Gavin Hill and Derek Watson join Vedder Price in London


Pair to lead firm's first overseas office

Vedder Price has formally announced that Gavin Hill and Derek Watson are to lead it’s new London office. This is the firm’s first presence outside the US, adding to its offices in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.

The London office will expand Vedder Price’s Global Transportation Finance practice, with plans to develop the location with additional practices.

Hill, formerly head of the Aviation Finance practice at Clyde & Co, and Watson, formerly at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, will be joined in London by five
associates, all coming from Clyde & Co.

Vedder Price offers a wide
variety of services, which include developing ownership and operating
structures for flight departments, management companies, charter
operators, fractional ownership programs, and individual owners. It also conducts all aspects of aircraft purchase, sale negotiations and
document preparation to protect clients’ interests and to ensure
compliance with FAA, DOT, SEC, IRS, and other regulations.

The firm’s Global Transportation Finance practice recently
represented Airbus in a transaction with American Airlines hailed
as “the biggest airline order in history,” encompassing 260 Airbus
aircraft valued at approximately $38 billion.