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Hugues Hounkpati

T: +33 1 44 15 80 70 Email Hugues | vCard Office: Paris

Hugues Hounkpati Senior associate

Contact details

Hugues Hounkpati

Hugues Hounkpati
Senior associate

T: +33 1 44 15 80 70 Email Hugues | vCard Office: Paris

A senior associate with the finance department of the Paris office, Hugues works particularly on asset finance matters relating to the aviation sector.
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Working on banking and finance transactions with a particular focus on asset finance matters relating to the aviation sector, Hugues assists French and foreign financial institutions, operating lessors and airlines.

In addition to his asset finance experience, Hugues has good understanding of Africa related matters and business.

He holds an OHADA Law degree and has several years' experience working as a juriste in a law office in Benin.

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Merlin Aviation

Advised on the refinancing of one Boeing 737-800 pursuant to an Asset backed securitisation structure. Previously been involved in putting in place certain facilities granted by several banks and financial institutions pursuant to a bridge loan in order to finance the purchase of, inter alia, that aircraft.

Air Côte d'Ivoire

Advised Air Côte d'Ivoire on the acquisition and the financing by Export Development Canada of two new Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft involving a government guarantee.

Advising Air Côte d'Ivoire on acquisition and the financing by the African Development Bank and other banks of five new Airbus A320 NEO and CEO involving a partial guarantee risk mechanism.

Alif Aviation Limited/ Arab Leasing International Finance

Advised as deal counsel on the refinancing and the leasing of one ATR 42-300 by way of a Murabaha financing.


Advised CIT on French law aspects in respect of the financing of one Airbus A330-200, on lease to Air France, under a cross- collateralized loan facility.

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EBI (Ecobank Group)

Advised as deal counsel on on-balance sheet netting agreements entered into between various Ecobank's subsidiaries based in France and Togo and on French legal issues related to the netting by way of sett-off.

Acofi Gestion

Advised Acofi Gestion on a Credit Insurance Agreement entered into with Euler Hermes France and its subsidiaries in relation to the purchase of receivables.

FPS Predirec ABL-2

Advising FPS Predirec ABL-2 as lender, a French specialised investment funds, on its first aircraft financing in respect of four ATR to be purchased by an Irish entity and leased to Chalair Aviation.

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Hugues advised on various lease transactions, lease extensions, lease novations, purchase, sale and transfer of title of aircraft further leased to French airlines or through intermediate French lessors. He also assisted on the registration/de-registration of aircraft, leases and French securities and documents with the relevant French administrations, notably the French aircraft registry.

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