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HFW Aero Magazine – Edition 7 – October 2022

Market Insight
21 October 2022

Welcome to the new edition of Aero Quarterly, put together by our team in Paris and Brussels with a focus on Europe. We feature a fascinating article by Victor Vuillard, Cybersecurity CTO at French drone manufacturer Parrot, who tells us why Europe would do well to adopt the US Army’s “Trusted Drones” model for cybersecurity.

We also look at how recent developments in French criminal law will affect airlines– first, we explain why they must now choose their words very carefully when advertising carbon neutrality initiatives, or risk criminal conviction for greenwashing. Then, with in-flight incivility on the rise, we outline the new range of criminal and administrative sanctions which will give them more power to deter and penalise unruly passengers.

As you may know, there have recently been some developments in our global aerospace team. Following Giles Kavanagh’s election as HFW’s Global Senior Partner, I was very proud to be elected as the new Global Head of our Aerospace team, effective from 1 April 2022. I am currently based in Singapore but will be relocating to London in 2023, and am looking forward to leading the team over the coming years. David Brotherton, who coordinates the activities of the aviation finance team, will act as my deputy, and has also relocated from Singapore to London. Our London aviation finance capability has also been strengthened by the recent arrival of Rebecca Quayle, who joins as a Partner from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.

We look forward to keeping in touch with you in the months to come.

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