Rex Rosales



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Rex Rosales

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Rex Rosales is a partner and Global Head of the firm’s Transport Sector Group, based in London. Rex joined Watson Farley & Williams in December 2010 with a team from another international law firm. Rex is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales. He is also qualified as a barrister and solicitor in Quebec and is a fluent French speaker.

Rex has been practicing in the Transport Sector for nearly 25 years and has been based in Paris, Montreal and London. A true sector specialist, he advises clients on every aspect of the life-cycle of Transportation assets, from acquisition, financing, leasing, operation, maintenance, trading, disposal through to end-of-life scrapping of the assets.

Rex has particular expertise in advising clients on complex and innovative structured asset finance transactions in the transportation (aviation, rail and shipping) sector. The market widely recognises Rex’s work on the ground-breaking development of the use of the capital markets to finance big-ticket assets in Europe, notably acting for Iberia, Credit Agricole – CIB and CMA CGM. He also recently advised the arranging bank on the structuring and market launch of a ground-breaking capital markets structure collateralised by airport landing slots.

As a result of the increased demand for helicopters to service off-shore installations, Rex has been advising financiers on the intricacies of helicopter finance and the particularities of this subset of the Aviation sector, as compared to more common commercial airliners. He is also active in the area of business jet leasing and financing, acting for financiers and owners alike.


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    • Acting for the European ECA’s in relation to the financing of a portfolio of aircraft leased by RBS Aerospace to a variety of airlines in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South America.
    • Advising CMA CGM in relation to the issue of a corporate asset backed bond transaction for the financing of a portfolio of container vessels.
    • Acting for Credit Agricole – CIB in relation to various matters, including the financing of the acquisition by an operating lessor of a portfolio of 25 aircraft, various limited recourse financings to operating lessors, a Structured Participation relating to a Portfolio of 50 Loans into various Japanese Operating Leases and FRANs 2003, being a Securitisation of a Portfolio of 13 Aircraft originated by Air France.
    • Advising Merrill Lynch International in relation to a revolving credit warehouse financing for a portfolio of business jets.
    • Advising CSAV on a Revolving Credit Facility for the pre-delivery and secured post delivery financing of container vessels.
    • Acting for Lloyds Banking Group in relation to the financing and leasing of various business jets to corporate entities.
    • Acting for BNP Paribas in relation to the financing of two business jets to Middle Eastern investors.
    • Advising Yamasa Corporation on the operating Lease of 2 A330 Aircraft to Indian Airlines, including contracts relating to cabin layout modifications and redelivery aspects.
    • Advising the Structured Asset Finance Team of RBS in connection with various Secured loans, Pre-delivery financings and Finance leases in relation to a number of business jets and also in relation to the issuance of Letters of Credit in the context of film financing transactions.
    • Acting for RBS Aerospace in connection with the loan and lease portfolio financing for a major UK Airline, an operating lease to an Indian carrier and various sale-lease back transactions.

Education Open

  • 1991: McGill University, Montreal LL.M., Institute of Air & Space Law
  • 1987: McGill University, Montreal B.C.L., LL.B., Faculty of Law

Employment Record Open

  • 2010-present: Watson Farley & Williams Partner
  • 2007-2010: Reed Smith LLP Partner
  • 2001-2007: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Partner
  • 1997-2001: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Associate
  • 1996-1997: Ogilvy Renault Associate
  • 1991-1995: Clifford Chance Associate

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