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Julie E. McLean

Director, Global Head of Aviation Finance Practice

Bermuda   +1 441 299 4925

Julie E. McLean

Legal 500 Caribbean 2019

Julie McLean is a Director in the Bermuda office of Conyers Dill & Pearman and is Global Head of the Aviation Finance Practice. Her practice covers asset finance with particular focus on aircraft finance and registrations, as well as investment funds with particular focus on partnerships and private equity. Julie advises investment banks, airlines, leasing companies and investment managers.

Julie regularly contributes to industry publications and is the author of the Bermuda chapters of each of Aircraft Finance (Sweet & Maxwell) and Aviation Law Review and is the co-author of the Bermuda chapter of Aircraft Liens and Detention Rights (Sweet & Maxwell). Julie works closely with the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority and was a leading participant in the industry group enabling the Cape Town Convention’s anticipated extension to Bermuda by the United Kingdom.

She is recognized as a leader in her industry by Legal 500 Caribbean (corporate and commercial), Who’s Who Legal (aviation/transport), IFLR1000 and the Expert Guides: Women in Business Law (aviation).

Experience Highlights

  • Liaised with BCCA to reactive 83 bis with Azerbaijan and acted on three separate financings for aircraft to be operated by two separate Azerbaijani air operators. Aircraft included two Boeing 747-8Fs, two Boeing B787-8s and one Gulfstream G650.
  • Advised on an aircraft financing transaction involving the acquisition, lease and Bermuda registration of four (4) new Boeing B777-300 aircraft for ultimate leasing to Aeroflot Airlines.
  • Acted in a refinancing transaction involving 20 Airbus A321-200 aircraft owned by an orphan trust structure with ECA financing.
  • Advised on the establishment of an investment fund for investment through a new Bermuda special purpose insurer in a portfolio of collateralised reinsurance transactions and offer insurance-linked investments, including catastrophe bonds, industry loss warranties and insurer reinsurer debt and equity investments.


  • University of British Columbia, LLB, 1992
  • University of Western Ontario, B.A. History, 1989

Bar Admissions

  • Bermuda, Barrister & Attorney, 1993
  • Law society of British Columbia, Solicitor, 1993 (not currently practising)

18 Sep 2019
Aviation Financing & Leasing – Bermuda

16 Aug 2019
Bermuda – Law and Practice

29 May 2019
Benefits of Registering Private and Corporate Aircraft in Bermuda

16 May 2019
Airfinance Journal Awards: Conyers Advises as Bermuda Counsel on Seven Award-Winning Deals of the Year

07 Mar 2019
International Women’s Day – Trailblazers in Bermuda Law

29 Jan 2019
The Bermuda Stock Exchange: An Ideal Choice for Debt Listings

04 Jan 2018
Cape Town Convention Extended to Bermuda

10 Jul 2017
Cape Town Convention to take effect in Bermuda on 1 January 2018

06 Jun 2017
Mortgaging of Aircraft and Aircraft Engines Act, 1999

12 Apr 2017
Labrador Aviation Finance Limited US$928 million ABS deal wins Air Finance Journal’s Editor’s Deal of the Year for 2016

31 Jan 2017
Bermuda Corporate Practice Group 2016 Year in Review

14 Dec 2016
Bermuda Investment Funds Update – December 2016

26 Jul 2016
Bermuda Upgrades to First Class with the Cape Town Convention

29 Jan 2016
Bermuda Corporate Practice Group 2015 Year in Review

19 Feb 2015
Bermuda: Paradise Found for Private Aircraft Financing

13 Feb 2015
Bermuda Corporate Practice Group 2014 Year in Review

29 Nov 2013
Julie McLean participates in Who’s Who Legal’s Aviation Roundtable 2014

22 May 2013
Temporary Aircraft Registration Certificates to Be Issued by the Bermuda Department of Civil Aviation

29 Apr 2011
A Year Later: the Practical Consequences of Blue Sky One Limited

26 Jan 2010
Bermuda’s Aircraft Register: A World Leader

30 Aug 2009
Bermuda: “Air Force One” In The Offshore World

  • Recognised in the 2019 edition (and 2015, 2018) of Legal 500 Caribbean (corporate and commercial)
  • Recognised in the 2017 edition (and since 2011) of Who’s Who Legal (aviation/transport)
  • Recognised in the 2015 edition of Expert Guides (aviation)
  • Recognised in the 2017 edition (and since 2013) of Legal Media Groups' Expert Guides : Women in Business Law (aviation/transport)
  • Recognised in the 2009 edition of IFLR1000 (financial and corporate)
  • Member of Executive Committee of Bermuda Zoological Society