Matthew Leigh
Matthew Leigh

Smith Gambrell Russell

United Kingdom

Mr. Leigh specializes in structured asset finance and leasing acting for banks, financial institutions, lessors and operators in a wide range of jurisdictions.

Mr. Leigh has substantial experience of big-ticket cross-border transactions, with a particular focus on the aviation sector. He has advised on a wide range of financing and leasing structures, including pre-delivery, export credit-supported and tax-based structures in addition to domestic and cross-border sales of individual aircraft and portfolios.

Mr. Leigh has represented many of the industry’s leading banks and lessors active in aviation finance on some of their most complex transactions undertaken in the Asia-Pacific region.

In 2019, Airline Economics recognized Mr. Leigh as one of the top 40 leading aviation professionals under 40 years.

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Main Event

This time, it's the lawyers who take the stand! 

Three law firms offer a five-minute summary of a new key issue aircraft lessors need to know for 2023. Prizes are awarded.

Matthew Leigh
Partner, Smith Gambrell Russell
Faraz Naqvi
Counsel, Hogan Lovells
Antony Single
Partner, Pillsbury
Neil O'Donnell
General Counsel, Aergo Capital