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Allen & Overy LLP
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E1 6AD
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  Paul Nelson



Paul is a partner in the Asset Finance Department and Head of Allen & Overy’s Aviation Finance Group, which won the Legal House of the Year 2013 at the Global Transport Finance Awards. He has been identified by clients as a "really impressive professional" who is "very bright and commercially pragmatic" (Chambers 2013 – Asset Finance). "Known in the market as an impressive finance lawyer" (Chambers 2014 – Asset Finance) "He is very strong in the drafting and negotiation of transaction documents and has an ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines. He perfectly understands the client’s needs" (Who’s Who Legal 2014).

Paul has acted for Export Credit Agencies (including KEXIM, SACE, Coface, Euler Hermes and ECGD), banks (including Bank of Scotland, BNP Paribas, BTMU, CA CIB, Citibank, DNB, JP Morgan, Natixis, Santander and SMBC), airlines (including British Airways, Iberia, Aeroflot, Czech Airlines, Air Mauritius and Qantas) and operating lessors (including Aldus Aviation, Dubai Aerospace, VEB Leasing and VTB Leasing) across a whole spectrum of aviation finance, shipping, corporate jet and yacht deals, including Export Credit transactions, capital markets transactions, operating leasing, debt financing, engines financing, pre-delivery payment financing, portfolio purchases and sales, Japanese operating leases, securitisations, German KG leases, UK tax leases, Spanish tax operating leases and manufacturer support. Paul was involved in drafting the European Export Credit Agencies’ precedent documentation and has been instrumental in the development of the transportation capital markets industry outside the U.S. in the last seven years. 

Professional qualifications

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2000

Academic qualifications

MA, Law, Downing College, Cambridge University, 1997

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