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Backed by more than 1,600 lawyers in 31 offices throughout the world, Holland & Knight’s Aircraft Finance team advises and represents all types of aviation clients across all aspects of their businesses and operations. We advise clients on a daily basis on transactional, regulatory (including sanctions, general aviation policy and environmental), investigations (including antitrust and NTSB/FAA investigations), litigation, employment, insurance, product liability, restructuring (including bankruptcy and workout) and repossession matters.

Understanding the Aviation Business

Global Leader in Aviation Finance Law

Broad Range of Perspectives

We are active on legal committees of key industry associations and working groups, and we regularly lead educational seminars on topical issues and thought leadership industry matters.

We have been involved in numerous high-profile, cutting-edge transactions that have earned us a leading reputation in the industry.

Our diversity provides clients with the benefits of an experienced pool of professionals reflective of the international marketplace and communities in which they do business.

SUPPORTING THE AVIATION INDUSTRY Our industry knowledge has been accumulated over decades of work with leading industry participants which enables us to support a wide range of clients on complex matters with a comprehensive and genuine ‘value-added’ service that goes beyond legal excellence.

WE HANDLE ALL TYPES OF TRANSACTIONS Aircraft and Helicopter Leasing, Sales and Investments:


Aircraft Leasing Companies

Financial Institutions and Alternative Capital Providers

Corporate Jet Owners

Investment Banks


Government Guarantors

High-Net-Worth Individuals

Debt Financing and Securitization:

Sale and leaseback transactions

Secured financing of aircraft, engines and spare parts

Lease portfolio acquisitions and sales

Engine and aircraft lease portfolio securitizations

Operating and leveraged leases

Progress payment financings

Joint ventures and other investments by financial institutions and alternative capital providers in airlines and lessors

Export guarantee financings

Manufacturer aircraft purchase agreements

Capital market transactions

Credit support (including asset value, deficiency and performance guarantees)

EETCs (enhanced equipment trust certificates)

Holland & Knight's mission is to provide seamless, efficient and valuable client-centric services over a wide range of industries. Collaboration across practices and offices, along with highly focused management of matters and cases, enables us to deliver dynamic legal support, regardless of location.

PUT OUR EXPERIENCE TO WORK FOR YOU Holland & Knight has a long-standing reputation as a global leader in aviation finance law. This reputation has been earned through years of experience and involvement in both cutting-edge and traditional, complex transactions in domestic and cross-border acquisition, financing, securitization, restructuring and leasing of aviation assets. Our clients include leading names among airlines, leasing companies, corporate jet owners, investment and commercial banks, manufacturers and export credit agencies.


client-specific transactions completed on average over each of the last 5 calendar years


jurisdictions where we have worked with airlines and corporate jet operators

WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT OUR FIRM We are consistently recognized as leaders in the legal profession, earning accolades for service, responsiveness and results. 2022 Chambers Global The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business Guide Holland & Knight named among the world’s leading law firms in the area of Global Asset Finance, including individual rankings for Phillip Durham, William Piels and John F. Pritchard 2022 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” Guide National Tier 1 rankings in Equipment Finance Law, Securitization and Structured Finance Law and Transportation Law Metropolitan Tier 1 rankings in Transportation Law in Miami, New York and San Francisco; Equipment Finance Law in N ew York and San Francisco; and Securitization and Structured Finance Law in San Francisco and Dallas

2021 Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business Guide Aviation Finance Partners Phillip Durham, Nathan Leavitt, William Piels and John F. Pritchard named “notable practitioners” in the United States 2021 The Legal 500 United States Holland & Knight ranked Tier 1 in Transport: Aviation and Air Travel - Finance Aviation Finance Attorneys Fred Bass and John Pritchard listed as Hall of Fame, Phillip Durham and William Piels as Leading Lawyers, Nathan Leavitt as Next Generation, Laura Lewis as a Rising Star, and William Coleman, Brian Daigle, Richard Furey and Audrey Sung as Recommended

2021 Chambers High Net Worth guide Holland & Knight recognized in Band 1 of the Global-wide Private Aircraft category, including individual rankings for Juan Carlos Ferrer, John Hoover, John F. Pritchard and Robert Ricketts

DIRECT QUOTES The “attorneys are wise, sharp counselors with broad experience across a range of transactions. Over the past five years, the practice has advised clients in over 70 countries on the acquisition, financing, leasing, and structuring of aircraft and helicopter transactions.” – 2021 Legal 500 United States: Transport: Aviation and Air Travel – Finance

A client reports: “Holland & Knight is a fantastic firm with a very strong aviation finance team. They’re very practical, take a common-sense approach and are knowledgeable of the aviation and asset finance space.”

– 2021 Chambers USA: Transportation: Aviation: Finance

Team is known for expertise providing legal counsel on the full spectrum of aviation finance matters. . . . considerable experience advising investment banks and aviation leasing companies. – 2022 Chambers Global: Asset Finance

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Fred Bass Of Counsel | New York +1.212.513.3543 fred.bass@hklaw.com

William Coleman Partner | Portland +1.503.517.2952 william.coleman@hklaw.com

Richard “Rick” Crowley Consulting Counsel New York | +1.212.513.3244 richard.crowley@hklaw.com

Brian Daigle Partner | San Francisco +1.415.743.6953 brian.daigle@hklaw.com

Phillip Durham Partner Chicago | +1.312.715.5736 New York | +1.212.513.3381 phillip.durham@hklaw.com

Richard “Rich” Furey Partner | New York +1.212.513.3439 richard.furey@hklaw.com

Victoria Koob Partner | London +44.20.7071.9912 victoria.koob@hklaw.com

Nathan Leavitt Partner | San Francisco +1.415.743.6944 nathan.leavitt@hklaw.com

Gwyn O’Flynn Partner | London +44.20.7071.9914 gwyn.oflynn@hklaw.com

John F. Pritchard Partner | New York +1.212.513.3233 john.pritchard@hklaw.com

Robert Ricketts Partner | London +44.20.7071.9910 robert.ricketts@hklaw.com

Richard Sharman Partner | London +44.20.7071.9913 richard.sharman@hklaw.com

Audrey Sung Partner | San Francisco +1.415.743.6940 audrey.sung@hklaw.com

Jovi Tenev Partner | New York +1.212.513.3218 jovi.tenev@hklaw.com

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