Aviation finance

Ranked amongst the top firms by leading legal directories for aviation finance and leasing, our award-winning team has a well-established reputation for excellence.

We have extensive experience in all areas of aviation finance and leasing, regularly advising international financiers and lessors on financing and leasing transactions and portfolio management activities.
  • Profile
  • Experience
  • Key contacts

Our award-winning team is led by partners who all have deep industry knowledge and expertise. We can assist you with all aspects of aviation finance and leasing transactions, whether involving commercial aircraft or corporate jets.

We provide legal services of the highest quality at a competitive price.

Clients value:

  • our commercially astute and responsive service
  • how we take the time to understand their business
  • how we can enhance their business relationships whilst simultaneously protecting their legal position.

As a result, we are the "go to" counsel for an impressive group of key clients.

Our significant contribution to our clients' businesses is reinforced by our recent ranking in Airfinance Journal’s Guide to Aviation Lawyers. We were ranked by number of deals:

  • in the top 6 firms globally
  • in the top 3 firms in the commercial loans sector
  • in the top 3 in Asia-Pacific.

A client is full of praise for the integrated nature of the firm's global network, stating: "They have a network of offices, and a client of the Singapore office is equally valued by the London office and the Paris office for example – they have a wide range of experts and talented lawyers."

Chambers Global 2020

Altavair (formerly Guggenheim Aviation Partners)

Advising on the acquisition, financing and leasing of more than 50 new and used aircraft.

Major operating lessor

Advising on the sale of a portfolio of 37 aircraft.

Transportation Partners

Advising on the ECA-supported financing of 10 ATR 72-600 aircraft with a capital markets take-out option.

DVB, BNP Paribas, BTMU and other leading financial institutions

Large operating leasing companies

Advising on multiple financings of new and used aircraft.

Leading bank

Advising on the PDP financing of multiple A320neo and A330 aircraft.

Financiers

Advising financiers on JOLCO financings for multiple aircraft.

Financiers

Advising financiers and investors on the Sharia-compliant financing of various aircraft leased to various Middle Eastern airlines.

Institutional investors

Advising institutional investors on the sub-ordinated debt financing of aircraft leased to various Middle Eastern airlines.

Major financial institutions

Advising major financial institutions on the financing and operation of large business jets, including Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Dassault, Embraer and Gulfstream aircraft.

Lawyer

Edward Campbell Partner

T:  +33 1 44 15 80 03
M:  +33 6 10 51 65 46 Email Edward | Vcard Office:  Paris

Lawyer

James Collins Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2687
M:  Email James | Vcard Office:  London

Lawyer

Saugata Mukherjee Partner

T:  +65 6622 9695
M:  Email Saugata | Vcard Office:  Singapore

Lawyer

Richard Parsons Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2651
M:  +44 7825 625 906 Email Richard | Vcard Office:  London

Lawyer

Simon Wong Partner

T:  +852 2533 2885
M:  +852 6102 0511 Email Simon | Vcard Office:  Hong Kong

Latest news & insights

21 Jul 2021

From News

Charlotte McNeilly named aviation rising star

Stephenson Harwood senior associate Charlotte McNeilly has been named a rising star by Airfinance Journal (AFJ) in its 2020 Guide to Aviation Lawyers.

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16 Jun 2021

From Insights

No silver bullet: an update on frustration in the aviation context from the English courts

We take a look at the impact of two recent cases on the ability, or inability, of lessees to successfully rely on the doctrine of frustration in an aviation context in..

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02 Jun 2021

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Stephenson Harwood advises Air France on sale-leaseback transaction

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised Air France, part of the Air France-KLM Group and one of the world’s leading airlines, in the context of the sale and leaseb..

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07 May 2021

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Laurence Hanley joins Stephenson Harwood as partner

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has strengthened its aviation finance practice with the arrival of partner Laurence Hanley, who joins the firm in Paris.

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28 Oct 2020

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Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance advises on US$120 million JOL financings

Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance has advised a specialist in international transport finance on two separate Japanese Operating Lease (JOL) financings of four A..

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21 Sep 2020

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Aviation expert Rebecca Garner joins Stephenson Harwood

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has strengthened its international aviation finance practice with the addition of Rebecca Garner as partner. She will be based in the f..

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06 Aug 2020

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Green shoots: the rise of the green finance revolution

Despite stiff competition from Brexit and Covid-19, climate change remains a topic never far away from the news headlines.

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01 May 2020

From News

James Collins joins Stephenson Harwood as partner

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has strengthened its international aviation finance practice with the addition of James Collins as partner, based in its London office.

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06 Feb 2020

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Brexit snapshot - Brexit and finance transactions

In this article, we set out an overview of the status of Brexit in relation to issues in finance transactions. We look at the position where there is a deal between th..

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10 Jan 2020

From News

Stephenson Harwood advises Transportation Partners on a refinancing of 21 aircraft

Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance has advised Transportation Partners, an integrated aviation leasing company based in Singapore and Dublin, on a refinancing tra..

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20 Dec 2019

From News

Stephenson Harwood advises Mirae on US$450 million financing

Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance has advised Mirae Asset Securities (HK) Limited on a US$450 million acquisition and financing of three Boeing 777 aircraft.

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03 Jan 2019

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Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance advises AirAsia Group Berhad on US$768 million Merah Aviation sale

Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance has advised AirAsia Group Berhad, and its wholly-owned subsidiary Asia Aviation Capital Limited (AACL), on the sale of AACL's e..

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12 Dec 2017

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Stephenson Harwood named 'Transport Law Firm of the Year'

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has been named 'Transport Law Firm of the Year' at the Legal 500 UK Awards 2018.

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26 Apr 2017

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Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance advises HI Investment & Securities Co. Ltd. on US$209 million Emirates aircraft financing

Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance has advised HI Investment & Securities Co. Ltd on the US$209 million acquisition and financing of two Boeing 777 aircraft, on l..

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25 Jan 2016

From News

Stephenson Harwood advises DVB

A London aviation finance team has completed the second DVB Airbus A320neo PDP financing.

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11 Jan 2016

From News

Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance advises on landmark aviation finance transaction

Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance has advised Transportation Partners on the world's first-ever Coface guaranteed bond transaction financing ATR aircraft.

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