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HFW boosts asset finance capability in Asia-Pacific

14 July 2014

Leading international law firm Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) is delighted to announce that Leigh Borrello has joined the firm as a Partner, effective 1 July 2014. Leigh will work from Sydney and Singapore and help to develop the firm’s asset finance practice, with particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region.

Leigh is a highly regarded asset finance practitioner with particular skills in aircraft finance and cross-border leasing and structured finance transactions.

Leigh acts for airlines (including regional flag carriers), shipping companies, leasing companies, financial institutions, export-credit agencies and investors on a range of matters. His expertise includes structured asset financing (including advising on tax based structures, pre-delivery financings and securitisations), the sale and purchase, and leasing and chartering of aircraft, vessels, rolling stock and other high value assets, the merger and acquisition of airlines and leasing companies, and the granting and enforcement of security. He also has experience of project and acquisition finance, restructurings and general banking.

Gavin Vallely, Managing Partner of the firm’s Australian offices commented: “Leigh has an outstanding reputation in the aviation finance sector and his experience in aviation and asset finance generally further enhances the firm’s service offering to clients throughout the Asia-Pacific region.”

Richard Crump, HFW’s Senior Partner said: “I am delighted to welcome Leigh to the Partnership. He joins our Asia-Pacific practice at an exciting time of growth and development for the firm in the region as we continue to build capability in our core sectors.”

Leigh joins the firm from Norton Rose Fulbright.

For more information, please contact Tania Phayre, Head of Marketing Communications, on +44 (0)20 7264 8546, or email

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