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Aviation: Finance - Asia-Pacific Region
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What the team is known for

Herbert Smith Freehills' aviation finance team is based in Australia, Malaysia and Singapore. 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 lease extensions, portfolio delivery financings and ECA-backed financings. Also notable for handling structured transactions, including JOLs and JOLCOs. 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, Korea and Malaysia.

Strengths

One client reckons that the "very detailed, prompt and efficient" team is "able to add value by pointing out issues relying on their experience in the market."

The team "has always been consistent and direct in their assessment and advice," another clientcomments.

Work highlights

Herbert Smith Freehills advised American investment company Bain Capital on its acquisition of Virgin Australia Group.

Notable practitioners

Siva Subramaniam has extensive experience in aviation finance, regularly assisting clients with tax leasing and structured finance. Highlighting his "willingness and ability to support and identify potential issues," one client also remarks that his ability to "provide resolution to difficult negotiations is a plus."

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 Herbert Smith Freehills' aviation finance team.

Samuel Kolehmainen is considered to be a "very responsive" lawyer by a client. He is active in handling a variety of transactions, advising on debt financing and asset-backed securitisation.

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Aviation: Finance

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Siva Subramaniam
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John Angus
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Samuel Kolehmainen
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