Buddle Findlay has a well established reputation for our depth of experience and knowledge of New Zealand aviation law. Our technical excellence allows us to achieve outcomes which meet the commercial objectives of our clients.


Aviation is an essential part of the transport infrastructure of every country.  We advise on all areas of law relating to aircraft as well as specialist areas of aviation law.  We provide responsive, forward-looking solutions relying on our extensive technical expertise and experience. 

We act for airlines, manufacturers, banks, lessors, export credit agencies and insurers.

Our expertise includes:

  • Aircraft financing and leasing including rule 144A enhanced equipment note (EEN) issues in the US private placement market

  • Sale and purchase of aircraft, engines and related equipment

  • Aircraft recovery including obtaining court orders for possession of aircraft

  • Sale and purchase of aviation related businesses including ground handling and airline catering businesses and airlines themselves

  • Commercial agreements such as code sharing, marketing and alliance agreements

  • Regulatory compliance advice including New Zealand Civil Aviation Rules compliance and competition advice

  • Montreal Convention claims relating to passengers, baggage and cargo.


Work highlights

Advising on the sale and lease-back

of two wide-bodied aircraft

Advising various aircraft lessors

on leasing and recovery of aircraft

Advising an international airline

on air cargo cartel allegations by New Zealand Commerce Commission

Advising airlines

on passenger fatality claims under the Montreal Convention and related international treaties

Advising a leading international airline

on cargo claims under the Montreal Convention

Advising an off-shore contractor

on liability issues arising from contracts to upgrade a fleet of aircraft

Our team

Frank Porter

Frank Porter

Partner, Auckland

Frank specialises in aviation, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), banking, project finance and procurement. Frank advises local and...

  • DDI +64 9 358 7016
  • M +64 21 635 646


Sherridan Cook

Sherridan Cook

Partner, Auckland

Sherridan specialises in employment, industrial relations and health and safety as well as litigation and dispute resolution...

  • DDI +64 9 357 1858
  • M +64 27 545 9768