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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Asset Finance

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What the team is known for

Strong aviation finance practice that regularly acts for financial institutions, airlines and aircraft lessors. Acts on complex cross-border transactions such as ECA-backed financing, EETCs, cross-border leasing and JOLCOs. Also noted for its expertise in airline insolvency proceedings.

Strengths

One client says: "We receive excellent all-round support from each respective partner and the team of associates. They are very knowledgeable in structured aviation finance and have deep expertise. They are very pragmatic, knowledgeable, and have a practical approach with a willingness to share their experiences and the practical implications of the risk."

A source notes: "We find the quality of their service is very professional overall and client-oriented and their advice is very practical.The firm has sufficient capability to deal with cross-border aspects in any case because they have offices around the world."

"The client service was very good, they were very organised and handled cross-border aspects very well," reports a client.

Work highlights

Advised Export Development Canada on the financing of VistaJet's purchase of five Global 7500 aircraft and ten Challenger 350 aircraft.

Notable practitioners

Chris Knight often works with clients such as banks, lessors and airlines. His practice covers cross-border engine and aircraft financings.
"Chris is excellent. He is commercial, very responsive and very diligent. He is always available, very easy to deal with and quick to understand the underlying transactions."

Debra Erni is a highly regarded practitioner who regularly advises clients in the aviation sector on leasings and financings. She is particularly well versed in advising on Japanese transactions.
"She is excellent, very pragmatic, practical and spot on with her advice." "Debra's commitment and her ability to communicate make her stand out." "Debra Erni is an experienced expert in aviation transactions and UK regulations, and is able to provide straight and swift answers to questions."

Co-lead of the firm’s global asset finance team, Graham Tyler has a solid reputation in the market for his aviation finance practice. He advises on aircraft portfolios including sales, acquisitions and financings, among other matters.
"Graham Tyler is fantastic. He is very responsive, knowledgeable, experienced and practical." "He is commercial, efficient and easy to deal with."

Rakhi Savjani is an astute asset finance lawyer with particular expertise in the aviation industry. She advises clients on aircraft leasing and portfolio sales, among a range of other transactions.

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Asset Finance

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

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Tower 42

Level 23

25 Old Broad Street

London

Greater London

UK

EC2N 1HQ

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Asset Finance: Aviation Finance


Chris Knight
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Debra Erni
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Graham Tyler
Band 2
Rakhi Savjani
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