Danielle Roman

Danielle Roman

"Technically strong, attentive and responsive"

Overview

I am a Partner in our Banking and Finance team in Hong Kong, having practiced in Asia for over 12 years. I advise on a broad spectrum of cross-border transactions, including asset finance, fund financing, acquisition and leveraged finance, debt restructurings, project finance, real estate finance, securitisation, Fintech and general corporate lending.

I have significant expertise in helping major financial institutions, lessors and investors on the financing and leasing of commercial aircraft, corporate jets and other related assets, including engines and helicopters, across a variety of structures. I also advise on the finance and leasing of ships and other vessels.

In fund financing, I regularly represent investment and commercial banks on subscription credit facilities. I am on the steering committee for the Fund Finance Association's symposium for Asia, and am co-chair of the Women in Fund Finance Asia committee.

Prior to joining Mourant in 2012, I worked at Clifford Chance in Hong Kong and Dentons in London.

I’m a member of the steering committee for both the Advancement of Women in Aviation Roundtable (AWAR) and the Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association's Women in Finance Asia forum, as well as the Philanthropy Committee Chair.

Professional qualifications

  • Solicitor, England and Wales (currently non-practising)
  • Solicitor, Hong Kong (currently non-practising)
  • Solicitor, British Virgin Islands

Work highlights

  • Recognised by China Business Law Journal's "Deals of the Year" 2017 for the landmark deal advising China's Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) Leasing on its first ever ship lease financing, a US65.5m sale and leaseback transaction with Eletson Corporation, a Greek tanker owner and operator.
  • Acknowledged by Asia Business Law Journal's "Deals of the Year" 2017 for acting as counsel for Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank (CACIB) on the US$65m commercial financing of 14 engines for Asia Aviation Capital Limited, the leasing arm of AirAsia.
  • Advising Goldman Sachs in connection with financing Platinum Equity's take-private of Fisher Tech Ltd, a Singapore tech manufacturing company listed on the Singapore stock exchange, by way of a Singapore scheme of arrangement.
  • Advising Comsys (Tianjin) Leasing Co, Ltd. in respect of the acquisition of an Airbus A380 aircraft with a secured loan provided by a PRC policy bank and the lease back of the aircraft to a Mauritius-based operating lessor, Veling Group and then to Emirates.
  • Advising Stonebriar Commercial Finance with respect to its acquisition of a portfolio of 16 loans from CIT Bank, enabling Stonebriar to relaunch is aviation leasing platform as Stonebriar Aviation Capital.

Awards and Recognitions

Danielle Roman is described as "excellent" and having "broad-ranging finance expertise" by Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, 2019.

'Danielle Roman is well regarded by clients, with one describing her as a "very switched-on, technically sound and business-minded" practitioner with a "very good work ethic." Her counsel is frequently sought on a diverse mix of financing transactions, ranging from acquisition finance and LBOs to asset and real estate finance.' Chambers Global, 2019.

'Danielle Roman is acclaimed by market sources for being "incredibly dedicated to delivering top client service. She is extremely responsive, commercial and great to work with." She is adept at providing assistance to clients on fund financing and asset financing mandates.' Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2019

Danielle is listed as a Ranked Lawyer, Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2018

Recognised in Who's Who Legal: Aviation 2018 and 2019

Corporate Jet Investor named Danielle as a 'Leading Aviation Lawyer', 2017

Danielle is recognised as an "energetic, professional and skilful" 'Rising Star' in the Banking and Finance Expert Guide 2017

Acknowledged as a ‘Rising Star’ in IFLR 1000, 2017

What the directories say

Danielle Roman is acclaimed by market sources for being "incredibly dedicated to delivering top client service. She is extremely responsive, commercial and great to work with", Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2018.

The ‘technically strong, attentive and responsive’ Danielle Roman is ‘very knowledgeable in the asset finance space’, Legal 500, 2018.

"Danielle Roman is rated highly by sources, who describe her as 'a good finance lawyer who is popular in the market'," Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2017.

"Danielle Roman continues to impress with her dexterity in the asset and acquisition finance space. Clients appreciate her for being 'very user-friendly, helpful and prompt'," Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2016.