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Clifford Chance

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John Howitt

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Clifford Chance LLP

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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

United States: Industry focus

Transport: aviation and air travel - finance

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John Howitt - Clifford Chance

Within: Transport: aviation and air travel - finance

Clifford Chance advises a range of investment banks, arrangers, finance and operating lessors, servicers, investors, airlines, export credit agencies and governmental authorities, on aviation finance transactions. Aviation capital markets transactions, including landmark debt and equity offerings and portfolio securitizations and EETC issuances, are a key areas of expertise. Zarrar Sehgal advised Aergo Capital on its second asset-backed securitization deal, METAL 2017-1, which is secured by a portfolio of 26 aircraft; he also advised the lead arranger and lender, Deutsche Bank, on the $579.8m Harbour Aircraft Investments securitization of 30 aircraft. Elsewhere, Emily Wicker, Philip Wagman and Lee Askenzai  advised Global Jet Capital, as servicer, and Business Jet Securities 2018-2, as issuer, on the issuance of $674m of secured notes in an asset backed securitization. Patrick O’Reilly  was instructed by lessor, AWAS (Ireland), on the sale and leaseback of five Boeing 737-MAX-8 aircraft with GOL Linhas Aéreas, coupled with lessor PDP financing for each aircraft. Also recommended is Madalyn Miller, who was promoted to partner in May 2019. John Howitt and Sehgal jointly lead the US asset finance team. Named lawyers are based in New York.

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