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About Celine Zeng

Celine is a banking and finance lawyer who specialises in asset finance with a particular focus on the aviation industry. She regularly acts for airlines, operating lessors, major banks or other financial institutions on cross-border finance and leasing structures. Celine also advises on China-related transactions.

Celine completed her training contract at a leading international law firm in London and Munich before joining Freshfields upon qualification.

She speaks German, Mandarin, Shanghainese, English and French.

Recent work

  • Advising Deutsche Lufthansa AG on various aircraft financings.
  • Advising Etihad Airways P.J.S.C. on the financing of their group members.
  • Advising KGAL GmbH & Co. KG on sale and lease-back transactions of several A320n with a Mexican airline and of several Airbus A321 with Vietjet Aviation Joint Stock Company.
  • Advising a bank on the financing of rail units for regional public transport in Germany.
  • Advising a Chinese bidder on the acquisition financing for a leading German waste management company, Energy from Waste (EEW).
  • Advising a Chinese company on the acquisition of the trademark of a leading Dutch cookware manufacturer.



Born in China, raised in Germany, Celine was educated in England at King's College London and at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University.

Professional qualifications

  • Solicitor, England & Wales
  • Solicitor, Republic of Ireland
  • Rechtsanwältin, Federal Republic of Germany