London (31 July 2017) – Global law firm Reed Smith welcomes the return of Richard Hakes as a partner in London. Richard trained and qualified as an associate at Reed Smith in 2007 before moving to Allen & Overy, where he has specialised in ship and aircraft finance for the last seven years. 

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Listed as a “rising star” by a number of publications, Richard has also recently been recognised by Airline Economics in their “40 under 40” list of the most outstanding individuals in the commercial aviation industry under 40 years of age.

Richard will add considerable strength to Reed Smith’s growing asset finance practice, which has recently seen the arrival of top aviation and aerospace finance lawyers Liz Evans in New York and Del Smith in northern Virginia, in addition to William Veatch and Catherine Young Hagerty who joined in San Francisco. 

In addition to supporting the continued growth of the firm’s market leading ship finance practice, Richard will spearhead the firm’s aviation finance practice in London and has recently been involved in establishing some of the most innovative asset acquisition programmes in the market, many of which have combined commercial debt together with conventional and Islamic-compliant note issuances.