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Agenda Overview

NEW - Pre-Conference Networking: Wednesday September 7th, 2016


5.00pm – 7.00pm Networking: Ice Breaker - FREE


8.00pm – 11.00pm Networking: Speaker Dinner – (On invitation)


DAY ONE: Thursday September 8th, 2016

8.15am Registration and morning refreshments


8.55am Chairperson’s opening remarks

  1. Adolopho Juan C. de Carvalho, Partner, Pinheiro Neto

9.00am Latin America economic landscape and impact on aircraft demand

  • Latin American airline market status and outlook
  • Impact of low fuel prices and the devaluation of local currencies on airline performance
  • How much has the current economic environment been offsetting airline orders and will it continue to do so?
  1. Andre Stein, Industry Analysis and Product Strategy Director, EMBRAER

9.30am When will Brazil recover?

  • A macroeconomic overview of Brazil
  • When can we expect a recovery in Brazil?
  • How are other regional countries affected by the Brazilian downturn and what is the outlook for Latin America overtime?
  1. Renato Salomone, Vice President, LatAm Airlines & Aerospace; Brazil Equity Strategist, Itaú BBA


10.00am Airline Keynote – LATAM Airlines remains upbeat despite tough market conditions

  • Latest deals, capacity planning and funding strategy
  • Changes in fleet strategy
  • How will IFRS 16 on “lease-vs-buy” decision and structure/term of operating leases impact the airline?
  1. Andres del Valle, Corporate Finance Director, LATAM Airlines Group


10.30am Airline Keynote – Azul’s investment and financial strategy

  • What is Azul’s position on foreign equity investment?
  • Financial strategy and FX hedging
  • Impact of international tax law changes as a result of the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting project on interest deductibility and aircraft financing strategy
  1. John Rodgerson, Chief Financial Officer, Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras


11.00am Networking: Morning refreshments and networking


10.45am – 12.00pm Networking: NEW - 1:1 Meetings and peer-connect sessions


12.00pm How secure is your aircraft portfolio in the region?

  • Latin America aircraft market size and scale
  • How much movement is there for a portfolio in Latin America?
  • How are airlines rethinking their fleet planning and coping with the recession?
  1. Phil Seymour, Chief Executive Officer, IBA


12.30pm Keynote presentation: The promgram status of the LEAP on the 737 MAX and A320neo

  1. Jose Kling, Aviation Sales & Marketing Executive - Regional Sales AVI-SAL-AM Americas, GE Aviation US


12.50pm Embraer program update and milestones

  • Program update and competitive edges
  • Lessor appetite for the E2
  • Availability of financing support from BNDES
  1. Cesar Souto Pereira, Marketing Intelligence Director, EMBRAER


1.15pm Networking: Lunch and networking


2.30pm Airline Keynote: Volaris - Positive outlook in Mexico

  • Volaris is showing a boost in profitability and strong growth: What is the secret of its success?
  • Future opportunities and challenges for the Mexican airline market
  • Funding diversification: Should Volaris reduce its reliance on operating leasing?
  1. Fernando Suarez, Chief Financial Officer, Volaris Group


3.00pm Airline Keynote: Sky Airline - Growing a niche market

  • Sky Airline’s growth strategy in a purely domestic market
  • Accessing the capital markets and other funding sources
  • Is Sky Airline looking to do an IPO?
  1. Nicolas Larrain, Chief Financial Officer, Sky Airline


3.30pm Networking: NEW - Discussion Roundtables and Networking Sessions

These intimate group discussions provide you with an invaluable opportunity to informally meet and discuss the latest issues with leading industry experts. Topics to be discussed per roundtable will include:


  • The Future of the Brazilian Real – Renato Salomone, Vice President, LatAm Airlines & Aerospace; Brazil Equity Strategist, Itaú BBA
  • Operating in Challenging Jurisdictions – The Case of Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela – Adolpho Julio Camargo de Carvalho, Partner, PinheiroNeto Advogados
  • Defining the Impact of Basel IV – Louis Douady, Managing Director, Aviation Group Americas, Natixis
  • How is the Engine Leasing Market Faring and Evolving? – Darryl Caldwell, Vice President, Sales The Americas, Engine Lease Finance Corporation
  • What opportunities are there in the Caribbean? – Alex Glock, Vice President, Sales, Latin America and Caribbean, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft
  • GTF update and challenges: Entry into service on two platforms – Paul Finklestein, Vice President – Marketing, Pratt & Whitney
  • How big is the Cuban Market? – Benoist De Vimal, Director Aviation Group North America, Natixis
  • Recent developments in the Brazilian legal framework: Clearer skies – Felipe Bonsenso Veneziano, Partner, Pinheiro Neto


5.00pm Chairperson’s closing remarks


5.10pm – 7.00pm Networking: Drinks Reception


DAY TWO: Friday September 9th, 2016


8.30am Morning refreshments and networking


8.55am Chairperson’s opening remarks

  1. Elizabeth Evans, Partner, Dentons


9.00am Airline Keynote: Aerolineas Argentinas

  1. Pablo Miedziak, Chief Financial Officer, Aerolineas Argentinas


9.20am On-stage Keynote Interview: Consolidation of the regional Aircraft market: Entering the Embraer Market

  1. Interviewee: Rod Sheridan, Vice Chairman of the Board, Nordic Aviation Capital
  2. Interviewer: Joe Drobnich, Aviation Asset Management, DVB Transport (US) LLC - DVB Bank SE

9.35 Appetite for Capital Markets products in Latin America

  • Achieving cheaper financing by using the EETC market
  • Opportunities in the unsecured bond market
  • How are investors evaluating risks in the region?
  1. Thomas Hollahan, Managing Director, Transportation, Global Banking, Citi
  2. Rafael Kuhn, Vice President, Aviation Capital Markets, Deutsche Bank Securities
  3. Adriano Spina, Associate, Structured Finance, Goldman Sachs
  4. Moderated by: Joe Kavanagh, Senior Reporter, Airfinance Journal


10.15am Sale/leaseback Appetite in Latin America

  • What opportunities do lessors see in the sale leaseback market at the moment?
  • Lessors’ interests in widebodies vs narrowbodies and current generation vs new generation aircraft
  • How do lessors manage the heightened credit risk profile of lessees in general and as a result of the current downturn?
  1. Gareth Delany, Executive Director / Chief Technical Officer, Ping An International Financial Leasing Co
  2. Felipe Campos, Head of Origination, Latin America, Avolon
  3. Walter Valarezo, Senior Vice President and Managing Director – Americas, AWAS
  4. Gilberto Peralta, Head of Latin America, GECAS
  5. Moderated by: Steve Bridgland, Senior Vice President - Aviation Asset Management, DVB Capital Markets LLC


11.00am Networking: Morning refreshments and networking


11.00am – 12.00pm Networking: NEW - 1:1 Meetings and peer-connect sessions


12.00pm BNDES’ availability of financing in challenging times

  • How much financing support can BNDES offer?
  • Outlook for ECA financing in the region and beyond
  • Refinancing capability
  1. Marcio Migon, Head of Aircraft financing, BNDES

12.30pm Airline Keynote: Republic Airways

Bryan Bedford, Chief Executive Officer, Republic Airways

1.00pm Networking: Lunch and networking


3.00pm Networking: Afternoon casual wear refreshments and networking by the Pool

Join us by the sumptuous Copacabana Palace Pool for close of conference refreshments and some more networking to finish on a high note. Tudo bom!


4.00pm Close of conference