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.

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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. 

"An outstanding team who demonstrate exceptional specialist knowledge of the aviation sector. The team invariably achieves the best outcomes for its clients."

The Legal 500 UK 2022


Advising on the acquisition, financing and leasing of more than 110 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, MUFG 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.


Advising financiers on JOLCO financings for multiple aircraft.


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.


Advised on multiple operating leases and sale and leaseback transactions.


Advised various banks and operating lessors in relation to matters arising from the restructurings of Virgin Atlantic and Malaysia Airlines and the insolvencies of Thomas Cook and Flybe.

Latest news & insights

20 Oct 2023

From News

Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance advises Cebu Pacific on leasings and $123 million JOLCO

Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance has advised Cebu Pacific on a series of leasing transactions and a $123 million Japanese Operating Lease with Call Option (JOLC..


12 Jun 2023

From News

Florent Rigaud joins Stephenson Harwood as partner

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has strengthened its asset finance practice with the arrival of partner Florent Rigaud, who joins the firm in Paris.


16 Feb 2022

From News

Stephenson Harwood advises Air France on its first sustainability-linked financing of a new Airbus A350-900 aircraft

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised Air France on the structuring and negotiation of the terms of its first sustainability-linked financing for its twelfth Air..


08 Nov 2021

From Insights

Aviation COP-ing with climate change

The aviation industry is responsible for a significant, and growing, share of global carbon emissions but effective decarbonisation measures are well behind other part..


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.


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..


02 Jun 2021

From News

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..


28 Oct 2020

From News

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..


06 Aug 2020

From Insights

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.


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.


06 Feb 2020

From Insights

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..


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..


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.


03 Jan 2019

From News

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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