Law firm Watson, Farley & Williams (WFW) has hired Samuel Kolehmainen as a partner in its asset finance team in Singapore.

Kolehmainen is an aviation finance specialist and joins from Clifford Chance, where he spent five years, most recently as a senior associate in the city state.

At Clifford Chance, he specialised in advising lessors, lenders and borrowers in aircraft finance transactions, according to the legal directory Chambers and Partners.

This was his second spell at Clifford Chance. From 2008 to 2010 he worked as a transaction lawyer in the firm’s Frankfurt office.

Sandwiched between these was a spell as in-house legal counsel for aircraft operating lessor Amentum Capital in Dublin, before which he worked for Merilampi Attorneys and Rautaruukki, a construction company, in his native Finland.