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Conyers Dill & Pearman is at the forefront of the offshore airfinance industry, representing many of the world’s leading airlines and leasing companies on the cross-border aspects of their transactions. Our lawyers advise on the laws of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Mauritius and are globally recognised as leaders in the field of aviation, often advising on the offshore legal aspects of award-winning transactions. Our broad client base includes lenders, leasing companies, international credit agencies and export credit agencies, as well as airline operators.

The combination of Conyers’ structure, culture and expertise, together with a presence in major international business centres enables the highest quality, timely and thorough legal advice. Internationally we have well-established relationships as leading offshore counsel in Russian aviation transactions and are also increasingly active in transactions involving other emerging markets such as Azerbaijan, and South Africa, as well as alternate funding sources such as Islamic finance.

Our lawyers have significant experience advising on all aspects of:

  • Cross-border financings
  • Structured financings
  • Securitizations
  • Aircraft purchases (including portfolio acquisitions)
  • Sales (including portfolio sales) and sale-leasebacks
  • Warehouse facilities
  • Islamic finance, involving financing, acquisition and leasing of aircraft, including Shari’a-compliant aircraft sales and leaseback arrangements, as well as the issuance of aircraft backed sukuk certificates
  • Bond issuances
  • Notes offerings

REGISTRATIONS

  • Advise on all aspects of aircraft and aircraft mortgage registration in Bermuda, BVI, Cayman and Mauritius

GLOBAL PRACTICE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Conyers has advised on the offshore law aspects of ground-breaking deals, including acting as both Bermuda and Cayman counsel on the award-winning AerCap Holdings NV acquisition of International Lease Finance Corporation, which AirFinance Journal commented: “no other deal has transformed the aircraft leasing space so completely in the last 12 months”.
  • Bermuda remains a choice jurisdiction for air financing deals. Recent highlights include:
    • advising Goldman Sachs in connection with Aldus Aviation’s US$540 million asset backed secured term loan. This deal won 2014 Capital Markets Deal of the Year from AirFinance Journal; and
    • providing Bermuda law advice to Castlelake in connection with its US$515.6 million aircraft securitization (AirFinance Journal’s 2014 Innovative Deal of the Year).
  • Our BVI and Cayman practices continue to experience an increase in aviation finance transactions, in both the commercial and business jet sectors. Conyers acted as BVI counsel for Export Development Canada on EDC loan for four Bombardier Q400, (AirFinance Journal’s 2014 Africa Deal of the Year).
  • In Mauritius we remain at the forefront of key aircraft financing matters, in relation to transactions involving African jurisdictions and India.
Julie E. McLean
Director, Global Head of Aviation Finance Practice

Bermuda   +1 441 299 4925


Christopher W.H. Bickley
Partner, Head of Hong Kong Office

Hong Kong   +852 2842 9556
Mobile  +852 6469 3356


Gene A. DaCosta
Partner

Cayman Islands   +1 345 814 7765


Jason Piney
Director

Bermuda   +1 441 299 4993


Matthew Stocker
Partner

Cayman Islands   +1 345 814 7382



Audrey M. Robertson
Counsel

British Virgin Islands   +1 284 852 1111



Ryan McConvey
Associate

Hong Kong   +852 2842 9580
Mobile  +852 6469 3369




Sameer K. Tegally
Partner

Venture Law Ltd | Mauritius   +230 404 9908


31 Jul 2018
Conyers advises Aircastle on the increase of its Revolving Credit Facility to US$800 million

26 Jun 2018
Conyers advises START Ltd and START Holding Ltd on a US$700 million asset backed securitisation

18 May 2018
Conyers advises Aircastle on its Secondary Offering of Common Shares by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

15 May 2018
Conyers advises MAPS 2018-1 Limited in respect of Merx Aviation’s US$506.5 million inaugural aviation asset backed securitisation

30 Apr 2018
Conyers advises on Interserve’s refinancing arrangement with its lenders and bond providers

28 Apr 2018
Conyers advises Aircastle on admission of US$1.28 billion Senior Notes to Bermuda Stock Exchange

24 Apr 2018
Conyers advises on Vinci Airports acquisition of Airports Worldwide’s management portfolio

01 Mar 2018
Conyers advises Avolon in connection with its US$500 million Senior Notes Offerings

08 Dec 2017
Conyers advises Einn Volant Aircraft Leasing Holdings Limited. on a US$2 billion global aircraft financing platform

01 Nov 2017
Conyers advises Wings Capital Partners LLC on its US$480 million asset-backed securitisation

22 Aug 2017
Conyers advises Sky Aviation on its US$780.8 million aircraft securitization

07 Jul 2017
Conyers advises Castlelake, L.P. on the funding of its US$785.5 million asset-backed loan

04 Apr 2017
Conyers advises on Avolon’s US$10.38 billion acquisition of CIT Aerospace

20 Mar 2017
Conyers advises Aircastle Limited on US$500 million Senior Notes Offering

16 Feb 2017
Conyers advises Elix Aviation on its US$441 million aircraft securitization

19 Dec 2016
Conyers advises Aircastle on its Ten A319 Aircraft Purchase and Leaseback Program with easyJet

15 Dec 2016
Conyers advises Labrador Aviation Finance Limited on US$928 million acquisition financing of 20 commercial passenger aircraft and related notes issuance

21 Nov 2016
Conyers advises Aircastle Limited on US$135 million unsecured revolving credit facility

16 Oct 2016
Conyers advises Castlelake on its US$916 million aircraft securitization

28 Jun 2016
Conyers Dill & Pearman advised Aircastle Limited in connection with a new US$400.5 million term facility

11 Apr 2016
Conyers advises Advent International on its sale of Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI (“Aerodom”) to VINCI Airports S.A.S.

04 Apr 2016
Conyers Dill & Pearman advises Aircastle Limited in connection with its US$120 million unsecured term loan

29 Mar 2016
Conyers advises on Aircastle’s Increase in its US$675 million Bank Revolving Credit Facility

18 Feb 2016
Conyers advises Aircastle on its Joint Venture with IBJ Leasing Co., Ltd.

26 Nov 2015
Conyers advises Castlelake on its US$713 million aircraft securitization

04 Sep 2015
Conyers advises Bank of China in connection with Bohai Leasing’s acquisition of Avolon Holdings, Ltd.

22 Jun 2015
Conyers advised Element Financial Corp on its US$1.21 billion ECAF I Ltd. asset backed securitization of 49 aircraft

10 Jun 2015
Conyers Dill & Pearman advises Export Development Canada on a US$250+ million purchase and lease of four dual-class Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft.

09 Mar 2015
Conyers Advises Aldus Aviation’s US$540 million Aircraft Portfolio Asset-Backed Secured Loan Transaction

26 Feb 2015
Conyers Dill & Pearman advises Aircastle on US$500 million Senior Notes Offering

02 May 2014
Conyers advises Agile Property Holdings Limited on the restructuring and re-registration of its Gulfstream 550 aircraft

02 May 2014
Conyers advises AerCap on sale of Equity Interest in US$750 million Genesis Funding Limited Aircraft Securitisation Vehicle to Wood Creek

04 Apr 2014
Conyers advises Aircastle on US$500 million Senior Notes Offering

04 Apr 2014
Conyers advises Aircastle on US$900 million Purchase and Leaseback with LATAM

04 Apr 2014
Conyers advises on Aircastle’s Increase in its US$450 million Bank Revolving Credit Facility

18 Mar 2014
Conyers advises Castlelake on its US$515.6 million aircraft securitization

17 Feb 2014
Conyers advises on US$670 million acquisition financing of 26 commercial passenger aircraft and related leases

20 Dec 2013
Conyers advises Aircastle Limited on its Joint Venture to invest in leased aircraft with an affiliate of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

18 Dec 2013
Conyers advises Turbine Engines Securitization Ltd. on $362.5 million asset-backed securitization

08 Nov 2013
Conyers advises Avolon on US$636 million Aircraft Securitisation

18 Jul 2013
Conyers advises Aircastle Limited on its Sale of Common Shares to Marubeni Corporation

21 May 2013
Conyers advises AerCap on an amendment and upsize to its Revolving Debt Facility to US$1.1 billion

08 May 2013
Conyers advises ING Bank N.V. on US$1.45 billion Seadrill Group financing

21 Jan 2013
Conyers advises on US$650 million leasing asset-backed secured term loan in relation to the acquisition of 26 passenger aircraft from affiliates of GE Capital Aviation Services Limited

17 Jan 2013
Conyers advises on private placement of $500 million for Aircastle Limited

19 Dec 2012
Conyers advises Aircastle Limited on US$150 million unsecured revolving credit facility

20 Nov 2012
Conyers advises Latin American Airports Holdings Ltd. on US$550 million notes offering

22 Feb 2011
Conyers advises on first A330-200 aircraft leasing to South African Airways – February 2011

22 Jul 2009
Conyers provides Cayman counsel on $140 million shari’a-compliant aircraft sale and lease-back arrangement

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"They are incredibly responsive, and their advice is clear, concise and accessible. They are very commercial and give us succinct answers to questions."
- Chambers Global