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Backed by more than 1,400 lawyers in 27 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. 2020 Chambers High Net Worth guide Holland & Knight recognized in Band 1 of the G  lobalwide Private Aircraft category, including individual rankings for Jonathan M. Epstein, Juan Carlos Ferrer, John Hoover, John F. Pritchard and Robert Ricketts 2020 The Legal 500 United States Holland & Knight recommended in the practice area of Transport: Aviation and Air Travel – Finance Aviation Finance Partners Fred Bass and John F. Pritchard recognized as Hall of Fame, Partner William Piels as Leading Lawyer, Partner Nathan Leavitt as Next Generation and recommendations for Partners Phillip Durham and Richard Furey 2020 Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business Guide Named Aviation Finance Partners Phillip Durham,  William Piels and John F. Pritchard as “notable practitioners” in the United States

2020 Chambers Global The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business Guide Named Holland & Knight 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 2020 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 and New York, Equipment Finance Law in  New York City and San Francisco, and Securitization and Structured Finance Law in San Francisco

DIRECT QUOTES What the team is known for: Prominent practice with a deep bench ... with strong capability in the full range of aviation finance matters. Works with an impressive client roster that includes airlines, leasing companies and corporate jet operators. Able to draw on support from its nationwide network of offices, especially in New York and San Francisco. – 2020 Chambers USA: Transportation: Aviation: Finance

What the team is known for: Well-regarded practice providing legal counsel on the full spectrum of aviation finance matters. Operating out of offices in the USA and the UK, the firm is regularly mandated on matters relating to Asia and Latin America. Often advises investment banks and aviation leasing companies.

[T]he team has recently advised on a litany of ABS deals, aircraft and engine portfolio acquisitions, and sale and leasebacks. … also has a strong presence on the West Coast, where [it] has handled high-value ABS for … several prominent lessors. – 2020 Legal 500 USA: Transport: Aviation and Air Travel – Finance

– 2020 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 Partner | 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 | New York +1.212.513.3381 phillip.durham@hklaw.com

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

John Hoover Partner | Tysons +1.703.720.8606 john.hoover@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

William “Bill” Piels Partner | San Francisco +1.415.743.6930 william.piels@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

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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