Zahra Knapper

Associate, London

Biography

Overview

Zahra is an associate in the Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance Group in the London office. Zahra is a finance lawyer with significant experience in financing transactions in the aviation, oil & gas, maritime and infrastructure sectors.

Bars and Courts
Bar of England and Wales
Education
MSc
Economic History
London School of Economics
LPC
BPP Holborn
LLB
London School of Economics
Languages
English
Arabic

Experience

Aviation

  • Representation of multiple European ECAs in connection with several restructurings of aircraft financings as a result of payment deferral requests received from certain airlines affected by the challenges presented by COVID-19.
  • Representation of European ECAs in connection with an ECA-supported capital markets refinancing of ten aircraft in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Representation of European ECA in connection with an ECA-supported financing of new Boeing aircraft to a South African airline.
  • Representation of European ECA in connection with a US$300 million ECA-supported bond refinancing of four Airbus A330 Aircraft for a Malaysian airline.
  • Representation of lenders (including both banks and ECAs) in connection with various loan prepayments, refinancings, aircraft subleasings and novations in multiple jurisdictions including Morocco, the United Arab Emirates and India.
  • Representation of European ECAs in connection with ECA-supported financings of ATR aircraft for an Asian airline leased to various airlines based in Malaysia and Indonesia.
  • Representation of multiple European airlines and international operating lessors on various novations, financings and leasing arrangements.
  • Representation of helicopter lessor in connection with the asset sale and restructuring of its (100+) helicopter portfolio across multiple jurisdictions in connection with its Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Oil, Gas and other

  • Representation of financiers on a landmark, award winning US$3 billion first in class hybrid corporate financing to Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG), a joint venture owned by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Shell, Total and Eni to develop the NLNG Train 7 Project.
  • Representation of United Arab Shipping Company in connection their financing arrangements relating to the merger with Hapag-Lloyd. "Transaction of the Year (over £3 billion)" and "Industries Deal of the Year (over £1 billion)" M&A Advisor, 2017.
  • Representation of a consortium composed of Brookfield Infrastructure and its institutional partners and GIC on the US$8.4 billion acquisition of Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W). G&W owns or leases 120 freight railroads organized in eight locally managed operating regions.
  • Representation of an infrastructure focused private equity fund in the acquisition of a large private freight train operator in Europe.
  • Representation of borrower in connection with the restructuring of Islamic and conventional financing facilities in relation to a shipping marina.