Matt Owen Principal Associate

Speaks:  English

Qualified: 2011 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary office:  Birmingham

Secondary office:  London

Matt Owen

Matt is a banking and finance lawyer who specialises in asset finance and receivables transactions.

His work involves assisting funders and borrowers to finance assets using debt, leasing and receivables structures.  His experience includes dealing with a diverse range of asset classes (from software to flour mills to ferries) and often has a cross border element.

Matt has a passion for aviation having previously worked as a helicopter pilot in the Royal Air Force and particularly enjoys working on aircraft leasing transactions.

In his spare time, Matt supports the firm's work with the Access Project delivering tutoring support to local children.


  • advising a European rail leasing company in connection with two €120m sale and lease back facilities for rail locomotives;
  • acting for a leading UK bank in relation to the amendment and restatement of a £70m asset backed facility;
  • advising a leading UK bank in connection with a series of term loan facilities to fund a Capacity Mechanism project;
  • acting for a club of UK clearing banks in relation to new asset, receivables, inventory and working capital facilities in connection with an acquisition;
  • providing advice to a lender in connection with a £300m club deal involving a revolving sale and hire purchase back facility for vehicles;
  • acting for a leading UK bank in connection with all aspects of a c$50m non-recourse receivables facility;
  • advising two asset finance funders in connection with the sale and hire purchase back of an £18m portfolio of cranes as part of the sale of a crane leasing business;
  • developing a Sharia'a compliant block discounting facility with a leading Islamic bank;
  • acting for an Irish bank in connection with the financing of two helicopters registered in Italy; and
  • acting for a leading helicopter leasing company in connection with the restructuring of a portfolio of helicopter leases in the Netherlands, Brazil, Norway, Australia and the UK.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2019

    • Career
      July 2019
      Gowling WLG (UK), principal associate
  • 2017

    • Career
      May 2017
      Gowling WLG (UK), senior associate
  • 2015

    • Career
      Addleshaw Goddard LLP, associate
  • 2014

    • Career
      HSBC Bank plc, senior legal counsel
  • 2012

    • Career
      Addleshaw Goddard LLP, associate
  • 2011

    • Career
      DLA Piper UK LLP, solicitor
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 2009

    • Career
      DLA Piper UK LLP, trainee
  • 2001

    • Career
      Royal Air Force, helicopter pilot