Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Transportation: Aviation: Finance Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for Notable practice with experience representing airlines and financial institutions in a variety of aviation finance matters. Has capability in aircraft portfolio restructuring, export credit agency matters and EETC financing. Further specific expertise in business jet purchasing and financing, as well as in airport infrastructure development work. Client base includes airlines and aviation service providers.

Strengths The team earns praise from clients, who report: "They distinguish themselves in their ability to distil and translate complex legal issues into business considerations." This source adds that "the team is incredibly sophisticated and experienced, yet approachable and very easy to work with."

Further interviewees say: "They are highly responsive, intelligent and savvy, with an incredible knowledge of the aviation industry."

Other sources consider the firm to be "organized, efficient and helpful in making everything run smoothly."

Work highlights Advised Spirit Airlines on its $420.5 million EETC offering, which was secured by 12 Airbus aircraft.

Notable practitioners

Jaeyong So assists airlines and aviation service providers with restructurings, sale and leasebacks and acquisitions. Interviewees report that "he excels in drafting technical aircraft matters."

Senior statesperson John Curry is lauded by a client as a "brilliant lawyer." He uses his extensive experience to advise leading airlines on EETCs, restructurings and leasings.

Raymond Wells has a respected aviation finance practice, with commentators reporting that he is "a super smart lawyer who has been doing this for a long time." His practice includes securitizations and JOLCO financings on behalf of airlines.