Moscow high-flyer heads aviation team

Watson, Farley & Williams has appointed Andrew Muriel, resident partner of its Moscow office, to head the firm's international aviation team.

Muriel, who replaces London-based David Osborne as head of the unit, is the firm's first foreign-based lawyer to lead Watson Farley's 12-strong aviation team, which is spread across its six offices in London, Piraeus, Paris, New York, Moscow and Copenhagen.

Unlike Osborne, who has a broad asset-finance practice, Muriel is a specialist aviation lawyer.

He said the Russian aviation market was very active following the partial privatisation of Aeroflot and that Watson Farley was making “extremely good inroads” in the market, acting at governmental, airport and airline levels.