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Allen & Overy LLP - Asset Finance

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Market-leading asset finance practice with outstanding capability across aviation, shipping and rail finance matters. Advises clients on sophisticated structures, including EETCs, JOLCOs and ECA-backed bonds. Regularly works with banks and corporates on industry-leading deals. Acclaimed for its well-rounded practice and its ability to provide parallel services relating to tax, litigation and restructuring.

Strengths A client says: "They are very good - I think that they are an excellent magic circle firm. They have good partners and they have good support in terms of associates."

"They are a specialised aviation team and they are good and responsive," another client remarks, adding: "They have a good grasp of the aviation market and what we need as a company."

Work highlights Acted for the lenders in the USD1.5 billion Islamic financing of 20 aircraft to IAFC for lease to Saudi Arabia Airlines.

Advised Yamal on the shipping aspects of its project to transport LNG and condensates from its plant in Sabetta on the Yamal Peninsula in Arctic Russia to Asia and Europe.

Significant clients Excelerate Energy, Nordic Aviation Capital, Floreat Aviation, ING Bank, Falko.

Notable practitioners

Paul Nelson's clients say that "working on transactions with him is always a pleasure given his ability to balance the importance of a transaction with a constructive and enjoyable working environment." Nelson heads the firm's aviation finance group and is recognised for his ability to handle a wide range of financing deals and capital markets transactions.

Mario Jacovides stands out for his dedicated asset finance practice, which has an emphasis on aviation and shipping finance. "He is always good - he's a problem solver and non-confrontational," a source notes, adding: "He always helps to get the deal done." Jacovides has a wealth of experience in complex finance and leasing transactions, and is global head of the structured finance and asset finance group.

Clients single out Harry Upcott for "his attention to detail and clarity of thought." His areas of expertise include acquisition finance and syndicated lending, particularly in the aviation arena. "Harry is a delight to deal with. He is very customer-focused and combines a tremendous intellect with great industry expertise to deliver transactions in a timely manner with the minimum of fuss," another impressed client comments.

David Smith is a highly respected figure in the market and has broad-ranging experience across a variety of transactions, including government-guaranteed debt facilities and tax-based lease structures. He is well versed in rail and aviation finance, but is particularly noted for his expertise in transactions in the shipping industry.

Kevin Young advises on lease financings and export credit-backed financings, and is also sought after for his strengths in shipping company restructurings and portfolio sales. Clients value his "pragmatic and efficient" approach to matters, saying: "He's goal-driven and doesn't lose sight of the deal."

Rail group practice head Jonathan Bevan comes recommended for his expertise in heavy and light rail financings and acquisitions, and is equally at home in domestic and cross-border transactions. Sources comment: "He is very highly regarded, very client-friendly and gets the job done."

Department profile by Allen & Overy LLP

Our award-winning, international asset finance practice holds a pre-eminent position in the market. We are know for our extensive experience across all sectors of the asset finance industry, with specialists in the aviation, shipping and offshore markets.Our client base includes banks, financiers, funds, owners, airlines, lessors, manufacturers, captive finance companies, operators, borrowers, lessees, export credit agencies and government organisations.

We have a strong track record of advising on market first and award winning transactions and are ranked Tier 1 by all the leading, global directories cementing our position as a leader in the market.

Our work highlights include:

  • The lenders on a USD1.2b Islamic ijara lease financing to International Airfinance Corporation
  • Floreat Aviation Fund in relation to setting up its fund and securitisation programme focused on
    the aviation sector
  • UKEF on the $913m ECA supported Sukuk financing for Emirates representing the largest capital
    markets ECA supported financing in the aviation space
  • Yamal LNG on the shipping aspects of the shipping the project to transport LNG from its plant in
    Sabetta on the Yamal peninsula in Arctic Russia to Asia and Europe
  • The lenders, SACE and Bpifrance/Coface in connection with CHC Helicopter's Chapter 11 process,
    including advising on the leasing and insurance arrangements, repossessions advice, enforcements against and sale of helicopters which were rejected as part of the Chapter 11 process

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Clifford Chance LLP - Asset Finance

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 36 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Go-to practice for aviation finance matters, with additional capability on rail and shipping-related transactions. Works with global aviation clients in complex ECA-supported financings, portfolio transfers and bank financings. Shipping clients include charterers, shipowners and financial institutions, while the rail team works with government agencies, manufacturers and operators on large rolling stock and infrastructure deals. Draws support from the firm's extensive expertise in complementary areas such as tax, litigation and insolvency to provide a one-stop shop to clients.

Strengths Clients say: "They stand out because they understand the issues, articulate those issues and try to find solutions."

Significant clients Avolon, ING Capital, HSBC, Maersk, Rock Rail.

Notable practitioners

Rob Burley handles a range of structured finance and banking matters with an emphasis on aircraft and rolling stock transactions. Clients say: "He's calm under pressure, and very commercial in his outlook and approach."

William Glaister is head of the firm's global asset finance group and is recognised as a standout practitioner in the aviation financing market. He works with a vast range of financiers, operators and lessors across the spectrum of asset finance, including rolling stock, ship and satellite financing, in addition to aviation financings. "He adopts a very commercially-minded approach," notes one source, who describes Glaister as a "solution provider who is extremely knowledgeable on all facets of financings and leasing."

Paul Carrington focuses on complex structured transactions, concentrating on transport asset finance. His practice sees him dealing with manufacturers and leasing companies in the rail and aviation industries. Clients say: "He is a superb lawyer and very smart. He has a great personality and is very easy to work with. We rely on him and he always delivers."

Ranbir Hunjan is acknowledged for his asset finance practice and draws acclaim for his strengths in aviation transactions. He represents a good choice for major international airlines and leading aircraft operators, and is described by impressed sources as "very switched-on and solution-driven."

Gavin Teague is a highly experienced practitioner noted for his knowledge of the rail finance market. He is particularly esteemed for his strengths in rolling stock and rail infrastructure financings.

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Clyde & Co LLP - Asset Finance

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Established shipping finance practice regularly engaged by well-known international clients, including lessees, lessors and lenders. Demonstrates specialist ability in matters relating to financing of tankers, yachts and cruise ships. Also recognised for its expertise in high-value LNG shipping projects.

Strengths Clients value the firm's "very professional set-up and customer focus."

Work highlights Acted for the Norwegian Cruise Line Group in its negotiation and documentation of various ship financings related to the construction of luxury cruise ships.

Advised West Africa Gas in a USD500 million project to import LNG to Ghana using a floating storage and regasification unit.

Significant clients Dynagas Holding, Sumitomo, Oceanco, Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, Mitsui OSK Lines.

Notable practitioners

Mark Bisset is well known within the aviation market, with sources saying: "He is very good at the corporate jet side." His practice includes lease financing, aviation regulatory issues and operating leases. He sits as the head of the aviation finance team.

Stuart McAlpine is praised by his clients for his "fantastic personal attention." He is well versed in the asset finance industry, and is highly esteemed for his commercial shipping and maritime finance work.

Paul Turner is noted for his strengths in the cruise shipping industry, and also maintains expertise in transactions concerning tankers and megayachts. He is known to work regularly with debt financiers, shipyards and equity groups.

The highly regarded John Leonida handles a range of shipping transactions and is widely recognised for his work in the yacht industry. He frequently advises high net worth individuals and shipping entrepreneurs.

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HFW - Asset Finance

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Experienced practice with significant expertise in shipping finance matters covering work for clients including shipyards, owners, operators and financial institutions. Excels in operational and technical issues, and maintains particular expertise in the offshore, yacht, cruise and LNG sectors.

Strengths A source comments: "They are very impressive - they are very capable and knowledgeable."

Work highlights Acted for Svenska Handelsbanken as an agent and security trustee for a six-bank syndicate in connection with a USD152.5 million revolving credit facility.

Acted for Wilhelmsen Lines Car Carriers in its USD91 million sale and leaseback of two car and truck carriers.

Significant clients Tsakos Energy Navigation, Swedbank, DNB Bank, Crédit Agricole, Turkish Airlines.

Notable practitioners

"Very good and very capable" solicitor Tony Rice is noted for his extensive ship finance experience, and acts for an impressive roster of financial institutions, private equity funds and export credit agencies, as well as owners, operators and shipyards. He is also called upon for his expert advice to Islamic funds.

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Ince & Co - Asset Finance

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Well-known specialist shipping and offshore finance practice that regularly works with lenders and shipowners on a variety of financing structures. Leverages strong firm-wide industry knowledge and an international network of offices to support large cross-border deals. Maintains strong relationships with major ship financing banks across Europe.

Strengths Clients say: "The Ince team is extremely service-minded, always available and has great commercial skills."

"I use them a lot because they are practical and very commercially-focused," another client comments.

Work highlights Aided Advent International on the maritime law aspects of its USD100 million acquisition of ship manager V.Groups.

Advised H.I.G. Capital on the purchase of a fleet of chemical tankers in a transaction valued in excess of USD86 million.

Significant clients Emirates, UACC, Reederei Nord, Credit Suisse, DNB Bank.

Notable practitioners

David Baker regularly acts for banks and shipowners, advising them on issues including offshore facilities, storage and offloading, in addition to asset financing. He heads the firm's global ship finance practice.

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Linklaters - Asset Finance

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Skilled shipping asset finance practice that advises on cross-border transactions, ECA-supported structures and Islamic financing. Regularly acts for large banks, lessors and operators in the commercial shipping sector. Also noted for its strength in restructuring and insolvency matters.

Strengths One client reports: "I would certainly use them again, and I feel that you get your money's worth with the exceptional service they provide."

Work highlights Acted for Wells Fargo in its USD305 million debt restructuring in connection to the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy.

Significant clients Citibank, UBS, Deutsche Bank, RBS, Hapag-Lloyd.

Notable practitioners

Olga Petrovic co-heads the firm's transportation sector group and is noted for her shipping finance expertise, working with a range of banks, investors, and shipping and maritime companies. Clients particularly value her ability to "boil down complex legal issues into commercial points that are easy to understand and assess."

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Asset Finance

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 20 partners
- 27 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Houses a deep bench of practitioners who provide leading expertise in shipping and aviation finance, and significant ability in rail financing matters. Regularly acts for clients, including banks, financial institutions, shipowners and airlines, and ROSCOs on complex cross-border deals, including EETCs, JOLCOs and portfolio transactions. Maintains particularly notable strength in rolling stock franchising and train procurement.

Work highlights Advised the Commonwealth Bank of Australia on a £900 million rail financing in partnership with Angel Trains.

Advised Nordea Bank on the USD800 million senior secured credit facility for Golar LNG Partners.

Significant clients Prime Capital, Saudia, Amedeo, Apollo Aviation, FlyNas.

Notable practitioners

The "fantastic" Giles Brand is regularly called upon for his expertise in leasing and structured financing in the aviation industry, and represents a good choice for complex debt financings, including ECA-supported transactions.

Simon Chamberlain is adept in handling major aircraft leasing transactions, as well as advising his aviation clients on operation and ownership issues. He regularly works with major airlines and has significant experience in aviation regulatory matters.

Duncan Batchelor comes recommended for his strengths on cross-border deals, with a focus on aircraft portfolio transactions. He leads the firm's aviation practice and is well known for his ability to handle structured finance transactions, aircraft leasing and PDP financings.

Owen Mulholland acts for an impressive roster of clients, including financial institutions, aircraft lessors and airlines, and is recognised for his expertise in export credit financing and cross-border structured financing.

Senior associate James Collins is experienced in asset finance matters across the transport sector and is particularly noted for his work in the aviation industry. He is well versed in operating and finance leases, export credit-supported financings and Islamic structures, among numerous other transactions.

Simon Hartley is widely known for his extensive asset finance practice. His work is focused primarily on international transactions within the shipping industry. He earns particular praise for his "fairness, calmness and pragmatism."

Harry Theochari handles a range of structured financings, capital market transactions and restructurings. His main focus is the shipping industry, where he works closely with private equity funds and hedge funds, among other clients.

Simon Lew is esteemed for his expertise in shipping finance transactions, and sources describe him as "a specialist on the leasing side." He is also well versed in advising on aircraft, rolling stock, and offshore oil and gas assets.

Richard Howley is widely regarded for his strengths in the shipping finance market. He enjoys a fine track record for his syndicated debt facilities and structured financing work, and is also noted for his counsel on transportation contracts negotiation.

The "hard-working and impressive" Catherine Johnson focuses on ship sale, purchase and leasing transactions, as well as syndicated debt facilities. She is particularly sought after for her strengths in the financing of new and old vessels.

Eleanor Martin draws acclaim for her expertise in offshore vessel and equipment financing, and is noted for her strengths in ECA-supported financings. Sources praise her "very knowledgeable and diligent" approach to matters.

Tom Johnson heads the firm's rail department in London and acts for an impressive client base, including ROSCOs, train operators and train financiers. One impressed client describes him as "a very competent lawyer" and values his "approachable and friendly" demeanour.

Louise Auty comes recommended for her expertise in major rail financing transactions. An appreciative client singles out her "attention to detail and knowledge of the industry," saying that "she is an incredible lawyer" who does "an amazing job."

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Reed Smith LLP - Asset Finance

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Notable shipping practice that works with private equity funds and financial institutions on offshore and shipping finance matters. Offers expertise in areas including shipbuilding-related financing issues and loan portfolio transactions. Also noted for its work with alternative credit providers.

Strengths Clients say: "The team is efficient and provides up-to-date legal knowledge and skills with good client care. No-nonsense advice that's straightforward and efficient."

Work highlights Acted for a syndicate of banks, led by HSH Nordbank, in the restructuring and buy-back of USD120 million worth of senior and junior debt made available to Dryships.

Advised Trafigura on a USD370 million sale and leaseback transaction of 11 bitumen tankers with Minsheng Financial Leasing.

Significant clients Eagle Bulk, DNB, CarVal, Hayfin Capital, York Capital.

Notable practitioners

Philip Rymer works closely with investors, owners and operators, and is recognised for his strengths in vessel acquisitions, joint ventures and financing agreements. His expertise also includes shipbuilding contracts in the offshore and energy sectors. Clients describe him as "easy to work with" and praise his "high-quality advice and service."

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Stephenson Harwood LLP - Asset Finance

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Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 50 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Impressive asset finance practice with ability across shipping, rail and aviation matters. Notable rail finance practice advises on rolling stock procurement and leasing structures. Strong shipping finance work with international banks and shipowners on tax leasing, restructurings and ship sale and purchase. Experience in aviation deals includes financing for commercial aircraft and corporate jets. Also noted for its counsel on complex plant and machinery financings.

Strengths Clients say the team is "very attentive and client service is very good, and there's good reach into the rest of the firm when other experts are required."

Work highlights Advised DNB Bank across three separate financings valuing USD450 million to enhance the liquidity of Teekay Shipping.

Advised CAF on a £600 million rolling stock procurement in relation to the Arrival Rail Northern Franchise.

Significant clients Macquarie, SMBC, Alliance Laundry Finance, DVB Bank, Altavair.

Notable practitioners

Richard Parsons's clients value his "first-class service," describing him as "excellent, accurate, comprehensive and focused in regard to client interests - and a pleasure to work with." He is acclaimed for his aviation financing expertise and regularly works with lessors and banks.

Dean Norton advises operators and owners on matters pertaining to LNG carriers and their construction, chartering and financing. He is also known for his ability to handle offshore financings.

Mark Russell works with major global shipowners and leading financial institutions, and is sought after for his advice on LNG financings, as well as debt transactions and leasebacks within the maritime industry. An impressed source comments: "I think he is a very good lawyer, he's very experienced and very good to work with."

Graeme McLellan is noted for his dedication to asset finance and comes recommended for his advice on rolling stock financing. He heads the rail team and has wide-ranging experience across portfolio acquisitions and sales, complex loan financings, operating and finance leasing, and structured tax leasing transactions.

Ian Mace leads the firm's global ship finance practice and garners much praise from his clients, who say: "Ian is a very experienced hands-on lawyer who can clearly explain the standpoint of each party." He is noted for his adept counsel on debt finance and joint venture vehicles.

Lisa Marks is singled out by clients as "extremely clear, flexible and commercial," and is also described as "unflappable and very pleasant to work with." She is an experienced rail finance practitioner who is regularly sought after for her advice on asset-backed lending and finance and operating leases.

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Watson Farley & Williams - Asset Finance

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 17 partners
- 34 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

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.

Strengths Clients describe the team as "the top law firm in the shipping space."

Work highlights Advised Sovcomflot on its USD339.68 million facility from Sberbank, to finance the acquisition of three Ice-Class shuttle tankers.

Advised on the sale and leaseback of two A330 aircraft by TC-CIT, a joint venture leasing vehicle between CIT Aerospace and Century Tokyo Leasing.

Significant clients BNP Paribas, ING Bank, Golar LNG, DVB Bank, HSH Nordbank.

Notable practitioners

Rex Rosales comes recommended for his adroit handling of structured finance transactions and is described by clients as "very knowledgeable in the aviation field." He is also noted for his work in the rail space and heads the firm's transportation practice group.

Nigel Thomas is highlighted for his expertise in ship finance and advises clients on commercial shipping, the cruise industry and offshore matters. "He's an excellent lawyer and very easy to deal with," notes one happy client.

The "excellent" David Osborne focuses on shipping and offshore industry financings. "He knows the industry very well," notes one interviewee, while an appreciative client praises his ability to "understand straight away what you are trying to do and how it should be documented."

Department profile by Watson Farley & Williams

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.


Maritime

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. 


Aviation

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. 


Rail

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

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WFW Global Head of Transport Rex Rosales is qualified as a barrister and solicitor in Quebec and is a fluent French speaker. He maintains a strong practice in France, working closely with our Paris team on numerous transactions. WFW is a member of the Europeans ECAs panel for Airbus financing and, as such, Rex counts French ECA Coface as a key client, in addition to working in the UAE and Kazakhstan. WFW Global Head of Maritime Lindsey Keeble also has considerable experience in France and maintains strong relationships with the French banks, having spent four years in the WFW Paris office. Nigel Thomas and Chris Lowe have both spent time in the Singapore market, heading up the WFW office there, and Nigel also spent time as the head of the firm’s Oslo office. Meanwhile, Jahnavi Ramachandran acts for a range of clients on Indian matters, and has advised the ECAs on the financing of seven Airbus A320 aircraft for Indian airline IndiGo.


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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Hartley is widely known for his extensive asset finance practice. His work is focused primarily on international transactions within the shipping industry. He earns particular praise for his "fairness, calmness and pragmatism." 

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Stephenson Harwood LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark Russell works with major global shipowners and leading financial institutions, and is sought after for his advice on LNG financings, as well as debt transactions and leasebacks within the maritime industry. An impressed source comments: "I think he is a very good lawyer, he's very experienced and very good to work with."

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers UK guide

Harry Theochari handles a range of structured financings, capital market transactions and restructurings. His main focus is the shipping industry, where he works closely with private equity funds and hedge funds, among other clients.

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Watson Farley & Williams

From the Chambers UK guide

Nigel Thomas is highlighted for his expertise in ship finance and advises clients on commercial shipping, the cruise industry and offshore matters. "He's an excellent lawyer and very easy to deal with," notes one happy client.

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Ince & Co

From the Chambers UK guide

David Baker regularly acts for banks and shipowners, advising them on issues including offshore facilities, storage and offloading, in addition to asset financing. He heads the firm's global ship finance practice.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Lew is esteemed for his expertise in shipping finance transactions, and sources describe him as "a specialist on the leasing side." He is also well versed in advising on aircraft, rolling stock, and offshore oil and gas assets.

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Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Stuart McAlpine is praised by his clients for his "fantastic personal attention." He is well versed in the asset finance industry, and is highly esteemed for his commercial shipping and maritime finance work.

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Stephenson Harwood LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Dean Norton advises operators and owners on matters pertaining to LNG carriers and their construction, chartering and financing. He is also known for his ability to handle offshore financings.

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HFW

From the Chambers UK guide

"Very good and very capable" solicitor Tony Rice is noted for his extensive ship finance experience, and acts for an impressive roster of financial institutions, private equity funds and export credit agencies, as well as owners, operators and shipyards. He is also called upon for his expert advice to Islamic funds.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David Smith is a highly respected figure in the market and has broad-ranging experience across a variety of transactions, including government-guaranteed debt facilities and tax-based lease structures. He is well versed in rail and aviation finance, but is particularly noted for his expertise in transactions in the shipping industry.

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Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul Turner is noted for his strengths in the cruise shipping industry, and also maintains expertise in transactions concerning tankers and megayachts. He is known to work regularly with debt financiers, shipyards and equity groups.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers UK guide

Richard Howley is widely regarded for his strengths in the shipping finance market. He enjoys a fine track record for his syndicated debt facilities and structured financing work, and is also noted for his counsel on transportation contracts negotiation.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Mario Jacovides stands out for his dedicated asset finance practice, which has an emphasis on aviation and shipping finance. "He is always good - he's a problem solver and non-confrontational," a source notes, adding: "He always helps to get the deal done." Jacovides has a wealth of experience in complex finance and leasing transactions, and is global head of the structured finance and asset finance group.

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Catherine Johnson

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers UK guide

The "hard-working and impressive" Catherine Johnson focuses on ship sale, purchase and leasing transactions, as well as syndicated debt facilities. She is particularly sought after for her strengths in the financing of new and old vessels.

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Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The highly regarded John Leonida handles a range of shipping transactions and is widely recognised for his work in the yacht industry. He frequently advises high net worth individuals and shipping entrepreneurs.

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Stephenson Harwood LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Ian Mace leads the firm's global ship finance practice and garners much praise from his clients, who say: "Ian is a very experienced hands-on lawyer who can clearly explain the standpoint of each party." He is noted for his adept counsel on debt finance and joint venture vehicles.

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Watson Farley & Williams

From the Chambers UK guide

The "excellent" David Osborne focuses on shipping and offshore industry financings. "He knows the industry very well," notes one interviewee, while an appreciative client praises his ability to "understand straight away what you are trying to do and how it should be documented."

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Linklaters

From the Chambers UK guide

Olga Petrovic co-heads the firm's transportation sector group and is noted for her shipping finance expertise, working with a range of banks, investors, and shipping and maritime companies. Clients particularly value her ability to "boil down complex legal issues into commercial points that are easy to understand and assess."

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Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Philip Rymer works closely with investors, owners and operators, and is recognised for his strengths in vessel acquisitions, joint ventures and financing agreements. His expertise also includes shipbuilding contracts in the offshore and energy sectors. Clients describe him as "easy to work with" and praise his "high-quality advice and service."

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers UK guide

Eleanor Martin draws acclaim for her expertise in offshore vessel and equipment financing, and is noted for her strengths in ECA-supported financings. Sources praise her "very knowledgeable and diligent" approach to matters.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Kevin Young advises on lease financings and export credit-backed financings, and is also sought after for his strengths in shipping company restructurings and portfolio sales. Clients value his "pragmatic and efficient" approach to matters, saying: "He's goal-driven and doesn't lose sight of the deal."

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