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Derek Watson

Partner

Derek Watson is a Partner and a member of the firm’s Global Transportation Finance team.

Mr. Watson has extensive experience in a broad range of asset finance transactions across the aviation, shipping and rail sectors, with a particular focus on cross-border commercial and business aircraft financing, leasing, sales and purchases, including portfolio transactions, tax-based financings, export credit-supported financings and progress payment financings. His clients include banks, lessors and owners.

In each of the years 2016 through 2020, Mr. Watson was ranked Band 1 in Private Aircraft (Global-wide) in Chambers High Net Worth and from 2017 through 2020 was ranked Band 4 in Chambers UK Asset Finance (UK-wide). Mr. Watson has been recognized among the world’s leading aviation attorneys by Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides since 2018. Mr. Watson has been recommended by Legal 500 UK in the Transport Finance and Leasing in 2012, 2020 and 2021.

Derek Watson

Partner

Education

  • The College of Law, York, Diploma in Legal Practice, 1997
  • Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, MA Law, 1996, with honors

Derek Watson

Partner

Admissions

  • England and Wales, 1999

Affiliations

  • Member, International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT)

Derek Watson

Partner