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The New York School of Aviation Finance brings together a first-rate faculty of senior global aircraft finance professionals. They have been there, done that, and are now in a position to tell you how to make the most of this exciting market. In this three-day intensive course, students will learn all there is to know about aircraft finance from the very best. Topics to be examined will go from understanding commercial loan transactions, ECA financing and operating leasing to putting together complex capital markets structures.

The New York School is supported by GECAS, Citi, Goldman Sachs, RPK Capital Management, US Exim, Boeing and Holland & Knight

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***FREE sample presentation***

Want to see what's included? Download our FREE sample presentation here, entitled 'Reviewing Financing Options in the Current Environment' by Thomas Hollahan, Managing Director, Global Head of Aviation Banking, Citi Group


Key topics

The course covers all important areas of aviation finance, including the latest developments in a fast-paced industry. Topics include:

  • Operating leases: Explanation and practical application
  • Export credit financing and ECA bonds
  • EETCs and capital markets’ products – transaction structures and documentation
  • All you need to know about the latest funding products
  • Private equity and alternative sources of liquidity
  • Asset management, remarketing and valuations
  • Principles of tax-based leasing
  • Selling aircraft and engine assets
  • Restructuring in the airline industry
  • Repossession case study
  • What happens when it all goes wrong?
  • The effects of the Cape Town Convention
  • Credit issues in aviation finance
  • Fuel hedging strategies
  • Aircraft finance in developing markets

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Who attends?

The school attracts both entry-level students and professionals from a variety of different specialisms. Participants include:

  • Airline treasury/finance and fleet planning executives
  • Lessors
  • ECAs
  • Commercial bankers / Investment bankers
  • Investors from private equity houses, hedge funds and other financial institutions
  • Aircraft and engine manufacturers
  • Lawyers
  • Insurance underwriters and brokers
  • Accountants
  • Government / regulatory agency representative

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The school is run by leaders of some of the biggest players in aviation finance: 

Tom Hollahan, Managing Director, Citi

Mr. Hollahan is a Managing Director and Citigroup’s Global Aviation Industry Head. As such, he is responsible for a team of bankers - in New York, London and Hong Kong - devoted to meeting the corporate banking needs of the aviation industry around the world.

John Wikoff, Vice President, Goldman Sachs

John Wikoff is head of Aviation Finance within the Trade, Transport & Infrastructure Finance team at Goldman Sachs. John’s current responsibilities include creating and implementing financing solutions for a number of airlines and aircraft leasing companies globally.

Robert Morin, Vice President, Transportation Division, US Exim Bank

Bob Morin is the Vice-President of the Transportation Division of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (“Ex-Im Bank”).  Ex-Im Bank is the official export credit agency of the United States Government and the Transportation Division is responsible for all of Ex-Im Bank’s aircraft and rail financings.

Edward Sheard, Vice President and Lead Counsel, GE Capital Aviation Services

Edward Sheard joined GE Capital Aviation Services as VP & Counsel in October 2007, and has been permanently based in the São Paulo office since April 2008. In January 2011, Mr Sheard was appointed Lead Counsel for Latin America and Caribbean. He previously worked on numerous aviation finance and leasing transactions as an associate in the asset finance teams of certain renowned City law firms.

Christopher Chaput, Managing Director, RPK Capital Management

Managing Director of RPK Capital since April 2010. Expertise includes airline and aircraft restructuring as well as aircraft financing via operating leasing, tax leasing, public and private capital markets and bank market. Previously was head of Structured Finance at the Seabury Group (2002 – 2010), Executive Director in Debt Capital Markets at Morgan Stanley (1998 – 2002) and an executive at Northwest Airlines (1990 – 1998).

John Pritchard, Partner, Holland & Knight

John F. Pritchard is the Group Leader for the Aircraft Finance practice at Holland & Knight LLP, based in its New York office, and is very active in the financing and leasing of aircraft, vessel, rail and other equipment and facilities. He has been ranked in the 25 world's Best of the Best by the Legal Media Group in Aviation for the past 8 years. He represents lessees, lessors, lenders, borrowers and government guarantors in domestic and cross-border leases, purchases, financings, securitizations, workouts and foreclosures of aircraft and all types of equipment.

Douglas Finn, Senior Director, Aircraft Programs, Air Canada

Doug Finn is Senior Director of Aircraft Programs for Air Canada. In his current role he is responsible for new and used aircraft evaluations, aircraft lease and purchase contracts, remarketing for sale, lease or sublease of surplus aircraft and all operating lease delivery and redelivery activity. Since joining Air Canada in 1984, Doug has held a variety of positions in the carriers maintenance, engineering and flight operations departments.

Kostya Zolotusky, Managing Director, Capital Markets Development, Boeing Capital Corporation

Kostya Zolotusky serves as a Managing Director of Capital Markets and Leasing for Boeing Capital Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary that is primarily responsible for arranging, structuring and providing financing for Boeing products and services.  In this role, he is responsible for developing and managing an integrated strategy that ensures adequate and low-cost capital for Boeing Commercial Airplanes products and services.

Jonathan Root, Vice President – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service

Jonathan Root is a Vice President – Senior Credit Officer in Moody’s Corporate Finance Group.  Jonathan is the U.S. airline analyst and also covers the international tanker and U.S. Jones Act shipping sectors.  Jonathan has rating responsibility globally for Enhanced Equipment Trust Certificates. Prior to joining Moody’s as an Accounting Specialist in 2003, Jonathan was a Director of Finance at Automatic Data Processing, Inc.

Bob Agnew, President and Chief Executive Officer, Morten Beyer & Agnew

Robert Agnew, President & CEO of Morten Beyer & Agnew (mba), has over 30 years of experience in aviation and business consulting. His firm provides consulting in the areas of financial modelling, valuation analysis, and technical due diligence.
















Contact us

If you require further information on the school, or require further assistance in registering for the event, please contact Tomas Benjamin / +44 (0) 207 779 8107