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Our expertise in the Aviation sector is highlighted by the number of local and international airlines we have advised on important issues like aircraft acquisition, aircraft financing, aircraft/airport leasing and aircraft insurance. We have acted as Legal and Regulatory Advisers to foreign airlines establishing Nigerian operations and similarly advised on the Nigerian end of the historic merger of two major foreign airlines to become one of the world’s largest airlines. Our Lawyers have also successfully guided clients in the sector through the process of securing ‘Air Operators Certificate’ for charter services and also advised on ancillary matters. Our Finance team has advised a number of local passenger airlines on structuring agreements for credit facilities and negotiating their indebtedness to lenders. In the same vein, the Aviation team is presently advising a proposed air carrier on all aspects of its air cargo services business and handling its application for an ATL (Air Transport License).
As part of our contribution to the growth of the sector, we drafted the first (and current) international standard Airport Use and Lease Agreement and also acted as legal advisers to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). We similarly represented the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) before the Nigerian Federal Legislature during public hearings on the draft of the current Civil Aviation Act.