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Hafez & Partners and DLA Piper Secure Aircraft Asset

Hafez & Partners (H&P) and DLA Piper collaborated to represent an international aircraft lessor in reclaiming its asset, an aircraft held by a lessee in violation of an Aircraft Lease Agreement. Led by Ahmed Hafez (Managing Partner, pictured left) and Karim G. Ghorab (Counsel, Head of Dispute Resolution, pictured center), the team worked closely with aviation experts Tony Payne (Partner and Global Head of Aviation, pictured right) and Eric Oehy (Associate) from DLA Piper, serving as lead counsel for the lessor. 

Over nearly two years, H&P and DLA Piper’s aviation team diligently addressed unprecedented technical, legal, and practical challenges faced by the lessor. Throughout the entire process, H&P and DLA Piper maintained open lines of communication and negotiation with government authorities. By engaging in constructive dialogue, they navigated the complexities of the situation and addressed regulatory concerns related to the non-airworthiness of the grounded aircraft.