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Donna is head of Maples and Calder's European Aviation team, advising on tax-efficient leasing and financing structures, in addition to platform establishments and transportation business acquisitions and disposals, all from an Irish law perspective.  Having worked on the acquisition, finance, leasing and disposal of transportation assets for more than 15 years, Donna has extensive industry and structuring knowledge, notably in the aviation sector where she specialises.  Regarded by her clients as practical and commercial, Donna's expertise extends across all transportation assets and her London city training provides for a unique and refreshing approach to the role of Irish counsel.




Donna joined the Maples Group in 2015.  Prior to this, she was a partner in the asset finance team of Simmons and Simmons and before that spent nine years at Clifford Chance.  She started her career with Freshfields before moving to Airbus S.A.S. in Toulouse in France where she gained valuable technical, commercial and sought after MRO knowledge.  Donna has been described by Legal 500 as being part of a "new generation of partners" who focus on finding innovative solutions to ensure the spirit of the deal remains paramount.  She has been ranked by Chambers Global and listed as a leading lawyer in her field by IFLR.


2015 - Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland

2011 - Admitted as a Solicitor-Advocate in England & Wales (non-practising)

2001 - Called to the Bar of England & Wales


Qualifying Lawyers Transfer Scheme, 2011

Inns of Court School of Law, London, Bar Vocation Course, 1998

City University London, Post Graduate Diploma in Law, 1998

Sheffield Hallam University, LLB (Hons), 1997

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