Aviation & Yachts

Spears 2020

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. His specialisms take in yacht design and build contracts as well as finance and insurance. Hill Dickinson is… Read More

AMANDA APPLEGATE

AERLEX LAW GROUP

A fascination with transactions brought 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. The company posits itself as… Read More

Ilona Avramenko

ILONA AVRAMENKO

BARGATE MURRAY

Bargate Murray Director and Head of Aviation Ilona Avramenko focuses mainly on advising UHNWs, family offices and banks on a multitude of both aviation and yachting matters. She regularly advises on sales and purchases, financing, registration, VAT and importation matters,… Read More

QUENTIN BARGATE

BARGATE MURRAY

‘It has been quite a journey,’ Quentin Bargate says, recalling the history of the firm he founded 15 years ago. The trained maritime lawyer leveraged his superyacht experience to expand his role as a trusted advisor. ‘Over time, the company… 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 area projects at… Read More

JONATHAN BECKETT

BURGESS

Jonathan Beckett originally joined Burgess in 1981 as a ‘car washer, coffee maker, fridge stocker and magazine clip cutter’. He’s now the owner and CEO of the business, which sits firmly at the forefront of the superyacht industry. Beckett is… Read More

ELLIOT BISHOP

SHOOSMITHS

As head of the luxury asset group within Shoosmiths’ business division, Elliot Bishop deals with dispute resolutions with a special focus on marine and aviation litigation. He joined the department as a founding member in 2015 from Hill Dickinson, as… Read More

MARK BISSET

CLYDE & CO

Mark Bisset, global head of aviation finance 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… Read More

ROBERT BLAKEMORE

ECURIE BERTELLI

Co-founded by Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason, Ecurie Bertelli is not just another brick in the wall when it comes to Aston Martins. As the world’s foremost specialist in pre Second World War models, the firm boasts over 40 years of… Read More

JONATHAN BOUSFIELD

ACROPOLIS AVIATION

Set up to offer a discreet, bespoke aviation services, Farnboroughbased Acropolis Aviation centres on a VVIP Airbus ACJ319. Launched in 2011 and led for the past eight years by CEO Jonathan Bousfield on a UK Civil Aviation Authority EASA Air… Read More

JUSTIN BOWMAN

AIR CHARTER SERVICE

Justin Bowman has spent more than 25 years at Air Charter Service, which he joined on a placement from university before working his way up to CEO, helping to transform it into the $500 million company it is today. ‘The… Read More

MARK BRIFFA

AIR PARTNER

Flying to six of the G8 governments and fully listed on the London Stock Exchange since 1995, Air Partner is unique among its private aviation peers. Owned by a number of institutional investors, the firm recently expanded its presence in… Read More

PAUL BRIGGS

BIRD 7 BIRD

Paul Briggs joined Bird & Bird in 2004. Joint head of the international aviation and aerospace group, he boasts more than 30 years in the aviation industry, and previously worked for muliple firms including Beaumont & Son and Airbus.There was… Read More

EDWARD CAMPBELL

STEPHENSON HARWOOD

An asset finance partner with particular expertise in aircraft finance, Edward Campbell has a strong reputation with his clients: UHNWs, banks, operating lessors and airlines, for whom he acts across a huge variety of complex cross-border transactions. The aviation finance… Read More

ANDREW CHARLIER

INCE & CO

Clients 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 partner and… Read More

GREG CHIAPPINI

LOMBARD BUSINESS DIRECT

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

WILLIAM CHRISTIE

Y.CO

In the world of HNWs, where the helicopter garage and underwater observation room have become standard requirements, nothing is impossible, says star yacht broker William Christie. Financing yachts is still a major challenge in the industry, explains Christie. However, he… 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 coverage. With… Read More

DAVID COTTINGHAM

DK ENGINEERING

Founded in 1977 by David and Kate Cottingham, DK Engineering offers acquisitions, restoration, race preparation, service, accident repair and supply of parts, with a machine shop, engine shop, rolling road dynamometer, engine shop, software and diagnostic equipment for all Ferrari… Read More

HUGH COURTENAY

PRIVATE JET CHARTER

Anyone and everyone can become a broker,’ says Hugh Courtenay, pointing to a lack of regulation in his industry . He founded Private Jet Charter in 1990, with all-inclusive packages that will supply a free replacement aircraft if necessary. The… Read More

NICHOLAS DEAN

OCEAN INDEPENDENCE

With the largest charter fleet under single management in the world, integrated service across sales, charter, management and building of yachts, Ocean Independence is a go-to for quality yachts. It claims ‘unrivalled’ expertise, and is proud to have a team… 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, developing an ‘understanding… Read More

TOBY ECUYER

RWD

‘I have always been attracted by the possibility of being able to design different elements of a yacht, from the furniture to the graphics,’ explains Toby Ecuyer, creative partner at superyacht design firm RWD. Founded in 1993 and based in… Read More

JAMIE EDMISTON

EDMISTON

Founded in 1996, Edmiston & Company knows how to ‘make things happen’ in the superyacht world. It combines innovative marketing know-how with sales skills, ensuring the right yachts are matched with suitable HNW clients. Chief exec Jamie Edmiston took over… Read More

KYLE GIBSON AND EDWARD REID

VILLIERS JET CHARTER

With access to more than 7,000 private aircraft and brokers across 50 countries, Villiers Jet Charter prides itself on being able to handle any personal, business, group, cargo or medical evacuation flight within a couple of hours. The firm was… Read More

KYLE GIBSON AND EDWARD REID

VILLIERS JET CHARTER

With access to more than 7,000 private aircraft and brokers across 50 countries, Villiers Jet Charter prides itself on being able to handle any personal, business, group, cargo or medical evacuation flight within a couple of hours. The firm was… Read More

PEDER EIDSGAARD

HARRISON EIDSGAARD

Harrison Eidsgaard is the brain -child of Peder Eidsgaard, a design graduate who decided on his career at the age of 12 after reading about superyacht designers in a magazine. After a decade with superyacht designer Andrew Winch Designs, he… Read More

FABIO ERMETTO

CAMPER & NICHOLSONS

Camper & Nicholsons chief commercial officer Fabio Ermetto joined the British firm in 2017, following a string of impressive stints at Heesen, Azimut Benetti, Fraser Yachts and Benetti. Since coming on board he’s helped to steer the brokerage towards a… Read More

TREVOR ESLING

GULFSTREAM

Gulfstream has produced over 2,000 business jets since the late 1950s, but it is currently basking in the glow of headlines generated by news of its latest plane, the G700 –set to be the world’s largest private jet once launched…. 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

GREGOR FISKEN

FISKENS

Knowledge, trust and unwavering belief in client discretion form the bedrock of Fiskens Fine Historic Automobiles, which specialises in only ‘the most important’ vintage, classic or competition cars. Founder Gregor Fisken knows the market better than most – he is… Read More

THOMAS FLOHR

GULFSTREAM

Thomas Flohr claims to spend some 800 hours a year in the air. The billionaire founder/owner of VistaJet built his firm on the premise that time is the ultimate luxury. Since its inception in 2004, Flohr has taken VistaJet from… Read More

VASSILIS FOTILAS

FRASER YACHTS

Described by a peer as having a ‘holistic and current view of the market, with a solid knowledge base and diverse experience’, Vassilis Fotilas is Fraser’s secret weapon in flexing its commercial arm across the global market. The Athens-born broker… Read More

DAN GEOGHEGAN

BICESTER HERITAGE

Since acquiring the former Launton RAF bomber station back in 2013, Dan Geoghegan has transformed Bicester Heritage into a haven for collectors and dealers alike. More than 30 specialists are now based in the 348-acre site, and its annual events… Read More

EDWARD K GROSS

VEDDER PRICE

An industry leader in business aircraft finance, Edward K Gross will happily tell you that clients are either looking for comic relief, or ‘frequently for advice regarding TV viewing, fantasy football or music playlists – but more often when they… 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

MARK HAWKINS

SMART AVIATION

Based near to Gatwick airport, Smart Aviation has a global base of clients including royalty and government officials, national sports teams and stars of music and entertainment, as well as corporate groups and families. The firm was founded by Mark… Read More

MARK HAWKINS

SMART AVIATION

Based near to Gatwick airport, Smart Aviation has a global base of clients including royalty and government officials, national sports teams and stars of music and entertainment, as well as corporate groups and families. The firm was founded by Mark… Read More

TERRY HEALY

PRESTIGE JETS

With its core focus on providing all-inclusive pricing without any hidden extras, Prestige Jets has access to more than 5,000 charter aircraft globally and promises an ‘unrivalled level of luxury, comfort and privacy’. From turboprops and private jets through to… Read More

TERRY HEALY

PRESTIGE JETS

With its core focus on providing all-inclusive pricing without any hidden extras, Prestige Jets has access to more than 5,000 charter aircraft globally and promises an ‘unrivalled level of luxury, comfort and privacy’. From turboprops and private jets through to… Read More

DAVID HERNANDEZ

VEDDER PRICE

After a law degree and working at the US Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration, former US Air Force captain David Hernandez has proven a popular adviser to UHNWs on their aircraft transactions, as head of Vedder Price’s corporate… Read More

TIM HEYWOOD

IMPERIAL YACHTS

Tim Heywood is a multi-awardwinning yacht designer producing some of the finest and largest yachts on the water today. The stunning 133-metre Al Mirqab was named Motor Yacht of the Year at the World Superyacht Awards in 2009, while his… Read More

CLIVE JACKSON

VICTOR

Victor, the on-demand private jet charter service, allows its members to book a private jet from their computer or smartphone. It’s also the only service in the market to disclose all costs, along with the operator and aircraft details. ‘We… Read More

CLIVE JACKSON

VICTOR

Victor, the on-demand private jet charter service, allows its members to book a private jet from their computer or smartphone. It’s also the only service in the market to disclose all costs, along with the operator and aircraft details. ‘We… Read More

MARCO KERN

CREDIT SUISSE

Marco Kern leads Credit Suisse’s Aviation & Yacht Finance business, and boasts more than 15 years of experience in the industry. When Spear’s last checked in with him, he reported an increase in demand for yacht financing, but that financing… Read More

MIKKO KESO

JETFLITE

‘As an adviser, you think of the client first. Always. You need to be one step ahead of the client.’ So says Mikko Keso, business development manager of Jetflite, a private jet charter operator in Helsinki. ‘The most exceptional highlight… Read More

RICHARD LAMBERT

BURGESS

Richard Lambert is a senior partner and is now the head of sales at Burgess, where he is responsible for implementing the brokerage strategy. Lambert joined Burgess in 2005 as the managing director of the OceanStyle semi-custom division, and left… 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… Read More

JOHN LEONIDA

CLYDE & CO

John Leonida takes a practical approach to advising clients: ‘The important thing is to communicate that you share their passion for the sea, but to be brutally honest on the law, and brutally honest with the shortcomings.’ He adds: ‘My… Read More

MARC LILE

EVOLUTION JET

Evolution Jet specialises in aircraft sales and yachting, which runs alongside its 30-plus years of experience in private jet charter. With a sales team boasting live and direct access to more than 3,000 aircraft globally, the company claims to offer… Read More

JAN LINDHOLM

JETFLITE

‘It has been an amazing year so far as we have been welcoming several new customers flying with us. There has also been several challenging flights we have managed to deliver,’ says Jan Lindholm, sales director at Jetflite, an exclusive… Read More

PATRICK MARGETSON-RUSHMORE

LUXAVIATION

Setting up Luxaviation (or London Executive Aviation, as it was then known) alongside business partner George Galanopoulos, chief executive Patrick Margetson-Rushmore has built the company into a fleet that clocks over a million miles a year. Started in 1996 from… Read More

TOBI MATHEWS

LATERAL THOUGHT, ORTAC OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

There are few people more experienced in the aviation world than Tobi Mathews, who started working in aviation corporate finance in 1993 as a legal adviser to a large-plane manufacturer. ‘Clients are referred to me as I am able to… Read More

JONNY NICOL

STRATAJET

‘Stratajet is the future of private aviation,’ founder and CEO Jonny Nicol enthuses of the firm he launched in 2011. The RAF pilot turned entrepreneur created a platform and app using complex algorithms, which he spent eight years developing. For… 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. ‘The superyacht world is relatively small,’… Read More

DANNY O’KEEFFE

BRADLEY JAMES CLASSICS

Hampshire-based Bradley James Classics focuses on selling and restoring everyday working classics from the 50s, 60s and 70s. ‘We want to sell cars that you can use every day, rather than a show queen that’s kept in a bubble and… 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 works with clients on aircraft finance and regulatory issues, including corporate structures, aircraft acquisitions and airline start-ups. Internationally renowned for her experience… Read More

DON PARKHURST

SUNTRUST BANK

Superyachting HNWs with an eye on 80- to 164-foot range yachts often seek out SunTrust Bank’s senior vice president Don Parkhurst for marine and RV finance. As he tells Spear’s: ‘Superyachts are highly customised and, for the most part, one… Read More

RICHARD PEARSON

AVION LAW

Licensed to practise law in both England and California, Richard Pearson founded California-based Avion Law to advise international clients on multijurisdictional aviation matters. With more than 30 years’ experience working in the transportation industry, Pearson’s expertise includes sales and purchases,… Read More

BRUNO PERDRIEL

AVICO SAS

Bruno Perdriel entered the airline and charter transport business in 1980, firstly as a tour leader in Europe and then as a booking agent with a tour operator. After 15 years in travel companies, he joined the airlines Air Liberté… Read More

TOM PERRY

CESSNA AIRCRAFT

A former student of aeronautical engineering at Bristol University, Tom Perry has been vice president of sales for Europe at Cessna since 1992. One of the best-known faces in private jet sales, Perry’s role is one of the most important… Read More

DR JANINA POCHHAMMER

TAYLOR WESSING

A member of  Taylor Wessing’s practice area projects group, Dr Janina Pochhammer advises her international clients on infrastructure and large-scale construction projects – including luxury yachts. She and her expert team have been involved in nearly 20 of the world’s… 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: ‘HNW individuals are typically very busy people,’ he says. ‘However, I have found them to be highly efficient with… Read More

BARRIE PRESCOTT

CONCIAIR FLIGHT CHARTER

Conciair CEO Barrie Prescott has headed the firm since 2009, and has over half a century of aviation experience under his belt. He’s flown a variety of aircraft ranging from single propeller to multi-engine, fast jet machines and helicopters. The… Read More

JOHN F PRITCHARD

HOLLAND & KNIGHT

After more than 25 years 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 broad expertise in all areas of asset-based… Read More

STEVEN QUAYLE

CAIN 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 the Isle of Man firm Cains in 2002 and, while sitting in the corporate… Read More

ANDREW ROBINSON

ROBINSON ARC & CO

Andrew Robinson heads up the Arc & Co group, a specialist asset finance advisory firm based in Mayfair, London and Oxfordshire. Robinson ensures that each client benefits from the breadth of the company’s debt knowledge and advice. HNW clients are… Read More

REX ROSALES

HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS

A transport lawyer fascinated with aviation since childhood, when WFW’s former global transport head Rex Rosales moved to Herbert Smith Freehills it was an indicator of the firm’s growing strength in asset finance. Rosales says his Canadian heritage and four… Read More

EYMERIC SEGARD

LUNAJETS

Founded in 2007, LunaJets brings together its experienced team of 26 private jet travel experts from across the aviation industry. Established by CEO Eymeric Segard, LunaJets set out initially to re-sell available private jet seats or empty leg packages at… Read More

ROZ SHERGOLD

EXACT AVIATION

With its Park Lane offices, Exact Aviation is perfectly positioned to compete in the UK’s private jet business. The firm, where Shergold has been a director since 2012, arranges charters for clients looking for speed, convenience and luxury, whether on… Read More

JAMES SHOTTON

SKYTIME

Private aviation provider Skytime is ‘known for exceptional service and customer care, with the team at its heart to share our extensive industry knowledge to benefit our clients,’ says founder Jamie Shotton, who set up the firm in in 2013…. 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

GABRIELLA SOMERVILLE

CONNECTJETS

Gabriella Somerville has over 30 years of experience in aviation, beginning her career at Virgin Atlantic in 1988 before moving to British Airways in 1995, and launching a boutique events management firm a decade later. After joining Bombardier Skyjet International… Read More

JOHN STICKLAND

PEGASUS FINANCE

Seafaring HNWs looking to buy a superyacht would do well to speak to Pegasus marine division’s John Stickland. An experienced financial adviser, Stickland was also a crew member on Steinlager 2, the 89-90 Whitbread Round the World race winner. He… Read More

JONATHAN SYRETT

CAMPER & NICHOLSONS

After more than 32 years with CNI, senior yacht broker Jonathan Syrett is considered to be one of the most experienced and trusted yacht brokers in the industry. Clients and colleagues praise his straightforward attitude combined with his obvious passion… 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 transaction structures… 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… Read More

ADAM TWIDELL

PRIVATEFLY

Former Royal Air Force pilot Adam Twidell switched to flying private jets after leaving the military, joining NetJets before later teaming up with London City Airport – where he won the contract to develop RAF Northolt into what is now… Read More

ALISON VASSALLO

FENECH & FENECH ADVOCATES

For Fenech & Fenech Advocates partner and head of its yachting department Alison Vassallo, being loyal to clients is all: ‘Where yachts are concerned, it’s the clients who want to deal with you personally, because it’s their toy, their baby,… 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

ADRIAN WHITMARSH

PREMIER AVIATION

Established in 1994, Premier Aviation prides itself on the majority of its business coming from personal recommendations. Headed by Adrian Whitmarsh, who boasts over 30 years in the private air charter world, Premier co-ordinates all aspects of the hire of… Read More

VALERIO ZAMBONI

NEW JET

New Jet’s roots go back to 1993, when commercial pilot Valerio Zamboni entered the world of aircraft sales with the ambitious goal to be the official agent for Bombardier Business Aircraft. Zamboni started his career in 1978 and went on… Read More