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United States: Finance

Asset finance and leasing

Within: Asset finance and leasing

The aviation finance group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is ‘professional, experienced and extremely dependable’. Specializing in raising public and private capital for airline companies, the team’s client list includes well-known US carriers such as American Airlines and Spirit Airlines. John Curry, a ‘guru of aircraft finance and leasing’, has completed a wide variety of work for Delta Air Lines, including, alongside counsel Le V Lam, advising the client on separate mortgage facilities with five different lending groups to finance 26 aircraft, and, alongside Lam and fellow counsel Raymond Wells, assisting with separate lease facilities with three lessor groups to finance a pool of Airbus and Boeing aircraft. Currently, Jasmine Ball and counsel Jaeyong So are acting as aircraft counsel to CHC Group, a large global commercial helicopter service company, in relation to its Chapter 11 proceedings, seeking to restructure $2bn of debt. The team also remains active in EETC offerings, having acted for Spirit Airlines in its first-ever EETC offering, totaling $576.6m. All named individuals are based in New York.

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Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

Within: Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has a rounded practice acting mainly for creditors but also for debtors. On the creditor side, in the SunEdison case, My Chi To is leading the representation of D E Shaw and Co and Madison Dearborn Partners as holders of notes and other claims against the debtor. With litigation partner Shannon Rose Selden and new arrival Christopher Updike, To also represents D E Shaw and Madison in the New York Supreme Court regarding breach of contract claims against TerraForm Power, LLC and TerraForm Power, Inc. The group is a ‘hidden gem’ and, ‘for the cost-benefit they provide, a shop to watch’ and also represented Oaktree Capital in the high-profile Energy Future Holdings Chapter 11. In the retail sector, the firm is representing hedge fund Standard General regarding its distressed investment in the second American Apparel bankruptcy and private equity sponsor Kelso & Company in connection with the prearranged Chapter 11 of Logan’s Roadhouse. In a notable debtor-side engagement, the firm is acting as aircraft counsel to CHC Group in connection with its Chapter 11 proceedings, with Richard Hahn and Jasmine Ball working alongside the firm’s aviation team. Hahn and Natasha Labovitz lead the New York-based team.

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