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Herbert Smith Freehills

Aviation: Finance

3 ranked lawyersBand 2Asia-Pacific RegionAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Based in Australia and Singapore, the team advises major airlines and financiers on a range of aviation transactions relating to commercial, corporate and private jets. Well experienced in a wide range of aviation financings and leasings, including bond financing, lease extensions, portfolio delivery financings and ECA-backed financings. Also notable for handling structured transactions incorporating capital markets products. Capable of leveraging expertise from the team's market-leading general finance practice. Frequently handles cross-border mandates around the region, involving jurisdictions such as Japan and Malaysia.

Strengths

The firm receives endorsement from market commentators and clients alike. One client claims: "They are excellent. They have not only provided legal advice, but also information about the overall aviation market."

Another interviewee states: "They give us pragmatic solutions."

Work highlights

Advised Thai AirAsia on several sale and leaseback transactions of ten Airbus A320 aircraft with Avolon.

Notable practitioners

John Angus offers considerable experience in aviation finance matters, acting for clients on deals across the region. Based in Sydney, he is a key figure within the firm's global asset finance team and he is considered to be among the lawyers who are "clearly the leaders" in the asset finance market in Australia.

Samuel Kolehmainen is active handling a variety of transactions, advising on loan restructuring and asset-backed securitisation. An impressed client notes: "He is a very experienced partner with deep domain expertise, and he is very professional and responsive."

Renowned aviation finance practitioner Siva Subramaniam has significant expertise assisting clients with tax leasing and structured finance. He is commended by a client for being "professional and hands-on."

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Asia-Pacific Region

Aviation: Finance


John Angus
Band 3
Samuel Kolehmainen
Band 3
Siva Subramaniam
Band 2