De Brauw is traditionally strong in the aviation industry and continues to broaden its client base. We have advised major players in this industry since the industry’s infancy and our practice continues to keep pace with the industry itself. We recognise that in order to provide quality specialised legal services to clients in the aviation industry, a multidisciplinary approach to the provision of legal services is key.

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We have formed our Aviation Industry practice group from leading lawyers across various different practice areas of the firm. These include competition and regulatory, public law, commercial litigation and arbitration, mergers and acquisitions, as well as asset and structured finance.

As a result  we are able to advise on a variety of matters arising in the aviation industry. We have been involved in various mergers and alliances in the aviation industry, airport privatisations, regulatory (including licensing, slot allocation and environmental matters), liability and insurance and leasing and financing – covering not only leasing and financing of aircraft and engines, but also project finance transactions in respect of airports and securitisation transactions in respect of, for example, aircraft lease portfolios.

We also have broad experience in the railroad industry, being advisers to Dutch Railways since 1875. We continue to be involved in the structural changes in the rail industry as well as in matters concerning the leasing and financing of railroad rolling stock (and similar equipment such as metro cars) as well as in rail infrastructural projects,including PPP transactions.

Concerning other transportation sectors and equipment, including buses and vessels, we have been involved in advising on major financing transactions.