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Wolfgang Melzer


Frankfurt am Main

Melzer Wolfgang
Wolfgang Melzer


Frankfurt am Main

Wolfgang Melzer, a German Rechtsanwalt, is a partner of Allen & Overy LLP. Wolfgang advises on banking and finance law with a particular focus on asset finance (aircraft, rolling stock, ships) and cross-border lease financings (operate leases, finance leases), including with a tax and accounting background, representing providers of both equity and debt capital as well as lessors and lessees.

Wolfgang also advises both banks and borrowers on real estate financings as well as on general corporate finance matters.




Alternative Investments

Asset Finance

Banking and Finance



Infrastructure and Transport


Frankfurt am Main

Allen & Overy LLP
Bockenheimer Landstraße 2
60306 Frankfurt am Main

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Admitted as German Rechtsanwalt, 1994


Diploma, Advanced European Studies, College Of Europe, Bruges, Belgium, 1991

Published work

Melzer W. (2005) "Der Schadensausgleich nach dem Luftsicherheitsgesetz", article in NVwZ, 12/2005

Melzer W. (2005) "US-Cross-Border-Leasing", Commentary in Eildienst-Information fuer Rat und Verwaltung, Heft 318, 03/2005

Melzer W., Kurkowski F. (2004) "Risiken ausgewogen verteilen, Im Vergleich zu ueblichen Vorhaben sind PPP-Modelle strukturell anspruchsvoller", ZfK, 06/200

Melzer W. (2003) "Die Zwangsvollstreckung in Luftfahrzeuge aus deutschem Registerpfandrecht", ZLW, 52. Jg., 4/2003

Melzer W., Kurkowski F. (2003) "Leasing kennt keine Grenzen", IT-Business News, Ausgabe 48, 11/2003

Melzer W. (2003) "US-Cross-Border-Leasing - Moeglichkeiten zur Linderung der Finanznot von Nahverkehrsbetrieben", Nahverkehrspraxis, Jan/Feb/2003

Melzer W. (2003) "Kein Ausverkauf deutscher Kommunen - ueber das US-Cross-Border-Leasing", article in Handelsblatt, 23/04/03

News & insights


Publications: 27 MARCH 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus: The Covid-19 Act and its impact on real estate financings in Germany

On 27 March 2020 the parliament adopted the Covid-19 Act. This act enacts various economic support measures for entrepreneurs, sole proprietors, other small, medium-sized and large enterprises and banks. In terms of civil law, the Covid-19 Act, which will take the form of an omnibus act, introduces changes to contractual law in the field of leases and loans which are to be made in article 240 of the Introductory Act to the German Civil Code (Einführungsgesetz zum Bürgerlichen Gesetzbuch).

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Publications: 23 MARCH 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus: Access to new debt and equity during the corona crisis

Fundamental changes for restructuring and shareholder loans

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Publications: 16 MARCH 2020

Airline insolvencies in Germany: Questions and challenges for aircraft lessors

Airlines under pressure The market for airlines is under extreme competitive pressure. We have seen some recent examples of European airlines that have gone into insolvency proceedings (Air Berlin, Condor, Germania, Monarch, Small Planet, Flybe). Airlines are struggling with volatile commodity markets and political instabilities (trade wars, protectionism). In addition, the Covid-19-Crisis (‘Coronavirus’) is leading to further distress.

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News: 09 JANUARY 2020

Allen & Overy advises Japanese banking syndicate on the financing of seven Airbus aircraft for Lufthansa

Allen & Overy advised two leading Japanese banks in connection with a Japanese operating lease transaction including a call option (JOLCO). The transaction serves to finance seven Airbus aircraft for Deutsche Lufthansa AG, including two A350-941 and five A320-271N aircraft. The total volume amounted to approximately USD 530 million.

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