Chris Quinn

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Chris Quinn provides "spot-on advice".

European Legal 500


Chris Quinn is a consultant in Matheson's Finance and Capital Markets Department and focuses on asset finance, leasing, structured and cross-border financing and securitisations. Chris advises many of the world's leading financial institutions, investment banks, aircraft financing banks, aircraft owners, aircraft lessors, airlines, financial arrangers and investments advisers both located in Ireland and throughout the world.

Chris has extensive experience in asset finance, leasing, structured cross border financing and securitisation transactions including the acquisition, financing, sale and leaseback and defeasance of aircraft, ships, rail, rolling stock and other equipment. Chris' clients include a number of the major aircraft leasing companies, both Irish and foreign airlines, equipment leasing companies, many of the major asset financing and equipment leasing banks and many of the leading investment banks.

Chris has spoken at a number of securitisation, structured finance and airfinance conferences and has contributed a number of articles to Structured Finance and Asset Finance publications.  Chris has spoken at a number of conferences in relation to Aircraft Transactions and Ireland. He is also a regular speaker at Cape Town Convention and Aircraft Protocol Legal conferences.

Experience Highlights

Chris has advised:

  • on the $1.5 billion merger of two Aircraft leasing companies
  • on a $750 million Aircraft Structured Financing Facility involving both ECA and US EXIM financing facilities
  • the establishment of a European wide leasing programme for a US multinational in relation to the office equipment and office technology for its 250 European affiliates
  • establishment of an Irish joint venture between a number of parties to acquire, manage and market 70 new airbus aircraft
  • the establishment of numerous orphan and SPV structures to finance a variety of assets including aircraft and ships
  • the issuance of a $550 million secured notes by an Irish aircraft lessor
  • the acquisition by an Irish lessor of over 50 aircraft and an airline
  • the sale of 95 aircraft for an Irish aircraft lessor
  • the restructuring of an Irish lessor with over 200 aircraft

Chris Quinn is named ‘Highly Regarded’
IFLR1000 2020

Chris Quinn is "extremely knowledgeable and pragmatic."
IFLR1000 2019

Recognised for Asset Finance Law, Aviation Law, Banking and Finance Law and Structured Finance Law
Best Lawyers Ireland 2019 edition

Chris Quinn is a highly regarded practitioner with a wealth of experience in asset finance.
Chambers Global and Europe 2018

Chris Quinn is named a Highly Regarded Individual.
IFLR1000 2018

Lawyer of the year (Ireland) for Asset Finance Law
Best Lawyers Ireland 2018 edition

Chris Quinn is named a leading individual.
European Legal 500 2017

Chris Quinn "instils confidence in you" and is "responsive, thorough and pleasant to work with".
Chambers Global & Europe 2017

Chris Quinn is named a Leading Lawyer.
IFLR1000 2017

Chris Quinn is named a leading individual.
European Legal 500 2016

Chris Quinn is “renowned for his extraordinary level of knowledge and expertise” in the aviation finance sector.
European Legal 500 2016

Chris Quinn maintains a strong reputation in high-profile aircraft portfolio refinancing.
European Legal 500 2016

Chris Quinn is a "strong character, who is pragmatic, commercial, incredibly knowledgeable, and can be very dominant in negotiations".
Chambers Global 2016

Chris Quinn is named a Leading Lawyer.
IFLR1000 2016

Aviation, and Structured Finance and Securitisation expert
Euromoney Expert Guide 2015

Chris Quinn is named a leading individual.
European Legal 500 2015

Chris Quinn provides "spot-on advice".
European Legal 500 2015

Chris Quinn is "very responsive".
European Legal 500 2015

Chris Quinn "started a lot of the current practices from a legal perspective, so he is extremely knowledgeable. You don't cross a lot of things that he hasn't seen or done before."
Chambers Global & Europe 2015

Aviation Finance expert
Who's Who Legal 100 2014

Chris Quinn "instils confidence".
European Legal 500 2014

Chris Quinn is a renowned asset finance practitioner.
Chambers Global & Europe 2014

Chris Quinn's practice is highly regarded for the aviation finance work.
IFLR1000 2014

Chris Quinn is renowned for his asset finance work, particularly in the aviation sector. He is described as an "exemplary practitioner who is a pleasure to work with".
Chambers Global 2013

"We find Chris Quinn and his team to be a highly valuable resource. Chris is very client focused and the depth of knowledge he holds in this area instils confidence in his clients...responsive and suitably commercial in focus."
IFLR1000 2013

Chris is also recognised as a leading lawyer by international legal directories Euromoney Expert Guides, Who's Who Legal, European Legal 500 and Best Lawyers.


University College Dublin (BA in English and History)

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