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David Osborne joined Watson Farley & Williams on its establishment in 1982, shortly after qualifying with a large City firm and was made a Partner in 1986. He spent six years in the firm’s New York office between 1990 and 1995.
David’s practice concentrates on asset and project finance, with a particular emphasis on the shipping and offshore (oil & gas) industries. His clients include banks, lessors, shipping companies and companies in the offshore services industry. While the recent focus of David’s practice has been these industries, he also advises on asset financing more generally. Outside the asset finance area, David has advised on acquisition finance, balance sheet lending and securitisation. In addition to finance work, David’s practice encompasses commercial contract advice and projects, especially in the energy and offshore industries. He has published several articles in industry and legal periodicals and is co-author of The Law of Ship Mortgages (2nd edn., InformaLaw at Routledge, 2016). David is also rapporteur to the International Working Group on Ship Security Interests established by the Comité Maritime International (CMI).