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Paul Holland is based in London but has spent many years working in the Middle East and much of his work continues to be linked with the area with which he maintains close ties.

Paul is a partner in the Asset Finance department, where he principally deals with the financing of aircraft. He acts for a range of clients including export credit agencies, commercial banks, operating lessors and airlines. He has wide experience of the various structures used commonly to finance aircraft, including both US Exim and European ECA supported transactions.

Due to the time Paul spent in the Middle East, he also has great interest and experience in Islamic finance and used to be head of the firm’s Islamic Finance practice. Paul retains a great interest in Islamic finance and is a frequent speaker at conferences and other events.


Lawyer Clifford Chance 1988; lawyer Fox and Gibbons, Dubai 1993-96, partner 1996-97; partner Dentons Dubai 1998-99, partner Dentons London 1999-present.


Senior courts of England and Wales.

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London > Industry focus > Emerging markets

(Leading individuals)

Paul HollandDentons

Dentons has a presence in many emerging markets, which brings a broad palette of work into the London office. The firm has more than 50 years’ experience in Africa, Russia and the CIS region, as well as having a substantial workflow from the Middle East and CEE. The practice is particularly strong in cross-border finance work, and recently assisted HSBC with its $1.2bn joint programme with the Asian Development Bank to support the supply chains of Covid-19-related products in Asia and the Pacific. Head of banking and finance Paul Holland co-ordinates the practice, which calls upon the expertise of consultant Howard Barrie, who splits his time between advising on structured trade and commodity finance work and project finance issues, and debt capital markets specialists David Cohen and Nick Hayday. Other key names include James Ingham, while Yusuf Battiwala is ‘a subject matter expert with the right mix of knowledge of Islamic finance principles‘. Counsel Lee McLernon is a key adviser to export finance banks.

London > Finance > Transport finance and leasing

(Leading individuals)

Paul HollandDentons

Led by Nick Chandler, the ‘very experienced and super responsive‘ team at Dentons is best-known for its aviation finance work for a balanced array of airlines, manufacturers, lessors and lenders. Although a good deal of the recent work handled by the team had a restructuring flavour to it, from advising lessors on deferral exercises, through to more formal insolvency mandates, the team also managed to close some notable new money mandates. Chandler was at the forefront of much of this work, including his representation of TUI Group on the $84m pre-delivery financing provided by Carlyle Partners to fund the purchase of 12 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. Serge Sergiou continues to spearhead the firm’s relationship with Airbus, including advising it, alongside the firm’s Dublin office, as a stakeholder in relation to the Irish Examinership of Norwegian Air Services. The ‘very experiencedPaul Holland is also recommended across a range of commercial and ECA-backed financings, as well as on work involving a significant nexus with the Middle East.