Walkers Ranks 7th in AirFinance Journal's 2019 Legal Survey

Walkers Global Aviation Finance Group has recently been ranked seventh in AirFinance Journal's ("AFJ") annual Legal Survey. Walkers is the only offshore law firm recognized in the published rankings, and is listed among the leading international law firms in the aviation market who Walkers regularly partners with to advise on the local law elements of their global aviation transactions.

The legal survey reviews transactions from 2018, which is then used to recognize the most active law firms in the aviation sector based upon deals completed in a number of categories around the world.

James Burch, partner in Walkers Aviation Finance Practice, stated: "We are thrilled to be recognized by AFJ for our achievements in the aviation sector alongside the leading names in the market. It is testament to the quality of the service that the team has provided to our clients over the past 12 months that we are the only offshore law firm recognized in AFJ's top 10 rankings. We fully anticipate continued growth in the aviation sector in 2019 as investors continue to show an appetite for aviation ABS and related products."

Walkers Global Aviation Group was involved in a number of transactions recognised by AFJ earlier this year, including their "Overall Capital Markets Deal of the Year" for the Thunderbolt II US$450m ABS for 18 aircraft, and the "Middle East & Africa Deal of the Year" for the Ethiopian Airlines US$670m AFIC-supported financing for eight Boeing aircraft.

Walkers Aviation Finance partner, David McGovern, stated: "We're very happy that the commitment and quality of the Walkers legal product has been recognised by the leading journal in our industry. Walkers, through its legal and corporate services businesses, is very well placed to support a market which continues to grow through the establishment of leasing platforms and to employ capital markets products as a means to finance aircraft."

Walkers offers Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Ireland and Jersey (Channel Islands) legal advice in relation to aviation finance transactions on a global basis.

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