Walkers’ strengthens Aviation Finance Practice


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Grand Cayman, November 2018 – Walkers has announced the arrival of Sarah Humpleby and Richard Williams who both join the Cayman Islands office as senior counsel in the Finance & Corporate Group. Both Sarah and Richard bring to the firm significant expertise in the aviation finance sector.

Richard Williams

In addition, Walkers has announced that Aaron Bennett has joined Walkers Dubai as a vice president at Walkers Fiduciary Limited. Aaron’s arrival in Dubai enables Walkers to offer a truly global fiduciary service. Walkers Fiduciary now offers incorporation, fiduciary, regulatory compliance and corporate administration capabilities to clients using Cayman SPV, Dubai SPC and ADGM SPV’s in this jurisdiction.

“I am delighted that Sarah, Richard and Aaron have agreed to join Walkers. These new appointments demonstrate Walkers’ commitment to asset finance as an integral pillar of our Finance & Corporate Group. Our aviation finance team is unparalleled in the Cayman Islands and now, with Sarah and Richard’s onshore aviation experience, Walkers has strengthened our position further. The speed of growth that this practice has enjoyed will be greatly buoyed by the arrival of these talented practitioners,” commented Ken Rush, Global Head of Asset Finance.

Sarah Humpleby

Sarah Humpleby joins from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in London where she was counsel in the Asset Finance practice and Richard Williams joins Walkers from Dentons in London where he was counsel in the Banking & Finance practice. Both Sarah and Richard advise clients across the aviation industry including financial institutions, issuers, rating agencies, leasing companies, operators, airlines and manufacturers on a variety of financings and leasing transactions including syndicated financings, structured financings, warehouse financings, asset-backed securitisations, private placements, EETCs, portfolio sales, mergers and acquisitions, pre-delivery payment facilities and operating and finance leasing.

Aaron Bennett

Aaron Bennett joins from another leading fiduciary services provider in Dubai, where he worked for five years. Aaron has extensive experience with respect to the administration of companies which engage in a wide range of structured and asset finance transactions. Aaron’s experience spans Sharia compliant Islamic finance transactions, conventional finance structures and asset finance transactions. His experience also includes incorporation, fiduciary, regulatory compliance and corporate administration for DIFC SPVs and ADGM SPVs.

Cayman Islands Managing Partner Tim Buckley stated: “I am pleased to welcome Sarah, Richard and Aaron to Walkers. Our aviation finance and fiduciary services are of vital importance to the Cayman Islands and the firm globally and the abilities these three new joiners hold will greatly enhance our service offering.”