22 May 2018

McCann FitzGerald expands New York Office with specialist Aviation and Asset Finance Expertise

Premier Irish law firm, McCann FitzGerald today announced it is increasing its investment and expanding its reach in the US market with the appointment of Senior Associate, Richard Gill, to its New York office.

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Picture (from L to R): Partner, Colm Fanning, Partner, Georgina O'Riordan, Partner, Hilary Marren, Senior Associate Richard Gill, Partner, Catherine Deane and Partner Joe Fay

Richard Gill is a Senior Associate in the Aviation and Asset Finance Group at McCann FitzGerald. Richard acts for many leading operating lessors and financiers in the aviation industry including AerCap, Nordic Aviation Capital, Orix Aviation, BOC Aviation and GTLK Europe.

Richard advises clients on a wide variety of aviation and asset finance matters, including cross border aircraft portfolio financings, export credit agency backed financings, aircraft sale and leaseback transactions, capital market transactions (including aircraft securitisations) and debt restructurings. He also has extensive experience drafting and negotiating aircraft leasing, servicing, financing and security agreements, as well as advising clients in connection with the acquisition and disposal of operating leasing companies.

Barry Devereux, Managing Partner, McCann FitzGerald said: “McCann FitzGerald is excited to be expanding the range of services it offers clients from the US market.   The increasing demand for legal services from US-based aviation and asset finance clients means that Richard’s arrival in New York allows us to grow the services we offer clients and increase our focus on this important market.”

He continued: “We have, in recent times, acted on some major US-Ireland transactions including, for example, acting for AerCap on four recently completed unsecured bond offerings with a total value of US$3.55 billion and for Sky Aircraft Leasing International Limited, as originator and S-JETS 2017-1 Limited, as issuer, in respect of a US$780 million asset backed securitisation transaction.”

About McCann FitzGerald’s Aviation and Asset Finance Group

McCann FitzGerald is recognised as a market leader in international cross-border asset financing and leasing transactions consistently providing specialist advice on transactions and structures of cutting-edge sophistication.

The firm has the largest aviation finance practice in Dublin, with five partners specialising in the area. Of significance, our aviation finance practice focuses primarily on lead transaction counsel roles (as opposed to local counsel roles) and is regarded as being the leading aviation finance practice in Ireland.

We advise operating lessors, lenders, export credit agencies, finance lessors and lessees on the full range of their asset finance needs. We advise on all aspects of international cross-border asset financing and leasing and give clients specialist advice on their cutting-edge transactions and structures. Our group has significant experience in portfolio securitisations, syndicated financing, aviation-related joint ventures, portfolio sales/acquisitions, leveraged lease structures and tax-based leasing.

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