Pillsbury has announced that partners Graham Tyler and Debra Erni will join the firm’s finance practice in London at the beginning of May, bringing with them a team that includes three associates. Tyler and Erni previously worked at DLA Piper and will bolster Pillsbury’s transportation finance team by adding depth in English law and international finance.
Tyler is the former head of DLA Piper UK’s asset finance practice. With more than 20 years of experience in structured asset financing and leasing, he has acted for banks, export credit agencies, lessors, investors and operators on transactions involving a variety of assets including corporate and commercial aircraft, ships, rolling stock, yellow goods and other moveable equipment.
He has advised on domestic and multi-jurisdictional asset financing transactions utilising a variety of structures including secured debt transactions, operating and finance leasing, Islamic finance, tax leasing and export-credit-backed financing.
Erni, a former partner in DLA Piper’s finance and projects team, specialises in international asset finance and leasing with a particular focus on helping clients in the aviation industry. She has represented several of the world’s largest aircraft leasing companies, banks and airlines. Fluent in both written and spoken Japanese, Erni has deep knowledge of Japanese corporate structures and many other aspects of Japanese law.