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Donna Ager

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Donna is head of Maples and Calder's European Aviation team and is based in the Maples Group's London office.  Donna advises 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 & 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 The 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 in the 2020 guide, a client attested that "she has the knowledge and knows the industry and the people in it".  Donna is also listed as a leading lawyer in her field by IFLR1000.  In 2021, Donna was awarded Women In Business Law Awards - Aviation Lawyer of the Year as well as Legal Advisor of the Year at the Women In Finance Awards.


Member of the Law Society of Ireland

Member of the The Aviation Club UK

Member of 100 Women in Finance



Asset Finance


Aviation Restructuring


2001 - Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales (not practising)

2011 - Admitted as a solicitor-advocate in England and Wales (non-practising)

2015 - Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland


Sheffield Hallam University, LLB (Hons), 1997

City University London, Post Graduate Diploma in Law, 1998

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

Qualifying Lawyers Transfer Scheme, 2011


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