Vedder Price

Geoffrey R. Kass

Shareholder

Geoffrey R. Kass is a Shareholder at Vedder Price and a member of the firm’s Global Transportation Finance team.

He counsels and represents clients in corporate and securities matters with particular emphasis on structured financings. He has represented manufacturers, borrowers, lessees, lessors, equity participants, credit enhancers and lenders in various financing structures, including portfolio and company acquisitions and divestitures, secured loans, U.S. and cross-border leveraged leases, operating leases, municipal and cross-border structured financings, public and private securities offerings and debt restructurings. 

He has extensive experience in the financing of commercial and private aircraft, railcar, bus, telecommunications, miscellaneous equipment and various facility (including manufacturing, electricity and gas distribution, and water treatment) financings. 

In 2010, Mr. Kass advised Macquarie Group Ltd. in a $2 billion aircraft acquisition from American International Group. In 2015, he advised Macquarie in the acquisition of a $4 billion aircraft portfolio from AWAS and Terra Firma, which, with the associated $3 billion of loan financing, was named 2015 Overall Deal of the Year by Airfinance Journal. He also acted as lead counsel for Castlelake LP in the private securitization of a portfolio of 79 aircraft leased to 26 different lessees located in 17 countries, recognized as the 2014 “Aviation Overall Deal of the Year” by Airline Economics.

Mr. Kass has been named one of the top aviation lawyers in the world by Euromoney every year from 2000 to the present. He is featured in the 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 editions of The International Who’s Who of Aviation Lawyers, where he is recognized as one of the leading structured finance lawyers in the United States. From 2012 to 2017, Chambers USA has ranked Mr. Kass in the Nationwide Transportation: Aviation: Finance category, and from 2013 to 2015, he has been selected by his peers as a Leading Lawyer in Aviation, International Business & Trade and Secured Transactions. Mr. Kass has been recognized by Legal 500 United States in the Finance—Asset Finance and Leasing category from 2012 to 2016, and he is listed as one of the elite Legal 500 United States Asset Finance and Leasing Leading Lawyers. Vedder Price was named Airline Economics Aviation 100 Law Firm of the Year in 2015 and 2017.

Geoffrey R. Kass

Shareholder

Education

  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1989
  • Williams College, B.A., 1986, cum laude

Geoffrey R. Kass

Shareholder

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1989
  • New York, 2009

Affiliations

  • Member, International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT)

Geoffrey R. Kass

Shareholder