Germany. Other recent experience includes acting in recoveries and repossessions in the UK, France, Estonia, the Czech Republic, India, Italy, Turkey, West Africa and Egypt. 

We also work with aircraft lessors and financiers in relation to leasing and other aviation disputes. This includes advising an aircraft lessor on the interpretation of a leasing contract, loss claims for early return of an aircraft (including damages for failure to return aircraft in redelivery condition) and a dispute arising out of the sale of an aircraft at auction.

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Publications: 10 FEBRUARY 2020

Liability for breaches of sanctions: financiers, lessors and charterers beware, OFAC settles claims against Apollo and Eagle Bulk

Two recent settlements in the United States have highlighted the risks for parties involved in aviation and shipping of incurring liabilities for a breach of sanctions.  

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Publications: 28 JANUARY 2020

Top UK finance litigation and contract law developments in 2019

This is a round-up of the most interesting finance litigation and contractual developments in 2019. The selection is necessarily subjective and draws from a wide range of cases and developments that are of direct relevance to finance parties.

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Publications: 28 JANUARY 2020

Culture, compliance, and corporate governance in the new decade

This year marks the beginning of a new decade, challenging us to look back at the progress and innovation the business community has made with regard to compliance and corporate governance, but also to look ahead to the 2020s and what will be required of companies to thrive in an increasingly diverse and global consumer market. 

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Publications: 13 JANUARY 2020

The von der Leyen Commission

The European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen took office on 1 December 2019, following changes required as a result of the European Parliament rejecting three of the candidate Commissioners originally put forward. 

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