Bird & Bird welcomes third asset finance partner this year

By Matthias Winter


Bird & Bird is delighted to welcome new partner Matthias Winter to its International Aviation Sector and German Banking & Finance Groups. Matthias will join our Frankfurt office on 16 April.

Matthias has extensive experience in banking and asset finance and was most recently counsel at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. His work includes aircraft leasing transactions, the financing of mobile equipment, project financing and various different fund structures. He also provides advice in connection with repurchase agreements, securities loans and other financial market transactions. Matthias specialises in the aviation, infrastructure and energy sectors.  

Matthias’ appointment follows the arrival of asset finance partners Brett Hailey in London and Leo Fattorini in Singapore.

Paul Briggs, Co-Head of the International Aviation Group said: “It’s an exciting time for our fast growing international aviation group which has developed a widespread reputation for high quality interesting work with an expanding list of global clients.  Matthias is just who we have been looking for to complete our aviation capability in all major European jurisdictions.”

Head of Bird & Bird Germany and the International Corporate/M&A Group, Alexander Schröder-Frerkes, said: “I’m very pleased to welcome Matthias, he is a strong partner who will complement our German banking and finance capability and the recent partner appointment of Michael Jünemann in Frankfurt last year. Matthias’ considerable expertise in the field of aviation is also of great advantage for our International Aviation Sector Group.”

Matthias commented: “In Europe and beyond there are few international law firms with networks as strong and dynamic growth as Bird & Bird. I believe the firm will provide the perfect sector-focused platform for me to continue to offer highly-specialised and commercially viable advice in my fields and I look forward to building on the firm’s asset finance capability in Germany.