Sustainable and green lending in the aviation industry

In this short podcast, Tim Hunter-Jones, a senior associate in our asset finance team in London, looks at some of the issues in sustainable and green finance in the aviation sector, including the importance of the EU Taxonomy in determining what is sustainable, and the role of state aid in promoting a greater focus on … Read more

High Court of Australia dismisses Willis appeal

The High Court of Australia has unanimously dismissed the appeal of Wells Fargo Trust Company, National Association (Wells Fargo) on the construction of Article XI(2) of the Cape Town Convention’s protocol on Matters Specific to Aircraft Equipment (Protocol). This decision is of importance to the global aviation community as it is the first decision by … Read more

Global Aircraft Trading System (GATS): Enforcement by financiers

Global Aircraft Trading System (GATS) is a fully electronic system designed to facilitate certain aircraft trading and financing transactions. We have previously discussed the practical considerations for lessees, lessors and financiers in terms of transitioning to GATS. In this article, we discuss the operation of GATS in an enforcement scenario. Read more

Smart Legal Contracts: adding a living dimension to aviation finance documentation

In our last post, we looked at how blockchain could be deployed by the aviation sector. We mentioned that when combined with a smart contract, routine events under aviation financing documentation could be automated. Today, we explore this potential more deeply to see how smart legal contracts (SLCs) can transform legal contracts into powerful 21st … Read more

The Global Aircraft Trading System (GATS): some practical and documentary considerations

The Global Aircraft Trading System (GATS) is a fully electronic system designed to facilitate certain aircraft trading and financing transactions. This system seeks to streamline these often time consuming processes while at the same time increasing transparency and confidence in trading through the use of standardised processes and by recording GATS transactions on a secure … Read more

ENGLISH HIGH COURT STAYS COURT PROCEEDINGS IN FAVOUR OF ARBITRATION AND INTERPRETS CONFLICTING DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROVISIONS

In Helice Leasing S.A.S v PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) TBK [2021] EWHC 99 (Comm), the English High Court interpreted seemingly conflicting dispute resolution provisions in an aircraft operating lease (the “Lease”). The Lease included an arbitration clause providing for “any dispute” to be resolved by the London Court of International Arbitration (“LCIA”) and gave the lessor an … Read more

Blockchain: novel opportunities for improving efficiency in aviation

Blockchain is seen by many as the most significant technological breakthrough since the advent of the internet. While digital currencies based on blockchain technology have monopolised many of the headlines, blockchain has far wider-reaching potential and new applications are capable of disrupting practices across many sectors, including aviation. Read more