Bird & Bird appoints former Virgin Atlantic Counsel in Singapore

09 April 2013

Leo Fattorini

Bird & Bird welcomes Leo Fattorini who joins its International Aviation Group and will be based in the Singapore office as its regional Asian aviation practice takes off.

Leo has over 10 years’ experience in the aviation industry, most recently with Virgin Atlantic and previously as part of the aircraft finance team at DLA Piper.

Leo has “hands on” experience of all legal issues airlines must deal with and a background in acting for lessors and financiers. This has included aircraft financing and leasing, negotiating sale and purchase agreements and all forms of aircraft commercial agreements.
 
Co-Head of the International Aviation Group Paul Briggs said: “Brett Hailey’s recruitment in London earlier this year gave us big ticket aircraft finance capability.  Now Leo has joined we have practical “touching the metal” capability in Asia to advise airlines, lessors and investors on all legal issues.”

Alban Kang who heads Bird & Bird’s Singapore office said: “Over recent years we have developed a broad aviation practice through our offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Malaysia (through our associate firm Tay & Partners), acting for some of the major airlines in the region and a number of other industry parties. I’m delighted we now have a leading aviation professional on board who will help drive our aviation offering throughout Asia.”

Leo said: “I’m very excited to be joining Bird & Bird’s dynamic International Aviation Group based out of its Singapore office. Asia is an incredibly buoyant market and the future of its aviation industry is bright. Singapore’s objective to become a regional aviation hub makes it an ideal location from which to grow our aviation practice.”