Vedder Price > London, England > Firm Profile

Vedder Price
4 Coleman Street
LONDON
EC2R 5AR
England

Finance > Transport finance and leasing Tier 2

Acting on its own for clients that it has successfully cultivated, as well as working in tandem with the firm’s well-established US offering, Vedder Price‘s four-partner London team continues to excel on behalf of a primarily creditor-side client base. Although the firm’s traditional work in the space – which includes the delivery of new aircraft and the trading of aircraft between lessors – has been hugely impacted by the pandemic, it has successfully realigned its focus to include a considerable volume of restructuring work, advice on deferral agreements and a considerable amount of distressed opportunities. Drawing upon a ‘broad wealth of knowledge of the sector’, Gavin Hill has strong ties with lessors and banks which he has been particularly actively advising in a distressed context of late. The ‘very knowledgeable’ Neil Poland handles some airline work, as well as advice to the firm’s core base of lessors and banks. Derek Watson‘s ‘unparalleled knowledge in the aircraft leasing and finance space’ is appreciated not only in the context of commercial aviation mandates but also in the business jet arena. The team is rounded out at partner level by the ‘very commercial’ Dylan Potter, who also handles a considerable amount of shipping finance work.

Other key lawyers:

Gavin Hill; Neil Poland; Derek Watson; Dylan Potter; John Pearson; Natalie Chung

Testimonials

Very approachable and good understanding of the aviation sector.’

‘Their depth in Chicago, New York and London is important for cross-border transactions.’

‘They are extremely practical and commercial, and take the time to understand those issues which are important to the client.’  

Neil Poland is very knowledgeable.’

Derek Watson’s unparalleled knowledge in the aircraft leasing and finance space coupled with his availability and creative thinking make him the ideal lawyer for in-house counsel and business leaders, alike.’

Gavin Hill provides the company with pragmatic guidance on many challenging aspects of our deals and has a broad wealth of knowledge of the sector to support decision making.’

‘Gavin Hill is among the best aviation lawyers.’

Dylan Potter has deep knowledge and is very commercial.’

Key clients

AAR Corp

Aero Capital Solutions

Airbus

Airbus Financial Services

Air Canada

Aircastle

Alterna Capital

Apple Bank

Arab Banking Corporation

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

AviaAm Leasing

Bank of America

Bank of China

BBAM

BNP

Castlelake

Cathay United Bank

China Aircraft Leasing Company

China Construction Bank

CIT

Citibank

Commerzbank

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (CA-CIB)

DBS Bank (Development Bank of Singapore)

DekaBank

Doha Bank

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise

DVB Bank

Export Development Canada

GSI Engines

Guggenheim Partners

Helaba (Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Gironzentrale)

ICBC (Industrial and Commercial Bank of China)

ING Bank

Intrepid Aviation

Investec

KEB Hana Bank

KfW IPEX-Bank

Korea Development Bank

LCI (Lease Corporation International)

LHI (Leasing für Handel und Industrie)

Lloyds Bank

Lobo Leasing

Macquarie Bank

Magi Aviation Capital (f.k.a. Magi Partners)

Mega International Commercial Bank

MUFG

National Australia Bank

National Bank of Abu Dhabi

National Bank of Kuwait

New York Life Insurance Company

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale (Nord/LB)

Nordic Aviation Capital

ORIX Aviation

Qatar National Bank

Siemens Financial Services

Société Générale

SKY Leasing

Standard Chartered Bank

Stonebriar Commercial Finance

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe

TAG Aviation

Virgo Investments

volofin

Westpac Banking Corporation

Woori Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Airbus on multiple pre-delivery payments financings.
  • Assisted CA-CIB with the implementation of the first IFLI insurance policy in the context of KLM JOLCO financing.
  • Advised DAE on a A321neo sale and leaseback transaction with IndiGo.

Industry focus > Emerging markets Tier 4

Vedder Price has ‘a very commercial team that anticipates potential issues’. The firm has a strong focus on transactions in central and eastern Europe, notably advising on financings, asset acquisitions, M&A transactions, restructurings and sanctions enquiries over the years. Its recent work includes major restructurings in Bulgaria, Turkey, Ukraine and Lebanon. European head of private equity and corporate Andrew Harris leads the firm’s emerging market work in London, with partner Trevor Wood playing a key role in major financings. Wood is ‘always available to discuss the sensitive and difficult issues which arise on distressed projects‘. He worked with associate Henrietta Worthington to support EBRD and ING Bank in the restructuring of the Ukrainian drinks manufacturer Obolon Group.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Harris

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Trevor Wood is always available to discuss sensitive and difficult issues which arise on the distressed projects with which we deal and he adopts a pragmatic approach to problem resolution.’

‘Availability and responsiveness – Trevor Wood and Henrietta Worthington.’

‘A very commercial team that anticipates  potential issues.’

‘Jonathan Edgelow is a fantastic corporate and commercial lawyer who has an exceptional grasp of the law and is very commercial in his approach. Very quick turnaround and always has his client’s interests at the forefront and is an absolute pleasure to work with. Fantastic communication skills. Hugely talented and highly recommended with excellent international experience. My go-to corporate lawyer.’

Key clients

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Blantyre Capital Limited

Zenith Bank

Integral Venture Partners S.a.r.l.

Work highlights

  • Advised EBRD, ING Bank and Raiffesisen Bank on the financial restructuring of the Obolon Group (a Ukrainian drinks manufacturer).
  • Advised Blantyre Capital and EBRD on the sale of debt in respect of the Bulsatcom Group (a media group in Bulgaria) to Integral Venture Partners.
  • Advised EBRD on the restructuring of a number of loan facilities (circa EUR75 million) made to Alternative Taşimacilik A.Ş., including the provision of new standalone third-party guarantees and the sale of certain ro-ro vessels.

Employment > Employers Tier 7

Known for its ‘excellent commercial approach and more than just a safe pair of hands’, Vedder Price‘s team is led by Jonathan Maude who has a wealth of experience across the full spectrum of employment law-related issues. Core areas of instructions include confidentiality/restraint disputes, data privacy, business reorganisations and transfer issues.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Maude

Testimonials

‘The team has an exceptional and high-quality level of expertise.’

‘Very quick turnarounds and quickly grasp highly complex matters quickly and can communicate with clients in an easy and understandable manner.’

‘Excellent commercial approach and more than just a safe pair of hands.’

‘Go above and beyond and at the forefront of legal developments and innovative in their offering. Highly, highly recommended.’

‘Jonathan Maude has a very pragmatic approach and has a very good knowledge of cross border HR issues management. He is very responsive and flexible with clients.’

‘Jonathan Maude is quite knowledgeable on global issues, and super practical.’

‘We worked with them on many transnational aspects and exchanged experiences. They have always taken our advice back to the client and understood the diversity of Italian law and relevant practice.’

‘They are very responsive, helpful with excellent technical knowledge and professional intuition.’

Vedder Price is an international business-focused law firm serving sophisticated clients of all sizes and industries from offices in Chicago, New York, Washington, DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, London and Singapore.

The firm offers a unique mix of finance, corporate, labor and employment, and litigation skills, including market-leading practices in global transportation finance, middle-market finance/M&A, executive compensation, employment class actions and more. Vedder Price has enduring relationships with marquee organizations, and many of the firm’s clients have been with the firm since its founding in 1952.

You can expect practical, responsive, results-oriented, cost-effective service, delivered by a firm with a world-class reputation in key practice areas.

  • Personalized service
  • Distinctive credentials, enduring relationships
  • Competitive rates, with a particular focus on efficiency
  • Strong professional relations
  • Sound leadership and long-term stability
DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
President & CEO Michael A. Nemeroffmnemeroff@vedderprice.com+1 (312) 609 7858
Operating Shareholder Dana S. Armagnodarmagno@vedderprice.com+1 (312) 609 7543
Vice Chair, Executive Committee Jeffrey T. Veberjveber@vedderprice.com+1 (212) 407 7728
Chair, Labor and Employment Practice Area Elizabeth N. Hallehall@vedderprice.com+1 (312) 609 7795
Chair, Corporate Practice Area Jennifer Durham Kingjking@vedderprice.com+1 (312) 609 7835
Chair, Litigation Practice Area Thomas P. Cimino, Jr.tcimino@vedderprice.com+1 (312) 609 7784
Chair, Finance & Transactions Practice Area Venu V. Talankivtalanki@vedderprice.com+1 (312) 609 7749
Chair, Global Transportation Finance Practice Area Geoffrey R. Kassgkass@vedderprce.com+1 (312) 609 7553
Chief Marketing Officer Katherine Miletichkmiletich@vedderprice.com+1 (312) 609 5043

With 275 lawyers and growing, we serve sophisticated clients of all sizes and in virtually all industries from our offices in Chicago, New York, Washington, DC, London, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Singapore.

The firm offers a unique mix of finance, corporate, labor and employment, and litigation skills, including market-leading practices in global transportation finance, middle-market finance/M&A, executive compensation, employment class actions and more. Vedder Price has enduring relationships with marquee organizations, and many of the firm’s clients have been with the firm since its founding in 1952.

The firm earned three Top-Tier Firm rankings by The Legal 500 United States in 2020; two in Transportation (Aviation and Air Travel – Finance; Rail and Road – Finance) for the tenth year in a row and M&A/Corporate and Commercial – M&A – Middle Market for the seventh year in a row, as well as a Second-Tier ranking for Transport: Shipping – Finance. Five attorneys were recommended as Leading Lawyers with an additional three in the Leading Lawyer Hall of Fame, 36 recommended in The Legal 500, two noted as Next Generation Lawyers and one noted as a “Rising Star.”

Eleven practice areas and 35 attorneys achieved recognition in Chambers & Partners in 2020, including a USA nationwide Band 1 firm ranking for Transportation: Aviation Finance, the guide’s highest honor for the tenth year in a row.

You can expect practical, responsive, results-oriented, cost-effective service, delivered by a firm with a world-class reputation in key practice areas:

  • Personalized service.
  • Distinctive credentials, enduring relationships.
  • Competitive rates, with a particular focus on efficiency.
  • Strong professional relations.
  • Sound leadership and long-term stability.
DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
President & CEO Michael A. Nemeroffmnemeroff@vedderprice.com(312) 609-7858
Operating Shareholder Douglas M. Hambletondhambleton@vedderprice.com(312) 609-7684
Vice Chair, Executive Committee Jeffrey T. Veberjveber@vedderprice.com(212) 407-7728
Chair, Labor and Employment Practice Area Amy L. Bessabess@vedderprice.com(202) 312-3361
Chair, Corporate Practice Area Jennifer Durham Kingjking@vedderprice.com(312) 609-7835
Chair, Litigation Practice Area Randall M. Lendingrlending@vedderprice.com(312) 609-7564
Chief Marketing Officer Katherine Miletichkmiletich@vedderprice.com(312) 609-5043

Vedder Price is committed to maintaining and enhancing a diverse workforce and inclusive work environment. Our attorneys and staff members are recruited, retained and promoted regardless of their race, colour, religion, age, marital status, veteran status, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition or disability, or any other protected status.

At the same time, Vedder recognizes its responsibility to actively encourage minority and diverse individuals to pursue careers in law and to ensure that they have access to opportunities in the profession.

We believe that the strength of our commitment to diversity and inclusion is vital to a better work environment and the effectiveness of our firm in an increasingly diverse market. It is a core value. We promote and support diversity in a variety of ways – by recruiting, hiring, retaining, training, developing, mentoring and advancing talented diverse attorneys and other employees on the basis of merit and performance.

Please visit https://www.vedderprice.com/diversity for more information.