Members of our Aviation team (which include licensed pilots) regularly support the needs of a diverse range of aviation-sector participants. Our expertise spans most areas of the aviation industry, giving us a strong awareness of the international operating landscape. There are very few operational agreements that our team has not supported on behalf of a wide range of airlines. GLS Law understands the latest sector developments and can translate these into client efficiencies.

Our team members have represented investment banks, airlines, leasing companies, financial guarantors and other participants in a broad array of aircraft-related financings as well as airport infrastructure projects. We also have extensive experience advising on a wide range of corporate and aviation regulation matters, and our expertise spans the breadth of airline operational agreements, including aircraft refurbishment, maintenance, agency and sponsorship agreements, catering, fuel supply, chartering, cargo, duty free agreements, lounge access and flight simulator agreements, to name a few.


  • Commercial Aviation
  • Aircraft Financing
  • Aircraft Leasing
  • Restructuring & M/A
  • Sale & Leaseback
  • Airport Concessions


  • Airlines & Air Operators
  • Airports & Infrastructure
  • Aircraft Catering Agreement
  • Advertising & Marketing
  • Privacy Regulation
  • Aviator Sector Insurance
  • Cargo Handling
  • Duty Free
  • Passenger & Cargo Sales
  • Lounge Occupation
  • Aviation Regulation


  • Aviation Industry Precedents
  • Supply Chain Management
  • IP Management
  • Legal Policy Documents
  • Contract Negotiation
  • IT & IP

Matthew Glynn

Managing Director - GLS Law Firm


+65 6817 8202

Indicative Experience

Qatar: Re-organizing Amiri Flight royal families fleets – separating Royal Family aircraft from the national fleet.

UAE: Incorporation of parent entity and securing of air operator licences. Formulation of group structure and internal policy documents, including employment arrangements, corporate governance and day-to-day contracting arrangements.

Hong Kong: overseeing the production of a global data protection programme for Cathay Pacific.

Hong Kong: Advising Cathay Pacific on the procurement of an in-flight Wifi system – one of the first such deployments of its kind.

Global: Advising Etihad on the implementation of a global procurement playbook to streamline international procurement activities.

Global: Advising Etihad on the implementation of a global trademark protection program.

UAE: Providing general legal support for operational matters in connection with UAE business of a Middle Eastern based airline.

UAE: Advising on the total re-design of a Middle Eastern based airline procurement policies including a re-draft/update of their entire precedent base.

UAE: Advising Etihad on the acquisition of naming rights for the Etihad Stadium, Melbourne.

UAE: Advising Etihad in the record breaking sponsorship arrangement with Manchester City FC, including acquisition of naming rights.

UAE: Advising Etihad in relation to employee / labour issues and GCAA certification requirements.

UAE: Advising Etihad on the formulation and deployment of a global group legal policy to span all commercial contracting activities.

Global: Advising on a range of global regulatory surveys to assist with cross-border decision making.

Saudi Arabia: Advising the Saudi Aviation Authority on a range of regulatory issues.

MENA: Advising DNATA in connection with the implementation of a baggage handling system.

Middle East: Advising on the refurbishment of 30+ Russian military helicopters for delivery into US forces in Iraq.

India: Advising a South African bank on the funding and delivery of replacement aircraft engine to an aircraft in India.

South Africa: Advising a South African bank on the repossession of 6 PC-12 aircraft in a default aircraft funding scenario.

South Africa: Advising on the aircraft financing for several major South African airlines.

Africa: Advising a Big 4 African Bank on the renegotiation of major charter agreements

Africa: Advising a Big 4 African Bank providing operational funding for a global helicopter provider.

Africa: Advising a Big 4 African Bank on the provision of merchant acquiring arrangements with major African region airlines.

Africa: Advising a Big 4 African Bank on the implementation of an “aviation card” to pay for fuel, aircraft maintenance for corporate aircraft operators.

Japan: advising on the establishment of a Japan based low cost carrier.

Thailand: Advising Shin Satellite on Loral and BA Systems launch and payload construction, launch and financing agreements.

South Africa: Advising Standard Bank on creating SPV’s to own and lease aircraft.

MENA: advising on the purchase of two private aircraft for an ultra-high net worth individual (i.e. Crown Prince).

UAE: advising in connection to an MBO of a leading UAE private jet company (Empire Aviation Group).

Indonesia: Assisting Garuda’s Lloyds of London Underwriters in their post-NTSB investigation following a serious jet-engine explosion affixed to a 747 passenger plane over Indonesia whilst en route to Amsterdam.