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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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News: 30 MARCH 2020

Paul Keller rejoins Allen & Overy as partner in intellectual property litigation practice

Allen & Overy today announced that Paul Keller has rejoined the firm as a partner in the litigation practice, based in New York. His return underscores Allen & Overy’s commitment to building a premier global IP litigation practice by investing in the U.S. and matching recent hires across Europe and China. 

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Publications: 30 MARCH 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus - force majeure, imprévision/hardship and emergency legislation on contracts under French law in light of the Covid-19 pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic and its consequences are having a major and sudden impact on economic activities and in particular the conditions in which contracts are being performed.

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Publications: 27 MARCH 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus: are you protected under your Business Interruption Policy?

Members of Allen & Overy’s Insurance and Litigation teams held a call to discuss the extent to which business interruption policies protect against losses arising from the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak. 

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Publications: 25 JUNE 2019

Economic duress for lawful threats limited to bad faith demands

The Court of Appeal has held that there is no economic duress in commercial situations where a party uses lawful pressure or threats to achieve a result to which it genuinely believes itself to be entitled, even if is not objectively reasonable for it to have that belief. An agreement will only be voidable for economic duress where a party applies lawful pressure or threats to induce another party to agree to a demand to which it does not genuinely believe it is entitled: Times Travel (UK) Ltd v Pakistan Airlines Corporation [2019] EWCA Civ 828.

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