Matthew Leigh

Matthew Leigh


Email matthew.leigh@​

Phone +65 6302 2567

Fax +65 6538 7077


Practice groupCorporate & Finance

Clients laud his "great attention to detail, commerciality and solution-based service," describing him as "very dedicated and personable."

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019

A partner in our Singapore Banking practice, Matthew focuses on structured asset finance and leasing acting for banks, financial institutions, lessors, and operators in a wide range of jurisdictions.

Matthew has substantial experience of big-ticket cross-border transactions, with a particular focus on the aviation sector. He has advised on a wide range of financing structures, including pre-delivery, export credit-supported, and tax-based structures in addition to domestic and cross-border sales of individual aircraft and portfolios.

Matthew has represented many of the industry's leading banks and institutions active in aviation finance on some of their most complex transactions undertaken in the Asia-Pacific region.

Awards and recognitions


Listed "40 under 40" showcasing "leading 40 individuals aged under 40 years of age in the commercial aviation industry"
Airline Economics


Aviation: Finance (Singapore), Band 3
Chambers Asia-Pacific


One of Singapore's most influential lawyers aged 40 and under
Singapore Business Review


Listed in "40 under 40"
Asian Legal Business Review

Education and admissions


Diploma in Legal Practice, Nottingham Law School, 2003

LL.B. Law, University of Leicester, 2002

Representative experience

Advising Citibank N.A. on a loan facility to refinance two A320 aircraft for Asia Aviation Capital on lease to VivaAerobus.

Advising China Development Bank on a US$275m loan facility to refinance the acquisition of an A380 aircraft for a Comsys vehicle facilitating a structured leasing transaction with Veling and Emirates.

Advising a European bank on a US$100m secured revolving credit facility for Avation plc initially used to finance one B777 aircraft on lease to Philippine Airlines.

Advising Investec Bank plc in relation to a loan facility to finance two A321 aircraft for Angelica Aircraft Assets on lease to VietJet.

Advising BNP Paribas on a loan to Asia Aviation Capital to refinance the acquisition of an B737 aircraft on lease to Norwegian Air.

Advised a leading operating lessor on the refinancing of two B737 aircraft leased to Nok Air.

Advised BNP Paribas on financing to CIAF Leasing in connection with the sale and leaseback of a B737 aircraft to China Eastern Airlines.

Advised CA-CIB on senior, mezzanine and junior loan facilities to finance an A330 aircraft delivered to HKAC on lease to SriLankan Airlines.

Advised DVB Bank SE on an aircraft portfolio refinancing for Minsheng Financial Leasing - Airline Economics Aviation 100 Asia-Pacific Refinancing Deal of the Year 2016.

Advised lenders in connection with the US$910m financing of four A380 and two B777 aircraft for Emirates.

Advised Malaysia Airlines Berhad in relation to its restructuring, one of the largest ever undertaken by a national carrier.

Advised The Korea Development Bank and KDB Asset Management on the structured senior debt/junior note financing of an A380-800 aircraft for Asiana Airlines.

Advised The Korea Development Bank on loan facilities to China Aircraft Leasing Group financing the acquisition of two new A321 aircraft leased to Air Macau.

Advising Cathay United Bank in relation to a loan facility to a leading U.S. operating lessor to partially finance one B737 aircraft leased to an Indonesian airline.

Advising Bank of Communications in relation to a loan facility to a leading Chinese operating lessor to partially refinance one B747-8 leased to a Korean airline.

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