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Brian Santos

Lawyer
+61.2.9513.2570
Fax +61.2.9513.2399
Mr. Santos focuses on aviation asset finance and has extensive knowledge of transactions in the aviation industry, particularly having worked as in-house counsel for an airline company. He advises leasing companies, financial institutions, institutional lenders and airlines on structured and asset finance, operating lease, sale and lease back transactions and general corporate finance.

In addition to his asset finance experience, Mr. Santos has worked with clients on a range of financing transactions, including bilateral and syndicated financing arrangements and leasing arrangements.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Santos worked as an associate for an international law firm specialising in aviation asset finance. He has also worked as in-house legal counsel for a Singapore-based international airline.

Achievements

Mr. Santos was awarded the Lee Foundation Scholarship from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore where he completed a Master's of Science in the International Political Economy.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Integrated Bar of the Philippines
Experience gained prior to joining K&L Gates includes:

Aircraft Leasing
  • Lease Corporation International
    • Lease and financing of five AgustaWestland 139 helicopters by Westpac Banking Corporation on lease to Australian Helicopters Pty Ltd.
    • Lease and financing of four AgustaWestland 139 helicopters by Westpac Banking Corporation on lease to Hunter Region SLSA Helicopter Rescue Service Limited.
  • Dubai Aerospace International – Lease of three Boeing 737-800 aircraft to a major Indian international airline.
  • China Development Bank Leasing – Lease of two Boeing 737-800 aircraft to a major Indian international airline.
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia – Lease of one Airbus A320-232 aircraft to a Southeast Asian airline.
Aircraft Financing
  • Avation PLC
    • Financing and purchase from Intrepid of one Airbus A330-300 on lease to a Taiwanese international airline.
    • Financing and purchase from Intrepid of one Boeing B777-300 on lease to a Philippine airline.
    • Financing by Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale of four new ATR 72-600 aircraft on lease to a European regional airline
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited
    • Re-financing of one Airbus A330-300 with BOC Aviation on lease to a Malaysian low-cost airline.
    • Re-financing of three Airbus A321-211 with BOC Aviation on lease to a Taiwanese international airline.
  • ING Bank – Re-financing of one Airbus A330-300 with BOC Aviation on lease to a Malaysian low-cost airline.
  • Malayan Bank – Re-financing of one Airbus A320-200 with BOC Aviation on lease to a Spanish low-cost airline.
  • Minsheng Financial Leasing Co. Ltd. – Financing by CEXIM of two new A380-800 aircraft on finance lease to a South Korean major airline.
  • AVIC International Leasing Co., Limited – Finance lease of one bombardier aircraft to Grand Orient Global Investments Limited.
Aircraft Trading
  • Tulshyan Goup
    • Purchase and financing of one Boeing 737-800 aircraft by BNPP from BOC Aviation as seller on lease to a major Indian international airline.
    • Purchase and financing of one Airbus A320-200 aircraft by BNPP from BOC Aviation as seller on lease to a full-service airline joint venture.
    • Purchase and financing of two Boeing 737-800 aircraft by Bank of Baroda from BOC Aviation as seller on lease to a major Indian international airline.
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia
    • Purchase of two Airbus A319 aircraft from SMBC Aviation as seller on lease to a British low-cost airline.
    • Sale of one Airbus A320-200 to Aircastle on lease to Etihad.
  • BBAM LLC:
    • Novation of one Boeing 737-800 aircraft on lease to a low-cost Thai airline.
    • Sale and leaseback of one Boeing 737-800 aircraft on lease to a low-cost Thai airline.
  • Avation PLC
    • Sale of six ATR 72-600 aircraft on lease to Chorus Aviation Capital Group.
    • Sale of one Airbus A320-200 to APAL Group Limited on lease to an international Vietnamese low-cost airline.
  • Advised a Southeast Asian airline on the sale of two Airbus A320-200 to DVB on lease to Hong Kong Express Airways Limited.
  • Advised a Southeast Asian airline on the sale of eight Boeing 787-800 aircraft.
  • Advised a Southeast Asian airline on the sale and novation of one Airbus A330-343 aircraft by AWAS to Macquarie AirFinance on lease.