Matthieu is the founder and managing partner of Odi-sé Avocats. He has more than 25 years of experience of advising lenders, lessors, manufacturers and airlines on all legal aspects of aircraft operation, maintenance, finance and leasing. He is a recognized expert in business aviation, having acted on the purchase, disposal, financing and operation of all types of business jets in a great variety of jurisdictions across the globe.
In addition, Matthieu has developed a niche practice in the outsourcing of aircraft and aviation related services by State authorities. He drafted the first public-private partnership contract ever awarded by the French State, in relation to the provision of helicopter flight hours to the French light aviation training centre at Dax. He has since advised sponsors and lenders on most of the defense PPP contract tenders issued by the French MoD.
Matthieu is a member of the Legal and European Affairs Sub-Committee of the Associated Member Advisory Council of the European Business Aviation Association.
Matthieu de Varax is ranked in Band 2 by Chambers and Partners and in Band 3 by Legal 500 among leading aviation finance lawyers for France.
Thomas is a partner of Odi-sé Avocats with a wealth of experience in structured finance, debt restructurings and work-outs, acquired in both top ranking international law firms and major financial institutions. This dual practice provides Thomas with a deep understanding of clients' needs and expectations in complex cross-border financing transactions.
Thomas advises the firm’s international and domestic clients on all legal aspects of the purchase, disposal, leasing and financing of aircraft.
Having held expert and senior positions in the legal department of global banking institutions and in law firms, Thomas covers the full spectrum of legal issues surrounding the financing and leasing of large assets, from the structuring of transactions to work outs and default situations, including repossession and insolvency.
Thomas speaks French and English and is a member of the Paris bar.