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Brennan Patrick High Resolution Image Patrick J. Brennan
Partner, Co-Head of Financial Services
T: 403.298.3433

Aviation clients need lawyers who understand not just the law but the business of aviation, including the unique practices of aircraft financing, the practical side of aircraft maintenance and overhaul, the relationships between aircraft, engine and parts manufacturers, owners, operators and financiers, and the tax environment in which domestic and international market participants operate.

Bennett Jones' experience in aviation law is unexcelled in Canada. In the past, we represented Canadian Airlines International and provided legal advice on all aspects of its business. Our partner, Stephen Sibold, took his expertise as a lawyer and applied it on behalf of Canadian Airlines as their general counsel. We have also provided for many years extensive fleet financing and related tax advice to major Canadian national and regional air carriers. As well as other owner-operators, we have also represented manufacturers and financing parties in connection with matters involving wide-body, narrow-body and private aircraft. In the course of our work we have dealt regularly with Transport Canada, NAV CANADA, airports and ground suppliers. We have also been extensively involved in government procurement of aviation services.

 Our aviation clients also draw on our broader tax experience, where we combine our knowledge of the unique business and tax issues of the aviation industry with broader corporate tax planning in connection with domestic and international business activities. We have broad experience structuring outbound investment activities including the formation of subsidiaries to conduct business activities outside Canada in a tax-efficient manner. In the course of our work, we have gained not only technical knowledge but a wide range of contacts among international tax advisors and related service organizations. Drawing on many years of experience, we combine up-to-date knowledge with extensive experience.

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Our experience includes asset/equipment finance and leasing, aircraft procurement and management, taxation, banking and finance, structured finance and asset securitization, restructuring and insolvency and airport infrastructure.

Recent Recognitions

  • 2017, Chambers Canada

    Bennett Jones, ranked, Band 1, Transportation: Aviation: Finance
    "They're very good - extremely knowledgeable in the industry."
  • The Legal 500 Canada

    Bennett Jones, ranked, Band 1, Transport: Aviation
  • "the most comprehensive aviation practice in Canada"
  • 2016, Chambers Canada

    Bennett Jones, ranked, Band 1, Transportation: Aviation: Finance
    "Their work is excellent. They are very responsive, very good at client management and have the resources to deal with more complicated transactions." "An incredible work ethic - they work very hard at all hours of the day."

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