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Norton Rose Fulbright

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Work 020 7283 6000
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Simon Chamberlain

Work 44 20 7444 5764
Norton Rose Fulbright

Work Department

Aviation; Banking and Finance


London: Finance

Transport finance & leasing

Within: Transport finance & leasing

Benefiting from an 'unquestionably deep sector knowledge, coupled with a down-to-earth and practical approach',¬†Norton Rose Fulbright's 11-partner team has the critical mass to handle a tremendous volume and range of mandates across all transportation asset classes. Aided by offices in key strategic locations, including Singapore and Greece, the firm remains a 'powerhouse'¬†in the maritime sector, where the 'brilliant'¬†Simon Hartley¬†has an excellent practice; particularly within the cruise ship space (for both owners and lenders) as exemplified by his recent work for Soci√©t√© G√©n√©rale on the ‚ā¨2.6bn French ECA-supported receivable purchase and post-delivery financings to acquire three cruise vessels for MSC Cruises. Team head¬†Harry Theochari¬†has vast knowledge and experience of financings within the maritime sector (he has been particularly focused of late on acting for new fund entrants into the market), and¬†Eleanor Martin¬†excels at work in the offshore sector.¬†Duncan Batchelor¬†and¬†Simon Chamberlain¬†are two of the primary practitioners within the aviation finance sub-group, which is noted for its 'business-oriented approach and knowledge of market standards'. On the rail front,¬†Tom Johnson¬†is a 'very¬†fine practitioner' whose broad client base encompasses train operating companies, government entities, financiers and rolling stock owning companies, while the team recently secure a major boost with the hire of¬†highly rated rail finance specialist Simon Gwynne¬†from Hogan Lovells International LLP. At an associate level,¬†Will Alete¬†and the 'business-oriented'¬†James Collins¬†are particularly noteworthy.

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London: Transport


Within: Leading individuals

Simon Chamberlain - Norton Rose Fulbright

Within: Aviation

Norton Rose Fulbright has 'extensive experience in acting for all participants in the aviation industry' and the team, which benefits from the firm's international footprint, 'really understands the issues faced by airlines'. It is active across a spectrum of aviation instructions and has in-depth expertise in aircraft transaction disputes, antitrust, competition work and regulatory matters. The team is also adept at handling commercial contracts and disputes, cyber risk management, data protection, insurance, M&A, passenger claims and slot trading issues. Flight delay compensation claims, brought under EU Regulation 261/2004, are a key focus for the team where it acts for leading airlines such as British Airways, easyJet,, TUI and Wizz Air; Robin Springthorpe, who is deemed 'one of the best litigators in the field', represented easyJet on a second appeal to the Court of Appeal concerning a delayed flight. Elsewhere, Simon Chamberlain handles regulatory and commercial matters; he 'knows when to 'push' a point and when not to', and Patrick Farrell heads the contentious aviation practice.  Charlotte Winter handles transactional disputes for operators, banks and lessors and senior associate Annabelle Wheeler, who is based across the firm's London and Munich offices, handles contentious matters in the sector.

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