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Conyers Dill & Pearman is at the forefront of the offshore airfinance industry, representing many of the world’s leading aircraft leasing companies and lenders on the cross-border aspects of their transactions. Our lawyers advise on the laws of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands and are globally recognised as leaders in the field of aviation. Internationally we have well-established relationships as leading offshore counsel in Russian aviation transactions and have been active in transactions involving emerging markets such as Azerbaijan and South Africa.

Our aviation team has worked on the industry’s largest securitisations, sale-leasebacks, pre-delivery payment and warehouse facilities, debt financings and private placements. Our broad client base includes lenders, leasing companies, international credit agencies and export credit agencies, as well as airline operators.

Our lawyers have significant experience advising on all aspects of:

  • Cross-border financings
  • Structured financings
  • Securitizations
  • Aircraft purchases (including portfolio acquisitions)
  • Sales (including portfolio sales) and sale-leasebacks
  • Warehouse facilities
  • Islamic finance, involving financing, acquisition and leasing of aircraft, including Shari’a-compliant aircraft sales and leaseback arrangements, as well as the issuance of aircraft backed sukuk certificates
  • Bond issuances
  • Notes offerings


  • Advise on all aspects of aircraft and aircraft mortgage registration in Bermuda, BVI and Cayman


  • Conyers has advised on the offshore law aspects of ground-breaking deals, including acting as both Bermuda and Cayman counsel on the award-winning AerCap Holdings NV acquisition of International Lease Finance Corporation, which AirFinance Journal commented: “no other deal has transformed the aircraft leasing space so completely in the last 12 months”.
  • Bermuda remains a choice jurisdiction for air financing deals. Recent highlights include:
    • advising Goldman Sachs in connection with Aldus Aviation’s US$540 million asset backed secured term loan. This deal won 2014 Capital Markets Deal of the Year from AirFinance Journal; and
    • providing Bermuda law advice to Castlelake in connection with its US$515.6 million aircraft securitization (AirFinance Journal’s 2014 Innovative Deal of the Year).
  • Our BVI and Cayman practices continue to experience an increase in aviation finance transactions, in both the commercial and business jet sectors. Conyers acted as BVI counsel for Export Development Canada on EDC loan for four Bombardier Q400, (AirFinance Journal’s 2014 Africa Deal of the Year).
  • We remain at the forefront of key aircraft financing matters, in relation to transactions involving African jurisdictions and India.

Christopher W.H. Bickley
Partner, Head of Hong Kong Office

Hong Kong   +852 2842 9556
Mobile  +852 6469 3356

Jason Piney

Bermuda   +1 441 299 4993

Alex Potts QC
Partner, Head of Cayman Islands Litigation & Restructuring

Cayman Islands   +1 345 814 7394

Matthew Stocker
Partner, Head of Cayman Corporate Practice

Cayman Islands   +1 345 814 7382

Audrey M. Robertson

British Virgin Islands   +1 284 852 1111

Ryan McConvey

Hong Kong   +852 2842 9580
Mobile  +852 6469 3369

23 Nov 2020
Conyers advises Avolon on US$1 billion Senior Unsecured Notes Offering

29 Sep 2020
Conyers advises Avolon on US$650 Million Senior Unsecured Notes Offering

14 Jan 2020
Conyers advises Avolon on US$1.75 billion Senior Unsecured Notes Offering

05 Dec 2019
Conyers advises START III Ltd. and START Holding III Ltd. on a US$539 million asset backed securitisation

15 Nov 2019
Conyers advises Aircastle on US$7.4 billion acquisition by Marubeni and Mizuho

20 Oct 2019
Conyers advises Castlelake on its US$867.6 million aircraft securitization

13 Jun 2019
Conyers advises Aircastle on US$650 million 4.250% Senior Notes due 2026

22 Apr 2019
Conyers advises START II Ltd and START Holding II Ltd in connection with its US$597 million asset backed securitisation

19 Mar 2019
Conyers advises Avolon on its first unsecured bank term facility upsized to US$500 million

01 Mar 2019
Conyers advises Avolon on US$1.1 billion Senior Unsecured Notes Offerings

14 Feb 2019
Conyers advises MAPS 2019-1 Limited in Merx Aviation’s latest US$429 million aviation asset-backed securitisation (“ABS”)

20 Nov 2018
Conyers advises Castlelake on its US$911.3 million aircraft securitization

10 Oct 2018
Conyers advises Zephyrus Aviation Capital on its US$336.6 million ABS Financing

28 Sep 2018
Conyers advises Avolon on its US$214 million Secured Portfolio Facility

06 Sep 2018
Conyers advised Avolon on US$1 billion Senior Unsecured Notes Offerings

01 Aug 2018
Conyers advises Air Lease Corporation on its US$450 million Thunderbolt II Aircraft Asset Backed Securitisation

31 Jul 2018
Conyers advises Aircastle on the increase of its Revolving Credit Facility to US$800 million

26 Jun 2018
Conyers advises START Ltd and START Holding Ltd on a US$700 million asset backed securitisation

18 May 2018
Conyers advises Aircastle on its Secondary Offering of Common Shares by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

15 May 2018
Conyers advises MAPS 2018-1 Limited in respect of Merx Aviation’s US$506.5 million inaugural aviation asset backed securitisation

09 May 2018
Conyers advised Avolon in connection with the extension of its US$4.75 billion Term Loan B Facility

30 Apr 2018
Conyers advises on Interserve’s refinancing arrangement with its lenders and bond providers

28 Apr 2018
Conyers advises Aircastle on admission of US$1.28 billion Senior Notes to Bermuda Stock Exchange

24 Apr 2018
Conyers advises on Vinci Airports acquisition of Airports Worldwide’s management portfolio

01 Mar 2018
Conyers advises Avolon in connection with its US$500 million Senior Notes Offerings

08 Dec 2017
Conyers advises Einn Volant Aircraft Leasing Holdings Limited. on a US$2 billion global aircraft financing platform

01 Nov 2017
Conyers advises Wings Capital Partners LLC on its US$480 million asset-backed securitisation

22 Aug 2017
Conyers advises Sky Aviation on its US$780.8 million aircraft securitization

07 Jul 2017
Conyers advises Castlelake, L.P. on the funding of its US$785.5 million asset-backed loan

04 Apr 2017
Conyers advises on Avolon’s US$10.38 billion acquisition of CIT Aerospace

20 Mar 2017
Conyers advises Aircastle Limited on US$500 million Senior Notes Offering

16 Feb 2017
Conyers advises Elix Aviation on its US$441 million aircraft securitization

19 Dec 2016
Conyers advises Aircastle on its Ten A319 Aircraft Purchase and Leaseback Program with easyJet

15 Dec 2016
Conyers advises Labrador Aviation Finance Limited on US$928 million acquisition financing of 20 commercial passenger aircraft and related notes issuance

21 Nov 2016
Conyers advises Aircastle Limited on US$135 million unsecured revolving credit facility

16 Oct 2016
Conyers advises Castlelake on its US$916 million aircraft securitization

28 Jun 2016
Conyers Dill & Pearman advised Aircastle Limited in connection with a new US$400.5 million term facility

11 Apr 2016
Conyers advises Advent International on its sale of Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI (“Aerodom”) to VINCI Airports S.A.S.

04 Apr 2016
Conyers Dill & Pearman advises Aircastle Limited in connection with its US$120 million unsecured term loan

29 Mar 2016
Conyers advises on Aircastle’s Increase in its US$675 million Bank Revolving Credit Facility

18 Feb 2016
Conyers advises Aircastle on its Joint Venture with IBJ Leasing Co., Ltd.

26 Nov 2015
Conyers advises Castlelake on its US$713 million aircraft securitization

04 Sep 2015
Conyers advises Bank of China in connection with Bohai Leasing’s acquisition of Avolon Holdings, Ltd.

22 Jun 2015
Conyers advised Element Financial Corp on its US$1.21 billion ECAF I Ltd. asset backed securitization of 49 aircraft

10 Jun 2015
Conyers Dill & Pearman advises Export Development Canada on a US$250+ million purchase and lease of four dual-class Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft.