Matthew Leigh

Matthew Leigh

Partner, Singapore

Email matthew.leigh@hoganlovells.com

Phone +65 6302 2567

Fax +65 6538 7077

LanguagesEnglish

Practice groupFinance

A partner in our Singapore Banking practice, Matthew specialises in 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.  

In 2016, the Singapore Business Review recognised Matthew as one of Singapore's most influential lawyers aged 40 and under.

Education and admissions

Education

Diploma in Legal Practice, Nottingham Law School, 2003

LLB 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.

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