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John F. Pritchard

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Holland & Knight LLP

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Aircraft Finance
Equipment Financing and Leasing
Structured Finance
Business Aviation




John F. Pritchard is a partner in Holland & Knight's New York office and practices on the firm's Structured Finance Team. With more than 25 years of experience in aircraft, equipment and facility finance, Mr. Pritchard is knowledgeable in all areas of asset-based financing and concentrates on the representation of lessees, lessors, lenders, borrowers and government guarantors in domestic and cross-border financings, securitizations, workouts and foreclosures.

Mr. Pritchard has given many speeches on aircraft and equipment financing at various conferences, including: Capetown Convention and Legal Opinions, FAA Aircraft Registration and Choice of Registry, Aircraft Purchase Contracts and Aircraft Lease Portfolio Acquisitions from the Buyer's Perspective, Eurocontrol Liens, Risks of Doing Business with Limited Partnerships and Income Funds as Aircraft Lessors, Cross-Border Leasing, Ways of Recovering an Aircraft in the U.S., and on U.S. Ex-Im Bank transactions


Aviation Working Group, Legal Advisory Panel, Chairman
American Bar Association, Subcommittee on Aircraft Financing, Chairman, 1987-1994
Euromoney Airfinance Annual Legal Conference, Chairman, 1986-2006
ABA Forum on Air & Space Law, Aircraft Finance & Contracts Division, 1997-2000
International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading


Columbia University Law School, J.D.
Bowdoin College, B.A.

United States: Industry focus

Transport: aviation and air travel - finance

Within: Leading lawyers

John Pritchard - Holland & Knight LLP

Within: Transport: aviation and air travel - finance

Holland & Knight LLP is ‘well aware of the details of every case’, and with ‘offices on the East and West coasts, as well as London, its aircraft deal team never sleeps’. The practice group handles a range of domestic and cross-border aviation finance transactions and is particularly noted for its ‘strong lessor practice’. Phillip Durham advised BBAM on the lease, portfolio financing and acquisition of 14 engines from Air Asia, which is part of the $1.2bn acquisition by BBAM of the Air Asia Capital portfolio. In San Francisco, William Piels and Nathan Leavitt advised GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) on the sale of eight narrow-body aircraft to Haitong, which was coupled with an agreement for GECAS to service the related leases. In addition, the team is praised for its ‘great approach to transactions involving parties in Latin America’. Richard Furey, who is ‘passionately client-driven’, and Fred Bass are also key figures, as are Brian Daigle and San Francisco-based Carrie Friesen-Meyers, who is ‘super-productive’. John Pritchard heads the team with Durham, who ‘makes the complex so simple’ and acts as deputy practice group chair for the global transportation finance department. Named individuals are based in the firm’s New York office unless otherwise noted.

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