Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP

Transportation: Aviation: Finance Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for Growing presence in the US aviation finance market, particularly acting for domestic and international airlines, as well as financial institutions and lessors. Advises on operating leases, aircraft portfolio transactions, asset-backed securitizations and refinancings.

Strengths A client commends the team's "creativity in finding ways to solve bottleneck situations."

Another interviewee reports: "Their responses are very commercial, they are good at talking through various technical issues and are strong negotiators."

One impressed source declares: "Smith, Gambrell & Russell has a strong team of dedicated and responsive professionals who can compete with any firm in the aviation finance sector."

Work highlights Assisted Southwest Airlines with a $250 million financing for the operating lease of four Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

Notable practitioners

Jeffrey Tenen is noted by market sources for his experience in the Latin American aviation market. His broad practice includes advising banks, airlines and lessors on a range of acquisitions, financings and leasing transactions.

Joshua Gentner acts for clientele including airlines and banks, on financings, asset-backed securitizations and aircraft registrations. One client says: "He is an incredible asset to us," adding: "His legal knowledge is immense."