David McGovern

David McGovern


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David McGovern is a partner in Walkers and head of the Asset and Aviation Finance Group, specialising in all aspects of the financing and leasing of aviation assets. David has acted for banks, lessors, investors, manufacturers and operators on domestic and multi-jurisdictional asset financing transactions involving corporate and commercial aircraft, rolling stock and other moveable equipment.

David has advised lessors in respect of leases to operators of fixed wing and rotary aircraft in Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America. David has extensive experience advising clients in respect of financing structures used to finance and lease aviation assets including pre-delivery-financing, revolving credit facilities and loan facilities. David also advises clients on all aspects of the establishment and running of leasing companies in Ireland.​​

Prior to joining Walkers David worked in the structured and asset finance department of Freshfields and during his time there he was seconded to Airbus and Avolon Aerospace. Prior to joining Freshfields he worked with RBS Aviation Capital as a commercial negotiator.

Admitted In:
England and Wales (not practising)

Bachelor of Business and Law (BBL), University College Dublin
Masters in Commercial Law (LLM), University College Dublin
Barrister-at-Law (BL), King's Inns

2022 Chambers Global - Notable Practitioner - Asset Finance

2021 IFLR 1000 - Highly Regarded

2021 Legal 500 - Leading Individual and Recommended Lawyer (Asset Finance) - "David McGovern and his team are very professional, competent, accessible and pleasant. This is an impression from working alongside them and as opposing counsel."        

2021 Chambers Europe Guide - Band 3 (Asset Finance) 

2021 Chambers Global Guide - Band 3 (Banking & Finance: Asset Finance) - Interviewees see David McGovern as "a very experienced aviation finance lawyer with good commercial sense." He handles a wide variety of topics, including aircraft portfolio acquisitions and sale and leaseback transactions

2020 Legal 500 - Leading Individual and Recommended Lawyer (Asset Finance) - "David McGovern and his team are very responsive and friendly (also when sitting across the table), but at the same time to the point."        

2020 Chambers Europe Guide - Band 3 - David has a "deep knowledge of the subject matter," and the team "pays attention to detail and is a strong advocate for the client." 

2020 Chambers Global Guide - Band 3 (Banking & Finance: Asset Finance)

2020 IFLR 1000 - Leading Lawyer and Highly Regarded

2019 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer (Asset Finance) - David 'makes clients feel like they are his only customer'

2019 Chambers Global Guide - Notable Practitioner (Banking & Finance: Asset Finance) - "very commercial" . One client attests that "he gives us a lot of time and energy and never lets us down."

2019 IFLR 1000- Rising Star

2018 Chambers Global & Europe Guide - (Banking & Finance: Asset Finance) A Notable Practitioner. "A strong lawyer who is very commercial and gives sound advice."

2018 IFLR 1000 - Rising Star

2017 Euromoney - Rising Star

2017 IFLR 1000 - Rising Star

2015 Legal 500 - "Walkers Ireland is ‘right up there with the best for aviation finance’.

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’, and David McGovern make up ‘a great team of practical lawyers’."

2014 IFLR1000 - "They've got people like David McGovern who have worked at aircraft leasing companies and other firms and in other jurisdictions - they [Walkers] have a broad view of the legal environment throughout the world in the aviation industry."

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'."

Member of the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland

Member of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association