The Aviation Practice Group of the Firm has as its clientele, leading aircraft manufacturers, prominent international and domestic passenger and cargo airlines, NSOs, MROs, aviation fuel suppliers, entrepreneurs, financial institutions, industry associations and regulatory bodies.

The Firm has advised aircraft manufacturers, operators (scheduled and NSOs) and financial institutions in transactions relating to acquisition of aircrafts (by way of purchase and lease), aircraft components & engines. The assistance involved structuring of the transactions, negotiation and preparation of documentation for aircraft leasing and financing, security creation, etc. The Firm also advises airline companies in India on Taxation (direct and indirect), importation of aircraft, compliance and operational issues and exchange control regulations.

The Firm assists clients with respect to registration, deregistration and re-possession of aircrafts from Indian operators (in the context of Cape Town Convention), including handling litigation and various regulatory issues before courts and regulatory authorities.

The Firm handles, on behalf of several international airlines and industry associations, high-stakes disputes pertaining to employment, commercial contracts, cargo and ground handling, agency contracts, claims by passengers etc.


Key Practice Differentiators

  • The Firm has extensive experience in handling aviation matters and, in particular aircraft leasing, having advised not only airlines but also aircraft and engine manufacturers, leasing companies and financial institutions. Our services range from preparing jurisdictional analyses, rendering of structuring advice, advising on compliance, regulatory and tax issues and advising on repossession strategies.
  • The Aviation Practice group is unique as it comprises practitioners with integrated law firm and in-house aviation industry experience. In matters involving repossession of aircraft from defaulting lessees, the Aviation practice group draws extensive support from the litigation team. In structuring of deals, the team is ably supported by the Corporate, Regulatory and Taxation groups.
  • The Firm’s pan-Indian footprint enables it to service clients in any location within India where the aircraft may be located.

Awards & Recognitions

  • Top-Tier Firm for Aviation, Aerospace and Defence by Legal 500 Asia Pacific for (2018-2022)
    Legal 500
  • Recipient of India Law Firm Awards by IBLJ for Aviation Law 2020, 2021
  • Ajith C.R is recognised as a Recommended Lawyer by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021,2022
    Legal 500
  • Nishant Menon is recognised as a Recommended Lawyer by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021,2022
    Legal 500
  • Sheetal Sabnis is recognised as a Recommended Lawyer by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022
    Legal 500
Key Contacts

Sheetal Sabnis

Chandrasekhar Tampi