Clifford Chance LLP

Transportation: Aviation: Finance Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for Distinguished aviation finance practice with extensive experience working on aviation capital markets transactions, securitizations, export credit agency (ECA) financing and leasing matters. Frequently handles EETCs and acquisition financings. Represents significant clients including government authorities, investment banks and operating lessors. Able to draw upon resources of the wider firm for tax and corporate expertise.

Strengths Clients report: "They are top-notch for anything requiring creative thinking or a real knowledge of market terms," continuing: "They bring a full team to bear, with a little army working for us when necessary; they can also be skinnier and more efficient as required."

Work highlights Advised British Airways on its issuance of over $608 million Series 2018 -1 EETCs in two tranches in order to finance the acquisition of 11 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft.

Notable practitioners

Emily Wicker has a solid reputation for her breadth of expertise covering EETCs, asset-backed securitizations and leasing deals. Active for clients including airlines and lessors, she is commended by sources as a "very smart" lawyer.

John Howitt maintains an impressive standing in the market as "one of the lions of the industry," according to commentators. He acts for lessors in relation to the sale and purchase of aircraft, as well as handling securitizations and sale and leaseback deals.

Madalyn Miller attracts praise from sources, who describe her as "a real star." She handles a range of acquisition financings and securitizations for banks and lessors.

Zarrar Sehgal advises prominent lessors and financiers on key securitizations and note issuances. He is appreciated by clients as "a very experienced senior attorney who is also actively involved and hands-on in transactions."