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The aviation sector continues to face a number of challenges.

Increased competition, overcapacity, security concerns, climate-related pressures and rising fuel costs coupled with the increasing consolidation of airlines have had a profound impact on the industry.

Allen & Overy’s Aviation practice has built a world-class reputation advising on many of the industry’s most significant and pivotal transactions. The team comprises leading lawyers who have a thorough understanding of the latest developments in the sector and what this means for clients domestically and internationally.

We provide global coverage to the aviation industry advising across all legal disciplines including workouts and restructurings, mergers and acquisitions (public and private), funding (equity and debt), aircraft portfolio sales and purchases, engine financings, operating leases, privatisations, sales and leasebacks, major fleet purchases, EIB backed financings, export credit backed financings, mergers and acquisitions, U.S. EXIM backed financings, cross-border tax and leveraged leases, receivables, funds and maintenance contracts. We also have aviation specialists in ancillary areas such as real estate, employment and tax who offer commercial advice tailored to the sector.

Our clients include banks, financiers, lessors, lessees, export credit agencies, airlines and manufacturers on the full range of aviation matters.

News & insights

News: 01 JULY 2020

A&O advises the underwriters for EasyJet’s share placing

Allen & Overy is advising BNP Paribas and Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited as joint global coordinators and joint bookrunners to easyJet plc on its placing of ordinary shares, raising gross…

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News: 10 JUNE 2020

Allen & Overy advises on Cathay Pacific’s HKD11.7 billion rights issue as part of its HKD39 billion recapitalisation plan

Allen & Overy is advising the underwriters in Cathay Pacific’s announced HKD11.7 billion rights issue as part of its HKD39 billion recapitalisation plan. Morgan Stanley acts as the sole financial…

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Publications: 10 JUNE 2020

Covid-19 – Podcast: Pitfalls of relying on force majeure clauses in asset finance transactions

Senior associate Chris Mitchell leads a discussion with litigation counsel Helen Biggin and litigation consultant Peter Watson about the use and ambit of force majeure clauses and the pitfalls…

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Publications: 22 MAY 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus podcast: Agreements to Agree - can they be binding?

The market volatility triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic is raising questions about the rights that parties have to exit commercial commitments they have entered into and whether there is any legal…

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