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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP
1540 BROADWAY
NEW YORK, NY 10036-4039
United States

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United States > Industry focus > Transport: aviation and air travel - finance

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Mark LessardPillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP‘s ‘pragmatic‘ team stands out for its experience of aviation finance and operating leases, and is praised for its ‘excellent industry knowledge’. Global finance head Mark Lessard, who is ‘extremely smart and thoughtful, and aims to provide excellent service 100% of the time’, advised Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith, MUFG Securities Americas and Wells Fargo Securities, as underwriters, and Bank of America, as initial liquidity facility provider, on the $373.4m Willis Engine Structured Trust IV (WEST IV), which will be secured by, among other things, WEST IV’s direct and indirect interests in a portfolio of 55 aircraft engines and one airframe. Elsewhere, Charlotta Otterbeck advised Ethiopian Airlines Group on its first aircraft finance insurance consortium (AFIC) supported financing, involving both a senior and a junior loan facility for five Boeing 737-800 aircraft; she also advised Turkish Airlines on its first AFIC supported aircraft financing transaction. Recently promoted partner Melissa Jones-Prus is also recommended, as are counsel Richard Evans and special counsel Jason Greenberg, both of whom are based in Los Angeles. Named individuals are based in New York unless otherwise stated. Jonathan Goldstein joined Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP in January 2019.