David Maughan


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David is a Partner in the Banking & Financial Services Group and Head of Aviation & Asset Finance. He advises on financing transactions for many different classes of assets, particularly aircraft and on a variety of structures including debt and equity investments, operating and finance leases and securitisations.

Recent significant deals David has advised on include:

  • Goldman Sachs as lead arranger on a US$583,370,000 aircraft-backed securitisation
  • Tao Invest LLC as co-investor with Quantum Strategic Partners, a company controlled by George Soros, in a US$187,500,000 asset backed bond
  • Davy in relation to a listed €50,000,000 Profit Participating Note backed by Irish commercial property
  • DVB Bank as lender and security trustee on aircraft portfolio refinancings for Minsheng and BoCom
  • Deutsche Bank as lender on an aircraft portfolio financing for CDB Leasing

David was named Aviation & Asset Finance Expert of the Year in Ireland – 2020 by Global Advisory Experts (GAE).

David has been ranked in both Chambers Europe 2020 and Chambers Global 2020. Clients especially highlight him for his "excellent technical skills and strong commercial understanding of the aviation sector." Another client said that David "provides hands-on, pragmatic and on-the-point advice.

“David is an excellent and experienced aviation lawyer. His legal work is excellent and his commercial judgment is sound. David works collaboratively with clients and counterparties and his advice is always on point.” IFLR1000 2020

According to Legal 500 2020, David is "extremely knowledgeable and always has a practical solution to problems encountered" and "provides excellent commercial advice."

One source notes he is "very good, he knows his stuff and is very approachable."  Chambers Global 2019 

Client feedback: "William Fry (partners David Maughan and Mary Ward) provide unparalleled service on Irish law matters. Their advice is always on the spot, and they are always available." IFLR 1000 2019

Clients describe David Maughan as "very effective and knowledgeable."  Sources also see him as "a technically good lawyer." Chambers Global 2018

“David was excellent in walking us through the process of listing, dealing with the Irish stock exchange and getting the deal across the line in a tight deadline. His knowledge of capital markets structures was very valuable.” IFLR 1000 2018

David has "a positive, can-do approach". Legal 500 EMEA 2018

David is listed in Best Lawyers 2019 under 'The Best Lawyers in Ireland' for work in  in Asset Finance Law and Capital Markets Law.

According to Chambers Global 2017, clients say that David Maughan is "very approachable, responsive, easy to worth with, commercial and pragmatic."  

IFLR 1000 2017 state "David Maughan takes an excellent commercial approach."



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