Justin Benson | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
 Justin Benson
 Justin Benson

Justin Benson

Partner, London

T +44 20 7532 2306

T +44 20 7532 1000

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“He has an acute knowledge of the market from a legal standpoint; he is very level-headed and can manage really large projects with aplomb”

Chambers UK 2016

Overview

Justin Benson is a leading asset finance lawyer with significant experience in advising the aviation industry. Head of Asset Finance for EMEA, he has broad experience in international bank finance and has advised major financial institutions on the full range of international lending transactions.

He works in London's Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance Group where he represents banks, export credit agencies, lessors, arrangers and lessees on a wide variety of transactions.

Notable clients Justin has advised include Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, BNDES, BNP Paribas, COFACE, Credit Agricole, Deutsche Bank, DVB Bank AG, ECGD, Euler Hermes, HSBC and HSH Nordbank AG.

Bars and Courts

  • England and Wales

Education

  • LSFE, Guildford College of Law
  • LLB, University of Southampton

Languages

  • English

Experience

ECA-supported bond refinancing

Advised the UK Export Credit Agency (UKEF) in connection with the US$300 million ECA-supported bond refinancing of four Airbus A330 Aircraft for Malaysian Airline System Berhad.

Aircraft portfolio financings

Advised lenders in connection with limited recourse financings to operating lessors of aircraft portfolios on lease to numerous airlines.

ECA aircraft financings

Advised UKEF, COFACE, Euler Hermes and various banks in connection with numerous export credit-supported financings including more than 40 Airbus aircraft for AirAsia Berhad, as well as for Thai Airways, Thai AirAsia, Air Arabia, Air Mauritius and AirAsia X.

Emirates

Acted for financiers in lease financings of Airbus and Boeing aircraft to Emirates Airline.

Etihad

Acted for financiers in lease financing of Airbus aircraft to Etihad Airways.

Embraer aircraft financings

Advised BNDES in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Embraer aircraft for various airlines.

Speaking Engagements

Regular presenter and co-chairman at the Euromoney European Airfinance School in the United Kingdom since 2003.

Awards & Recognition

Leading Lawyer, Chambers UK 2016

Asset Finance – Aviation Finance

Leading Lawyer, Legal 500 2016

Asset Finance and Leasing – UK

Chambers UK 2016

Asset Finance – Aviation Finance

Chambers Global 2016

Aviation Finance – Global-wide

Who's Who, 2016

Transport – Aviation Finance