Aviation Law, 3-4 yrs PQE

  • Watson Farley & Williams
  • London, UK
  • Oct 03, 2018
Full time Aviation Finance

Job Description

Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Department: Aviation
Location: London
The firm

Watson Farley & Williams was established in London in 1982 and is an international law firm dedicated to client care, legal excellence and investment in its people.  The firm has offices in Athens, Bangkok, Dubai, London, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Madrid, Milan, Munich, New York, Paris, Rome and Singapore.

The firm has seen rapid expansion in size and geography.  Having started as a maritime law firm, in which it remains pre-eminent, the firm is today recognised for its specialist focus on five core sectors: Energy & Infrastructure, Maritime, Natural Resources, Real Estate and Transport in which it provides a full suite of services including finance, corporate, dispute resolution, tax, employment and regulatory.

The department

The position sits within our Aviation and Rail Team which is part of our London Finance Group which group comprises of 17 partners, 30 associates, 3 professional support lawyers and 9 trainees.

Role overview

The Aviation and Rail Team advises banks, lessors, ECAs, manufacturers, operators and private individuals.

Key activities/responsibilities

We advise on all aspects of asset financing including:

  • Export credit backed financing;

  • Syndicated and bilateral debt;

  • Distressed asset finance transactions;

  • Operating and finance leases;

  • Asset sale and purchase;

  • Private placements;

  • Sale and leaseback transactions; and

  • Sale and purchase of loan portfolios.

Skills and experience – essential

In order to be suitable for this position, you will most likely:

  • be a UK qualified solicitor with between 3 and 4 years PQE relevant experience gained at a respected law firm;

  • have proven technical skills in asset finance ideally with a focus in the aviation and/or rail sectors;

  • be able to draft financing and leasing documentation which is clear, concise and unambiguous;

  • be comfortable with managing transactions and have the ability to operate autonomously;

  • have a hands on flexible attitude to providing a high quality client service;.

  • fit into the Firm’s culture of being dynamic, enterprising, creative and hard working.