Aircraft Finance

Latham & Watkins is one of the leading firms advising on complex, multi-aircraft financing transactions.

Latham & Watkins' Aircraft Finance practice represents investment banks, airlines, leasing companies, financial guarantors and other participants in a broad array of aircraft financings, including:

  • Equipment trust certificate (EETC) financings
  • Fractional-share corporate aircraft ownership
  • Leveraged and operating leasing
  • Sale/leasebacks
  • Securitizations and portfolio securitizations
  • Senior and subordinated loans
  • Structured financings

The firm has advised clients on several award-winning deals, which have been recognized by industry publications as innovative transactions. Drawing on the team’s expertise in both aircraft finance and structured finance, the firm is uniquely positioned to provide clients with asset specific advice that is essential to aircraft financings regardless of the form or structure.

The group’s lawyers have represented leasing companies, lenders and airlines in connection with aircraft acquisition finance, including asset-based loans, and all other forms of US and cross-border financings. Latham’s lawyers are also experienced in the securitization of portfolios of aircraft and aircraft leases and other structured aircraft financing transactions.

The team is further supported by tax lawyers specializing in the structuring and development of cross-border tax-based transactions. In addition, clients benefit from the extensive industry experience of lawyers in the firm's bankruptcy and workout practice.

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