We have a dedicated team of aviation lawyers with broad experience in a wide range of legal disciplines relevant to the global aviation industry. Mayer Brown provides legal services to key players in the aviation industry across the globe. We have a strong reputation for successfully advising airlines, manufacturers, lenders, lessors and airport and aviation authorities on all aspects of their operations.


Airports and Airport Infrastructure
Mayer Brown is recognized as a market-leading law firm in airport infrastructure projects, including privatization and public-private partnership (PPP) transactions. We are often considered the ”first-choice” adviser for innovative projects worldwide.

Across the globe, we have negotiated airport use agreements that serve as key elements of financing security for major airport capital projects. We have experience dealing with all aspects of airport financing, airline relationships and airport contracts in connection with the privatization of major airports.

Corporate Finance
Our Corporate & Securities and Capital Markets practices have assisted airports and airlines in connection with their raising of capital through corporate restructuring or securities issues. We assist well-established airlines on their corporate finance transactions and have a track record of successfully assisting managers, private equity funds and other investors on the structuring and equity financing of new airlines.

Mergers and Acquisitions
We have advised airlines and their shareholders on joint ventures, mergers and new operations, and on the disposal of part or all of their businesses. We have also advised lessors and financial institutions on purchases and sales of lessor equity interests and lease portfolios.

International Trade Controls and Regulation
We regularly advise key players in the aviation industry on cross-border trade compliance issues, including compliance with US and EU sanctions laws, negotiating contractual provisions on export controls, sanctions compliance and assisting with filings and clearance from CFIUS and other regulatory agencies in the United States, Europe and elsewhere.

Mayer Brown’s international trade practice also advises on international and local customs matters, including customs valuation rules, origin rules offering access to preferential trade and—significantly for the aviation industry—also on issues such as drawback systems, inward/outward processing, duty suspensions and other systems reducing the customs debt.


What the directories say:

Ranked Band 1 Aviation Finance (International Firms) (China) - Chambers Greater China Region (2022, 2023)

Ranked Band 1 Aviation Finance (International Firms) (China) - Chambers Asia Pacific (2010-2021) 

Ranked Band 2 for Aviation: Finance (Asia-Pacific Region) - Chambers Asia Pacific (2015-2023)

Ranked Tier 1 Asset Finance (Aviation Finance)(Hong Kong) - The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2007-2013, 2015-2021) 

"Mayer Brown has much experience in the sector with an extended lawyer network. They always find appropriate solutions for deals with international components." - Chambers Asia Pacific 2023

"Mayer Brown is our go-to firm for APAC corporate jet deals based on the significant experience of their team." - Chambers Asia Pacific 2023

"Mayer Brown has a lot of experience in the sector, with an extended lawyer network. They always find appropriate solutions for deals with international components." - Chambers Greater China Region 2023

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