Cynthia Liu is counsel in Hughes Hubbard’s Washington D.C. office and is a member of the firm’s Corporate and Equipment Finance group, with a focus on commercial aircraft finance. Cynthia represents commercial banks, leasing companies, borrowers, lenders, initial purchasers, arrangers, private equity investors, and airlines in connection with secured and unsecured lending, simple and complex bank loans, sale/lease transactions and other financing transactions in the U.S. and around the globe.
In addition, Cynthia has extensive experience in international trade, including trade policy/WTO litigation, U.S. export controls, sanctions, and trade remedies.
Recognized by Airfinance Journal as a Rising Star (2021)
Recognized by The Legal 500 as a Rising Star Lawyer in the area of Transport: Aviation and Air Travel Finance (2021, 2022)
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
“China’s Opportunity,” International Financial Law Review (December 2015/January 2016)
“Striking a Balance Between Investment Liberalisation and National Security in China-U.S. Relations,” WorldECR (October 2015)
“Investment Treaties: What Every Emerging Market Investor Needs to Know,” EMPEA Legal & Regulatory Bulletin (Spring 2015)
“Internet Censorship as a Trade Barrier: A Look at the WTO Consistency of the Great Firewall in the Wake of the China-Google Dispute,” Georgetown Journal of International Law, Vol. 42, No. 4 (Summer 2011)
Representation of BNP Paribas Securities Corp. in connection with a $189 million aircraft asset-backed securitization (ABS) for Vx Capital Partners, a cargo aircraft management and leasing firm
Representation of Hawaiian Airlines Inc. in connection with a $235 million revolving credit and letter of credit facility provided by a syndicate of banks
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 agent and lender in connection with aircraft substitutions, prepayments and lease restructurings with respect to a $500 million secured loan to a special-purpose subsidiary of Avolon Aerospace Leasing Limited, an international aircraft leasing company based in Ireland