Stephen Lyons has a significant depth of experience in the areas of corporate finance, aviation law, and project and structured finance.
Stephen advises banks, corporate financiers, and aviation groups on contracts, financing, leasing arrangements, restructuring, and securitisation. He also acts for corporates in their dealings with financiers and government.
Stephen’s expertise in aviation law (rotary and fixed wing), includes advising on leasing arrangements, negotiation of national and international contracts for the sale and purchase of aircraft, charter agreements, wet leases, FIFO agreements, aircraft maintenance agreements, power by the hour agreements, special mission and defence contracts, code share, insurance, and IT contracts.

Stephen also has experience in the acquisition of aviation businesses and companies, and in documenting joint ventures between aviators and related licensing and ACCC approvals.

Stephen Lyons has been recognised by his peers as ‘Lawyer of the Year’ by Best Lawyers in Australia (2018) in the area of Banking and Finance in Adelaide. He has also been recognised by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in Australia (2016 – 2023) in the area of Banking and Finance Law. He has been named in Doyle’s Guide (2016, 2018 & 2021) as a preeminent lawyer in the area of Banking & Finance in South Australia, and by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific as a recommended lawyer (2017) in the area of Banking and Finance within Australia.

Stephen Lyons’ recent experience includes:

  • Advised BankSA for the funding of the Halikos Group, Northern Territory for the construction and development of facilities including the Berrimah Farm subdivision, Kurringal Public Housing Development, H Hotel and Top End Hotel.
  • Acting for BankSA in relation to the $85 million construction of a facility for Minda Incorporated by BankSA including Stages 2 and 3 of the Minda redevelopment, including mortgage security over 40 individual properties and the consideration and review of a range of documentation relevant to the construction and utilisation of the completed property.
  • Acting for Westpac Banking Coropration in respect of the restructure of facilities provided by its Discovery Parks in respect of properties acquired from the Aspen Trusts including a review of changes to trustees and related ASIC approvals and the lift and replacement of mortgage security in Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia, Queensland and South Australia.
  • Advised Cobham Australia on the successful tender to the A$1 billion CMS04 “Sentinel” contract with the Commonwealth of Australia. This contract is for the provision of surveillance services of the Australian coastline to Australian Customs for up to a 14 year period.
  • Advised Bank SA and Westpac Banking Corporation in relation to the documentation and negotiation of property development and project finance transactions involving syndications, “club” transactions and participations, including finance for the construction and operation of hotels and apartment developments, office developments, and warehouse developments in South Australia and the Northern Territory.
  • Acting for ARTC in the obtaining of its club facility and involving the review and negotiation of finance documentation, the satisfaction of conditions precedent and related matters.