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Erlendur Gíslason

Erlendur has been partner since 1998 and his primary practice areas are aviation law and aircraft finance. Erlendur is a leading aviation lawyer in Iceland and regularly advises airlines and financiers on all aspects of different aircraft leasing structures, aircraft acquisitions and aircraft financing, as well as aircraft and mortgage registrations in Iceland. He has been nominated as a leading individual by Chambers.

The Aviation Law Practice:

Iceland has long been the gateway for the transportation of people and goods between Europe and North America, be it by sea or by air. In addition, considerable knowledge of maritime law has developed around Iceland’s extensive fishing industry.

LOGOS is a leading firm in Aviation, Maritime and Road Transport law.

LOGOS advises airlines, including Icelandair, aircraft lessors, aircraft trading companies and banks. Further, the LOGOS London office has successfully litigated a number of international aircraft related disputes.

Our Maritime and Transport law team is skilled at addressing every legal issue relating to the industry. Over the years we have assisted both Icelandic and international shipping and fishing companies, as well as P&I Clubs, insurance companies and individuals on shipping and transport related issues. A major focus of our work in this field involves advising and representing our long standing client, Eimskipafélag Íslands hf. (Eimskip), and its subsidiaries in Iceland. Other main clients include the insurance company Vátryggingafélag Íslands hf. (VÍS) and the Icelandic Coast Guard.

LOGOS:

The history of LOGOS begins in 1907 when Sveinn Bjornsson, who later became the first president of Iceland, established the Counsel Office. The Counsel Office was also the first law firm ever opened in Iceland.

In the year 2000, The Counsel Office merged with another law firm called Adalsteinsson and Partners, which was established in 1969 by Ragnar Adalsteinsson. This marked the beginning of LOGOS which became the largest law firm in Iceland with a powerful team of lawyers and assistants who specialise in services for the business community using their broad range of experience on behalf of our clients in all aspects of business law practice.

As a part of the natural development of the largest and oldest law firm in Iceland, the London office was set up by Gudmundur J. Oddsson and opened in January 2006. For many years our firm has been instrumental in the expansion of the Icelandic economy as well as being the preferred partner of those looking to invest in Iceland. It was therefore a natural step for the firm to set up offices in London, which was and remains the most important financial centre in the world for Icelandic related businesses. The London office has grown steadily over the years and now has three partners and a total of eleven highly qualified lawyers who hold both British and Icelandic qualifications. LOGOS was the first Icelandic law firm to set up an office in London and remains the only Icelandic law firm with operational offices outside of Iceland.

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Stelios Stylianou

Stelios Stylianou, senior partner of Stylianou & Stylianou, has been practising aviation law for the past 45 years. His firm has acted for major airlines and aviation insurers in all fields of aviation including, but not limited to, air accidents, passenger and cargo claims, litigation of aviation disputes and settlement negotiations.

Among other matters, the firm has been involved in litigation and settlement negotiations in respect of claims arising from: the Swissair accident at Athens airport (1979); the EgyptAir aircraft hijacking on a flight from Athens (1985); the Olympic Airways accident at Samos Island (1989); the Greek Dassault Falcon 900 accident near Bucharest (1999); the EKAB/Helitalia helicopter accidents (2001 and 2002); the fatal air accident of Helios B737-300 near Athens (14 August 2005); the fatal accident of a Greek Army Chinook helicopter (11 September 2004); the crash of an Olympic Aviation Schweizer helicopter near Athens (22 April 2008); the crash of a Bell 206B helicopter in the area of Crete Island (5 August 2010), the crash of an Apache military helicopter near Athens (30 July 2010), the Tatarstan Airlines accident of B737-53A in Kazan, Russia (17 November 2013), the fatal accident to a military NATO F-16 aircraft in Albacete, Spain (25 January 2015) and the fatal crash of a Cessna C172 aircraft in the area of Kalavryta, Greece (16 October 2016).

Stelios Stylianou has been a member of the Bar Association of Piraeus since 1972 and is admitted before all courts of Greece, including the Greek Supreme Court (Areopagus) and the Council of State (the supreme administrative court of Greece).

Stylianou & Stylianou:

Stylianou & Stylianou have legal correspondents in all major Greek cities and in the Republic of Cyprus. They are also liaising with several well-known aviation law firms worldwide. The firm’s aviation law team comprises Dina Dousca-Stylianou, Mara Stylianou, Ariana Stylianou and Petros Blessios.

In the course of its more than three decades of life the firm has been involved in all major air accidents which have occurred in the area of Greece and specifically the Swissair DC-8 fatal accident at Athens airport in October 1979, the Egyptair Boeing 737 hijacking at Athens airport in November 1985, the Olympic Aviation aircraft crash at Samos Island in August 1989, the Falcon Mystère 900 accident off Bucharest on 14.09.1999 in which the Greek Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs with six other passengers lost their lives, the EKAB/Helitalia two Agusta A109E helicopter crashes off Athens and in Anafi Island on 14.01.2001 and 17.06.2002 respectively, the Helios Boeing 737-300 aircraft crash off Athens on 14.08.2005 in which 115 passengers and 6 crew members lost their lives, the Chinook military helicopter fatal accident off Athos mount on 11.09.2004 when 17 persons lost their lives including the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Alexandria, the crash of an Apache military helicopter near Athens on 30.07.2010 in which the pilot and co-pilot lost their lives and the crash of a Cessna C172 in the area of Kalavryta, Greece on 16.10.2016 when the instructor pilot and the trainee pilot lost their lives.

The firm has been constantly classified since 2004 to date by the International Who’s Who of Aviation Lawyers, firstly published by Who’s Who Legal on 17.08.2004, as one of the world’s best aviation law firms and the number one firm in Greece for aviation legal expertise.

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Charles R. Bailey

Charles R. “Chuck” Bailey is the Managing Member of the Charleston office of Bailey & Wyant, PLLC. He was admitted to the West Virginia State Bar in 1982 and is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts in the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He obtained his law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law and his Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from West Virginia University.

Mr. Bailey’s civil litigation practice areas include Labor & Employment Law, Medical Malpractice, Governmental Liability, Real Estate Litigation & Transactions, Toxic Torts, Products Liability, Aviation, Employment Benefits, Professional Liability, Construction Defects and Insurance Coverage. He is a Member of the Defense Research Institute, the West Virginia Independent Oil and Gas Association and the American Bar Association committee on Litigation and Employment Law. He is on the Board of Directors for the West Virginia Defense Trial Counsel and is a member of the Employment and Labor Law Committee.

Mr. Bailey currently serves as General Counsel for the Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority, which operates Yeager Airport in Charleston. He was identified as the Governor’s “Go To” attorney in the National Law Journal. Mr. Bailey frequently lectures on topics pertaining to litigation tactics, professional liability, insurance coverage, labor and employment law, civil rights and governmental liability.

He is active in various charitable and civic organizations within the state.

The Aviation Law Practice:

Perhaps most unique to Bailey & Wyant, PLLC is its experience in handling aviation matters. We currently serve as general counsel for the Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority, which operates West Virginia’s largest airport, Yeager Airport.

Our law firm is a sponsor of the annual West Virginia Aviation Conference, and are available to serve international and regional airports in the following:

• Airport construction
• Contract drafting
• Compliance with state and federal bidding procedures
• Employment law
• Personal injury liability
• Other aviation law matters

Our knowledge of the Federal Aviation Administration, and other regulatory bodies within the industry, allows us to serve in an advisory capacity as well as take on any disputes that arise. No matter what legal challenge you are facing, our team is ready for it. We will seek the resolution that is most effective for you.

Bailey & Wyant:

Bailey & Wyant, PLLC is a full-service defense law firm with offices in Charleston and Wheeling, West Virginia.

Our philosophy is simple. We provide aggressive and effective legal representation, while being ever mindful of each client’s individual needs, goals, and economic interests. No matter how complex or novel, our focus in a case is always to reach the right resolution for our client.

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Andreas Fankhauser

Andreas Fankhauser has 15 years of experience in handling and resolving complex disputes arising out of a variety of business transactions, including in the fields of transportation, international trade, insurance, engineering, product liability, joint ventures, shareholder agreements, investments, fraud and asset recovery. A significant focus of his practice is on contractual and regulatory aviation matters and business.

Andreas Frankhauser frequently acts as counsel in litigation before Swiss courts and in international arbitration proceedings. In addition, he serves as arbitrator. He also advises his clients in non-contentious commercial matters.

Andreas Fankhauser is recommended by Who’s Who Legal (Aviation) and the Expert Guides to the World’s Leading Lawyers (Aviation, International Trade, China).

Legal Education and Professional Experience:
  • Partner at Baumgartner Mächler since 2012 (co-head of the firm’s litigation and arbitration practice group)
  • Partner at gbf Gerspacher Bell Fankhauser, 2007 – 2012
  • Associate at Schellenberg Wittmer, 2001 – 2007
  • Legal Secretary and Judge at the District Court of Zurich, 1998 – 2001
  • Admission to the bar in Switzerland, 2000
  • University of Zurich, lic. iur., 1997
Memberships:
  • Swiss Bar Association, Zurich Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Swiss Arbitration Association
  • Swiss Association of Air and Space Law
  • European Air Law Association
  • Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce
Languages:
  • German, English, French

The Aviation Law Practice:

We advise and represent airlines, airport operators, manufacturers and insurers with regards to:

  • Liability and insurance law
  • Regulatory law
  • Traffic rights
  • Competition law
  • Environmental law
  • Contract law
  • Travel law
  • Employment law
  • Criminal law

Baumgartner Mächler:

Baumgartner Mächler is a law firm located in central Zurich which specialises in national and international legal matters. We advise and represent private individuals as well as companies from Switzerland and abroad.

The core competencies of our law firm are commercial law, business crime law and international mutual legal assistance.

We represent our clients in court proceedings, arbitration proceedings and administrative proceedings, and provide consultancy services.

Baumgartner Mächler brings together the varied specialist expertise of its lawyers, and places this know-how at the disposal of its clients by forming dedicated teams which focus on specific legal issues.

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Ravi Nath Esq

Ravi Nath has 24 years of experience in aviation-related laws, including aircraft equipment & facility financing, regulatory and litigation. His clients include major manufacturers, leading banks and financial institutions, lessors and export credit agencies, such as: ABN Amro, AerCap, Airbus, Aircastle, Airlease, Avions de Transport Regional GIE, Avolon, AWAS, Bank of America, Bank of China Aviation Limited, BBAM, BNP Paribas, Boeing, Bombardier, China Aircraft Leasing Company Limited, Citibank, COFACE, Dassault, Deutsche Bank, Dubai Aero Space, DVB, ECGD, ELFC, Embraer, Euler Hermes, GECAS, HKAC, ICBC, ILFC, JP Morgan Chase, Macquarie, Natixis, Standard Chartered, US Ex-Im, Willis Lease Finance Corporation et al. His practice includes government regulations, companies, cross-border financing and securitisation.

Mr Nath is a partner at one of India’s oldest legal firms, RNClegal / Rajinder Narain & Co. He was also the president of Inter Pacific Bar Association in 2004. Two of the firm’s other partners were chief justices of the Delhi High Court, and one a president of The High Court Bar Association.

During the last 10 years, Mr Nath has advised on transactions in excess of $15 billion. The Legal 500 stated: “Ravi Nath’s esteemed reputation as an aviation expert puts clear blue water between Rajinder Narain & Co. and its rivals…”
In addition, Who’s Who Legal 2013 has identified him as one of the world’s 10 highly reputed aviation lawyers. He is a frequent speaker at various International conferences and serves on the Legal Advisory Panel of Aviation Working Group.

Mr Nath served as the chair of the Aviation Committee of the International Bar Association and is the editor and author of various books and papers on aviation laws. He regularly advises on major aviation transactions and issues
Moreover, the Bar Association of India has conferred its highest honour on him. He was invited, along with India’s former finance minister, Mr P Chidambaram, and president of the Bar Association, Mr Nariman, to be a co-author on a book relating to legal aspects of doing business in India.

Mr Nath received his B. Com (Hons) and his LLB in International and Competition Law at King’s College London and in Public International Law at Harvard University. He completed an apprenticeship at erstwhile Sinclair Roche, London.

Aviation Law Practice:

The Firm is an avocat de confiance of Switzerland in India and regularly acts for major corporations, overseas banks and financial institutions based in the European Union, United States of America, Australia and South East Asia, and is consulted regularly by government entities and embassies of, amongst others, Israel and the European Union. The Firms core practice areas are:

RNClegal / Rajinder Narain & Co:

Rajinder Narain and Company was the first legal firm to be established in New Delhi soon after Independence of India in 1947 and the promulgation of the Constitution of India.

The Firm’s partners were elevated as Judges and then Chief Justices of the High Court and held offices as Presidents and Secretaries of the Bar Associations in India and Overseas AND Council members of various Legal Bodies and Associations.

The Firm specialises in International Corporate and Transactional work.

The Firm carries on work from its two offices located in Delhi and one in Mumbai and is widely regarded as having experienced teams.

Additionally, we have associates / correspondent lawyers in all major cities in India and major financial capitals around the world which enables us to provide seamless services.

The firm has been periodically awarded and recognized by national and international bodies, for its excellence.

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Urania Paulino

Urania Paulino joined the firm in 2003 and became senior counsel in 2009. She has 14 years of experience providing legal advice in the areas of foreign investment, corporate law, aviation law, banking law, contracts, free trade agreements, distribution and mergers and acquisitions.

Urania assists JetBlue Airways Corporation, a leader in the Dominican aviation market, in the opening of new routes, as well as on all regulatory and safety issues to ensure the correct functioning of their operations in the country. She also represented the Dominican Lawyers Guild during the negotiations of the Free Trade Agreement between Central America and the Dominican Republic (DR-CAFTA), protecting the interests of Dominican lawyers.

Urania has assisted prestigious international brands such as Louis Vuitton, Swarovski, L’Oreal, Volvo, Fiat, Daimler, General Electric, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Heinz, Dell, Hasbro, Holsum, among others in matters related to distribution and franchising. She has assisted several international companies in their establishment in the country, specifically a gas compression plant and a liquor aging company.

Urania was part of the legal team that advised the Association of Soft Drink Industries of the Dominican Republic, Inc. (ASIBEGAS) in the process initiated before the Unfair Trade Practice Regulatory Commission with regards to the implementation of safeguard measures to imports of containers and glass jars from all origins. This is one of the first cases brought before this regulatory committee pursuant to the provisions of Law No. 1-02 on Unfair Practices Trade and Safeguard Measures.

Urania received her Bachelor of Laws from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in 1999. In 2001, she graduated from the Master in International Legal Studies from Washington College of Law in American University. She has participated in several law and business programs in Georgetown University (2002) and Florida International University (2003, 2004). She is a member of the Dominican Bar Association and is fluent in both Spanish and English.

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Berend Crans

Berend Crans has a broad finance practice. In addition to general banking and finance transactions, he specialises in asset and project finance. Throughout his career at De Brauw, he has represented lessees, lenders and equity investors in numerous cross-border lease transactions. He has played a pioneering role in designing new transaction structures and restructuring existing structures to accommodate new asset classes. He also advises clients in structured finance transactions and debt restructurings.

Berend has particular expertise in aviation law and aircraft finance and has been involved, mainly as lender counsel, in many aircraft finance transactions, including JLLs, GLLs, ECA supported transactions, acquisitions of aircraft lease portfolios and securitisations. Berend has represented lessors and lenders in airline insolvencies. He is a guest lecturer in aircraft finance in the Advanced LLM Programme in Air & Space Law of the International Institute for Air and Space Law at Leiden University. Berend is De Brauw’s expert on matters and developments in African jurisdictions.

Aviation Law Practice:

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.

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Vonnick le Guillou

Vonnick is a highly reputed litigation lawyer in the aviation industry and has extensive experience in international liability claims.

Vonnick is a partner in our Paris office and the head of the Aviation Group in France, as well as head of the International Dispute Resolution Group.

She has developed a widely-recognised expertise in international litigation matters relating to product liability for aeronautical manufacturers as well as for original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) companies. For over 15 years she has advised a major European aeronautical manufacturer concerning issues in this area of expertise.

Vonnick specialises in domestic and international litigation relating to complex, cross-border liability cases, air transport and aviation insurance, for French and foreign industrial companies, airlines and insurers. She has acted in numerous aircraft crash cases, such as the Concorde crash in July 2000, the Air France flight 447 accident in 1 June 2009, as well as the Manx2 accident in Cork in February 2011. Se also handled high profile international liability claims in other industrial sectors, including the insurance sector.

Vonnick has been practicing as a lawyer since 1984. She is a member of several associations such as IAWA (International Aviation Women’s Association), IBA (International Bar Association) and of the Société Française de Droit Aérien et Spatial (French Society of Air and Space Law).

Aviation Law Practice:

We have practical, hands on experience of working within the aviation industry including advising airlines, lessors, financiers, aircraft manufacturers, groundhandlers, airports, MROs, freight forwarders, insurers, tour operators and travel agents around the world.

Strength in Breadth and Depth

Our mission is to combine our wide knowledge of the aviation sector and our legal expertise to develop commercial solutions that make business sense.

What unites our specialist team across our 27 offices worldwide is a genuine passion and enthusiasm for the industry.

We take pride in helping our clients to reach commercial, workable solutions across a wide range of transactions and ventures, at the cutting-edge of business and legal developments.

We can advise on just about every agreement, transaction, regulatory issue or type of dispute that the industry presents. Our aviation clients also turn to us for support on corporate transactions, employment, tax and intellectual property (IP) issues.

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Ilya Dvorkin

Ilya leads Allen & Overy’s Aircraft Finance practice in Russia and joined the Moscow office in 2008. He is a recognised expert in this field and acts for all of the leading players in the Russian market. He previously spent 18 months in Allen & Overy’s London office as a member of the Structured and Asset Finance team, acting for major lessors and financial institutions on complex cross-border asset finance transactions. Ilya’s practice features a wide range of aircraft financing matters, including pre-delivery payment financings, ECA financings, portfolio sales and leasing, as well as related Russian tax, customs and regulatory issues.

Ilya was the first lawyer to successfully lead the repossession of aircraft from Russia on behalf of an international lessor. Among others, he advised leading international lessors on the KrasAir and KD Avia cases. He also represented major aircraft lessors and banks on their restructurings and on airline bankruptcy cases in Russia.
The current edition of the Legal 500 refers to Ilya as “…one of the best aviation lawyers, if not the best, in the Russian market”. In 2014, as in previous years, Vedomosti named Ilya as the best aviation lawyer in Russia.

Aviation Law Practice:

The aviation sector continues to face a number of challenges.

Increased competition, overcapacity, security concerns, climate-related pressures and rising fuel costs coupled with the increasing consolidation of airlines have had a profound impact on the industry. ​

Allen & Overy’s Aviation practice has built a world-class reputation advising on many of the industry’s most significant and pivotal transactions. The team comprises leading lawyers who have a thorough understanding of the latest developments in the sector and what this means for clients domestically and internationally.

We provide global coverage to the aviation industry advising across all legal disciplines including workouts and restructurings, mergers and acquisitions (public and private), funding (equity and debt), aircraft portfolio sales and purchases, engine financings, operating leases, privatisations, sales and leasebacks, major fleet purchases, EIB backed financings, export credit backed financings, mergers and acquisitions, U.S. EXIM backed financings, cross-border tax and leveraged leases, receivables, funds and maintenance contracts. We also have aviation specialists in ancillary areas such as real estate, employment and tax who offer commercial advice tailored to the sector.

Our clients include banks, financiers, lessors, lessees, export credit agencies, airlines and manufacturers on the full range of aviation matters.

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Gintautas Šulija

Gintautas Šulija holds an LL.M. from Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, an MA and PhD degree in Law from Vilnius University, and a doctoral degree (summa cum laude) from Goethe University Frankfurt on Main. He was a DAAD scholar at the Goethe University Frankfurt on Main.

Prior to grounding the law firm, Dr Gintautas Šulija worked for a leading American law firm in London, focusing on corporate litigation and corporate investigations. During the preceding years before being admitted to the Lithuanian Bar Association he was at a large law firm in Vilnius where he worked on numerous international commercial transactions and other aspects of commercial law.

Dr Gintautas Šulija works in all areas of corporate and commercial law, with particular emphasis on the aviation law. He also advises in relation to the formation of companies, partnerships, joint ventures as well as on structuring a wide variety of complex business transactions.

Member of the Lithuanian Bar Association since 2003.

Aviation Law Practice:

For a number of years, aviation has been the Law Firm’s strongest practice. The managing partner of the law firm has been listed as the single Lithuanian lawyer by the legal directory Who is Who Legal 2015 in the Transport – Aviation finance practice area.We handle the most significant aviation transactions in Lithuania and are often attracted to support the aviation transactions in the CIS region. We are dedicated to providing expert legal services to companies active in the aviation sector. Generally, we work on all matters relating to the trading and financing of aircraft as well as many forms of aircraft lease (dry lease, wet lease, and ACMI) and act as local Lithuanian legal counsel in complex cross-border aviation financing transactions. We also deal with aviation services, aircraft mortgages, and other sector-specific regulations (e.g. EASA) for obtaining an AOC, as well as in investigations undertaken by civil aviation authorities.Over the last years, we, in cooperation with the English solicitors, have been supporting an international lessor during the litigation process at the London Commercial Court; we also advised an airline in a dispute on revocation of the air operator’s certificate, advised airlines on the cancelled and delayed flighs and many other contentous aviation matters. Our industry specific knowledge is relevant to financial institutions, investors, lessors, lessees, airlines, airport companies, service providers and other stakeholders of the aviation industry.

Šulija Partners Law Firm:

We are committed to behaving responsibly, and put our clients’ interests before personal interests. Client by client, we strive to promote excellence, loyalty and trust in client service, and add real value to our clients’ business with pragmatic, solution-driven, and commercially-effective legal advice. We are committed to meet the demands of the constantly evolving legal environment and challenges ahead us. We do not seek to become just a law firm, but rather to be the law firm that is involved in solving of the most sophisticated and challenging legal problems and to work on the most significant business transactions to earn the reputation in the market, to recruit and train the brightest law graduates. Eventually, this would lead us to the top of the legal market, and be a model for the modern legal practice in Lithuania.

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