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Aviation & Aerospace

Our lawyers have been advising on the aviation industry since the mid-1980s, when we handled aircraft leasing transactions for Air China. In the early 1990s we represented APT Satellite in its initial satellite manufacturing negotiations with Hughes Aircraft and for transponder leases with international programmers.

More recently, TransAsia has represented Aviation Industry of China (AVIC) and several of its subsidiaries in joint venture negotiations relating to avionics as part of the C919 Program, the largest commercial aircraft to be designed and built in China.

We also regularly advise clients on ancilary issues related to the aviation industry, such as regulatory compliance, financing arrangements, employemnt, intellectual property licensing and technology transfer agreements.

Client Services

  • Aircraft purchase and leasing arrangements
  • Establishment of joint ventures and other entities
  • Regulatory compliance issues
  • Intellectual property and technology transfer agreements
  • Airline financing transactions
  • Aircraft engine agency agreements
  • Aircraft equipment supply contracts
  • Employment matters

Representative Transactions

  • Advised Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) for its negotiations with GE Aviation and Rockwell Collins for the establishment of joint venture avionic suppliers (US$ 1bn) for the C919 Aircraft Program
  • Represented Shanghai Avionics Corporation (SAVIC) on its negotiations and documentation with international companies for the supply of avionic equipment/components for the C919 Aircraft Program
  • Advised APT Satellite on the launch of its transmission service, satellite manufacturing contract with Hughes and transponder leases with international programmers
  • Advised China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation (CATIC) on the barter of Y7 aircraft in exchange for wood from Gabon

Representative Clients

  • Airbus
  • Air France-KLM
  • Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC)
  • BAE Systems
  • Bombardier
  • Cathay Pacific Airways
  • China Airlines
  • Shanghai Avionics Corporation (SAVIC)