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, airlines and ROSCOs on complex cross-border deals including EETCs, JOLCOs and portfolio transactions.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their strengths include hands-on knowledge and experience, availability and being driven towards deal closure. They understand client needs and commercial positions exceptionally well."
"It is a very strong team that can handle sizeable, complex projects in a very professional and tactful manner."
Work highlights Worked with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking, and a syndicate of banks, in setting up a USD624 million JOLCO facility for the financing of six Boeing 787-9 aircraft for British Airways.
Acted for Saga Cruises on the acquisition of a new 236-metre luxury cruise vessel and the associated ECA facility provided by HSBC and KfW.
Giles Brand is valued by clients, who report that he "combines technical excellence and knowledge with practicality and a wide industry knowledge." He works with clients on a variety of cross-border financings including ECA-backed facilities.
Simon Chamberlain undertakes work on a range of financing matters and has considerable regulatory expertise. A client says: "He has vast knowledge and experience in the aviation sector. He is very detailed and thorough in his analysis and understands the client's needs exceptionally well."
Owen Mulholland is well regarded by the market, with one source reporting that he is "very commercial and client-focused." He has experience in aviation asset finance matters including ECA-backed financing, cross-border structured deals and aircraft sale and leasebacks.
Duncan Batchelor is described by a client as an "extremely strong, professional and responsive partner, able to provide a clear, balanced view on complex subjects." He acts for clients including airlines and banks on syndicated loans, pre-delivery payment financings and complex leasing structures.
Clients say James Collins "shows solid technical skills and excellent transaction leadership." Widely praised by clients, he has experience of a variety of asset finance matters.
Tom Johnson "is a very good negotiator, very strong and massively experienced," according to a source. His clients include financiers, rolling stock operating companies and manufacturers. He regularly acts on rail asset finance transactions.
Simon Hartley is commended by a client who says he "is always extremely calm when negotiations are at tricky points, and he is always focused." He works on ECA-backed financings, capital raisings and leasing structures for shipping companies, banks and financial institutions.
Harry Theochari is a leading figure in the shipping finance market with extensive experience of vessel and offshore asset financing. A client says: "I find Harry to be one of the best shipping lawyers around and he knows most of the people worth knowing in the industry. He is not only technically good as a lawyer, he has always had a commercial view on matters that proves very helpful."
Simon Lew is described by sources as "a very commercial and straightforward lawyer to deal with." He works with clients in the offshore and shipping industries on cross-border leasing, secured debt financings and portfolio sale and purchase.
Sources say Eleanor Martin "is an extremely knowledgeable lawyer; she is sharp, pragmatic and thinks outside of the box," and "she is a great negotiator and very good in managing relationships with the other side." She has expertise in financing offshore assets including FPSOs, drilling rigs and support vessels.
Catherine Johnson is valued by clients because "she delivers very high-quality work." She handles syndicated debt facilities, chartering transactions and vessel sale and purchase.
Significant clients easyJet, Monarch, Bombardier, S7 Group, Gulf Energy Maritime.