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Watson Farley & Williams

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What the team is known for

Impressive asset finance practice, offering capabilities in both shipping and aviation matters. Acts for various lenders on a large number of restructurings, tax leases and debt refinancing. Acts for a solid client base of high-profile French and international banks, in addition to export credit agencies and aircraft manufacturers.

Strengths

Clients comment: "They know how to be innovative in the solutions they offer and they are also available and reactive when we need them."

Sources also applaud the lawyers for their "great expertise in shipping finance and longstanding experience in the industry."

Work highlights

Assisted the French Ministry of Defence with its A400M aircraft programme.

Notable practitioners

Alexia Russell is commended by clients for her "excellent knowledge of the market."She focuses her practice on asset finance, including the financing of LNG carriers, cruise ships and chemical tankers.

Laurence Martinez-Bellet has substantial experience in handling ship financing and restructuring mandates on behalf of financial institutions. Clients praise her "excellent communication skills, excellent negotiation skills, clarity and relevance of the advice given."

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Overview

WFW has one of the largest dedicated ship and aircraft finance teams worldwide, offering a wide range of services to clients in this sector.


WFW’s increasingly well-established reputation in shipping finance and aviation finance in the French market regularly secures high-level instructions from industry key players on complex cross-border deals. Given the depth of our expertise at all stages of a transaction, our team has also been instructed on a large number of restructurings, work-outs and enforcements.

Our lawyers also have unrivalled experience in advising a broad range of shipowners, operators, and aircraft manufacturers, export credit agencies, arrangers, lessors and banking clients on a range of both English and French law transactions from the Paris office.

The quality of our team and practice is also underlined by WFW’s presence on the panels of leading financial institutions and ECAs.

Industries

Aviation

Maritime

Transportation

Watson Farley & Williams

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Location

28 avenue Victor Hugo

Paris

Paris

France

75116

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

France

Transportation: Shipping: Finance


Alexia Russell
Band 3
Laurence Martinez-Bellet
Band 2