João Paulo “JP” Servera, Felsberg Advogados

Rebecca Hawkins
By Rebecca Hawkins July 24, 2017 09:48

LEADING LAWYER DIRECTORY – João Paulo “JP” Servera, Felsberg Advogados


Head of Aircraft Financing & Corporate
Brazil
+55 (21) 2156-7598
jpservera@felsberg.com.br


JP’s Advice

“Making deals on certain jurisdictions may be more complex than on others. This may sound very obvious, however when working in jurisdictions like Brazil, although the aviation market is quite established, one must pay attention and understand the unrelated government authorities requirements to properly solve the legal puzzle and smoothly complete a “stress-free” transaction. As Brazil is a civil law country, local legislation and available remedies are much different from a typical common law jurisdiction remedies (such as the US and the UK) and proper cross-border and aviation finance legal experience is of essence to make sure the local security package built will give full effect to the remedies expected by a foreign lender/lessor when enforcement of such remedies is needed. In short, proper and matured advice will guarantee a transaction is fast, solid and properly secured.”

JP’s Background

“I have a law degree from Universidade Cândido Mendes – Brazil (LLB) and specialized in Capital Markets from Fundação Getúlio Vargas. After having started my career in one of Brazil’s most respected law firms and dedicated my practice to litigation and restructuring matters, I had the opportunity to represent several aircraft lessors in the largest Brazilian airline bankruptcy judicial procedure (Varig Linhas Aéreas S/A) in the early 2000’s. Since then, my practice migrated from litigation and restructuring to aviation, a field to which I am currently fully dedicated, in special to aircraft finance.”

Official Biography

João Paulo “JP” Servera focuses his practice on asset finance and corporate law, with relevant experience in aircraft financing and cross-border transactions. JP works closely with his clients advising on a variety of matters, including foreign investment and cross border securitization. Having joined Felsberg in May 2015, João is the Head of Felsberg’s Aviation Department, leading a team exclusively dedicated to Aircraft Finance and General Aviation matters.

After having started his career in one of Brazil’s most respected law firms and dedicated his legal practice to litigation and restructuring matters, JP represented lessors in the largest Brazilian airline bankruptcy judicial procedure in the early 2000’s. Since then, his practice migrated from litigation and restructuring to aviation, a field to which he is currently dedicated. With over a decade of experience in Aircraft Finance transactions involving commercial aircraft, general air service companies, helicopters and corporate aircraft, JP has been assisting ECAs, Banks, Financiers, Lessors, operators and other lenders/creditors in the securitization of assets in Brazil. In addition, the combination of his earlier career experience and the past decade’s practice brought to JP an extensive background and experience in aircraft-related commercial litigation, mostly involving aircraft repossession, insolvency procedures and bankruptcy.

JP is an active member of the Aviation Working Group – AWG in Brazil and was directly involved in the implementation of the Cape Town Convention and the drafting of local laws and regulations.

Several important guides and editorial have listed and ranked JP Servera as a leading professional in Brazil. JP has also joined as speaker in important aviation events, in Brazil and several Sates within the United States.

JP also assists aviation clients in corporate-related matters in which he has been frequently designing the development of companies and/or group’s corporate structures and advising on contractual law, customs matters and tax planning, commercial litigation, regulatory matters, as well as drafting and negotiating joint-ventures and shareholders agreements

JP is also author and co-author on several publications, most notably the Brazil Chapter published by the Aviation Law Review in 2016, as well as in several editorials.

Rebecca Hawkins
By Rebecca Hawkins July 24, 2017 09:48

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