Colby Dewart 252

Colby Dewart

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ctd@bdplaw.com
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Education:
Dalhousie University, Bachelor of Laws, 2004

University of Victoria, Bachelor of Arts, 1994

Bar admission: Alberta 2005
Industries:
Aerospace
Practice areas:
Commercial agreements, Corporate reorganizations, Joint ventures and other business combinations, Mergers, acquisitions and other strategic transactions

Experience

Colby's focus is on:

Commercial transactions

  • Mergers, acquisitions and other business combinations
  • Corporate reorganizations
  • Share and asset acquisition and dispositions
  • Negotiating and drafting a wide variety of corporate commercial agreements in many industry sectors

Aviation

  • Aircraft acquisition
  • Aircraft leasing, financing and all related matters

Professional involvement

Professional associations

  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association
  • Member, Aviation Working Group, Canada re the Cape Town Convention

Representative work

$232 million acquisition of Canadian Helicopters Limited

Counsel to Don Wall and CHL Heli-Acquisition Company Ltd. in the $232 million acquisition of HNZ Group Inc. (Canadian Helicopters Limited).

Acquisition of Kenn Borek Air Ltd.

Counsel to Don Wall and 11412175 Canada Ltd. on the acquisition of Kenn Borek Air Ltd.

Leasing aircraft for multiple international leasing companies

Special aviation counsel to various North American and International aviation leasing companies regarding leasing foreign owned aircraft to Canadian operators.

Avmax Group Inc.'s corporate reorganization

Counsel to Avmax Group Inc., an aviation services and consulting company, on its corporate reorganization and investment by a confidential third party.

Bistow Group Inc.'s acquisition of Cougar Helicopters Inc.

Aviation counsel to Bistow Group Inc., a leading provider of helicopter services to the worldwide offshore energy industry, in the acquisition of an interest in Cougar Helicopters Inc. for approximately US$250 million.

WestJet Airlines Ltd.'s negotiations to purchase 65 Boeing aircraft

Counsel to WestJet Airlines Ltd. in the negotiations to purchase 65 Boeing 737 Max aircraft.

WestJet Airlines Ltd.'s negotiations to purchase 45 Bombardier aircraft

Counsel to WestJet Airlines Ltd. in the negotiations to purchase 45 Bombardier Q400 aircraft.

Leasing of Boeing aircraft by WestJet Airlines Ltd.

Counsel to WestJet Airlines Ltd. in negotiations with various North American and international lessors to lease 40+ Boeing aircraft.

WestJet Airlines Ltd.'s guaranteed financing of 55 Boeing aircraft

Counsel to WestJet Airlines Ltd. in the financing for 55 Boeing 737 Aircraft guaranteed by Export-Import Bank of the United States.

Financing 45 Bombardier aircraft for WestJet Airlines Ltd.

Counsel to WestJet Airlines Ltd. in the financing of 45 Bombardier Q400 Aircraft by secured term loans with Export Development Canada.

Export Development Canada aircraft fleet financing

Counsel to Export Development Canada with respect to the aircraft fleet financing of Avmax Group Inc..

Acquisition by Sunwest Aerospace Ltd.

Counsel to Sunwest Aerospace Ltd. in the acquisition of a Canadian aircraft charter and management company.

Royal Bank of Canada aircraft leasing and financing

Counsel to Royal Bank of Canada with respect to the financing and leasing of 25+ aircraft.

Awards

Recent honours and recognition

Chambers Canada leading lawyer in transportation: aviation finance (2019-2023)

Named in the Legal 500 Canada as a next-generation partner in transport: aviation (2019-2022)

Recognized by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, as a leading lawyer in Asset Equipment Finance/Leasing (2017-2022)

Leading lawyer in aviation law by Who's Who Legal Canada (2017-2018)

Named in Legal Media's Expert Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers, as a rising star (2016-2017)