Jason Kaplanis a member of the Corporate department and Equipment Finance group.
Jason represents financial institutions, aircraft leasing companies, airlines and private equity investors in a broad spectrum of international financing and leasing transactions, with a particular focus on aviation finance. He has experience in a wide array of structured equipment financings, including:
enhanced equipment trust certificates and secured notes issuances
syndicated credit facilities
second lien facilities
sale/leasebacks and re-structuring
He has acted for both lenders and borrowers in connection with export credit financings. Jason received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Pace University and his law degree from Pace University School of Law.
Before joining Hughes Hubbard, Jason was an associate in the Global Transportation Finance group with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, resident in its New York office.
Representation of Bank of America as facility agent, structuring agent and joint lead arranger in connection with a $300 million aircraft warehouse facility for a new joint venture leasing vehicle established by Elliot Management and SkyWorks Leasing, an aircraft management services company.
Representation of Citigroup in connection with a $911 million aircraft asset-backed securitization (ABS) by Castlelake, an investment firm specializing in aircraft.
Representation of Wells Fargo Bank as trustee in connection with a $608 million asset-backed securitization (ABS) for business aircraft financial solutions firm Global Jet Capital.
Representation of Air Lease Corporation in connection with a $555 million asset-backed securitization (ABS) that launched Air Lease’s Thunderbolt II platform.
Representation of Wells Fargo Securities LLC as security trustee, trustee, and operating bank in connection with a $585 million asset-backed securitization (ABS) for a joint venture between World Star Aviation and Oaktree Capital Management.
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 aircraft lessor Air Lease Corporation ("ALC") and the issuers in connection with a $344.7 million offering that launched ALC's Thunderbolt platform.
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 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 Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale 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 Group Inc. as sole structuring agent and sole book-runner in connection with a $587.5 million capital markets offering of enhanced equipment trust certificates by Doric Nimrod Air Finance Alpha Ltd., a special-purpose Guernsey company, secured by four Airbus A380-381 aircraft that will be leased to Emirates.
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.