Bird & Bird strengthens its global aviation finance capabilities with the addition of Richard Sharman as a London-based partner

International law firm Bird & Bird today has strengthened its global aviation finance capabilities with the addition of Richard Sharman as a London-based partner in its Banking & Finance Group / Aviation & Defence Sector Group.

Richard joins from the London office of Clifford Chance, where he was a senior associate.  



Richard handles aviation and other transportation transactions on behalf of financial institutions, aircraft leasing companies, airlines, arrangers and equity investors.  



His deals include commercial debt financings, operating leasing, structured tax-based financings, equity funds, export-credit, asset portfolio sales and purchases, joint ventures and Islamic financings. His experience also covers secondary debt trading, repossessions and restructurings. 



Richard joins at a time of continued growth: Bird & Bird recently welcomed Simon Gough, formerly a senior tax partner at Dentons & DLA, whose experience includes advising on aviation finance transactions and Pierpaolo Mastromarini, an aviation finance/export credit lawyer based in Italy. Further, Bird & Bird will soon be adding to the team in Frankfurt led by Matthias Winter.  

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