Global law firm K&L Gates LLP has again been ranked among the very top law firms in Airfinance Journal’s 2022 Legal Survey, with the firm being recognized for the fifth year in a row as the most active law firm for structured lease transactions, as well as for the second consecutive year as the second most active firm for transactions involving the sales and purchases of aircraft, based on deal volume.
The 2022 Survey also lists K&L Gates as the most active law firm in Africa and among the top two most active law firms in Europe based on 2021 overall deal volume. The firm is listed as the third most active law firm globally and in the Middle East, and fourth most active in the Asia-Pacific.
“We are thrilled that our global aviation finance practice continues to be recognized by Airfinance Journal and key industry leaders as one of the top law firms working on major deals globally in this sector,” said Robert Melson, a partner in the Tokyo office and a leader of K&L Gates’ global aviation finance practice. “During COVID lockdowns that negatively impacted the aviation industry, we continued investing in bolstering our practice and capabilities, which allowed us to maintain a first-in-class team of lawyers who can assist diverse clients with a broad range of issues, wherever their needs may arise. We are honored to be acknowledged as a leading legal service provider and trusted adviser.”
K&L Gates’ aviation finance practice represents financial institutions and leasing companies around the globe in connection with aircraft finance and leasing transactions, including the structuring, documenting, and negotiating of aircraft finance transactions and cross-border transactions involving multiple jurisdictions. The team works closely with its colleagues in the tax, regulatory, and litigation support practice groups in order to advise and assist financial institutions, leasing companies, and airlines on a variety of aviation matters.