Herbert Smith Freehills

Aviation: Finance Department

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What the team is known for Highly reputed team of aviation specialists who demonstrate a strong track record advising airlines, lessors and financial institutions in relation to acquisition financing, operating leasing, tax leasing and structured finance matters. Offers notable experience on JOL and JOLCO transactions. Additional asset finance support is on hand through the firm's Australia offices. Demonstrates skill handling engine sale and novations, advising on a wide variety of financing structures.

Strengths The firm receives endorsement from market sources and clients alike. One client says: "They are excellent - they not only provide legal advice, but also information about the overall aviation market."

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

Work highlights Advised Thai AirAsia on the USD426.4 million sale and leaseback of ten Airbus A320 aicraft to Avolon.

Notable practitioners

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 is very professional and responsive."

Siva Subramaniam
has significant expertise assisting clients with aircraft acquisitions and structured finance. He is commended by a client for being "professional, hands on and always a step ahead in leading the transactions."