“I started practicing as a tax lawyer, then morphed into an M&A lawyer and was part of the team that advised Kingfisher Airlines on their aircraft orders and leases (all of this was in India). I wanted to do more aviation related work but not as a local lawyer but as part of the transaction team, which made me move to London and practice aviation finance full time.”
Sidanth Rajagopal is a partner in the firm’s London office.
Mr. Rajagopal concentrates his practice in the financing, leasing and purchasing of aircraft and engines for both the commercial and private jet markets. He has developed a significant client base providing both financing and non-contentious advice to a number of the leading airlines and leasing companies the world over and has been involved in a considerable number of transactions across the commercial aircraft and corporate jet sectors. Mr. Rajagopal acts primarily for airlines, leasing companies and banks, operating globally with a particular focus on the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Prior to joining K & L Gates, Sidanth worked in the London office of Kaye Scholer, after leaving his position in the Dubai office of Clyde & Co.
Before this, Rajagopal briefly serviced as a partner for Clasis Law in India and was a senior associate based in the aviation finance group within a large international law firm. Dual-qualified in India, and England and Wales, and with a particular focus on the India and South Asia markets, Sidanth’s experience extends to the financing, leasing or purchase of aircraft from the lender’s, lessor’s and airline’s perspective.
Sidanth spends his time between India and London. He is frequent speaker at various aviation seminars on most topics relating to Indian aviation.
He specialises in the financing, leasing and purchasing of aircraft.