Major industry publications have recognized Chapman and Cutler attorneys as among the world’s leading aviation lawyers. The Aircraft Finance Group has successfully completed transactions involving aircraft ranging from small commuter aircraft to corporate aircraft to large commercial aircraft.

Cross-Border Experience

The Aircraft Finance Group has extensive experience in cross border financings in dozens of countries throughout the world. Chapman and Cutler attorneys have negotiated transactions involving both privately owned and state-supported or sovereign entities and have worked with the Export-Import Bank of the United States and manufacturers in vendor programs.

Leader in Workouts and Bankruptcies

Chapman and Cutler also represents financiers in workouts, restructurings, refinancings, foreclosures and the remarketing process. The Aircraft Finance Group has represented large groups of creditors in the bankruptcy proceedings of several major domestic and foreign air carriers, including the representation of more than 100 institutional investors (referred to as the “Chapman Group” in the Wall Street Journal) in the United Airlines bankruptcy. Chapman also represented creditors in the bankruptcies of Delta, Northwest, Varig and US Airways.

Focused on Finance®

Aircraft Finance Group attorneys recognize the need for creativity in structuring transactions to achieve the parties’ goals. Practice group members regularly participate in the structuring process by answering questions of financiers, arrangers and lessees concerning specific transactions or by serving as a resource in answering more general inquiries. Chapman attorneys serve clients throughout the transaction process by providing relevant and pragmatic legal advice, responsive service, and clear and concise documentation.

Representative Transactions

A representative sampling of transactions in which the Aircraft Finance Group has been involved in includes:

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