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James McNicol

James McNicol

Senior Associate

Senior Associate
James McNicol

James McNicol is in our global asset finance practice, based in London. He has particular experience in leasing, trading and secured financing transactions in the aviation, shipping and offshore oil and gas industries, advising a range of major financial institutions, lessors and operators.

Prior to joining Clifford Chance, James was an associate in the London asset finance practice of another global law firm.

  • Advised Deutsche Bank as mandated lead arranger in respect of a limited recourse secured term loan facility for an aircraft investment fund in respect of two aircraft leased to a US carrier.
  • Advised the finance parties on the hull insurance claims arising from the loss of Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752.
  • Advised a major global aircraft lessor on the sale and lease novation of a portfolio of 8 on-lease aircraft, including unwind of existing finance and joint venture arrangements.
  • Advised a global aircraft leasing company on the sale and lease novation of 3 aircraft leased to a Japanese airline, including restructuring of titleholder arrangements.
  • Advised various global aircraft leasing companies on leases to a range of new airline customers, including in India, Spain, Germany and Turkey.
  • Advised an aircraft leasing company on lease servicing and asset management services to be provided by it to a private funds aircraft owner.
  • Advised a leading international alternative investment firm on its due diligence in connection with its proposed debt financing and equity position for a distressed shipping company providing offshore support vessels and logistics.
  • Advised an Asian headquartered aircraft lessor on its enforcement strategy and repossession of aircraft leased to a defaulting Indian airline.
  • Advised DP World on due diligence of shipping and charter arrangements in connection with its acquisition of Topaz Energy and Marine Limited.

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Career and qualifications

  • University of Queensland (LLB) 2013
  • Admitted as a solicitor in Queensland 2014
  • Joined Clifford Chance 2018