LONDON – Global law firm Reed Smith has today announced the addition of asset finance lawyer Andrew Harper to its Transportation Industry Group. Harper, a senior associate, joins from White & Case where he specialised in aircraft, ship and rail finance, but originally trained and qualified as an associate at Reed Smith’s London office in 2010. 

Harper’s practice focuses on structured international aviation finance and leasing transactions with a particular emphasis on secured debt financings, export credit agency-support financings, operating, finance and tax-based lease structures, pre-delivery payment facilities, sales and purchases.

Richard Hakes, co-chair of Reed Smith’s aviation group, said: “We’re thrilled to have Andrew join Reed Smith, especially during such a busy time for the aviation finance team. Andrew’s experience advising some of the biggest banks, private equity firms, lessors, and airlines will be of great benefit to our group and our clients.

“This is an exciting time for the aviation team at Reed Smith, we have grown significantly over the past few years and will continue to do so in line with the evolving needs of our clients – many of whom are navigating unchartered territory and exploring new opportunities.”