"experienced and knowledgeable in this field." (2020)

"flexibility, accessibility and commercial awareness." (2019)

"Stuart Miller is very knowledgeable in the area, reliable and very hands-on in the transaction to ensure the deal is given the level of attention it requires." (2018)

Chambers Asia Pacific

Overview

Stuart Miller is a Consultant of Mayer Brown. He is an aviation finance lawyer with many years of international experience in cross-border aircraft finance, leasing and trading. His focus on the aviation industry covers both commercial aircraft and corporate / private jet aircraft.

Stuart has acted for banks and other financiers, export credit agencies, aircraft lessors, airlines and other operators on numerous aviation transactions over many years. He has a wide perspective of the industry sector, and acts for a wide range of aviation market participants. He has advised lenders and borrowers, lessors and lessees, sellers and purchasers, and other industry participants on their respective interests across many different types of transactions and structures. 

Stuart's international approach comes from his personal background and his extensive experience gained in international firms. Prior to joining Mayer Brown (Hong Kong) in 2011, Stuart practiced law in London (England) with another international law firm and prior to that in Auckland (New Zealand), where he was involved in a wide variety of aviation, commercial, banking and finance, and corporate matters.

Stuart has been ranked or referenced in various directories, including Chambers Asia Pacific, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, IFLR 1000, Who's Who Legal: Transport, and Who's Who Legal: Aviation.

Stuart has been described as "technically sound and commercial in his approach" (The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2017)), and "extremely knowledgeable, and has a deep understanding of the market and a very strong reputation in the market. As a result we are not looking for alternative law firms to support our aircraft financing deals." (IFLR1000 (2017)).

Spoken Languages

  • English

Experience

Corporate / Private Jets

  • Acted for various European and US Banks and Financial Institutions – in relation to multiple corporate aircraft finance and leasing matters involving various Domestic Jurisdictions and States of Registration (including multiple PRC / USA / Off-shore matters).
  • Acted for a US Bank – in documenting the financing of one Bombardier Global 6500.
  • Acted for a US Bank – in relation to the financing of one Bombardier Global 6500.
  • Acted for a European Bank – in relation to the financing unwind and sale of one Dassault Falcon 7X.
  • Acted for a European Bank – in relation to a change of aircraft manager for one Bombardier Challenger 850.
  • Acted for a leading International Financier – in relation to its sale and financing unwind of one Gulfstream G550.
  • Acted for a leading International Financier – in relation to (i) the PDP financing and (ii) the Delivery financing of one Bombardier Global 6500.
  • Acted for a leading International Financier – in relation to the refinancing of one Gulfstream G550.
  • Acted for a US Bank – in relation to the PDP and Delivery financing of one Bombardier Global 7500.
  • Acted for an Asian Investment Fund – in relation to its sale of one Challenger 605.
  • Acted for a US Bank – in relation to the financing unwind and sale of one Dassault Falcon 900.
  • Acted for a European Bank – in relation to various changes of aircraft managers for various aircraft.
  • Acted for a leading International Financier – in relation to various jurisdictional analyses and developing its corporate jet finance products.
  • Acted for a leading International Financier – in relation to its finance leasing of one Gulfstream G650ER.
  • Acted for a leading International Financier – in relation to its finance leasing of one Bombardier G6000.
  • Acted for a leading International Financier – in relation to its finance leasing of one Gulfstream G650ER.
  • Acted for a Swiss Bank – in relation to the sale of one G450.
  • Acted for a Swiss Bank – in relation to multiple changes of aircraft managers.
  • Acted for a leading International Financier – in relation to its purchase and leaseback of one Dassault Falcon 7X.
  • Acted for a leading International Financier – in relation to its financing of one Gulfstream G550.
  • Acted for an Asian Investment Fund – in relation to the negotiation of aircraft management agreements and change of manager. 
  • Acted for a leading International Financier – multiple transactions in relation to multiple disposals and transfers of its portfolio of aircraft lease and debt financings.
  • Acted for an Asian Corporate Group – in relation to its financier's transfers of the financing for two aircraft. 
  • Acted for a US Bank – in relation to the finance lease of one Gulfstream G550.
  • Acted for a US Bank – in documenting the financing of one Airbus Corporate Jet.
  • Acted for a US Bank – in relation to the financing of one Dassault Falcon 900.
  • Acted for a US Bank – in relation to the change of manager for one Dassault Falcon 900.
  • Acted for a US Bank – in relation to the financing of one Bombardier Global 6000.
  • Acted for a Chinese Bank – in relation to the prepayment and financing unwind for one corporate jet.
  • Acted for a French Bank – in relation to the financing of one Challenger 850.
  • Acted for a French Bank – in relation to the financing of one Challenger 605.
  • Acted for a French Bank – in relation to the financing of one BBJ.
  • Acted for an Asian Corporate – in relation to various matters involving its acquisition, financing, aircraft management, engine service plans and sale of one Gulfstream G450. 
  • Acted for a Swiss Bank – in relation to the financing of one Gulfstream G650.
  • Acted for a Swiss Bank – in relation to the finance of one Challenger 850.
  • Acted for a Swiss Bank – in relation to the refinancing of one Gulfstream G650.
  • Acted for a Swiss Bank – in relation to the finance of one ACJ.
  • Acted for a Swiss Bank – in relation to the finance of one Bombardier Global 5000.
  • Acted for a Swiss Bank – in relation to the finance of one Gulfstream G650ER.
  • Acted for a French Bank – in relation to the significant restructuring of a corporate jet financing and change in aircraft registration. 
  • Acted for a Chinese Bank – in relation to the financing of one new ACJ.
  • Acted for an Asian Corporate – in relation to various matters involving its negotiation of aircraft management agreements with multiple aircraft managers.
  • Acted for a leading International Financier – in relation to its restructuring and re-registration of one Bombardier G5000.
  • Acted for a leading International Financier – in relation to its acquisition and lease financing of one G5000.
  • Acted for a leading International Financier – in relation to its acquisition and lease financing of one Falcon 2000.
  • Acted for a French Bank – in relation to its conditional sale financing of one Falcon 7X.
  • Acted for a Chinese Bank – in relation to its mortgage financing of one Gulfstream G450.
  • Acted for an Asian Corporate Group – in relation to various aircraft acquisition, management and disposal transactions.
  • Acted for a Corporate Jet Operator – in relation to its financing unwind and sale of eight (8) aircraft in two (2) transactions.
  • Acted for a European Bank – in relation to Hong Kong law matters for multiple corporate jet financings.
  • Acted for an Asian Investment Fund – in relation to various matters involving its financing, aircraft management, engine service plans and sale of one Bombardier Challenger 605. 
  • Acted for a leading International Financier – in relation to its refinancing of one Bombardier Challenger 300. 

Commercial Aircraft 

  • Acted for a leading Asia Pacific Airline – in relation to the lease restructuring of eight (8) A320 aircraft and payment arrangements for eleven (11) A320 and A321 aircraft.
  • Acted for a leading Asia Pacific Airline – in relation to various commercial aircraft lease finance, trading and leasing matters.
  • Acted for a leading Asia Pacific Airline – in relation to various lease extensions, novations and lessor finance arrangements for multiple aircraft.
  • Acted for a leading International Lessor (Asia) – in relation to the lease defaults and repossession of two (2) A320 family aircraft.
  • Acted for a leading International Lessor (Asia) – in relation to two (2) unsecured aircraft warehouse credit facilities.
  • Acted for various International and Asia Pacific Banks – in relation to English law matters for various unsecured aircraft financings.
  • Acted for various International and Asia Pacific Banks – in relation to Hong Kong law matters for various secured aircraft financings.
  • Acted for a leading Asia Pacific Airline – in relation to the lease novations and finance unwind of six (6) aircraft. 
  • Acted for a leading US Bank – in relation to the financing of multiple aircraft engines.
  • Acted for a leading Lessor (Asia / Ireland) – in relation to the purchase and finance leaseback of three (3) A320 aircraft.
  • Acted for a leading Lessor (Asia / Ireland) – in relation to its financing of one (1) A320 aircraft
  • Acted for a leading International Lessor (Asia) – in relation to multiple aircraft lease restructurings for a defaulting European lessee.
  • Acted for a leading International Lessor (Asia) – in relation to multiple aircraft finance restructurings. 
  • Acted for a leading Lessor (Asia / Ireland) – in relation to the lease of two (2) A321 aircraft.
  • Acted for a leading Lessor (Asia / Ireland) – in relation to the financing of three (3) B737-800 aircraft.
  • Acted for a leading Lessor (Asia / Ireland) – in relation to the financing of one (1) B737-800 aircraft.
  • Acted for a leading Lessor (Asia / Ireland) – in relation to the financing of one (1) A321 aircraft.
  • Acted for an Asia Pacific Bank – in relation to the lease financing of one A320 aircraft for a Chinese lessor.
  • Acted for an Asia Pacific Bank – in relation to the lease financing of two B737 aircraft for a Chinese lessor.
  • Acted for an Asia Pacific Bank – in relation to the lease financing of one B787-800 aircraft for a Chinese lessor.
  • Acted for an Asia Pacific Bank – in relation to the lease financing of one B777 for a Chinese lessor.
  • Acted for a National Airline (Asia Pacific) – in relation to a lease novation of one B737-800. 
  • Acted for a Lessor (Ireland) – in relation to various aircraft lease and sale matters, including a defaulting lessee. 
  • Acted for a leading Lessor (Asia) – in relation to its financing strategy for a portfolio of commercial aircraft.
  • Acted for a National Airline (Asia Pacific) – in relation to its ECA financing of 3x A330 aircraft.
  • Acted for a National Airline (Asia Pacific) – in relation to various Engine RORAs.
  • Acted for a leading Lessor (US) – in relation to various aircraft ECA financings. 
  • Acted for a leading Lessor (Europe) – in relation to the sale of its shareholding in an airline and related matters.
  • Acted for a UK Bank and the European ECAs – in relation to various aircraft ECA financings. 
  • Acted for a National Airline (Middle East) – in relation to its commercial debt financing of aircraft. 
  • Acted for a National Airline (Middle East) – in relation to its ECA financing of new A330 aircraft. 
  • Acted for a National Airline (Northern Europe) – in relation to various leasing, subleasing, engine maintenance and trading matters.
  • Acted for the UK Ministry of Defence in relation to the GBP13 billion Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft project (award winning deal).
  • Acted for the UK Ministry of Defence in relation to the C-17 project.
  • Acted for a leading Lessor (Europe) – in relation to the limited recourse financing of one A330 aircraft.
  • Acted for a leading Lessor (Europe) – in relation to the restructure and upsizing of an aircraft portfolio facility.
  • Acted for a leading Lessor (Europe) – in relation to the financing of a portfolio of 25 commercial aircraft (award winning deal).
  • Acted for a leading Lessor (Europe) – in relation to the purchase of 27 aircraft.
  • Acted for a Japanese Lessor (Europe) – in relation to multiple matters, including its intra-group cross-border transfer of a portfolio of leased aircraft and various leasing, financing and trading matters.

Education

University of Auckland, LLB (Hons)

University of Auckland, BA

Admissions

  • Hong Kong
  • England and Wales
  • New Zealand
  • Who’s Who Legal: Aviation, Finance Chapter (2018-2020)
  • Band 3 - Aviation: Finance, China (International Firms) – Chambers Asia Pacific (2018-2020)
  • Up and Coming - Aviation: Finance, China (International Firms) – Chambers Asia Pacific (2015-2017)
  • Who’s Who Legal: Transport (2016, 2017, 2020)
  • "experienced and knowledgeable in this field." – Chambers Asia Pacific (2020)
  • "flexibility, accessibility and commercial awareness." – Chambers Asia Pacific (2019)
  • "Stuart Miller is very knowledgeable in the area, reliable and very hands-on in the transaction to ensure the deal is given the level of attention it requires." – Chambers Asia Pacific (2018)
  • "He has really good client-facing and social skills and also the commercial knowledge and the legal expertise to back it all up." – Chambers Asia Pacific (2018)
  • "Stuart is extremely knowledgeable, and has a deep understanding of the market and a very strong reputation in the market. As a result we are not looking for alternative law firms to support our aircraft financing deals." – IFLR1000 (2017)
  • "He is a great technical lawyer and explains the background in an easy to understand way for our commercial team. He gives us his views, which is extremely helpful. He has a good overview of the market and understands what is acceptable and what isn't." – Chambers Asia Pacific (2017)
  • " [He] is technically sound and commercial in his approach. " – The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2017)
  • A “very organised, good lawyer.” – Chambers Asia Pacific (2016)
  • “Extremely diligent, smart and commercially focussed." – Chambers Asia Pacific (2015) 
  • “Clear and concise, he makes following some of the more complex issues really easy…. I like his real-world approach and personable style" – CFO, an Asia-Pacific regional airline (2013)