Stephenson Harwood LLP

Transportation Department

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What the team is known for Provides leading expertise in shipping finance matters, assisting clients with tax leases, acquisition finance and restructuring mandates. Benefits from a strong worldwide network of offices in key shipping locations such as the UK and China. Also recognised for its experience handling asset financing in the aviation sector, particularly involving the acquisition and financing of aircraft. Clients include leading international financial institutions as well as airlines.

Strengths One impressed client reports that the lawyers "have always proved to be a practice which understands perfectly well the financial mechanisms involved."

Work highlights Advised Air Côte d'Ivoire on financing provided by Investec and Africa Development Bank for the purchase of three Airbus A319 aircraft.

Notable practitioners

Alain Gautron
represents financial institutions, cruise lines and shipowners in tax lease and acquisition finance. One client praises his "excellent understanding of the financial structures and schemes," describing him as "a true reference on the market." The same client further adds that Gautron shows a "perfect knowledge of the environment."

Referred to as a "strong individual" by sources,
Edward Campbell
represents domestic and international financial institutions in lease agreements and structured finance. He also acts for international airlines.

Ezio Dal Maso
is best recognised for his experience in handling yacht financing mandates. He is also well versed to assist financial institutions, shipowners and cruise ship operators with tax lease and loan financing.