Historically, Ireland has had strong links with the aviation industry. This diploma aims to foster and develop a sound knowledge of the key aspects of aviation leasing and finance in order to maximise the inherent talent and interest in this field in Ireland.
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Historically, Ireland has had strong links with the aviation industry. This diploma aims to foster and develop a sound knowledge of the key aspects of aviation leasing and finance in order to maximise the inherent talent and interest in this field in Ireland. Dublin is the hub of the aircraft leasing industry, with many of the aircraft leasing companies having their operations here. More than 3,400 aircraft are leased out of Dublin, and the sector contributes over €300 million in corporation tax to the exchequer each year. Ireland’s network of over 60 double tax treaties, combined with the absence of withholding tax on aircraft lease rentals and a corporate tax rate of 12.5%, make Ireland a commercially attractive place to set up and run an aircraft leasing company.
The lectures are given by senior practitioners in the area and cover the full remit of aviation leasing. This is then supported by workshops with a practical focus led by expert practitioners from the legal firms and leasing companies.
An aircraft leasing business needs experienced people and a depth of professional advisory support (whether legal, tax, accounting or corporate services) for this industry in Ireland to be world class. This diploma course will provide the key specific educational background to professionals looking to work in any of those service sectors as well as the aircraft leasing entities that are based in Ireland.
The course is run over six months and comprises four modules
Module 1: Introduction to aircraft leasing and finance
Profile of aviation industry in Ireland; airline approach to fleet planning; purchase of new aircraft from manufacturer; legal and risk issues that arise in the purchase of aircraft.
Module 2: Financing of an aircraft
Pre-delivery payment financing; legal and risk issues before delivery of aircraft; commercial debt financing; ECA/Ex-Im financing; tax; taking security.
Module 3: Leasing of an aircraft and engines
Panel session to discuss key concerns for operating lessors in 2012; operating leases; Irish legal issues; engine leasing.
Module 4: Regulatory issues
Aviation conventions; EU regulation; EU Emissions Trading Scheme; international aviation treaties; aviation agencies: Cape Town Convention, panel discussion explaining the rising importance of the Cape Town Convention in the aviation finance industry.
Who should attend?
This is an excellent opportunity for junior and experienced solicitors (working both in the commercial sector and in the in-house legal teams) to develop specialised knowledge in this area. While this diploma is primarily aimed at solicitors, barristers and trainees, it should also appeal to others, such as professionals working in aircraft leasing companies, those working in banks and financial institutions that fund the purchase of aircraft, or those interested in working in the area of aviation finance. If you are not a qualified solicitor, trainee or barrister, you must apply with a cover letter and curriculum vitae for approval in order to attend the course.
Lecturers and tutors
Our courses emphasise a practical ‘know how’ approach to the law. Our lecturers and tutors are drawn from members of the legal profession and industry who have significant practice expertise in these areas.