Aviation in Europe

A Global Team Immersed In the Aviation Sector


Since the 1950s, Debevoise has been at the forefront of the global aviation industry, representing airlines and other industry participants in the full range of aviation-related transactions. Few firms understand the sector the way Debevoise does.

The firm’s European team works closely with its international colleagues, and consists of lawyers from the Corporate, Litigation and Tax departments. This enables the practice to assemble teams of lawyers with the right experience in the right jurisdictions for any given transaction.

The firm’s aviation-focused lawyers based in Western Europe and Russia work particularly closely together. They regularly work as a single coherent team advising Russian clients on the most important aircraft financing projects in the region.

In Europe, the firm has advised on a wide range of transactions relating to acquiring, leasing, financing and selling commercial jets, helicopters and private aircraft. It is particularly known for mergers & acquisitions work in the aviation sector, and for complex aircraft leasing and acquisition projects. The European aviation team has advised in the financing and refinancing of many billions of dollars’ worth of aircraft, including advising on finance and operating leases, manufacturer and sales financings, export credit agency financings, portfolio and other transfers, and fleet restructurings.