Stikeman Elliott has a long history with aviation industry clients who rely on us to manage their complex aircraft and equipment financing, leasing, transactional, regulatory compliance, and litigation matters. From the firm’s founding in 1952 to today, our clients have included globally recognized market leaders such as Air Canada and Bombardier, as well as equipment suppliers, airlines, airport operators, lessors, financiers, and insurers.

We leverage our significant industry expertise to develop creative financing solutions, such as our work on Air Canada’s innovative Enhanced Equipment Trust Certificate (EETC) debt financing, which was only made possible as a result of Canada’s ratification of the Cape Town Convention (aircraft protocol) in 2013.

Advanced technical expertise also enables us to provide highly strategic advice to clients involved in domestic and cross-border commercial disputes, product liability claims and class actions. We have particular experience in matters involving allegations of nonconformity with contractual specifications and/or product defects, disagreements over delivery processes or leasing arrangements and disputes with Canadian and international regulators.

Our Expertise

  • Aerospace and aviation regulatory compliance
  • Aircraft financing
  • Airport and infrastructure financing
  • Cross-border litigation
  • Deal of the Year and Energy & Industrials Deal of the Year – The Deal Awards 2020
  • Corporate Law Firm of the Year - Chambers Canada Awards 2017
  • Chambers Canada 2021 for Transportation: Aviation
  • The Legal 500 Canada 2020 for Transportation: Aviation
  • Lexpert 2019 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada for Mergers & Acquisitions