FINANCE AND LEGAL

ADAM SHIRE

HOLMAN FENWICK WILLAN

Adam Shire has always worked in asset finance, with a particular focus on commercial shipping. ‘It was a natural advance to yachts and then private jets and helicopters,’ he explains. He has honed expertise in corporate jet loans, lease transactions,… Read More

ALAN CUNNINGHAM

DLA PIPER

Alan Cunningham and his team’s approach has been given many plaudits by the aircraft brokers they’ve dealt with recently, which will be helpful in a market that hasn’t quite recovered from the financial crisis. ‘Some financiers left the sector during… Read More

ALISON VASSALLO

FENECH & FENECH ADVOCATES

For partner and head of the yachting department Alison Vassallo, loyalty to clients is paramount: ‘Where yachts are concerned, it’s the clients who want to deal with you personally, because it’s their toy, their baby, and they don’t want anyone… Read More

AMANDA APPLEGATE

AERLEX LAW GROUP

A fascination with transactions brought LA-based Amanda Applegate into the aircraft world in 1998 straight after completing her legal studies. She worked for NetJets for 12 years before joining Aerlex, where she is now a partner. Aerlex describes itself as… Read More

ANDREW CHARLIER

INCE & CO

Clients generally go to Andrew Charlier and his team when they are ‘buying, selling or building a superyacht to make sure that their interests are protected and to ensure that the transaction proceeds smoothly’, says Ince & Co’s Paris based… Read More

AOIFE O’SULLIVAN

THE AIR LAW FIRM

A specialist in private, corporate and commercial aviation (not to mention military aircraft and civil aerospace), Aoife O’Sullivan advises clients on aircraft finance and regulatory issues, including corporate structures, aircraft acquisitions and airline start-ups. Internationally renowned for her work in… Read More

DAVID HERNANDEZ

VEDDER PRICE

As a former US Air Force captain, it’s fair to say David Hernandez knows his subject. After gaining a law degree and working at the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration, he’s proven a popular adviser to… Read More

DON PARKHURST

SUNTRUST BANK

Superyachting HNWs with an eye on 80- to 164-foot range go to Suntrust Bank’s senior vice president for marine finance Don Parkhurst and his team. ‘Superyachts are highly customised and, for the most part, one of a kind. This makes… Read More

DR MICHAEL BAUMHAUER

TAYLOR WESSING

As far as superyachts go, Michael Baumhauer’s experience can’t be questioned. Previously an in-house lawyer with megayacht specialists Blohm+Voss in Hamburg back in the 80s and 90s, his involvement with shipbuilders continues today: he’s now head of practice projects at… Read More

EDWARD CAMPBELL

STEPHENSON HARWOOD

An asset finance partner with particular expertise in aircraft finance, Edward Campbell maintains a good reputation with clients: UHNWs, banks, operating lessors and airlines, for whom he acts across a dizzying variety of complex cross-border transactions. Campbell insists that the… Read More

EDWARD K GROSS

VEDDER PRICE

An industry leader in business aircraft finance, Edward K Gross is one of the more good-humoured lawyers you’re likely to meet. He’ll happily tell you that clients call him looking for comic relief or ‘frequently for advice regarding TV viewing,… Read More

FRANK VOLZ

UBS

‘I love serving a demanding and international client base,’ says UBS senior transaction manager Frank Volz. ‘No deal, and no day in the business, is the same. Every client has their own views and expectations and it is our daily… Read More

GREG CHIAPPINI

LOMBARD

‘Other than coming to us for cash, I like to think that our clients appreciate our in-depth knowledge and experience of the assets and of the sector as a whole,’ says Greg Chiappini, Lombard’s head of aviation and marine. After… Read More

IAN CLARK

HOLLAND & KNIGHT

Before establishing himself as an aviation finance solicitor, Ian Clark was a pilot and flying instructor in the Royal Air Force. He specialises in commercial transactions, international regulatory matters and litigation, as well as advising on aviation insurance. Clark established… Read More

JAMES LAWSON

HILL DICKINSON

‘I was always interested in sailing. I’d had a background in clinical negligence and then in corporate law, and when this opportunity arose it was the perfect mix of insurance and general commercial work with superyachts as the subject matter,’… Read More

JANINA POCHHAMMER

TAYLOR WESSING

A member of Taylor Wessing’s practice area projects group, Janina Pochhammer advises international clients on infrastructure projects and large-scale construction projects, including luxury yachts. She and her team have been involved in nearly 20 of the world’s 100 largest megayacht… Read More

JOHN F PRITCHARD

HOLLAND & KNIGHT

After more than 25 years’ experience advising HNW and UHNW clients on aircraft, equipment and facility finance, New York-based John Pritchard is one of the pre-eminent aviation lawyers in the business. He has developed wide-ranging expertise in all areas of… Read More

JOHN LEONIDA

CLYDE & CO

John Leonida takes a practical approach to advising clients: ‘The most important thing is to communicate that you share their passion for the sea, but be brutally honest on the law, brutally honest with the shortcomings. My reputation isn’t as… Read More

JOHN STICKLAND

PEGASUS FINANCE

Seafaring HNWs looking to purchase a superyacht would do well to speak Pegasus marine division’s John Stickland. Not only an experienced fi nancial adviser, Stickland was also a crew member on Steinlager 2, the 1989-90 Whitbread Round the World race… Read More

JONATHAN HADLEY-PIGGIN

KEYSTONE LAW

An industry leader in business aircraft finance, Edward K Gross is one of the more good-humoured lawyers you’re likely to meet. He’ll happily tell you that clients call him looking for comic relief or ‘frequently for advice regarding TV viewing,… Read More

JONATHAN RUSSELL

HILL DICKINSON

A senior associate in Hill Dickinson’s yacht team, Jonathan Russell’s work is focused on the financing, acquisition and disposal on two particular types of private aircraft: business jets and helicopters. Prior to joining Hill Dickinson, Russell worked at Holman Fenwick… Read More

JUAN CARLOS FERRER

HOLLAND & KNIGHT

Miami-based aviation lawyer Juan Carlos Ferrer represents everyone from lenders and lessors to manufacturers, as well as HNW and UHNW individuals and families. His fluency in Spanish gives him a close connection with Latin American clients, and Holland & Knight… Read More

LEON BATCHELOR

ARC & CO

‘We can’t be one dimensional,’ says Leon Batchelor, Arc & Co.’s co-founder, who built the marine and aviation leg of the business from the ground up. He relishes the dynamism his role entails. ‘If a client comes to us with… Read More

LOUISE GROOM

HARNEYS

‘Contrary to popular belief, the lawyers rarely get to go on the superyachts!’ says Louise Groom, a partner at leading international offshore firm Harneys. Based in the firm’s Cayman Islands office and a member of the banking and finance group,… Read More

MARCO KERN

CREDIT SUISSE

Marco Kern leads Credit Suisse’s Aviation & Yacht Finance business, which is proud to be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. He says that while demand for yacht financing increased in 2017, financing for jets remained little changed due to… Read More

MARK BISSET

CLYDE & CO

Mark Bisset, an aviation finance partner at Clyde & Co, has handled more than 80 transactions all over the world and acts for everyone from banks and financiers to would-be owners and operators. He is recognised as one of the… Read More

MARK TURNBULL

SMITH, GAMBRELL & RUSSELL

Mark Turnbull moved from Blake Morgan in 2017 to join US-firm Smith, Gambrell & Russell’s new Southampton office. Announcing the expansion to the UK with both a Southampton and London office, SGR said the ‘catalysts for opening the UK offices… Read More

MATTHEW HARVEY

GOWLING WLG

Clients go to Matthew Harvey, who is recognised as one of the most experienced asset finance lawyers in London, to help untangle the jargon. ‘We are able to cut through the arcane terminology and explain the transaction in clear English,’… Read More

NATALIA PERHOVA

RIETUMU BANK

Superyachts may be the stuff of dreams to most, but Rietumu Bank director Natalia Perhova is all about the nitty gritty: she supplies loans to her HNW clients for the construction or purchase of new and second-hand superyachts, motor and… Read More

NEIL NOBLE

STEPHENSON HARWOOD

One of the world’s leading experts on superyacht construction and acquisitions, marine asset finance and commercial specialist Neil Noble has worked on some of the most prestigious and ambitious superyacht projects of recent years. What does he most enjoy about… Read More

NEIL POLAND

VEDDER PRICE

An expert in asset and structured finance, Vedder Price partner and global transportation finance team member Neil Poland knows his clients: ‘High-net-worth individuals are typically very busy people,’ he says. ‘However, I have found them to also be highly efficient… Read More

OLIVER TEBBIT

WATSON FARLEY & WILLIAMS

One of the executive jet market’s leading lawyers, WFW aviation partner Oliver Tebbit enjoys a strong reputation representing financiers, HNWs and operators. Based in Dubai, he’s usually focused on aviation finance matters, advising financiers, owners and operators on ‘all types’… Read More

OLIVIER BLANCHET

BNP PARIBAS

Olivier Blanchet heads up BNP Paribas’s jet and yacht fi nance department. He notes that the new-build and second-hand-build markets have remained very strong, thanks to demand from Asia, the Middle East and Europe: although he’s noticed US buyers coming… Read More

PAUL BRIGGS

BIRD & BIRD

Paul Briggs joined Bird & Bird in 2004 and is joint head of the international aviation and aerospace group. Having worked in the aviation industry for the past 30 years, he previously worked for a number of fi rms including… Read More

QUENTIN BARGATE

BARGATE MURRAY

‘What led me into doing super yacht related work were my clients — they bought superyachts and I followed,’ says Quentin Bargate, who founded luxury asset law firm Bargate Murray in 2004. His niche specialism stemmed from a background in… Read More

REX ROSALES

WATSON FARLEY & WILLIAMS

A transport lawyer with nearly 30 years’ experience, WFW’s global transport head Rex Rosales says his Canadian heritage and four years in Paris with Clifford Chance helped him understand the ‘cultural implications’ of aviation law, affording a ‘sense, not just… Read More

RICHARD PEARSON

AVION LAW

Richard Pearson founded California-based Avion Law to focus on advising international clients on multi-jurisdictional aviation matters. With nearly 30 years’ experience working in the transportation industry, Pearson’s expertise includes sales and purchases, structuring of ownership, and the financing, management and… Read More

RICHARD SKIPPER

DLA PIPER

Richard Skipper, a partner in the finance and projects department, has developed broad experience of asset financing of aircraft, rail and other equipment during his career. Clients include top sports personalities and government dignitaries, one of whom describes him as… Read More

ROBERT FUGARD

HOGAN LOVELLS

A partner at international firm Hogan Lovells, Robert Fugard has been in the aviation industry for 30 years, including ten years with Linklaters as head of the asset finance practice. He now focuses on complex cross-border financing, advising airlines, banks,… Read More

SARAH DYKE

DENTONS

Banking and finance partner Sarah Dyke says ‘clients come to me for specialist business jet aviation advice as well as a commercial attitude to getting deals done’. She has extensive experience in a variety of different jurisdictions and has developing… Read More

STEPHEN HOFER

AERLEX LAW GROUP

Stephen Hofer is often called the ‘aviation attorney to the stars’, and for good reason. ‘I worked with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the mid-1990s, and since then I’ve represented over a hundred actors, Oscar and Grammy winners, sports stars and other… Read More

STEVEN QUAYLE

CAINS ADVOCATES

‘We are physically remote from the superyacht world, but the world of communication makes us feel part of the industry,’ Steven Quayle tells Spear’s. He joined Isle of Man firm Cains in 2002 and while sitting in the corporate department,… Read More

TOBI MATHEWS

LATERAL THOUGHT & ORTAC OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

There are few people more experienced in the aviation world than Tobi Mathews of Lateral Thought & Ortac Operations Management. He started working in aviation corporate finance in 1993 as a legal adviser to a largeplane manufacturer. ‘Clients are referred… Read More

TONY ALLEN

HILL DICKINSON

Regarded as one of the leaders in the yacht legal world, Tony Allen has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry and his specialisms range from yacht design and build contracts, to yacht fi nance and insurance. Hill Dickinson… Read More