Mark J. Ditto > Vedder Price > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

Vedder Price
CHICAGO, IL 60601-1003
United States

Work Department

Global Transportation Finance




Mr. Ditto represents operating lessors, commercial banks, finance companies, private equity firms and hedge funds in complex commercial aircraft and high-value equipment transactions, including securitizations and warehouse financings, Rule 144A and Regulation S capital markets offerings, including those involving syndicated equity, joint ventures, cross-border operating and finance leases, ECA financings, distressed-debt trades and workouts, and the establishment of offshore leasing platforms.

Mr. Ditto also represents financiers and lessors in manufacturing facility financings, including those in the steel, timber, chemical, distribution and water treatment industries. In addition, Mr. Ditto has considerable experience in financings involving automobile loans and leases, credit card receivables, dealer floorplan receivables, marine container leases, mortgage loans, railcar leases, student loans, trade receivables and vessel loans. He advises clients on various day-to-day matters including tax-based corporate structuring, consignment arrangements, servicing and management agreements, and general corporate and securities law matters.

Mr. Ditto has been involved in several pro bono matters representing political asylum clients from Darfur, the Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, and Tibet.


  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member, International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT)


  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2007, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • DePauw University, B.A., 2004, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Lawyer Rankings

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

Vedder Price‘s global transportation finance practice covers the entire spectrum of aircraft finance transactions. Representative expertise for the ‘extremely commercial and strategically-thinking aviation team‘ ranges from large-value M&A to aircraft-related asset-backed securities work, portfolio debt financings, and structured multi-aircraft financings in the capital markets. The department also has a robust leaseback transactions practice. Heading up the team, corporate and securities law specialist Geoffrey R. Kass is highly rated for structured financings in the aviation transportation industry. Adam R. Beringer and Michael E. Draz are also widely respected aircraft finance experts, while Mark J. Ditto is regularly sought out for complex commercial aircraft and high-value equipment deals. In New York, Cameron A. Gee  routinely handles financing structures established across multiple jurisdictions; and Jeffrey T. Veber has great experience in transportation financings. On the West Coast, Raviv Surpin is an aircraft finance transactions expert in the Los Angeles office. At associate level, Justine L. Chilvers in New York ‘stands out for her ability to drive deals‘, while James Kilner‘s broad banking and finance practice includes aviation sales and leasebacks. All named lawyers are based  in the firm’s Chicago office unless otherwise mentioned.