Leo Fattorini > Bird & Bird ATMD LLP > Singapore, Singapore > Lawyer Profile

Bird & Bird ATMD LLP
2 SHENTON WAY #18-01

Work Department

Corporate, Aviation


Partner, Joint Head of the firm’s International Aviation Sector Group


I am joint head of our international Aviation & Aerospace sector group and I lead our practice in Asia-Pacific from Singapore.

I’m privileged to lead a team of excellent dedicated lawyers in Asia-Pacific focused on aviation work, acting for a broad range of very exciting clients.

Our clients include airlines, lessors, financial institutions and other leading aviation industry businesses. Having been immersed in the industry for many years and in a number of jurisdictions, our team really understands the issues our clients face, whoever and wherever they are.

Almost all of our work has an international element and usually involves complex cross-border issues. In recent years we’ve worked on transactions and projects right across Asia-Pacific including in Singapore, China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Cambodia, Korea, Australia, Vietnam and Myanmar. Accordingly we regularly work closely with our expert colleagues across the Bird & Bird network as well as brilliant and responsive lawyers in other law firms.

With every client engagement, it is vital to give sound commercial advice and support in a cost-effective manner. Having worked in-house myself in the past, I am acutely aware of what advice adds real value to our clients and how it is most usefully presented. We always strive to focus on solutions and to engage with our clients’ counterparties and their lawyers in a constructive and sensible manner.

Before joining Bird & Bird, I spent a few wonderful years at Virgin Atlantic in London where I was responsible for all the aircraft finance and leasing transactions as well as issues relating to maintenance and technical contracts. I also advised on numerous strategic commercial matters and carry this experience with me in the work I do now.

I have always had a genuine passion for the aviation industry and consider myself very fortunate to be able to play a role in its continued growth and success – especially in such an exciting area of the world!




Bachelor of Arts in Law & Politics
Admitted as a Solicitor in England & Wales in 1998


Travel, Skiing, Playing team sports

Lawyer Rankings

London > Transport > Aviation

Bird & Bird LLP has ‘comprehensive knowledge of the aviation sector’ with experience in advising clients on the trends impacting the field such as OEM failures, Covid-19 and digitalisation. The team also advises airlines, lessors and financiers on sustainability, cybersecurity and data issues affecting the aviation industry. Leo Fattorini heads the aviation practice while Paul Briggs is now a consultant who continues to act for airlines and lessors. Sophie Eyre specialises in aviation disputes, while Stuart Cairns leads the international airports team.

Singapore > Asset finance: foreign firms

(Leading individuals)

Leo Fattorini – Bird & Bird ATMD LLP

Led by the ‘extremely knowledgeableLeo Fattorini, Bird & Bird ATMD LLP‘s APAC aviation group has a strong reputation in the asset finance space, as a result of its aptitude at handling a range of leasing, restructuring and financing transactions for many of the region’s airlines and aircraft lessors. The practice, which has recently worked on a number of deals involving passenger to freighter (P2F) aircraft, is also sought after by financial institutions based in Singapore and the wider region. Department leader Fattorini demonstrates particular expertise in portfolio deals, sales and leasebacks, as well as lessor and lessee debt finance.