Donald G. Gray
Donald G. Gray
(416) 863-2400
(416) 863-2653
199 Bay St, Suite 4000, Commerce Court West, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 1984 (ON)
Donald is Chair of the Firm's Aviation & Aerospace group. Donald advises a number of aircraft and engine lessors, financiers, manufacturers, and domestic and international airlines on aircraft finance and aviation commercial and regulatory law matters. Donald has considerable airline industry experience, including as VP and GC of an international charter airline, an Air Canada regional connector, and an international cargo carrier. He also served as VP, maintenance and engineering, for the airline group. Donald is an active aircraft owner and IFR (instrument flight rules) rated pilot. He holds Canadian, US, and South African aviation documents. He was a Canadian delegate to the UNIDROIT/ICAO sessions that prepared the Cape Town Convention. Donald is a member of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Air Transport Association of Canada, the Section on Business Law/Aircraft Financing Subcommittee and Forum on Air and Space Law/Aircraft Finance and Contracts Division of the ABA, the National Air and Space Section of the CBA, the Aeronautical Law Section of the International Bar Association, and the OBA. He is also a member of the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading.
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Air Canada closed its private offering of three tranches of Enhanced Equipment Trust Certificates (EETCs), in the aggregate face amount of US$1,031,390,000. This is the second EETC offering in the last two years used by Air Canada to finance the acquisition of new aircraft to be added to its fleet. In April 2013, Air Canada closed the first Canadian offering using EETCs under the Cape Town Convention, which was ratified in December 2012, and became effective April 1, 2013, in Canada.