Richard is an aviation finance and leasing expert and is head of Stephenson Harwood’s aviation team. He regularly advises leading banks and lessors on complex loan financing transactions, leasing transactions, aircraft acquisitions and disposals and subordinated debt transactions.
Richard has developed particular expertise on operating lessor financings, acting for both lenders and borrowers. He has advised a leading international operating lessor on the acquisition, financing, leasing and disposal of approximately 50 aircraft over the past four years. He has also been active on aircraft portfolio acquisitions and disposals, including advising a leading operating lessor on the disposal of a portfolio of 37 aircraft.
In addition to representing a wide range of the world's leading aviation finance banks, Richard also advises insurance companies and investment funds on aviation finance transactions, including a number of new entrants to the market. He also advises subordinated debt providers.
He has strong and long-standing relationships with his key clients, who all value his understanding of their business needs and his responsive and commercially astute advice.
The team is an award winning practice acting on market-leading transactions. The team worked on the transaction that was awarded Bank Loan Deal of the Year by AirFinance Journal.