Kaplan Joins O’Melveny as Aviation Finance Partner in New York
DEC 2, 2019 - 6:10 am
O’Melveny hired equipment finance specialist Jason Kaplan as a partner in the firm’s Corporate Finance Practice in New York.
Kaplan, who joins from the equipment finance group of another international law firm, focuses on all aspects of aviation and equipment finance, including representation of domestic and foreign airlines, aircraft and engine leasing companies, banks, and private equity investors. For more than a decade, he has specialized in negotiating and drafting complex agreements for the transfer, use, and financing of aircraft and other transportation equipment. He has experience in a wide array of structured equipment financings, including enhanced equipment trust certificates and secured notes issuances, securitizations, syndicated credit facilities, second lien facilities, warehouse facilities, and sale/leasebacks and restructuring.
“Jason’s specialty in aviation finance is a perfect complement to our interdisciplinary aviation team,” said O’Melveny chair Bradley J. Butwin. “He is known for his experience handling just the kinds of complex financing structures that our aviation industry clients use to finance their fleets. He will work alongside our leading lawyers in capital markets, infrastructure, M&A, restructuring, labor and employment, and litigation to provide our aviation industry clients comprehensive, 360-degree service.”
Kaplan has been recognized as a “Rising Star” and member of numerous “Deal of the Year” teams by Airfinance Journal.
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