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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.

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News: 06 December 2023

Allen & Overy advises Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company on purchase of stake in UK offshore wind farms

Allen & Overy (A&O) is advising the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), the UAE’s state owned renewable energy business, on its purchase of a 49% stake in the Dogger Bank South (East) and Dogger…

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Publications: 23 November 2023

Sustainable aviation fuel – on the ascent

As the aviation industry pins its hopes on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to achieve Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050, Joe Clinton, Matthew Townsend, Richard Chamberlain and Ying-Peng Chin outline…

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Publications: 23 November 2023

Emerging Asia powering ahead with decarbonisation agenda

Asia is at the forefront of the global challenge to balance economic development, climate adaptation and mitigation, and energy security. The region is diverse, dynamic and pragmatic, facing both the…

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Publications: 03 November 2022

Decarbonising transportation requires collaboration and regulatory reform

Getting to Net Zero shipping and aviation is a complex challenge. However industry collaboration, innovation, new regulations and pressure from customers are helping to accelerate progress.

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