King & Wood Mallesons

Aviation: Finance (International Firms) Department

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What the team is known for Solid full-service firm providing wide expertise in structured asset financing and leasing in the aviation sector. Regularly acting on behalf of manufacturers, arrangers, lessors, financiers and airlines. Adept at leading finance and leasing matters as well as refinancing mandates.

Strengths One client praises the team's awareness of the commercial realities of matters, saying: "They know which areas to emphasise or trade off, in order to safeguard the client's best interests and get the best return."

Work highlights Advised BNP Paribas on the financing of multiple aircraft using a French tax lease financing structure.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Ashley Wong regularly appears in aircraft acquisition and disposal deals, as well as pre-delivery payments financing. One client expresses approval of her work, saying: "She is not only smart but is also very diligent and well organised. What impressed me most is her unsurpassed knowledge of technical matters and good judgement about commercial matters. She can help us analyse each problem from different angles and find a practical solution to resolve it."

Katherine Ke continues to develop her practice, representing a variety of PRC and international lenders in both inbound and outbound financing matters. Regularly instructed to provide advice on commercial aircraft and business jet finance transactions.