Jonathan Russell, Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP
LEADING LAWYER DIRECTORY – Jonathan Russell, Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP
Jonathan Russell is a lawyer focusing on the financing of private jets and advising financiers on a range of lease and loan financing structures.
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“Good organisation is the key to a successful closing and this relies on being able to keep all the parties to the transaction focused on the task at hand. The role of a lawyer is to bring to everything together for closing and for this to happen we are rely on clients being responsive and providing information in a timely fashion.
“Never switch off! Particularly towards the end of a deal things can move very fast and if you miss key moments it is very hard to catch up.”
“I have been involved in aviation since qualifying as a solicitor when I joined the aviation department of a city firm. My first experience of aviation work involved commercial aircraft transactions and I quickly developed a strong interest in the industry and met many interesting characters! My practice is currently solely focused on business aircraft and my passion for working in this industry sector continues to grow.”
Mr. Russell is a UK qualified transaction lawyer specializing in the sale, purchase, financing, ownership and operation of corporate and private aircraft. Mr. Russell also has experience advising on the sale, purchase, financing, of super-yachts.
Mr. Russell’s clients include some of the best-known financiers in the aviation sector, in addition to high net worth individuals and large corporations.
Mr. Russell is often engaged by clients at the commencement of the acquisition process, where he adds value by utilizing his extensive network of contacts within the business aviation community to ensure his clients receive bespoke, pragmatic and commercially minded advice.
Ranked by Chambers HNW 2017 as an associate to watch (Global-wide, Private Aircraft), Mr. Russell is also featured in the Spear’s 500 directory, considered the essential guide to the top private advisers for high net worth individuals. The guide, dubbed the “Forbes of Europe”, describes Jonathan as being “client-focused… good humoured and personable”.