Christopher J. Fickes is counsel in the Washington, DC, office and is a member of the firm's Corporate and Equipment Finance group with a focus on commercial aircraft finance. Chris represents operating lessors, borrowers, lenders, initial purchasers, arrangers, export credit agencies, private equity investors and airlines in connection with financing transactions in the U.S. and around the globe. His experience includes negotiating and documenting purchase and sale agreements, sale-leaseback transactions, export credit agency financings, term loans, commercial paper conduit loans, aircraft portfolio securitizations, syndicated credit facilities and various restructurings.
Member, New York State Bar Association
Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
Before joining Hughes Hubbard, Chris was an associate with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, resident in its New York and Washington, DC, offices
Selected as a “Rising Star” by Legal Media Group, 2015
Selected as a “Rising Star” by Airfinance Journal, 2013
2011 – 2012 and 2015 Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll, sponsored by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia
2014 Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll, sponsored by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia
Representation of Wells Fargo Securities LLC, as sole structuring agent and joint bookrunner, in connection with a $768 million asset-backed securitization for Sapphire Aviation Finance I, to be serviced by international aircraft leasing firm Avolon
Representation of a syndicate of lenders, including BNP Paribas, Citigroup Global Markets and Credit Suisse, as joint lead structuring agents and joint mandated lead arrangers in connection with a $475 million secured financing for Peregrine Aviation Limited, a joint venture between AerCap Holdings, an aircraft leasing company, and NCB Capital
Representation of Wells Fargo Bank N.A. as security trustee and operating bank in connection with METAL 2017-1, the debut $605.5 million asset backed securitization (ABS) for Dublin aircraft leasing company, Aergo Capital, to finance the purchase of 26 aircraft
Representation of Tennenbaum Capital Partners LLC in a $100 million engine financing facility to Mesa Air Group Inc., a regional airline
Representation of Burnham Sterling & Co. as transaction initiator in connection with approximately $157 million in loans to Avianca
Representation of aircraft lessor Blackbird Capital I in an $800 million aircraft lease ABS securitization, the proceeds of which will be used by Blackbird to acquire a portfolio of 19 aircraft
Representation of Air Lease Corp. in connection with a $76.53 million Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM)-guaranteed bond issuance by Alex Alpha LLC
Representation of AWAS in connection with a $224.25 million financing to Cayman Aviation Holdings Ltd., which was arranged by Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank
Representation of Wells Fargo in connection with a newly formed aircraft leasing joint venture with Avolon Aerospace Leasing Ltd. (2012 Air Finance Journal “Equity Deal of the Year”)
Representation of ALC Maillot Jaune Borrower LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Air Lease Corp., in connection with a $192.79 million financing arranged by Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank
Representation of Wells Fargo Securities LLC and Nord/LB, as joint lead arrangers in connection with an approximately $320 million senior secured financing for AWAS Aviation Leasing 2012-I Ltd., a subsidiary of AWAS Aviation Capital Ltd.
Representation of Goldman Sachs Lending Partners LLC, as lender and syndication agent in connection with a $60 million secured financing for Avolon Investments SARL and guaranteed by Avolon Aerospace Ltd. and Avolon Aerospace Leasing Ltd.
Representation of Vx Capital Partners in connection with a $20.82 million financing from CIT
Representation of the Export-Import Bank of the United States in connection with a $158 million direct loan for SES SA supporting the export of a new Space Systems/Loral satellite
Representation of the Export-Import Bank of the United States in connection with a $66 million direct loan to Eutelsat SA, supporting the export of a new Space Systems/Loral satellite
Representation of Goldman Sachs Lending Partners LLC and Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, as joint lead arrangers in connection with a $530 million secured financing for AWAS Finance Luxembourg SARL and guaranteed by AWAS Aviation Capital Ltd.
Representation of Bank of America Securities LLC and Goldman Sachs Lending Partners LLC, as joint lead arrangers in connection with the $1.3 billion secured financing for International Lease Finance Corp.
Representation of Tennenbaum Capital Partners LLC in connection with the purchase and leaseback of certain Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft to United Airlines Inc.
Representation of Tennenbaum Capital Partners LLC in connection with the acquisition and back-leveraging of certain MD-88 aircraft on lease to Delta Air Lines Inc.
Representation of Oak Hill Capital Management LLC in connection with a $44 million credit facility provided by PK AirFinance US Inc. to finance the ownership of two used Boeing 737-800 aircraft on lease to Gunes Ekspress Havacilik AS, doing business as Sun Express, a Turkish airline
Representation of Citibank NA, Singapore Branch, in connection with a $259.9 million financing for BOC Aviation Pte. Ltd., guaranteed by the Export-Import Bank of the United States
Representation of Citibank NA in connection with a $438.77 million financing for Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd., guaranteed by the Export-Import Bank of the United States
Representation of Citibank NA in connection with a $213.69 million financing for GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes SA, guaranteed by the Export-Import Bank of the United States
Representation of a leading aircraft operating lessor in connection with the negotiation of an International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) master agreement and credit support annex documentation with multiple derivatives-trading counterparties
Representation of Boeing Capital Loan Corp. in connection with a $990 million financing for Delta Air Lines Inc.
Representation of AerCap Holdings NV in connection with a $1 billion note issuance by Aircraft Lease Securitisation II Ltd. in connection with the sale to Aircraft Lease Securitisation II Ltd. by AerCap Holdings NV
Representation of Virgin America Inc. in connection with initial sale-leaseback transactions during the launch phase of an airline
Representation of ad hoccommittees of bondholders in connection with restructuring enhanced equipment trust certificates (EETCs) and individual aircraft financings in Northwest Airlines’ Chapter 11 proceedings
Representation of an automotive parts manufacturer in connection with out-of-court debt and equity restructuring of capital structure
Highlighted Pro Bono Matters
Children’s Law Center
Represented a client in his successful motion for guardianship of three related children
Human Rights First
Assisted an applicant in asylum petition procedures
American Academy of Diplomacy
Advised a client on real estate and employment contracts