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" Focused on client satisfaction, dynamic and relentless with more than 23 years of experience in both local and international law practice. "

Co-Founding partner Alex Acain Jr. is an experienced legal practitioner with more than 23 years of experience in both local and international law practice. He practiced aviation law in Europe, Middle East, and Africa from 2014 to 2018 and served as General Counsel for Wataniya Airways - a national airline in the State of Kuwait. He has represented Wataniya Airways in the negotiations with AIRBUS and EMBRAER in the multi-billion dollar Aircraft Purchase Agreements, as announced in the Dubai Airshow 2017 and Farnborough Airshow UK in 2018.

Primarily, he represents commercial airlines in Operating Leases, Aircraft Purchase Agreements, Aircraft Finance, and Sale and Leaseback transactions. He has advised and represented commercial Airlines in its dealings pertaining to Operating Lease Agreements and Sale and Leaseback transactions with various Commercial Aircraft Lessors such as GECAS, AerCap, CDB, ICBC, BOC, SMBC, AirCastle, Nordic Aviation Capital, BBAM, Avalon, Jackson Square Aviation, and Macquarie AirFinance. He has also worked together with top aviation law firms in the world concerning operating lease agreements and sale and leaseback transactions. He has also negotiated various commercial Aircraft Wet Lease transactions and Capacity Purchase Agreements and has worked with Commercial Air Transport Operators and Wet Lease Operators worldwide such as Bulgaria Air, Small Planet, SmartLynx, and Olympus Airways.

His recent works include (a) Purchase Agreement with Airbus for 25 Airbus A320Neos; (b) Purchase Agreement with Embraer S.A. for 10 E195-E2;(c)Operating Lease Agreements with Air Arabia for two Airbus A320s and its Deliveries to Wataniya;(d)A320 Wet Lease Agreement with Smartlynx;(e)A319 Wet Lease Agreement with Bulgaria Air;(f) Wet Lease Agreements for two A319s with Olympus Airways;(f)Charter Agreements with Himalayan Air and SalamAir for Airbus A320s; (g)Operating Lease Agreements with AerCap for three E915-E2; (h) Operating Lease Agreements with ICBC/Sky Leasing for three E195-E2; and (i) Operating Lease Agreements with Nordic Aviation Capital/Aldus Portfolio for two E190-200; (j)Entry Into Service of E190-200.

In the Philippines, he focuses on civil and family law, intellectual property, criminal law and cybercrime, and immigration litigation. He is also specializing in complex corporate and transactional legal services and experienced in managing complex transactions on Technology, and Intellectual Property. He has more than 23 years of experience in various types of litigation and has handled transactions and controversies involving local and international corporations. He represented foreigners who have pending cases in immigration and the Courts. He has represented companies in Europe, India, Middle East, and the Maldives in handling cross-border commercial transactions and having represented international corporations in international business transactions. He has also advised international law firm JonesDay on matters about Philippine Internet Technology and Telecommunications.

Alex also established HUMA Aviation Philippines in 2010 which owns and operates a fleet of Seaplanes such as Cessna Caravan 208, Cessna 206 G, and Cessna 180. He also led the acquisition of Subic Seaplane in 2015.  In 2016, he also assisted Kuwait National Airways (Wataniya Airways-Kuwait) to regain and recover its Air Operator Certificate with Kuwait Directorate General of Civil Aviation.


RECENT REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Represented UIHG/Golden Falcon Aviation - Kuwait in relation to the U.S. $2.7 Billion Purchase Agreement with AIRBUS for 25 A320 Neo Aircraft for Kuwait National Airways (Wataniya Airways) in the Middle East.
  • Represented UIHG/Golden Falcon Aviation in relation to the U.S. $630 Million Purchase Agreement with EMBRAER for 10 E195-E2 Jets for Kuwait National Airways (Wataniya Airways) in the Middle East.
  • Drafted the various Operating Leases between UIHG/Golden Falcon Aviation and Wataniya Airways for a fleet of E195-E2 Jets.
  • Represented UIHG/Golden Falcon Aviation in negotiating for the various Operating Leases with ICBC Leasing for a fleet of E195-E2 Jets for Wataniya Airways. Stephenson Harwood, Hong Kong Office represented ICBC/Sky High Leasing in the negotiation.
  • Represented UIHG/Golden Falcon Aviation - Kuwait in negotiating for the various Operating Leases with AerCap for a fleet of E195-E2 Jets for Wataniya Airways.
  • Drafted the Operating Lease Agreement between Wataniya Airways and Bulgaria Air for a fleet of A319-100 Aircraft.
  • Drafted the Wet-Lease Agreement between Wataniya Airways and Olympus Airways for a fleet of A319-100 Aircraft.
  • Drafted the Wet-Lease Agreement between Wataniya Airways and SmartLynx Airways for a fleet of A320-200 Aircraft.
  • Represented UIHG/Golden Falcon Aviation - Kuwait in negotiating for the various Operating Leases with Air Arabia for a fleet of A320-200 Aircraft for Wataniya Airways. Clyde & Co. and Clifford Chance represented Air Arabia and Dubai Islamic Bank, respectively in the negotiation.

PAST REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Represented a Japanese debit card company to establish an offshore company in the British Virgin Islands and set up a payment gateway facility in Budapest, Hungary for online payment transactions.
  • Represented a company in Budapest, Hungary in various transactions such as the Purchase Agreement, Construction, and Real Estate Development of high-end vacation houses in Levél, Győr-Moson-Sopron, Hungary.
  • Represented a company in the Maldives in the long-term lease agreement with the government of Maldives for the development of a high-end resort hotel and spa in Vodamulla, Atol in the Maldives.
Litigation
Immigration Law
Criminal Law
Civil Law
Family Law
Project Finance
Fraud and Cybercrime
Intellectual Property
Information Technology
Corporations and Transactional
Labor and Industrial Dispute
International Commercial Transactions
Bankruptcy & Reorganization
Aviation
Insurance
Travel and Hospitality
Pharmaceutical
Telecommunications
Media and Publishing
Entertainment
Energy and Natural Resources
Gambling and Gaming
Outsourcing and Back Office Support
Pre-law
Bachelor of Arts, Major in Political Science
Southwestern University, Cebu City
Bachelor of Laws/Juris Doctor
Southwestern University, College of Law
Cebu City
Admitted to the Practice of Law, Supreme Court of the Philippines, September 1997
Integrated Bar of the Philippines
Roll of Attorneys # 42604
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