Practice Profile


Cassels Brock has the expertise and experience to help our clients achieve their goals in complex multi-national aviation law and aircraft finance transactions.  To do so, we design, implement and manage the transaction scenarios that best match our clients' goals and the available legal framework (working within the international law, common law and civil law systems).

Our lawyers are dedicated to serving the needs of both the Canadian and International aviation industries. We can advise, negotiate and draft all relevant documentation in English and French, and have a working knowledge of Spanish, enabling us to provide enhanced support to our international clients. 

We understand the unique business and legal challenges our clients face along with the intricate business and regulatory environment in which they operate. Our clients include high net worth individuals, aviation manufacturers and aviation financiers, including aircraft and engine manufacturers, aircraft and engine leasing companies and advisors, government export credit agencies, international banks, hedge funds and other investors.

Our multi-disciplinary Aviation practice focuses on:

Aircraft and Aircraft Engine Finance

Cross-border commercial and business aircraft and engine purchases, sales, leases (operating or financial), secured financings, conditional sales, sale and leasebacks, export-credit financings, manufacturer residual value guarantees, pre-delivery payment financings, public debt and equity and commercial paper financings, securitizations and aircraft portfolio purchases and sales as well as related tax and security matters.

Aviation Commercial and Tax Matters

Aircraft and engine return conditions, maintenance and services contracts and related tax matters.

Aviation Regulation

Airworthiness and registration certification, deregistration, import and export matters with the International Registry, Transport Canada and foreign investment and control matters with the Canadian Transportation Agency.

Aviation Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Litigation

Airline bankruptcy proceedings and disputes and aircraft repossession and disputes, including with NAV CANADA and Canada’s various airport authorities.

Aviation Insurance

Aircraft hull, liability, war risk and political risk insurance as well as aircraft repossession/deregistration insurance.

Business and General Aviation

Advising buyers, sellers and operators on all aspects of business and general aviation aircraft transactions.