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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

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Work Department

Finance; Asset Finance; Aviation, Aerospace & Transportation; Japan; Financial Services; Aviation Finance; Aircraft Finance Insurance Consortium (AFIC)


Ms Erni focuses on international asset finance and leasing with a particular emphasis on the aviation industry. Debra has represented several of the world’s largest aircraft leasing companies, banks and airlines in connection with ECA-supported financings, operating lease financings, tax-based leasing structures, secured debt financings and securitisations and has previously spent time on secondment with AerCap in Amsterdam. Formerly resident in Japan for close to a decade, Mrs Erni speaks and reads Japanese fluently and is familiar with Japanese corporate structures and many other aspects of Japanese law.


University of Waikato, New Zealand (LLB)

Kings College London, University of London (LLM).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Finance > Transport finance and leasing

(Leading individuals)

Debra ErniPillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Led from London by the ‘experienced and attentive’ Graham Tyler and able to leverage strong practices in New York and Tokyo, in particular, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP‘s three-partner aviation finance team provides ‘pragmatic and precise advice’ to a wide array of stakeholders across a range of complex cross-border financings. Tyler embodies this ability to handle a range of transactions in the sector by virtue of his varied client base which includes airlines, banks and a growing flow of work for funds which are increasingly deploying capital in the sector amidst lower prevailing interest rates in the wider economy. Debra Erni is another key member of the team and although her focus is narrower, her work for lessor clients, including numerous Japanese entities, which appreciate her fluent language skills as well as her ‘deep understanding about the market’, is very impressive. The ‘highly experienced and pragmatic’ Antony Single rounds out the team at a partner level, and his arrival in July 2021 from Clifford Chance LLP solidifies and enhances the firm’s financing credentials, particularly for lenders on highly structured mandates. ‘Very practical and responsive’ counsel Chris Knight is also recommended.