We have helped our aerospace clients negotiate OEM and tier 1 contracts on every current major aircraft programme including A350, A380, A320NEO, 767, A400M and A300.

We also have a unique insight into the industry’s mergers and acquisitions focus. Our experience means we know what to look for if you are buying and how to prepare if you are selling.

BHW can also advise on implementing supply chain and procurement systems and on outsourcing for processes, supply, AGS and sub-assembly.

OEM and Tier 1 Contracts

We are the UK’s leading lawyers for supply chain OEM and Tier 1 contracts in the aerospace industry.

Our team has been instrumental in defining the latest generation of standard industry contracts with the world’s primary aircraft OEMs and Tier 1s. We have advised on contracts with Airbus, Rolls-Royce, GKN, Lockheed Martin, Fokker, Spirit, BAE, Eurocopter and many others.

The strategic significance of “life of programme” contracts often means that important commercial and legal details are overlooked. We have helped our Aerospace clients negotiate commercially balanced contracts, providing security of supply for the customer and certainty for the supplier.

Aerospace M&A

The pressure to consolidate has seen a high level of aerospace mergers and acquisitions activity in the industry, particularly for Tier 2 and 3 suppliers.

Our corporate team will guide you through all the stages of your deal ensuring your targets are met, where necessary undertaking programme contract risk assessments or negotiating programme contract variations.

We can also work together with your wider legal & professional team where our experience will add value. We have provided specialist input on some of the most significant OEM driven acquisitions, undertaking contract audits, Main Programme Contract assessments and Company Secretarial services.

Supply Chain & Procurement

Once customer contracts are agreed it is essential that your initial obligations are mirrored in your supply chain and that your suppliers will react to the evolving needs of your customer and the programme.

BHW’s experienced aerospace solicitors will implement supply chain and procurement systems to enable you to secure the flow down of client requirements to your supply chain. We work with our clients to understand their ordering and order acceptance procedures and provide integrated supply chain contract solutions.

We have wide experience in all outsourcing and supply chain contracts relating to processes, fabrications, paint supply, AGS and subcontracting component and sub-assembly supply.

We can help you protect your supply chain by agreeing from industry acceptable terms and conditions to joint ventures with strategic offshore manufacturing partners.

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