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Fred Bass

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Holland & Knight LLP

Work Department

Equipment Financing & Leasing
Structured Finance
International and Cross Border Transactions
Business Aviation
Aircraft Finance




Fred Bass is a partner at Holland & Knight and a member of the firm's Aircraft and Equipment Finance Group. He has extensive experience in a wide range of asset-based financings, including the financing and leasing of aircraft, renewable energy facilities, rail cars, satellites, vessels, manufacturing plants and infrastructure assets, as well as a variety of structured finance and cross-border transactions.

Mr. Bass has considerable experience in domestic and cross-border transactions involving airlines and aircraft and other transportation equipment, including secured loans, operating and leveraged leases, export credit agency supported financings, purchases and sales of new and used aircraft, enhanced equipment trust certificate offerings, pre-delivery deposit facilities, transactions with credit enhancements and manufacturer support arrangements, like-kind exchanges, and bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy restructurings.

His practice also encompasses secured and unsecured lending, debt trading, project financings, letters of credit and guarantees, business entity formation, joint ventures, equipment leasing, acquisitions and dispositions of finance companies and portfolios of financial instruments, and remedies, restructurings and workouts.

Mr. Bass was recently honored by the New York State Bar Association as an Empire State Counsel for providing pro bono legal services.


American Bar Association
ABA Aircraft Financing Subcommittee
International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading


Columbia University Law School, J.D.
Cornell University, B.S.

United States: Industry focus

Transport: aviation and air travel - finance

Within: Leading lawyers

Fred Bass - 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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