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Michael Savva

Michael Savva
Watson Farley & Williams (Middle East) LLP

2021 WINNER #20Under40

Michael is a Partner in the Assets & Structured Finance group in Dubai.

Michael specialises in cross-border finance transactions across a variety of sectors including maritime (various types of ships and container boxes), aviation (helicopters, corporate jets and commercial aircraft) and sport.

He advises financiers, owners and operators on a wide range of domestic and international asset and structured finance products including debt and equity financing and leasing, as well as on restructurings and work-outs. On the maritime side in particular, he also represents shipping companies in relation to non-contentious commercial shipping matters, including sale and purchase, newbuilding contracts, charters and other contracts of employment for ships, shipping-related assets and offshore assets. Michael also provides regulatory and enforcement advice across a range of sectors.

Michael has particular expertise in Islamic finance, ranging from acting for banks on Murabaha financings in the maritime and aviation sectors to Ijara leasing transactions in respect of various types of equipment and container boxes.

Michael is recommended as an expert UAE-based finance lawyer by legal directory Legal 500 EMEA and recognised as a ranked lawyer by Chambers and Partners.

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