Christian Hansen | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

Christian Hansen

Partner, Miami

Christian Hansen is “very experienced in aviation law, and he has excellent contacts within the aviation industry.”

Chambers USA 2014

Overview

Christian is Regional Section Head of the Americas Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance section. He advises clients on international joint ventures, M&A activity, secured lending and equipment finance transactions.

He has represented export credit agencies, buyers, sellers, lenders, lessors and lessees in an array of major transactions, guiding his clients through what can be a highly complex and technical process. Christian's advisory practice has a particular focus on the airline industry, and he has developed both a deep knowledge of this sector and strong relationships with a number of airlines.

He has considerable experience of advising clients on aircraft and spare engine financing transactions, as well as on complex asset-backed financings. He has worked with state-owned export credit agencies, airlines, aircraft lessors, banks and other financial institutions.

Christian's understanding of aircraft finance transactions and the aviation industry in general has led to numerous engagements by airlines, providing strategic advice in connection with their most important financial and operational contracts. His work in this area includes a number of several cross-border investment and joint venture transactions. He was also heavily involved in the negotiation and implementation of some of the first long-term "power by the hour" maintenance arrangements involving non-US airlines.

In addition, Christian has worked very closely with his airline clients on their strategic alliance arrangements. He is frequently called upon to advise clients on code-share agreements, maintenance joint ventures, loyalty program implementation and spin-offs, and similar matters.

Before relocating to the Firm's Miami office, Christian was based in White & Case's New York and Mexico offices. He gained experience and knowledge of the Mexican and wider Latin American market, and has been involved in numerous significant financing transactions, representing Mexican issuers, borrowers, commercial banks and investment banks. These transactions have included debt and equity securities offerings using traditional private placements, Euro-offerings, combined Regulation S/Rule 144A offerings and registered US public offerings.

Bars and Courts

  • New York State Bar
  • Florida State Bar

Education

  • JD, New York University School of Law
  • BA, Johns Hopkins University

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Experience

Awards & Recognition

Leading Lawyer (Band 2): Transportation: Aviation: Finance – Nationwide, Chambers USA 2014

Best Lawyer: Equipment Finance Law, The Best Lawyers in America, 2013