Paul Jebely

Partner (Withersworldwide) | Hong Kong

Paul serves as the firm’s Global Head of Asset Finance.

He is widely regarded as the top global private aviation lawyer counselling ultra-high net worth individuals and their business enterprises on all aspects of private aviation. He also regularly counsels such individuals in connection with the acquisition, sale or financing of other high-value private assets, ranging from superyachts to rare collector cars. In addition, he is considered a leading global commercial aviation industry lawyer, where he focuses on counselling private investors across multiple industry sectors.

Paul has counselled clients on well over US$ 20 billion in transactions, as well as on restructuring and contentious matters. For doing so, Paul has been the recipient of many legal and aviation industry awards – including being named “Global Private Aviation & Yachts Lawyer of the Year” (Chambers & Partners) and “Asia Private Client Lawyer of the Year” (American Lawyer Media/ He has also been noted by the Financial Times on several occasions, in addition to The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg, China Daily and other business publications. He has also published and lectured extensively on various aspects of asset finance, principally aviation.

Paul is qualified to practice law in England, the United States (New York and Washington State) and Canada (Ontario).

Immediately prior to joining Withers, Paul served as the managing partner of a leading American law firm in Hong Kong and was co-chair of its global private wealth and asset finance practices.


“A top-tier aviation lawyer” and “very strong operator” who is “driven,” “extremely competent,” “technically skilled” and “extremely commercial” but “very practical” and “thinks outside the box” while being “efficient,” “attentive,” “responsive,” “patient”, “courteous”, “honest, helpful and collaborative”.

Chambers & Partners (2016 to 2022)

Paul’s worldwide ultra high net worth client base is unparalleled in the sector… he is known throughout the industry as a top lawyer for aviation transactions and, in my opinion, the top lawyer representing UHNWIs.

Chambers HNW 2021

Global Private Aviation & Yachts Lawyer of the Year

Chambers & Partners (2018)

Private Client Lawyer of the Year (Asia)

American Lawyer Media/ (2020)

Paul Jebely offers his clients Ferrari performance and Bentley service.

Legal 500 (2022)

Paul’s deep understanding of complex commercial and regulatory matters means he is able to provide complex solutions no other counsel is able to provide.

Chambers HNW 2022

I would work with Paul and his team on every deal if I could.

Chambers HNW 2022

Track record



Counselling ultra-high net worth individuals, companies and financial institutions in relation to the purchase, financing, leasing and sale of more than US$8 billion of private aircraft.

Counselling investor on the successful US$2.2 billion acquisition of a minority interest in a global aircraft leasing business.

Counselling investor on the successful restructuring of US$4.5 billion new aircraft order.

New York

Washington State

England and Wales

Ontario (non-practising)

Hong Kong (Registered Foreign Lawyer)

‘Investor-State Arbitration in the Context of "Grand Theft Aero" ‘, Apr 2022

‘Legally Yawned: Reflections on $2 billion+ in Pandemic Deals and a Prescription for the Future’, Corporate Jet Investor Global, presenter – November 2021

‘The Untapped Potential of Arbitration in Business Aviation’, Corporate Jet Investor Global, presenter - June 2021



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