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Rhian Clayton-Payne Named ‘Rising Star’ By Airfinance Journal

20 July 2018

HFW aerospace senior associate Rhian Clayton-Payne has been recognised as a Rising Star by Airfinance Journal in its Guide to Aviation Lawyers 2018.

Rhian, who is based in the firm’s Singapore office, specialises in aircraft financing and leasing, acting for leasing companies, financial institutions, airlines and investors. She has been working in Asia for nearly six years, including time spent on secondment in China. She also has experience in corporate finance.

David Brotherton, an aerospace partner in HFW’s Singapore office, says: “We are very proud that Rhian has been named one of Airfinance Journal’s Rising Stars.

“She has led an impressive number and variety of complex deals, and is praised by our leading clients for her efficient, can-do approach and getting results quickly and smoothly.

“Rhian has particularly strong experience in PRC free trade zone structures, which are an important feature of the PRC aviation market.

“Rhian shows strong leadership skills and has a bright future ahead of her.”

This is the second year in a row that an HFW lawyer has been awarded a place in Airfinance Journal’s Rising Stars list, with senior associate Chris Marrable ranked in 2017.

Aerospace is one of HFW’s six core sectors globally. The firm advises clients on complex claims, aviation safety, economic regulation, finance and leasing, competition and anti-trust. It also offers a bespoke aviation mediation service.


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