Aviation Transaction Services - Waystone

      Aviation Transaction Services

      With over 75 countries in our double tax treaty network and a favourable tax environment, we can offer you a comprehensive and competitive service in the domicile of choice for aviation leasing transactions.

      Our highly experienced corporate Aviation Team has extensive experience in aviation transactions and has expertise in the relevant areas of accounting, tax and law. The team also has direct experience in managing complex structures within aviation finance, providing clients with a comprehensive and best-in-class solution when it comes to aircraft leasing transactions. With our global footprint, we can facilitate the administration of large and complex multi-jurisdictional structures.

      Industry-experienced aviation directors

      Waystone provides aviation specific directors for client aviation structures. Our senior aviation directors have been directly involved in the aviation industry and have a combined experience of over 50 years, holding senior positions at GPA, Airbus, and other significant aircraft-leasing companies. All directors are highly-experienced to provide real guidance to your investment vehicle.

      Comprehensive Aviation Leasing Services for SPVs

      Our aircraft leasing consultants are at the forefront of this industry as a result of our extensive experience of securitisation. We provide support services to SPVs engaged in various aircraft lease types including:

      • Sale and lease back
      • Operating lease
      • Financing lease
      • Securitisations of aircraft or engine portfolios

      Waystone’s Aircraft Lease management & Administration Services

      Waystone offers the following management and administration services:

      • Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) incorporation
      • Directors
      • Company secretary and secretarial services
      • Registered office
      • Bookkeeping, taxation and reporting international registry compliance
      • Share trustee
      • Bank account and treasury management services
      • Aircraft lease (from commercial aircraft to private jets) and contracts management via Leasepoint from AMT Sybex
      • Owner Trusts in Aviation Transactions

      The Benefits of Launching an Aviation Fund

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      Let’s talk about the benefits of a regulated aviation fund. A regulated aviation fund is normally established as a QIAIF. That’s a Qualified Investor Alternative Investment Fund, which is an investment strategy that is focused on aviation assets. Regulated aviation funds exist due to the ever-increasing investor demand for aviation opportunities, implemented through a regulated structure rather than the alternative unregulated structures, such as an SPV or a securitization.

      What are the benefits of a Regulated Aviation Fund for the fund manager or lessor?

      It’s the access to a larger pool of investor capital, including large insurance companies and pension funds. Also, there’s no requirements to have skin in the game, which is often the case when securitizing a portfolio of assets in Europe. Patient investor capital means more realistic investor expectations in terms of returns over a longer time horizon when compared to a typical corporate bond issuance. And for investors, the benefits include investors being protected by a fully regulated, AIFMD compliant structure. This type of structure is safer than alternative unsecured funding vehicles. Due to its regulation, investors are less constrained in the amount that they can allocate to this QIAIF structure.

      Contact us today to find out how Waystone can help with the setup and management of your regulated aviation fund and to learn more about our corporate services solution.

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