Ilona is an aviation and superyacht law expert, with more than 15 years’ experience working within the maritime sector. Her practice involves advising ultra-high-net-worth individuals, family offices, companies, and banks on a range of yachting and aviation matters. This includes all manner of transactional and advisory work including, sale and purchase, construction/refit, leasing and asset financing. Ilona also advises on ownership structures, registration, and VAT/importation of yachts and aircrafts.

Having an in-depth understanding of regulatory matters in respect of yachts and aircraft, a part of Ilona’s practice involves structuring helicopter operations off yachts.

Ilona’s commercial approach and business efficacy stems from her involvement in her family’s ship-owning business prior to her embarkment on a legal career. Having instructed legal counsel regularly, she understands the need for coherent and commercial legal advice always bearing in mind the client’s business needs.

Ilona grew up in both Ukraine and Canada and maintains strong links to the Black Sea region. She also speaks fluent Russian.