John O'Reilly


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Summary Open

John is an Associate in the Aviation group based in the Dubai office of Watson Farley & Williams. He primarily advises financiers, owners and operators in connection with corporate jets and commercial aircraft.

John has prior experience working in the banking and aviation departments of two of Ireland’s leading law firms and most recently for a major aircraft leasing company based in Dublin.

Experience Open

    John’s experience includes advising:
    • Air Arabia in relation to the financing of four Airbus A320 aircraft by HSBC.
    • Flydubai in relation to the refinancing of two Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
    • Oman Air in relation to the novation of two aircraft leases agreements relating to two Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
    • Acting as UAE counsel on a number of transactions involving leasing and financing of aircraft operated by Etihad and Emirates.
    • The owner in relation to the refinancing of a VIP Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
    • The owner in relation to the lease financing of an Embraer Legacy 600 business jet.

Education Open

  • 2006 – 2007: University College Cork, Bachelor of Laws
  • 2003 – 2006: University College Cork, Bachelor of Civil Law

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • 2016: New York Bar Association
  • 2012: Law Society of Ireland

Employment Record Open

  • 2017 – present: Associate, Watson Farley & Williams
  • 2015 – 2017: Assistant Legal Counsel, ICBC International Leasing, Dublin
  • 2014 – 2015: Solicitor, William Fry Solicitors, Dublin
  • 2013 – 2014: Solicitor, A&L Goodbody Solicitors, Dublin