Russell is the Head of the Asset Finance group at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner having joined the firm as a Finance partner in September 2009 from Allen and Overy LLP.

Russell specialises in structured asset finance and leasing, practising in domestic and cross-border markets.

He has acted for banks, lessors, investors, operators, manufacturers, vendors and purchasers on transactions involving all types of asset classes and a diverse range of financing products and structures including structured debt facilities, tax based and non tax-based leases, limited recourse facilities, off-balance sheet financings, receivables financings, sales and purchases of leasing companies, sales and purchases of asset portfolios, joint venture financing platforms and other equity financing and securitisations.

Russell is identified in the key independent directories as one of the leading practitioners in the market and in particular has established an excellent and growing reputation for rail finance:

'…a very active player in Rail and a recognised name on the rolling stock side…who is highly regarded for his expertise in the financing of rolling stock’ (Chambers UK, 2008). Clients say he is a ‘sound, knowledgeable and pragmatic lawyer with a wealth of industry experience’ (Chambers UK, 2010) and other sources say he is ‘committed, detailed and affable’ (Chambers UK, 2011).