BLP strengthens Finance practice with hire of Asia-based specialist

International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has today announced the appointment of structured asset finance specialist, Nigel Ward, as a Partner in the Firm’s global Finance practice.

Nigel will join the Finance practice and work in BLP’s Hong Kong office, one of three offices the firm now has in Asia.

Nigel has broad experience of advising on a variety of asset and secured financing transactions and products, in a number of sectors and emerging markets, with a particular emphasis on shipping/off-shore, aircraft and other mobile equipment finance, commodity and trade finance, export credit finance and project finance. Nigel currently works with a number of Chinese and China-based financial institutions and has worked extensively in emerging markets.

Nigel will become the Asset Finance team’s fifth Partner and work closely with colleagues in London, Singapore and Beijing. The team focuses on derivatives, project finance, structured finance, securitisation shipping/off-shore, aircraft, rolling stock and other equipment finance and leasing, and has worked with clients including ICBC Financial Leasing, Minsheng Financial Leasing, Deutsche Bank, Avolon Aerospace Leasing, China Development Bank, DVB Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Go Airlines and Spring Airlines.

Russell Clifford, Head of Asset Finance, said: “Nigel’s wealth of experience and the international nature of his work will be invaluable to the Asset Finance team and the Finance department as we look to further our offering to clients globally.”

Nigel Ward said: “The clients BLP’s Finance department has and the calibre of deals that they work on are of the highest quality, and to be a part of that business as it continues to develop is an extremely exciting prospect. I look forward to strengthening the client relationships we have in China and furthering the firm’s already excellent reputation in Asia.”

Nigel joins from Norton Rose Fulbright in Beijing where he was a Finance Partner, having previously set up their Paris office.

BLP’s Finance department is almost 100 lawyers strong, including 30 partners, and advises many of the world’s leading financial institutions on the full range of international and domestic financial market products, from structured finance and securitisation to asset and real estate finance. Internationally, the London team works alongside finance lawyers in Germany, Moscow, the UAE, Singapore, Hong Kong and Beijing.



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