Watson Farley & Williams

Asset Finance

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What the team is known for

Highly regarded shipping finance practice with additional capability in aviation financing matters. Works on large cross-border financing structures for shipping and offshore clients, including asset sales, structured securitisations, and sale and leasebacks. Regularly sought after for its advice in relation to matters concerning offshore oil and gas, LNG, and ports and logistics. Aviation financing expertise includes work relating to commercial aircraft, corporate jets and helicopters.


One source remarks: "Watson Farley are our go-to firm due to their accessibility, the depth of ability throughout the team, and their ability to run a transaction effectively and efficiently and work through complexity to deliver effective solutions."

Another notes: "They are very respectable, professional and excellent at what they do."

Clients say: "Their main strengths are their knowledge and expertise of the maritime sector, their availability and engagement, and their ability to establish smooth communication with all parties involved."

Work highlights

Advised Norwegian Air Shuttle on the amendment and extension of two series of Norwegian bonds.

Advised lenders on the refinancing of two ice-class LNG carriers for SCF on long-term time charter to Sakhalin Energy.

Notable practitioners

David Osborne is a seasoned asset finance practitioner with a particular focus on shipping finance. He also advises on the financing of offshore projects.

Jim Bell is global co-head of aviation at the firm. He has notable experience working on structured and asset finance transactions and advises on the acquisition and financing of aircraft.
"Jim Bell is extremely knowledgeable. He is innovative in his thinking and has great problem-solving ability." "He is an exceptionally talented lawyer."

Lindsey Keeble is the global head of maritime at the firm. She has an established practice in shipping finance and advises clients on ECA-backed debt financing facilities and loan refinancings.
"She is one of the most talented lawyers I have come across. In addition to being highly experienced, commercial and solution-orientated, she is great fun to work with." "She tailors the way she gives her advice and the way she manages her teams."

Nigel Thomas is an experienced practitioner who specialises in international shipping finance. He has strong capabilities in cruise ship and offshore financing.

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With asset finance lawyers in all 14 of the firm’s offices, WFW has more specialist asset finance partners than any other international law firm. In addition to the size of our practice, the WFW Asset Finance team has a depth of experience, breadth of expertise and level of sophistication in our work that makes WFW stand out from other firms.


WFW possesses the largest dedicated maritime finance legal team of any firm in the world, advising in every segment of the shipping industry, including wet and dry bulk, containers and container boxes, drilling rigs and offshore support vessels, cruise, yachts and ferries. Beyond purely maritime transport, our team also has considerable expertise in related sectors such as offshore oil and gas, LNG and ports and logistics. 


WFW’s full spectrum aviation finance and leasing practice advises across a wide range of aviation assets, including commercial aircraft, helicopters, and corporate/private jets. The team is at the forefront of developing innovative financial structures, acting for financiers and owners/operators alike. Our Aviation team is a leader in ECA financings, as evidenced by the firm’s appointment as one of just four firms to a panel eligible to work on deals financed by the UK, French and Germans ECAs for Airbus financings. 


WFW has a growing Rail practice and already advises key players, both operators and financiers.


Bell, Jim

Davies, Nicola

Dibble, Richard

Dunne, Frank

Kavanagh, Simon

Keeble, Lindsey

Kirkby, Patrick

Lowe, Chris

Macheras, George

McGladdery, Joe

Mor, Louise

O'Donnell, Michael

O'Hare, Pete

Osborne, David

Platt, Robert

Royal, Toby

Shah, Kavita

Shtenko, Lucy

Smith, Patrick

Thomas, Nigel

Walsh, Gary


BNP Paribas


Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

DVB Bank

Golar LNG

HSH Nordbank

ING Bank

Macquarie Bank Limited

Sovcomflot Group of Companies

Teekay Tankers Ltd





Asset Finance Department

Watson Farley & Williams

Department location

15 Appold Street


Greater London



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Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

Total 2 Articles, Highlights and Press Releases


PE in aviation: don’t forget your kit!

Authors: Jim Bell, Patrick Moore, Pete O'Hare, Nick Cullinan

Press Release

WFW advises Natwest on £30m SONIA project financing

Authors: Jan Mellmann, Daisy East, Tom Jarvis, John Rosmini, Aimee Myrhe, Charlotte Wiliams, Peter Rutledge, Rachael Davidson, Marianne Anton, Abraham Knight

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Asset Finance: Aviation Finance

Asset Finance: Shipping Finance

David Osborne
Band 3
Lindsey Keeble
Band 2
Nigel Thomas
Band 1