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WFW’s Global Co-Head of Aviation moves to Singapore to spearhead Asian expansion19 September 2019

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"I am thrilled to be joining the team in Singapore. We have always had an Aviation practice with a global reach, and the close connections we have established between our Asian offices will continue to help develop our sector and related service capabilities in the fast-growing Asian markets"Charles Viggers

Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW”) is delighted to announce that Charles Viggers, Global Co-Head of Aviation, has moved from Paris to the firm’s Singapore office as of September 2019, to spearhead the expansion of the firm’s Aviation practice across the Asia-Pacific region.

Charles joined WFW’s Asset Finance group in 2011. His practice focusses on high profile, cross-border aviation finance and leasing mandates in which he leads teams advising banks, export credit agencies, lessors, arrangers and core manufacturers.

Together with Partner Alexia Russell, he has steadily grown the strength and depth of WFW’s aviation team in Paris, advising on numerous deals that have won “Deal of the Year” awards from highly regarded sector publications such as Airfinance Journal and Global Transport Finance. Charles will continue to work closely with Alexia and the team in Paris to further develop WFW’s French Aviation practice.

He is ranked in the top tier by Chambers Europe 2019 and as a “Leading Individual” by Legal 500 EMEA 2019 for aviation finance. Charles is “a highly esteemed figure” in the aviation finance market according to Chambers, with clients saying he “has long-standing experience in the field. He is responsive and dynamic, and it is always a pleasure to work with him”.

WFW Managing Partner Chris Lowe said: “Charles’ move to Singapore is a strategic priority for the firm and a foundation on which to further augment our reputation and brand across the region. We have a cohesive global Aviation team who advise on a broad range of service lines key to the sector”.

Charles commented: “I am thrilled to be joining the team in Singapore. We have always had an Aviation practice with a global reach, and the close connections we have established between our Asian offices will continue to help develop our sector and related service capabilities in the fast-growing Asian markets”.

Jim Bell, London Partner and Global Co-Head of Aviation, added: “This comes at an exciting time for the firm’s Aviation practice as we boost our offering in Asia and globally”.

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