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Aviation and Transportation

Key Contacts

The Aviation and Transportation team is a multidisciplinary team of lawyers from various Stek practice groups. The team bundles knowledge and experience in the aviation and transport sector and has an integrated approach from different legal disciplines to best suit your wishes and needs. The team is characterized by:

  • its expertise in various disciplines;
  • years of experience in the aviation and transport sector;
  • short lines of communication, responsiveness and partner involvement at all times;
  • decisive, individual, expert advice, always putting your results first;
  • accessible top quality at competitive rates.

EXPERTISE

Aviation is one of Stek’s key strengths. Stek’s aviation expertise covers the full range of activities in the national and international aviation market, varying from aircraft transactions, financing and corporate advice to competition law and regulatory issues and litigation. The firm prides itself in having assembled a top team of lawyers with in-depth legal and sector expertise, commercial awareness and a pragmatic and personal approach.

Our Aviation and Transportation team specialises in international transactions concerning the lease, acquisition, sale and financing of both commercially operated aircraft and business jets. Furthermore, we assist clients in relation to aircraft repossessions and passenger rights claims, and we advise on aviation related contracts and issues generally. In addition, our team has specific expertise in the field of aviation specific competition and regulatory issues and litigation, such as the allocation of slots and litigation vis-à-vis Schiphol Airport and ACNL, the Dutch slot coordinator.

Publications

Stek yearly authors the Netherlands Chapter of Getting the Deal Through – Air Transport. In this book, important aviation issues are addressed and ‘first step’ advice is given by local experts in key jurisdictions. For our 2018 contribution, click here.

In addition, Stek authors the Netherlands Chapter of Getting the Deal Through – Aviation Finance & Leasing. The book provides local insight into the most pressing questions arising from the financing and leasing of aircraft. Written by international experts, Aviation Finance & Leasing covers the latest developments in developed and emerging markets and answers questions relating to the registration and title transfer of aircraft, mortgages, securities and enforcement of lease terminations, related taxes and international payment restrictions, insurance and reinsurance. For our 2018 contribution, click here.

Recognitions

The firm, as well as our lawyers individually, are recommended in the latest edition of the international legal guide of Chambers Europe (Transportation: Aviation) and the Legal500 EMEA guide (Transport).

EXPERIENCE

Recent work highlights include the following:

  • advising Dutch regional aircraft leasing company TrueNoord in respect of the purchase and financing of various ATR and Embraer aircraft.
  • advising Dutch aircraft leasing company Mass Lease in respect of the purchase of six Fokker 100 aircraft from Portuguese operator Portugália.
  • advising Japanese listed company FinTech Global Trading Incorporated in respect of its acquisition from Seabury Capital LLC of a 51% voting interest and 44.1% economic interest in SGI Aviation Services, an independent advisor to the aviation industry, providing aircraft and engine asset management and all affiliated technical consulting and advisory service.
  • representing Corendon Dutch Airlines in various litigious matters before various courts vis-à-vis ACNL, the Dutch slot coordinator, and Schiphol Airport and before Dutch policy makers and the European Commission.
  • representing Polar Air Cargo LLC in third party indemnification proceedings brought forward by BA, KLM, Martinair, Air France, Lufthansa and Thai Airways in civil damages claim proceedings in the Netherlands related to alleged cartel arrangements in the air cargo industry.
  • representing Transavia before the General Court of the European Union in a state aid case relating to Transavia’s activities at Pau Airport in France.
  • advising Connexxion on various corporate, commercial, competition law and litigious matters.
  • representing several towage companies in antitrust investigations.

Would you like to know more about how we can help you? If so, please contact Ruben Elkerbout (Competition and Regulated Markets), Laetitia Kunst (Corporate), Gerben Smit (Litigation) or Jeroen Timmermans (Corporate).

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