Ken Rush

Ken Rush


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Practice Areas

Ken Rush is a partner and head of the Asset & Aviation Finance team in Ireland, where he specialises in all aspects of asset finance and leasing with a focus on the financing and leasing of aircraft, aircraft engines, helicopters and other heavy transportation assets (such as rolling stock and vessels).

Ken has extensive experience with:

  • establishment of aircraft, aircraft engines and helicopter leasing platforms in Ireland;

  • pre-delivery payments financing;

  • export Credit Agency supported financings (including, ECGD, COFACE, HERMES, US EX-IM, CEXIM, EDC and BNDES);

  • financing and/or leasing of aviation assets through Irish special purpose vehicles (including orphan and lease-in lease-out structures);

  • operating and finance leasing of aviation assets;

  • acquisition and disposal of aviation assets;

  • the Cape Town Convention;

  • asset and receivables backed financings joint venture financings and tax enhanced structured financings; and

  • general banking and finance transactions, including secured and unsecured bilateral and syndicated lending, limited recourse financings and structured and leveraged financings. 

Ken's clients include aircraft owners, arrangers, airlines, asset financiers and lessors.​

Ken lectures on several aviation third level and professional courses and is a regular contributor to aviation industry journals and conferences.

Prior to joining walkers Ken worked in the asset and structured finance practice of Clifford Chance London and also in house with RBS Aerospace (now SMBC Aviation Capital). ​

Admitted In:
England and Wales (not practising)

2019 Legal 500 - Leading Lawyer (Asset Finance) - Ken Rush 'stands out as a top-tier lawyer' thanks to his 'rigorous legal approach and customer-focused relationships'.

2019 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioner (Banking & Finance: Asset Finance) - "One interviewee describes Rush as "superb" and "my go-to lawyer," explaining: "He has great market knowledge and understanding of the issues." He established an aircraft leasing platform for AviaAm." 

2019 - IFLR1000 - Highly Regarded

2018 Legal 500 - Leading Lawyer: Walkers’ substantial aviation practice is led by ‘excellent negotiator’ Ken Rush

2018 Chambers Global & Europe Guide - (Banking & Finance: Asset Finance) A Notable Practitioner. "Clients view him as 'one of the best Irish counsel for aviation' and 'very user-friendly and technically good'."

2018 Lexology Client Choice Award - Asset Finance (Ireland)

2018 Who's Who Legal: Aviation: Finance - Recommended Lawyer

2018 IFLR 1000 - Highly Regarded

2017 Legal 500 - Leading Lawyer: "Clients regard Walkers as ‘the leading aircraft finance team in Dublin’ and ‘leading light’ Ken Rush heads the practice."

2017 Chambers Global & Europe Guide - (Banking & Finance: Asset Finance) A Notable Practitioner. "'One of the leading lights in the Dublin aviation finance community,' Ken Rush is praised for being 'commercial, pragmatic and always able to come up with sensible solutions'."

2017 IFLR 1000 - Leading Lawyer - "Ken Rush is said to be 'always excellent' by one client, and 'outstanding' by another."

"Clients hold the firm’s asset finance team in high regard. 'Excellent work. I really like working with Ken Rush and his team, they offer great service,' says one partner at an international law firm."

2016 Legal 500 - Leading Lawyer: "With ‘an excellent aviation finance practice’, aviation partner Ken Rush is ‘an excellent lawyer with great industry knowledge’."

2016 Chambers Global - Ken Rush of Walkers is "a leader in the aviation field" according to clients, who say his deep experience of aircraft deals give him a "persuasive authority." One source adds: "He is one of the best lawyers I have ever worked with. He shines out over the competition because he gets to a commercial understanding much quicker than a lot of lawyers."

2015 Chambers Global - "An expert in the field of aviation finance, Ken Rush of Walkers receives strong praise. One source describes him as "very commercial and practical – he knows what the client wants and he knows the market well."

2015 Legal 500 - "Walkers Ireland is ‘right up there with the best for aviation finance’. Ken Rush, who impresses clients with his ‘strong industry insight’, heads the asset finance team."

2015 Legal 500 - Ken Rush - Leading Individual (Aviation Finance / Banking and Finance chapter).

2015 IFLR 1000 - “very practical, proactive and commercial".

2015 IFLR 1000 - Ken Rush - Leading Individual (Banking and Finance chapter)

2014 Legal 500 - "The ‘exceptional’ Walkers impresses with its asset finance expertise, particularly on the aviation side...Aviation finance expert Ken Rush, who ‘helps clients understand and adapt to risks when necessary’.

2014 Legal 500 - Ken Rush - Leading Individual (Aviation Finance / Banking and Finance chapter)

2014 Chambers Global & Chambers Europe - "Ken Rush is department head at Walkers. He is focused on aviation finance with clients praising his "excellent legal skills, and easy-going manner." They add: "He makes meetings very efficient, reflects well on our company and removes the antagonism which sometimes exists when two outside law firms go head-to-head."

2014 IFLR1000 - "The asset finance practice is led by Ken Rush…. "What we like best about the team is that they're willing to throw all their resources at a project, so you never feel constrained," says one client. "They work on the timelines you need to get the financing complete and we definitely get a great deal of comfort from the knowledge the team has in Irish law."

2013 Legal 500 - "Walkers has stamped its mark on the Irish finance sector, particularly in the asset finance space where it has ‘top-tier Irish lawyers'."

2013 Legal 500 - Ken Rush - Leading Individual (Aviation Finance / Banking and Finance chapter)

2013 Chambers Global - "Ken Rush of Walkers is a respected figure with a particular focus on asset finance. "He is amenable and helpful, with a can-do attitude."

2013 Legal 500 - Ken Rush - Leading Individual (banking and finance chapter)

2012 Legal 500 – "Walkers Ireland has a wealth of asset finance expertise with a particular focus on aircraft financing. Ken Rush leads the team."

2012 Chambers Global – "Ken has a particular focus on the financing and leasing of aircraft and related assets with experience in advising aircraft owners, airlines, asset financiers and lessors."

2011 Chambers Europe - "Ken brings extensive experience of cross-border asset finance transactions."

Member of the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland

Member of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association