The aviation industry is legally intensive – it is regulated, international, highly competitive and changing. In such a dynamic market, clients require expert advice from a legal partner that understands where the industry is going, in both Canada and abroad, and has experience working with the leading players that are shaping its future.

McMillan's Transportation Industry Group provides expert legal counsel to clients in the aviation sector. Our lawyers have represented national and international airlines, aviation associations, aerospace and defence contractors, aircraft and parts manufacturers, and maintenance providers, as well as aircraft operators, purchasers, sellers, financiers, lessors and lessees, airport authorities and aerodrome operators, air cargo organizations and pilots.

McMillan professionals help clients lead by:

  • Advising on local and international regulatory regimes and treaties
  • Advising on airport infrastructure development
  • Advising air carriers on foreign ownership rules that may affect their holdings
  • Assisting clients with tax matters related to aircraft ownership and finance
  • Advising on insurance and risk management issues
  • Representing clients in bankruptcy and restructuring proceedings
  • Advising carriers with respect to air passenger rights
  • Representing clients in claims-related litigation and dispute resolution, including class actions
  • Assisting with crisis management planning
  • Representing carriers and brokers in the purchase, lease and disposition of aircraft, engines, parts and other equipment
  • Advising on equity and debt financings, mergers, acquisitions and investments
  • Negotiating charters, maintenance agreements and other commercial and operational arrangements, such as codeshare agreements