Samuel Kolehmainen
Partner, Aviation



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Samuel Kolehmainen

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Samuel is a Partner in the Aviation Finance team, based in Singapore. He has extensive experience in aviation financing and focuses on advising financial institutions and lessors. His experience includes acting for clients on commercial financings, export credit agency financings, operating leasing, aircraft sales, asset backed securitisations as well as portfolio sales and financings.

Samuel joined Watson Farley & Williams in October 2016, having previously worked at another leading law firm as well as at an operating lessor.

Samuel is recognised as a leading individual in the industry publications. A client commented to Chambers and Partners 2016 edition that Samuel is “very thorough, very detailed, and puts good effort into the work”.

Experience Open

    Samuel’s recent English law experience includes acting for:
    • A leading aircraft operating lessor with respect to the sale of three aircraft portfolios. The portfolios consisted of 23, 20 and 13 aircraft.
    • A German financial institution on the financing for a Japanese operating lessor of the purchase of two aircraft on lease to KLM.
    • The syndicate of lenders on the financing of three new Airbus aircraft for AirAsia group.
    • The syndicate of lenders on the financing of two new Airbus aircraft and a spare engine for Philippine Airlines.
    • The syndicate of lenders on the financing for an operating lessor of two new Airbus aircraft on lease to Vietjet.
    • A German financial institution on the financing for an operating lessor of a portfolio of seven aircraft on lease to various airlines.
    • An operating lessor on the sale of one aircraft to Korean investors.

Education Open

  • 2008: LL.M. in Finance, Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universitaet, Frankfurt
  • 2005: Master of Science in Economics, Helsinki School of Economics
  • 2005: Master of Laws, Helsinki University

Employment Record Open

  • 2016 – present: Watson Farley Williams, Singapore
  • 2011 – 2016: Clifford Chance, Singapore
  • 2010 – 2011: Amentum Capital, Dublin
  • 2008 – 2009: Clifford Chance, Frankfurt
  • 2006 – 2007: Merilampi Attorneys, Helsinki

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