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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

Marshalling its ‘good aviation industry knowledge,’ Bird & Bird LLP specialises in assisting clients undertaking innovative technological projects in the aviation sector, including advising on the integration of AI into critical systems. The firm also handles financing, project developments and other transactional matters for aviation clients, as well as litigation. Leo Fattorini leads the team out of Singapore and specialises in aviation transactions, while consultant Paul Briggs acts for airlines and lessors in relation to equipment detained in Russia and also original equipment manufacturer (OEM) issues. Sophie Eyre co-heads the firm’s dispute resolution team, acting on the full spectrum of contentious aviation matters; of counsel Simon Phippard advises airlines, suppliers and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) companies on contractual issues; and Stuart Cairns heads the firm’s international airports team, assisting with all aspects of airport operations.

Singapore > Asset finance: foreign firms

(Leading individuals)

Leo Fattorini – Bird & Bird ATMD LLP

Bird & Bird ATMD LLP  excels in aircraft and engine financing, refinancing, and leasing, regularly acting for a range of lenders and lessees. The team is also well known for airline restructurings and portfolio management. The widely respected aviation expert Leo Fattorini leads ‘a fantastic team of hard-working, solution-orientated and well-respected professionals‘. Fattorini counts blue-chip companies, leasing institutions, and aircraft financiers as his key clients, and his recent caseloads include sales and leasebacks, debt financing, and purchase agreements. The recent addition of Niel Liebenberg who joined from an in-house role further strengthens its aviation transaction capability.