AVIATION

AVIATION & AEROSPACE

Because challenge is always on the horizon

Businesses  in the Aviation and Aerospace Sector operate in a fast-changing, dynamic and often challenging global environment. Many are busy embracing new technologies to give them a competitive advantage, enabling them to survive and thrive. 

At Bird & Bird, we proactively support all our clients in their business aspirations. These clients include many of the world's leading airlines, aerospace companies, financiers, aircraft lessors, travel companies and other key players in this exciting sector.

Our specialist international team advises on all the legal issues our clients face, in particular guidance on complex regulatory issues, protecting them when disputes arise, advising on critical commercial issues and projects, as well as on matters such as employee rights and consumer protection.

We also have a team of highly recognised aircraft finance and leasing lawyers advising aircraft financiers, leasing companies and airlines on some of the largest and most innovative financings, new and used portfolio leasing transactions, equity investments, new and used aircraft acquisitions and corporate jet transactions. These deals are almost always cross-border, fast-paced and vitally important to the parties involved.

Our Aviation Regulatory and Competition Law team covers the whole range of regulatory and antitrust issues affecting our clients' businesses.

Our Aviation Dispute Resolution team has successfully handled some of the largest and most complex aviation disputes of recent years.

Wherever they are based in our network, and whichever area they specialise in, all the lawyers in Bird & Bird's Aviation and Aerospace team share with our clients a genuine passion and enthusiasm for the industry - and a drive to ensure our clients succeed.

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Accolades

‘Extensive experience handling a broad range of aviation law concerns, including aircraft financing, insurance, regulatory matters and competition.’

Chambers UK, 2021

‘An excellent team for all aspects of aviation law, skilled and responsive.’

Legal 500, 2021

- Ranked 3rd on operating leases globally - Ranked 4th on guaranteed financing globally - Ranked 4th in Asia Pacific for aircraft finance transactions - Ranked 5th in the Middle East for aircraft finance transactions - Ranked 6th among all law firms globally

Airfinance Journal 2020 Lawyers’ Guide:

- Ranked 4th on operating leases globally (number of transactions)- Ranked 4th in Asia Pacific for aircraft finance (number of transactions) - Ranked 6th globally for aviation finance (number of transactions)

Airfinance Journal 2019 Lawyers’ Guide

‘A grasp of the detail across multiple domains, applied well to individual issues, allied to innovation in driving change in aviation.’

Legal 500, 2021

"I get the service level I would only expect if I were a big customer with a magic circle firm."

Chambers UK

The ‘responsive and highly commercial’ team at Bird & Bird has ‘great aviation industry knowledge’, and is instructed by an expanding array of airlines.

Legal 500

Bird & Bird has a ‘strong regulatory practice’ and ‘first-class technical knowledge.’

The Legal 500

"Bird & Bird is one of the very few aviation law firms that provides a deep product suite at a very competitive price.”

Chambers UK, 2019

"They are very switched-on, and are quick to respond, very professional and very good at what they do.”

Chambers UK, 2019

"They are very supportive, client-oriented and have good knowledge of the aviation market."

Chambers UK, 2018

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