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Registration of international interests under the Cape Town Convention

The Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment adopted at Cape Town on 16 November 2001 (the “Cape Town Convention”) provides for the establishment of an International Registry (the “International Registry”) on which certain legal interests (“International Interests”) in relevant mobile equipment (which includes aircraft, aircraft engines and helicopters) (known as “Aircraft Objects”) can be registered. The central premise is that if an International Interest in the relevant mobile equipment is registerable under the Cape Town Convention (and its associated Protocols), and is registered on the International Registry, that International Interest will have priority over other International Interests in the same mobile equipment which are unregistered or are subsequently registered. The International Registry is established in Ireland and operates electronically at https://www. internationalregistry.aero/ir-web.