Aviation

In recent matters, our aviation practice :

  • Aircraft transactions

    Represented the national airline of a North African State against a European manufacturer in an ICC arbitration sited in Paris and governed by the national law of this State, in relation to the purchase of two airliners.

  • Aviation finance

    Represented the national airline of a North African State against a leasing company incorporated in the United Kingdom, in an ICC arbitration sited in Geneva and governed by English law, in relation to the non-performance of a dry lease agreement for several airliners.

  • Aviation finance

    Represented the national airline of a North African State against a French leasing company in a litigation before the French commercial Courts, in relation to the exercise of a purchase option included in a charter agreement and involving several airliners.

  • Aviation finance

    Represented the national airline of a North African State against a leasing company incorporated in the United Kingdom, in an ICC arbitration sited in Paris, in relation to the non-performance of a wet lease agreement involving several airliners. Our firm discovered that the lessor was subject to a suspension of its Air Operator Certificate and, after taking the relevant conservatory measures, was successful in obtaining the award of very important damages.

  • Aircraft maintenance (IATA arbitration)

    Represented the national airline of a North African State against a French airline in a IATA arbitration sited in Montreal and governed by French law, in relation to the rescission, upon the introduction of international sanctions, of several contracts for the maintenance of airliners, the delivery of spare parts and the provision of air crews. This arbitration, of an outstanding complexity owing to the duration of the contracts that were in force for over twenty years, gave raise to substantial procedural debates, notably on matters of arbitrability and admissibility. After obtaining the issuance of several partial awards and the rejection of all the requests for annulment filed by the opposing party before the Canadian Courts, our firm successfully negotiated an amicable settlement in favour of our client. This case gave raise to further developments involving enforcement and aircraft attachments, which were also successfully handled by our firm.

  • Aircraft maintenance

    Represented the national airline of a North African State against a Dutch manufacturer in a litigation governed by Dutch law, in relation to a contract for the provision of spare parts for the maintenance and refurbishment of several airliners in its fleet.

  • Aircraft maintenance

    Represented the national airline of a North African State in a litigation involving the disparreance of aircraft spare parts during the judicial liquidation of a maintenance service provider.

  • Aircraft insurance

    Advised the national airline of a North African State in respect of a legal audit of the conditions of insurance of its fleet, comprising aircraft under property or operated under dry leases.

  • Airside and airfield logistics

    Represented the national airline of a North African State against an american telecommunications company in a litigation related to the provision of airside and airfield radio communication systems.

  • Ticket sales (IATA arbitration)

    Represented the national airline of a North African State against a leading Italian travel agency in a IATA arbitration sited in Geneva and governed by the Italian law, as well as in several subsequent Court proceedings, in relation to the rescission of a General Sales Agreement (GSA). Our firm successfully demonstrated the fraudulent misconduct of the travel agency as regards the sale of plane tickets and obtained important damages for our client.

  • Sales agency (GSA)

    Represented an airline in a bankruptcy procedure affecting a general sales agent (GSA) in France.

  • Airlines management

    Advised the national airline of a North African State on the management of its offices and activities in France (including contracts, real estate properties, tax law, labour law etc.).

  • Airlines management

    Advised an airline in respect of the termination of its activities in France and the closing down of its commercial representation, as part of its strategic reorientation.

  • Aircraft attachments

    Represented the national airline of a North African State against French, UK and Swiss companies in several lawsuits of an outstanding complexity, involving a series of fraudulent assignements of debt and of corporate winding-ups. Our firm was successful in demonstrating the fraud and obtaining the annulment of previous judgements through an exceptionnal request for review. Our firm was also successful in challenging the attachment of several airliners in these cases.

  • International sanctions and embargoes

    Provided legal representation and advice in numerous litigations and arbitrations involving the consequences over the performance of ongoing contracts of international sanctions, commercial embargoes, asset freezes and other financial measures enacted by the United Nations Security Council, the European Union and various States (in particular USA, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Switzerland etc.) in respect of armed conflicts or threats to international peace and security.