Sebastian M. Smith


Toranomon Hills Mori Tower 28F
1-23-1 Toranomon, Minato-ku


Sebastian Smith is a partner in the firm’s Tokyo office. Mr. Smith has wide ranging aviation experience and regularly advises leasing companies, financial institutions, export credit agencies, institutional lenders and airlines in respect of cross-border aircraft finance and leasing transactions. He has significant experience with the JOL & JOLCO market in Japan and has niche expertise in advising on aircraft Unit Leasing Device (ULD) rental/sale & lease back agreements. He has also overseen due diligence on M&A transactions/Joint Ventures for aircraft leasing and banking clients.

In addition to his asset finance experience, Mr. Smith has general banking experience and has advised Barclays Capital on a finance transaction for investments into Indonesia.

One client praises him as an ‘extremely experienced and hard negotiating aviation counsel’ (Chambers & Partners, 2019).


  • Masters of Engineering, University of Edinburgh (2001)
    (Mechanical Engineering with Management)
  • PgDL, Nottingham Law School (2002)
  • Legal Practice Course, Nottingham Law School (2003)


Japan (Dai-ni Tokyo Bar Association (Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi - registered foreign lawyer)), Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
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