David Osborne > Watson Farley & Williams LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Watson Farley & Williams LLP
15 APPOLD STREET
LONDON
EC2A 2HB
England
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Work Department

PARTNER IN THE ASSET FINANCE GROUP

Position

David’s practice concentrates on asset and project finance, with a particular emphasis on the shipping and offshore (oil and gas) industries. His clients include banks, lessors, shipping companies and companies in the offshore services industry.

David is experienced in wider asset financings, acquisition finance, balance sheet lending and securitisation transactions. In addition to finance work, his practice encompasses commercial contract advice and projects, especially in the energy and offshore industries.

David is co-author of The Law of Ship Mortgages (2nd edn, InformaLaw at Routledge, 2016), sometime rapporteur to the International Working Group on Ship Security Interests previously established by the Comité Maritime International (CMI) and is currently co-chair of the International Working Group on Security Interests over Shipping Containers recently established by the CMI. He has published articles and book reviews in legal periodicals, including LMCLQ, JIML and CLJ. David currently chairs the firm’s Legal Opinions Committee.

David joined the firm on its establishment in 1982, shortly after qualifying with a large City firm and was made a Partner in 1986. He spent six years in the firm’s New York office between 1990 and 1995.

Career

Qualified 1981; joined Watson Farley & Williams 1982; partner Watson Farley & Williams 1986; partner in New York office from its establishment in 1990; returned to London office December 1995. Articles and case notes published in Lloyds Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly and Cambridge Law Journal. Sometime co-author of the English Conflict of Laws Chapter in McBain: Aircraft Finance. Rapporteur of International Working Group of the Comite Maritime International to investigate whether the 2001 Cape Town Convention should be extended to ships.

Education

Downing College, Cambridge (1978 BA Hons Law; 1982 MA).