Nick Swinburne


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10 Gresham Street

London, UK EC2V 7JD

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F +44-20-7615-3100

Nick focuses on corporate finance work across the transportation sector. Widely recognised as a leading lawyer for asset finance, leasing and trade finance, Nick acts as co-head of the firm’s Transportation and Space team in London. He advises arrangers, financiers, equity investors, leasing companies and operators on aircraft, maritime, satellite and other asset-based and receivables-backed finance and leasing transactions (including the restructuring of such transactions).  He has extensive experience in export credit transactions, and also advises on acquisitions and disposals of assets, asset portfolios and transportation-related businesses.

Primary Focus & Experience

His experience encompasses a wide variety of leveraged debt, capital markets, tax-enhanced, risk participation and intercreditor structures, and includes pre-delivery financings, Islamic financings, securitisations and other rated and unrated asset portfolio financings, as well as transactions involving export credit or other governmental support.

As well as advising on the structuring and execution of such transactions, he advises on trading and repackaging them. He has extensive experience of advising on restructurings (including security work-outs and asset repossessions).

Recognitions & Accomplishments

Nick is recognised as a leading lawyer for asset finance and leasing, transportation, trade finance and capital markets work.

The Chambers Global legal directory describes him as a “very quick-witted, very good negotiator”. Chambers UK has noted his strength in both aviation and shipping finance, and praised “his energetic approach to matters”, his “combination of commercial and technical skill” and his “analytical, calm and collected” style. Legal 500 has remarked on his ability “to handle complex structures in a very professional manner”, recommending him for asset finance and leasing, as well as for trade finance. Who’s Who Legal cites his aircraft and marine asset-backed expertise, describing him as “dedicated and intelligent”.

In 2014, he was named by Dow Jones Financial News as one of the “40 Under 40” most influential lawyers working in European debt and equity capital markets.

Additional Details
  • College of Law, C.P.E.
  • College of Law, L.P.C.
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, B.Sc.
  • England and Wales