Bird & Bird's Aircraft Finance Team Again Places Highly In Influential Airfinance Journal Legal Survey 2020.

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17 July 2020


Our Global Aircraft Finance team has again been recognised in the influential Airfinance Journal Legal Survey 2020 as follows:

  • 3rd on operating leases globally 

  • 4th on guaranteed financing globally 

  • 4th in Asia Pacific for aircraft finance transactions 

  • 5th in Middle East for aircraft finance transactions

  • 6th among all law firms globally on number of transactions

The survey attributes points for the overall number of qualifying aircraft finance and leasing deals during the 2019 calendar year worked on by law firms across the globe. Deal complexity element is factored in, demonstrating that this is reflective of the real quality in the market. 

The market places high regard on this annual survey, and to once again be highly placed globally, in key markets, and for important deal types, helps demonstrates our continued commitment to further enhance the Bird & Bird brand in Asset Finance. 

With the aviation market still heavily impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, our Aircraft Finance team remains focused on guiding our clients through the current crisis. 

Richard Sharman, Partner in London, responds to the announcement of the results: 

"This achievement is well-deserved and follows a busy year. It's a result of our continuing commitment to the highest quality service across our global network, and the trust that our market-leading clients place in our team. By working together, within a friendly and collaborative culture, we are able to deliver a seamless legal offering to our aviation financing and leasing clients, bringing in regulatory, tax and dispute resolution advice when needed."

Matthias Winter, Partner in Frankfurt, adds:

"During difficult times for sector these result dating from the pre-Covid-19 time encourage and motivate us to continue our involvement in the sector to work alongside our clients during the current period. It is a truly global sector and we are very happy that the results reflect our approach of a truly integrated global law firm with a global team spirit.”

Leo Fattorini, Partner, based in Singapore, comments:

“The results for Asia-Pacific in particular are enormously satisfying. Against a multitude of larger competitors, including major US and Magic Circle firms, with the support of the wider network we have more than held our own. The team works incredibly hard, and it’s a great reward to be recognised in this way. Well done everyone!”