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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Living Wage

Work Department

Finance; Asset Finance; Aviation, Aerospace & Transportation; Financial Services; Aviation Finance; Aircraft Finance Insurance Consortium (AFIC); Trade & Export Credit Agency Finance


Chris is a senior associate in the London office of Pillsbury’s Asset Finance Group. His practice focuses on acting for banks, lessors, airlines and export credit agencies on a wide range of high-value, cross-border aircraft and engine finance transactions.

Chris’ extensive transactional experience spans sale and leasebacks, finance and operating leases, OEM purchase agreements, novations, PDP financings, engine maintenance and support agreements, loan/mortgage transactions and ECA supported deals. In 2016, Chris undertook a six-month secondment at Emirates in Dubai advising on a range of delivery, redelivery and ad hoc matters.


Legal Practice Course, BPP Law School, 2009

LL.B. (Hons), University of Liverpool, 2008

Lawyer Rankings

London > Finance > Transport finance and leasing

(Rising stars)

Chris Knight Pillsbury 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.