Practice Areas & Industries: Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP


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Our Business Aviation attorneys have spent decades in the industry – and as a result, they possess deep, highly specialized knowledge of this unique sector. If you are an owner, operator or financier of business or personal aircraft, our attorneys can offer you world-class representation.

Services for Owners & Operators
Our attorneys represent owners and operators in all aspects of purchasing, selling, financing and operating business aircraft. We will help you navigate the maze of tax, regulatory, liability and practical requirements that affect and complicate the ownership and operation of business aircraft. Our goal is to keep you operating legally, efficiently and safely. We offer advice on the following issues, among others:

–  Structuring of ownership and operation of business aircraft

–  Structuring of fractional shares to comply with FAA regulations

–  Risk management planning concerns and objectives

–  Leasing and finance

–  Management and charter contracts

–  Acquisitions and sales

–  State and federal tax issues

–  Using business aircraft for personal travel without jeopardizing legitimate business deductions

Who We Serve
Our client list spans the entire spectrum of owners and operators – from Fortune 500 companies to mid-sized businesses to individuals who own or operate their own aircraft. We represent domestic as well as international clients and both importers and exporters of aircraft.

Value Added
As a value-added service, we also connect clients with other skilled industry specialists including aircraft brokers, fractional interest providers, management and charter companies, financial institutions and facilitators of 1031 exchanges, among others.

Services for Financial Institutions
We also represent banks, leasing companies and other financial institutions on the financing side of business aviation transactions. In addition to serving established players, we also offer guidance and documentation packages to companies seeking to enter the aviation finance market. Our services for financial institutions include:

–  Structuring transactions

–  Reviewing terms sheets and commitment letters

–  Documentation of the lease or loan

–  Workouts and bankruptcies

Multi-disciplinary Approach
Many business aviation problems are multi-layered and require highly specialized counsel. As part of a full-service business law firm, we are able to offer instant access to leading specialists in other areas of law relevant to your ownership and operation of business aircraft, including:

–  Banking and Financial Institutions

–  Labor & Employment

–  Tax

–  Trusts and Estates