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Vedder Price’s Global Transportation Finance team played a key role in three transactions that were awarded “Deal of the Year” by Airfinance Journal in 2020. Each year, Airfinance Journal recognizes aviation transactions that stand out in terms of innovation, size, timing, pricing and whether the deal creates a new market standard.

“It’s an honor to work with our clients on these market leading transactions and be a part of their success,” said Geoffrey R. Kass, Chair of the Global Transportation Finance team. “To be recognized again by Airfinance Journal is a testament to our industry leading team’s commitment to providing the highest quality of client service and dedication to seeing a successful deal through.”

Vedder Price was recognized in the following categories:

  • Equity Deal of the Year – Vedder Price from its London and New York offices represented lenders and lessors in relation to the Norwegian Air Shuttle group insolvency and corporate re-organisation.
  • Middle East Deal of the Year – Neil Poland and Kaiden Basi represented Standard Chartered Bank on a structured loan financing for seven Boeing 787-9 aircraft on lease to Qatar Airways in April 2020.
  • Operating Lease Deal of the Year – Ji Woon Kim, Min Chia and Greg Whillis represented MUFG Bank, Singapore, in the secured financing of the conversion of a passenger to freighter A321 aircraft subject to an operating lease to an Australian airline in December 2020.

For a full list of 2020 “Deal of the Year” winners, please click here. (Subscription may be required.)


Neil Poland


Ji Woon Kim


Greg Whillis