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Stephenson Harwood LLP

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A structured and asset finance expert with a particular focus on aviation finance. Saugata also advises clients in respect of general banking matters, structured products and derivatives.


Saugata acts for banks, lessors, funds and airlines. His experience includes secured lending structures, ECA-backed bond and loan financings, JOLs, JOLCOs, portfolio acquisitions, pre-delivery payment (PDP) financings and leases.

He has advised on financings of other asset classes, including equipment, petroleum platforms and transportation assets. In general banking matters, he advises financial institutions, funds and borrowers on secured lending structures, bond issuances and debt restructurings.

Saugata also has expertise in all classes of OTC derivatives, including equities, credit, commodities, fx products, structured repos and stock loans. He has represented banks and funds on bond-financed projects, collateralised debt obligations (CDOs), margin-lending trades and structured investment vehicles.

Lawyer Rankings

Philippines > Foreign firms

Stephenson Harwood LLP counts a broad range of banks, financial institutions and multinational corporations as well as private equity funds and airlines on its client roster. George Cyriac; Tom Platts and Saugata Mukherjee head up the department, which has advised many large and high-profile listed and unlisted international businesses on their investments into the Philippines; it also has a strong private wealth practice as well as a notable asset finance group, which continues to work on various complex financial structures and large aircraft orders in Asia. The team’s sector expertise spans the power and infrastructure industries as well as other areas including the mining, aviation and shipping arenas.

Singapore > Asset finance: foreign firms

(Leading individuals)

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Fielding one of ‘the largest, and most sophisticated’ asset finance teams in the market, Stephenson Harwood LLP is particularly well-suited to advising a balanced array of stakeholders, including banks, financial institutions, lessors, airlines, shipping companies, oil and gas businesses, and insurers, on large cross-jurisdictional deals across asset classes, most notably in the aviation, shipping and offshore spaces. Its aviation finance team, one of the largest in Singapore, is adept at handling the entire spectrum of matters, including US and European ECA-backed financings, bond private placements, operating leases, and ground-breaking hybrid flip-leases, to name a few. Helmed by Saugata Mukherjee, whose expertise covers derivatives and structured products, the group has handled a host of refinancings, complex workouts and rent deferrals as a result of the pandemic. Gregg Johnston heads a shipping and offshore sub-group that is emblematic of the eclectic nature of the firm’s workflow. In addition to providing advisory and risk mitigation services, the team is frequently involved in cross-border financings, sale and leasebacks, restructurings and corporate matters across all sub-sectors including containers, tankers, bulkers, rigs, cruise and specialist vessels. Iain Young is a reference in this sector, having led on some of the most high-profile shipping and offshore transactions in Asia. Banking and finance partner Gregory Xu has notable strength in the maritime industry, which is also a particular area of focus for Pedram Norton. Another key individual for shipping finance, Jeffrey Tanner leverages his expertise in banking, finance, maritime and energy transactional matters to advise clients in this segment. Clement Leung is regularly seen in cross-border aviation finance mandates, an area in which Michelle Runagall-Orlić excels.

Vietnam > Foreign desks

Stephenson Harwood LLP has an impressive pan-Asian offering, with demonstrable experience advising on investments, market-entries and commercial arrangements for multinational and domestic clients in Vietnam. Core sectors of focus for the practice include aviation, consumer goods, energy and resources, financial services, healthcare, real estate and telecoms. George Cyriac is based in Singapore and has a strong practice in private equity. The firm’s Singapore office is also home to Tom Platts, who is highly adept at handling cross-border M&A and capital markets transactions, and Saugata Mukherjee, who acts for banks, lessors, funds and airlines.