First in class. We are
the business jet lawyers.

With top-ranked true business jet specialists throughout our large global network, we are pleased to offer our business jet owning clients the legal services of the top aviation law firm in the world. Business jets are not commercial jets, and our business jet practice is unique in that it is not simply an afterthought to our highly regarded wider commercial jet practice.

Apart from the strength of our experience, we are known for client service and care that is centred on the unique needs of our business jet owning clients - those whose money is at stake. With well over 300 business jet purchase, sale and finance transactions to our name, our clients' private jets fill the sky.

Sale and Purchase

"The involvement of an experienced Clyde & Co business jet lawyer at an early stage of new or used business jet sale or purchase can add real value to the owner or prospective owner."

Too often, business jet buyers and sellers do not avail themselves of any experienced legal advice, which they otherwise would when engaging in such a high value transaction. This is especially true when it comes to new business jets, even though there is always additional value that can be extracted from a given manufacturer's otherwise standard sale documentation. We will guide you through the drafting and negotiation of the sale and purchase contract (new or used), and advise on the most appropriate way to conclude the sale and purchase, drawing on our many years of experience in both business jet sale and purchase transactions. This will result in tangible financial value.


"Clyde & Co's knowledge of the business jet finance market is, quite simply, second to none"

We have, over the years, worked on billions of dollars worth of business jet financings, from VIP airliner fleet financings through to single aircraft loans; our experience is second to none. This wealth of experience means we can help you get the best value deal and a financing structure that fits your needs.

Operation and Management

"Business jet operation and management arrangements are key to any owner's financial interests, Clyde & Co has advised countless owners in this regard."

Most business jet operators will advise that the annual running cost of an aircraft is one-tenth of the aircraft's purchase price, so investment in operation / maintenance of the aircraft is as critical a business decision as the purchase of the aircraft itself. We can guide you through the relevant issues. Which registry is appropriate? Where will the aircraft be habitually based and mainly used? Will the aircraft be used purely for private use, or for the use of your business, or chartered to third parties? How does this fit with the requirements of financiers, or the structure of the ownership of the aircraft? Is it advisable for the airframe / engines / APU to be placed on PBH maintenance programmes? Which type of operator would be appropriate? We have many years of experience in advising on management and operation agreements, the aim being to ensure maximum safety at minimum cost. We also act for a number of business jets operators, and owners appreciate and value such knowledge and experience.


"Insurance is critically important - but too often not fully understood. It is important to have the ability to call on expert advice."

As the world's most highly regarded aviation insurance law firms Clyde & Co regularly acts for owners, operators and insurers in insurance policy disputes. A deep understanding of aviation insurance is second nature to our lawyers, who are able to provide cost-effective, on-the-spot advice and who do so "as standard" in every transaction. Timing can be critical, in particular when choosing jurisdiction or securing evidence. Our dedicated aviation insurance department also provides a 24 hour emergency response.

Dispute Resolution

"Clyde & Co is a leading disputes firm with an excellent track record and extensive experience in handling business jet-related disputes and litigation."

With a global disputes practice that operates in the majority of world's jurisdictions, we can guide those unfamiliar with a court system or arbitration through what can sometimes be a complex process. Prolonged legal proceedings are not always the most advantageous path, particularly when trying to preserve a commercial relationship. Sometimes, however, it helps to wave a big stick. In any event, we understand that considered legal advice at an early stage could save both time and money and often move you closer to a suitable resolution.

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