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John Howitt

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John Howitt is a partner in the US Finance and Restructuring Group of Clifford Chance specializing in asset finance. In particular, he focuses on aircraft finance, including leveraged lease transactions, operating leases (domestic and cross-border), new and used aircraft purchases (including portfolio acquisitions), sales (including portfolio sales) and sale-leasebacks, securitizations, restructurings and manufacturer support arrangements. John also has considerable experience in bank and private placement credit transactions, including asset-based financings; domestic and Latin American debt restructurings; acquisition and recapitalization financings; project financings; domestic, Eurodollar, and Eurocurrency loans; loan and note swaps; sales and participations; letter of credit facilities; and commercial paper facilities.


University of California at Los Angeles School of Law (JD), 1978; University of California at Los Angeles (BA, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), 1975

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John Howitt - Clifford Chance

Within: Transport: aviation and air travel - finance

Clifford Chance has equal strength in bank financing transactions and capital markets financing, including portfolio securitization and enhanced equipment trust certificate (EETC) offerings. On the bank side, Zarrar Sehgal acted for Goldman Sachs as arranger in a number of ABS transactions involving sellers such as Apollo Aviation Group and Dubai Aerospace Enterprise. John Howitt led a team that advised GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) on a deal with Cassie de dépôt et placement du Québec to establish a $2bn global aircraft financing platform. In the leasing space, the group is well known for advising operating lessors, and recently assisted Avolon Holdings with its acquisition of CIT Group’s aircraft leasing business. Other key figures include Emily Wicker, who has been involved in a major airline bankruptcy, and Patrick O’Reilly.

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