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Russell Clifford

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Asset finance.


Partner and head of asset finance, in particular rail finance, shipping finance and structured finance.


Trained Burges Salmon; qualified 1998; assistance solicitor, Burges Salmon, 1998-2001; associate solicitors, Allen and Overy LLP, 2001-07; of counsel, Allen and Overy LLP, 2007-09; partner, head of asset finance, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, 2009 to date.


Law Society of England and Wales.


Clifton College, Bristol; University of Leeds (1994 BA (Hons) History); University of West of England, Bristol (1995 postgraduate in Law; 1996 LPC).

London: Finance

Asset finance and leasing

Within: Asset finance and leasing

Led by Russell CliffordBryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP's three-partner asset finance team is particularly accomplished at handling lessor transactions within the rail sector. Clifford recently advised Beacon Rail on JP Morgan Asset Management's €1bn acquisition of the Beacon Rail rolling stock leasing business from Pamplona Capital Management. As part of this deal, Clifford also acted for Beacon Rail on the whole business refinancing of the Beacon Rail group. The firm also acts as sole adviser on leasing matters to Angel Trains, with Jamie Wiseman-Clarke recently advising it on the re-leasing of fleets of trains owned by Angel Trains and operated under various franchises. The arrival in June 2017 of Jason Chamberlain from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP also strengthens the firm's rail financing capability both on domestic projects, as well as internationally. On the aviation front, although the team is relatively small in London, it often works closely with lawyers on the ground in Asia and represents a mix of operators and lessors, in particular. Clients include Deutsche Bank, Montrose Global and CityJet.

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London: Transport


Within: Rail

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is praised for its ‘thoughtful and practical’ advice, which is ‘informed by industry expertise’. It is particularly noted for its experience in rolling stock financing and leasing, and is also active across competition, real estate, infrastructure projects and disputes in the rail sector. The team advised Beacon Rail on its acquisition, from Pamplona Capital Management (PCM), by a fund managed by JP Morgan Asset Management; advised Beacon Rail on the whole business refinancing of the Beacon Rail group; and advised Angel Trains on the re-leasing of fleets of trains operated under various franchises. The team also advises TfL on the series of property partnerships to develop land around stations. Jamie Wiseman-Clarke regularly handles rail-related transactions; James Marshall is ‘pro-active and engaged with an unassumingly effective style’ and is experienced in competition law; associate director Euan McIntosh handles finance matters; and Jason Chamberlain, who recently joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, is noted for his experience in railway infrastructure projects and has ‘an excellent eye for detail’. Russell Clifford heads the asset finance and rail industry group.

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