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Leading global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has announced a major investment in asset finance, with the hire of four partners in London and Singapore. 

Rex Rosales and Jahnavi Ramachandran will join the firm in London, while Siva Subramaniam and Samuel Kolehmainen will join in Singapore.

"With unprecedented investment levels in aviation and other transport, infrastructure and projects across the globe, strengthening our asset finance practice makes good business sense for us and our clients," said Jason Ricketts, Global Head of Finance, Real Estate and Projects.

"A key strength they will bring is aviation finance where they are amongst the leading practitioners in the market. They will complement our tier one asset finance practice in Australia, making the firm's offering in this sector a truly global practice and mirroring the global market."

The team appointment represents the firm's ongoing investment in finance, by strategically growing its breadth of sector and product expertise.

In 2016, the firm recruited US debt partner Gabrielle Wong in London and LatAm partner Ed Dougherty to its New York office, with finance partner Dmitry Gubarev joining the firm in Moscow in 2017.  More recently, the firm announced the promotion of finance lawyers Joy Amis (London) and Nikki Smythe (Sydney) to the partnership (effective 1 May 2018).   



Rex Rosales

Rex has been practising in the Transport Sector for over 25 years and has been based in Paris, Montreal and London. He advises clients on every aspect of the life-cycle of Transportation assets, from acquisition, financing, leasing, operation, maintenance, trading, disposal through to end-of-life scrapping. Rex has particular expertise in advising clients on complex and innovative structured asset finance transactions in the Transportation (aviation, rail and shipping) Sector.

Jahnavi Ramachandran

Jahnavi specialises in advising clients on the acquisition, financing and leasing of assets including commercial aircraft, helicopters and business jets. Her insight and expertise is held in high regard throughout the industry, and she has previously spoken at high profile industry events such as the 2018 Dublin Airline Economics Conference. Jahnavi is listed as an aviation expert in Legal Media’s Expert Guides 2017. 

Siva Subramaniam

Siva has a wide range of financing, operating leasing, tax leasing and structured finance expertise with respect to a number of categories of large ticket assets including aircraft (both corporate and commercial), rolling stock, film, infrastructure, ground-handling and defence related assets. He has a strong reputation for advising airlines, lessors and banks.

Samuel Kolehmainen

Samuel has extensive experience in aviation financing and focuses on advising financial institutions and lessors. His experience includes acting for clients on commercial financings, export credit agency financings, operating leasing, aircraft sales, asset backed securitisations as well as portfolio sales and financings. Samuel is recognised as a leading individual in the industry publications.


Operating from 27 offices across Asia Pacific, EMEA and North America, Herbert Smith Freehills is at the heart of the new global business landscape providing premium quality, full-service legal advice. The firm provides many of the world’s most important organisations with access to market-leading dispute resolution, projects and transactional legal advice, combined with expertise in a number of global industry sectors, including banks, consumer products, energy, financial buyers, infrastructure and transport, mining, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, real estate, TMT and manufacturing and industrials.

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