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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance
Robert Burley

Robert Burley


Robert Burley

Rob Burley specialises in asset finance, structured finance, leasing and banking in relation to heavy transport assets (aircraft, ships, rolling stock). Rob has acted for debt (ECA backed and commercial) and equity financiers, operating lessors and lessees in many jurisdictions in relation to financings, leases, securitisations, tax driven structures and sales and purchases of aircraft and ships.

Rob's practice includes advising on aircraft transaction restructurings and workouts, repossessions and portfolio acquisitions and disposals. He also advises on securitisations, equipment leases and receivables financings, as well as other structured finance products. He has extensive experience in representing lenders and Japanese equity in Japanese tax lease transactions. 

  • A major aircraft lessor in connection with large portfolio sales and securitisations of aircraft and engines
  • A leading offshore drillship owner on financings of the cost of construction, mobilisation and operation of deepwater drillships
  • An export credit agency on the financing of aircraft under a Spanish operating lease structure
  • The equity arrangers on an E-EETC programme for a major European airline group

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Career and qualifications

  • University of Wales (LLB) 1979
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 1983
  • Admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong
  • Admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales, Australia
  • Joined Clifford Chance 1983
  • Coudert Brothers Japan and Australia 1985-1988
  • Rejoined Clifford Chance 1988
  • Partner 1991 - 2014