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Hogan Lovells moved to expand its aviation finance offering in Asia, hiring asset finance partner Matthew Leigh in Singapore.

Leigh has been working at Norton Rose Fulbright, where he advised banks and other lenders on aircraft-related finance transactions. Last year, he advised two Korean lenders on a $135 million loan to Kuwait-based ALAFCO Aviation Lease and Finance Co. KSCP. That loan financed an acquisition of five aircraft on lease to Jakarta-based carriers Garuda Indonesia and Lion Air.

Leigh joined Norton Rose Fulbright in 2010 from Watson Farley & Williams, where he practiced for five years. He will help expand Hogan Lovells’ asset finance practice in Singapore. Banking partner Alexander McMyn now leads the practice.

Hogan Lovells is the latest global firm to boost its aviation finance offering in Asia recently. Last year, the U.K.’s Watson Farley recruited a second Singapore-based aviation finance partner—Samuel Kolehmainen—from Clifford Chance. Chicago-based Am Law 200 firm Vedder Price opened its first Asian office in Singapore to focus on aircraft financing. And in Hong Kong, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman opened an office for the second time with the hire of former Clyde & Co global head of aviation finance Paul Jebely*, while Berwin Leighton Paisner acquired boutique asset finance firm William KK Ho & Co, adding two partners.

Southeast Asia has seen a rise of budget airlines in recent years. Carriers including Singapore’s Jetstar, Malaysia’s AirAsia, Indonesia’s Lion Air and Vietnam’s VietJet Air have ramped up aircraft purchases, banking on a growing middle-class population from both within the region and also neighboring economies such as China and India.

*Updated 3/22: This story has been updated with Pillsbury’s Hong Kong office opening in 2016 with an aviation finance focus. 

Anna Zhang is based in Hong Kong, where she writes about the business of law and legal issues in Asia and Australia. Contact her at azhang@alm.com. On Twitter: annazhangc.

Hogan Lovells moved to expand its aviation finance offering in Asia, hiring asset finance partner Matthew Leigh in Singapore.

Leigh has been working at Norton Rose Fulbright , where he advised banks and other lenders on aircraft-related finance transactions. Last year, he advised two Korean lenders on a $135 million loan to Kuwait-based ALAFCO Aviation Lease and Finance Co. KSCP. That loan financed an acquisition of five aircraft on lease to Jakarta-based carriers Garuda Indonesia and Lion Air.

Leigh joined Norton Rose Fulbright in 2010 from Watson Farley & Williams , where he practiced for five years. He will help expand Hogan Lovells ‘ asset finance practice in Singapore. Banking partner Alexander McMyn now leads the practice.

Hogan Lovells is the latest global firm to boost its aviation finance offering in Asia recently. Last year, the U.K.’s Watson Farley recruited a second Singapore-based aviation finance partner—Samuel Kolehmainen—from Clifford Chance . Chicago-based Am Law 200 firm Vedder Price opened its first Asian office in Singapore to focus on aircraft financing. And in Hong Kong, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman opened an office for the second time with the hire of former Clyde & Co global head of aviation finance Paul Jebely*, while Berwin Leighton Paisner acquired boutique asset finance firm William KK Ho & Co, adding two partners.

Southeast Asia has seen a rise of budget airlines in recent years. Carriers including Singapore’s Jetstar, Malaysia’s AirAsia, Indonesia’s Lion Air and Vietnam’s VietJet Air have ramped up aircraft purchases, banking on a growing middle-class population from both within the region and also neighboring economies such as China and India.

*Updated 3/22: This story has been updated with Pillsbury’s Hong Kong office opening in 2016 with an aviation finance focus. 

Anna Zhang is based in Hong Kong, where she writes about the business of law and legal issues in Asia and Australia. Contact her at azhang@alm.com. On Twitter: annazhangc.