Wiley Rein LLP


Aviation | AIRCRAFT TRANSACTIONS/FINANCE

Wiley Rein represents companies and individuals, including airlines, charter operators, corporate flight departments, and high-net-worth individuals in the purchase, sale, lease, financing, chartering, and management of new and used aircraft of all types, and in other aircraft- and engine-related contracts, transactions, and matters. 

Services include:

  • Negotiating contract terms and conditions for purchase of new aircraft from manufacturers.
  • Structuring financing arrangements for aircraft acquisitions.
  • Preparing and negotiating all transaction documents, including letters of intent, purchase agreements, leases, loans, mortgages and other security documents, trusts, management agreements, charter agreements, hangar lease agreements, broker agreements, escrow agreements, and time-sharing agreements.
  • Structuring and preparing aircraft joint ownership and co-ownership arrangements.
  • Managing the aircraft transaction through delivery and closing, including registration of the aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or other aviation authority and the International Registry, if applicable, lien releases and deregistration of aircraft for export transactions.
  • Aviation regulatory compliance planning and assistance.
  • Federal income tax planning for aircraft purchase, sale, and ownership, including tax-free 1031 exchanges.
  • State sales and use tax planning for aircraft delivery and operation.
  • Advising clients on transporting government officials and political candidates on private aircraft.

Representative Experience - Commercial Aircraft

Financings

  • Represented African flag carrier in multiple on-balance-sheet finance-lease structured acquisitions of more than 20 new B737 aircraft through U.S. dollar-, French franc-, and Euro-denominated fixed-rate credit facilities secured by means of off-shore special purpose vehicles and guaranteed by the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank).
  • Represented Caribbean flag carrier in on-balance-sheet lease financings of multiple DHC-8-300 aircraft through U.S. dollar-denominated fixed-rate secured credit facilities structured through an off-shore special purpose vehicle.
  • Represented African flag carrier in off-balance-sheet lease financing of new B737 aircraft through Euro-denominated fixed-rate credit facility secured through off-shore special purpose vehicle and guaranteed by the Ex-Im Bank.
  • Represented Caribbean flag carrier in financing of DHC-8-300 aircraft jointly provided by manufacturer and Export Development Canada through fixed-rate, U.S. dollar-denominated, and coordinated loan facilities secured via security trustee arrangement.
  • Represented African flag carrier in on-balance-sheet lease financing of new DHC-8-300 aircraft through Euro-denominated fixed-rate credit facility secured through off-shore special purpose vehicle.

Manufacturer Contracts

  • Represented Middle Eastern flag carrier in contract with manufacturer for purchase of multiple new B737 and B787 aircraft.
  • Represented Caribbean flag carrier in contract with manufacturer for purchase of multiple new ATR 72-600 aircraft.
  • Represented Middle Eastern flag carrier in contract with manufacturer for purchase of multiple new CRJ-900 aircraft.
  • Represented Asian flag carrier in contract with manufacturer for purchase of new B737 aircraft.
  • Represented Caribbean flag carrier in contract with manufacturer for purchase of multiple new DHC-8-300 aircraft.

Leasings

  • Represented U.S. regional carrier in dry subleasing of multiple Saab 340B aircraft.
  • Represented Caribbean flag carrier in dry and wet leasing of multiple B737 aircraft.
  • Represented U.S. regional carrier in dry subleasing of multiple Avro RJ-85 aircraft.
  • Represented Australian aircraft, engine, and parts supplier in multiple dry leases of Saab 340A aircraft.
  • Represented Asian carrier in dry leasing of B737 aircraft.
  • Represented Scandinavian leasing company in dry leasing of Saab 340B aircraft.

Non-Financed Acquisitions and Dispositions

  • Represented Australian aircraft, engine, and parts supplier in multiple purchases and sales of used Saab 340A aircraft.
  • Represented Scandinavian leasing company in purchases of used Saab 340B aircraft.
  • Advised government and commercial aviation service provider in the acquisition of multiple aircraft and commercial charter arrangements.

Miscellaneous

  • Provided U.S. low-cost carrier with general counsel services and representation in sale of multiple aircraft and financing transactions.
  • Provided Caribbean flag carrier with U.S. corporate counsel services and representation in multiple aircraft- and engine-related procurement, sale, and leasing contracts and transactions.
  • Served as principal aviation transactional counsel to U.S. regional carrier.

Representative Experience - Corporate Aircraft

  • Represented investment firm in the acquisition and sale of aircraft and U.S. regulatory compliance.
  • Represented entertainment company in the sale of a BBJ aircraft.
  • Represented biotechnology company in the acquisition of a Gulfstream G550 and provided related tax planning services.
  • Provided aircraft management, charter, and tax (income, excise, and sales) planning advisory services to a major public accounting firm for a Bombardier Global Express.
  • Advised alternative energy producer in the acquisition of a Hawker 400XP and provided related tax planning services.
  • Represented oil field and drilling equipment manufacturer/supplier in the acquisition of a Gulfstream G450.
  • Counseled major U.S. investment bank in connection with the acquisition of Raytheon assets, including aircraft production and inventory.
  • Represented musical instrument manufacturer in the acquisition of a Hawker 850XP and provided related tax planning services.
  • Advised energy company in the acquisition of a Bombardier Challenger 300.
  • Represented international aviation company in the sale of a BBJ aircraft.
  • Represented oil and gas company in the acquisition of a Gulfstream GIV-SP.
  • Represented Japanese entrepreneur in the acquisition of a Gulfstream IV. Negotiated and structured ownership of the aircraft in trust to qualify for U.S. registration.
  • Represented large clothing chain with aircraft and tax planning services in connection with a Cessna CJ3 aircraft.
  • Advised media producer and distributor in the sale of a Sikorsky S92.
  • Represented major Japanese human resources outsourcing company in the purchase of a Gulfstream V and negotiated and structured ownership of the aircraft in trust to qualify for U.S. registration.
  • Advised real estate developer with leasing, management, and tax planning advice relating to a Beechjet 400A.
  • Represented private equity firm in the purchase of a Falcon 900B and provided related tax planning services.
  • Represented leading aircraft management company in connection with multiple aircraft management agreements.
  • Represented alternative fuel trader in the purchase of a Hawker 900XP, including ownership planning, financing, management, charter, hangar, and tax planning.
  • Represented Japanese entrepreneur in the acquisition, finance, and lease of a Gulfstream G450 and contract negotiations for the purchase of a Gulfstream G650.
  • Represented manufacturer/distributor of seasonings and condiments in the acquisition of a Gulfstream G550 and negotiated and structured ownership of the aircraft in trust to qualify for U.S. registration.
  • Counseled investment firm in the acquisition and sale of aircraft and U.S. regulatory compliance.
  • Represented manufacturer and distributor of equipment to multiple industries in the acquisition of aircraft and negotiation of aircraft trade-in.
  • Represented charter operator in the acquisition and financing of a fleet of Fairchild Dornier 328JETs.
  • Represented investment bank in the acquisition, sale, and tax planning of multiple aircraft.
  • Counseled steel products manufacturer in the acquisition and sale negotiations of multiple aircraft.
  • Provided tax planning services to large U.S. frozen vegetables supplier with tax planning services relating to a CitationJet 650.
  • Represented corporate charter operator in the acquisition of multiple aircraft.



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