DLA Piper has ­appointed Debra Erni as a partner with its asset
finance team.

Erni will divide her time between offices in London and Moscow
with a brief to strengthen DLA Piper’s asset finance offering in
the UK and Russia.

She will also be charged with securing business for the firm in
Japan where she worked for nearly ten years.

Erni joins DLA Piper from White & Case where she was a
senior associate in the asset finance team specialising in aircraft
financing and leasing.

Erni said: “I am delighted to join a firm so committed to its
asset finance practice. DLA Piper’s profile and reputation within
the aircraft finance and leasing industry, and international reach,
will provide a strong foundation for me to contribute to the
expansion of the group.”

Bob Charlton, international group head for the finance and
projects group which includes asset finance, said: “We are very
pleased to welcome Debra to the finance and projects team. Debra’s
breadth of practice and the impressive relationships she has built
throughout her career will enable us to strengthen our offering in
both the UK and Russia and secure new work for the firm in

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DLA Piper was jointly awarded Asset Finance Legal Provider of
the Year 2011 alongside Norton Rose at
this year’s Leasing Life European Conference and Awards in