Azizbek Akhmadjonov

Azizbek Akhmadjonov is the Head of Kosta Legal’s Real Estate and Asset Financing Teams. Azizbek advises on acquisition, financing, letting and disposal of all types of real estate in Uzbekistan, having particular knowledge of investment corporate purchases and development-related work for developers, local and foreign investors. He also has significant experience in bankruptcy and foreclosure matters. Having led in many major real estate transactions and bankruptcy cases, Azizbek has been recognised as an Uzbekistan’s Leading Individual in The Legal 500.

Firm Overview:

Kosta Legal is a results-oriented law firm offering a wide range of legal services to both new entrants and well-established businesses in Uzbekistan with particular expertise to offer legal advice and services to foreign investors. Based in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Kosta Legal works with multi-national and Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions (including regional development banks), the governments of different states, and small and medium-sized businesses, along with start-ups.

Caroline Barton

Caroline is a partner within the Corporate department in Cayman and Group Head of Banking & Asset Finance, as well as Transport & Logistics.

Her practice areas include private equity, asset finance, corporate finance, bond offerings and structured finance. She is extensively involved in aircraft and vessel financing, subscription financing and CLOs. Caroline also has deep experience in capital markets, corporate restructuring and mergers and acquisitions, especially working on the buyer side of transactions.

Caroline was recently recognised by Who’s Who Legal in 2016 with respect to Aircraft Finance, and acknowledged as a ´Rising Star´ in IFLR1000´s 2015 capital markets law rankings.

She is a member of the Cayman Islands Law Society, the Law Society of England and Wales, the Cayman Islands Labour Tribunal and the Caymanian Bar Association, and a notary public registered in the Cayman Islands.

Recent highlights include advising:

– China Merchants Bank Co., Ltd. in connection with just under US$1 billion loan facility to Perfect World Co., Ltd. to finance its high profile management buy-out and privatisation.
– China Merchants Bank Co., Ltd. in connection with its US$100m loan facility to Delta Health to finance the construction of its first world class cardiovascular hospital in Shanghai. Delta Health is majority owned and controlled by Fidelity Growth Partners Asia and its affiliates.
– Seller in relation to it sale to DHT Holdings of all of its outstanding capital in Samco Shipholding Pte. Ltd. for an initial estimated purchase price of $317 million in cash. Included in the purchase were Samco´s 10 Cayman subsidiaries which hold ownership to its oil tankers.
– A leading financial institution as lender in a uniquely structured security package in the subscription credit market whereby investors were issued shares at par value on closing coupled with a remaining obligation to fund their outstanding commitment with respect to those shares when called to do so by the Cayman company. The company in turn then granted the lender a security interest over its right to enforce the shareholders’ obligations to fund their remaining commitments.
– Höegh LNG Holdings Ltd. and its subsidiaries in connection with the formation of Höegh LNG Partners LP, a Marshall Islands limited partnership (MLP) and the MLP´s initial public offering of 11,040,000 common units representing limited partner interests in the MLP at USD 20.00 per unit. The MLP was formed to own, operate and acquire floating storage and regasification units, liquefied natural gas carriers and other LNG infrastructure assets under long-term charters.
– Closed 13 CLOs so far in 2015 for, amongst others, Citibank, Wells Fargo, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse.

Education:

– University of Bristol (England)
– Nottingham Trent University (England)

Law Firm Overview:

We are an offshore law firm with around 470 people, including 60 partners, operating from 10 offices around the globe. We advise global public and private companies, financial institutions, and high net worth individuals, working with them and their advisers to achieve practical solutions, whether in a single location or across multiple jurisdictions.

Appleby represents combined ingenuity and talent taken from all of the most significant international offshore financial centres, and is focused on the development of new products and the provision of effective service to its many international clients.

Ken Rush

Ken Rush is a partner and head of the Asset & Aviation Finance team in Ireland, where he specialises in all aspects of asset finance and leasing with a focus on the financing and leasing of aircraft, aircraft engines, helicopters and other heavy transportation assets (such as rolling stock and vessels).

Ken has extensive experience with:

– establishment of aircraft, aircraft engines and helicopter leasing platforms in Ireland;
– pre-delivery payments financing;
– export Credit Agency supported financings (including, ECGD, COFACE, HERMES, US EX-IM, CEXIM, EDC and BNDES);
– financing and/or leasing of aviation assets through Irish special purpose vehicles (including orphan and lease-in lease-out structures);
– operating and finance leasing of aviation assets;
– acquisition and disposal of aviation assets;
– the Cape Town Convention;
– asset and receivables backed financings joint venture financings and tax enhanced structured financings; and
– general banking and finance transactions, including secured and unsecured bilateral and syndicated lending, limited recourse financings and structured and leveraged financings.

Ken’s clients include aircraft owners, arrangers, airlines, asset financiers and lessors.​

Ken lectures on several aviation third level and professional courses and is a regular contributor to aviation industry journals and conferences.

Prior to joining walkers Ken worked in the asset and structured finance practice of Clifford Chance, London and also in house with RBS Aerospace (now SMBC Aviation Capital).

Recognition:

Ken Rush of Walkers is “a leader in the aviation field” according to clients, who say his deep experience of aircraft deals give him a “persuasive authority.” One source adds: “He is one of the best lawyers I have ever worked with. He shines out over the competition because he gets to a commercial understanding much quicker than a lot of lawyers.” ~ Chambers Global 2016

Practice:

Walkers is a leading international law firm. We provide legal, corporate and fiduciary services to global corporations, financial institutions, capital markets participants and investment fund managers. Our clients are the most innovative firms and institutions across the financial markets, and rely on us for our ability to provide solutions to their most important legal and business issues. We develop globally-minded, entrepreneurial lawyers who are experts in their field and committed to client service. Walkers is consistently ranked in the top tier of the leading global legal directories. Recognized for being a ‘dynamic team that is very user friendly’, a regular comment by clients is that Walkers is the “go-to” firm for offshore legal advice.