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Vedder Price is pleased to announce that our Business Aviation practice received significant recognition for the 7th consecutive year by Chambers High Net Worth 2022. Complete details in connection with this year’s rankings can also be found below.

Ranked Departments:

  • Private Aircraft (Global-wide) – Band 1

Vedder Price’s global transportation practice has notable cross-border aviation capabilities and is particularly strong in Washington, D.C. and London. “The firm has a team of attorneys that specifically handles private aircraft financing, so they are well-versed in the nuances of this type of lending,” says a source.

Ranked Lawyers:

  • Edward K. Gross – Band 1
  • David M. Hernandez – Band 1
  • Derek Watson – Band 2

Edward Gross in Washington, DC brings a vast amount of experience to complex aircraft financing transactions. "He is extremely strong on financing," observes a source, who also says: "He is a very fun guy but a very serious transactional lawyer."

DC-based David Hernandez is a former prosecutor with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He now advises clients on aviation regulatory, enforcement, financing and dispute matters. Industry sources recognize him in particular for his experience in handling regulatory mandates.

London-based Derek Watson is an experienced asset finance lawyer who regularly advises on aircraft deals, including purchases and sale and leasing transactions. "Derek has an amazing way of managing his clients," observes a source, and another describes him as "a strong business partner."

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