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There are over 730 airports and more than 400 airlines in Africa, which has an aviation industry that employs almost 7 million people and delivers approximately USD 80 billion in economic activity. Despite numerous challenges, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Africa is set to become one of the fastest growing aviation regions in the next 20 years with an annual expansion of nearly 5%.

Our aviation specialists have a keen understanding of the industry based on a proven track record of involvement in major aviation-related matters. Our in-depth knowledge of each aspect of the aviation sector provides us with valuable insight into the roles played by, and the relationships among, industry players.

We offer a comprehensive aviation-related legal service. This includes advising on aviation finance, sale and purchase agreements, financial and operating leases, wet and dry leases, lease-backs, PDP financing, and syndications and structured permanent financing transactions.

Our expertise extends to airstrip use, hangar leases, regulatory and commercial matters, and insurance and claims. We are well known for handling major aviation losses across Africa and are renowned as market leaders in relation to African risks. We have a substantial track record of advising airlines and non‑scheduled operators, aerodrome operators, ground handlers and other service providers, and their insurers and reinsurers in relation to aviation losses.

We also advise on the regulatory requirements to be registered as an airline by air services licensing councils. Our work in this area extends to making recommendations on the appropriate corporate structuring and capitalisation funding structures to meet regulatory requirements for foreign ownership caps, while protecting financial investments.

Clients include the insurance and reinsurance markets, airlines, non‑scheduled operators, corporate and private aircraft owners, drone/ UAV operators, airports and aerodromes, ground handlers, maintenance repair organisations, banks and financiers, lessors and lessees, fixed based operators, and tour and travel operators.

Specialist services:

  • Dispute resolution
  • Insurance and reinsurance issues
  • Third party claims
  • Subrogated recoveries
  • Coverage disputes
  • Hull and other property damage claims
  • Personal injury and other liability claims
  • Commercial disputes
  • Lease defaults
  • Attachment and repossession of aircraft
  • Restructuring
  • Procurement and supply chain advice
  • Risk management
  • Airport specific advice
  • Aviation finance, leasing and sales
  • General commercial agreements including conditions of carriage, ground handling agreements and fuel supply agreements
  • Regulatory advice, including the licensing of air services

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