Vedder Price

Mark J. Ditto

Shareholder

Mark J. Ditto is a Shareholder at Vedder Price and a member of the Global Transportation Finance team.

Mr. Ditto represents operating lessors, commercial banks, finance companies, private equity funds, hedge funds, and other investors in all manner of aircraft finance transactions, including securitizations and warehouse financings involving sizable commercial aircraft portfolios, Rule 144A capital markets transactions, joint ventures, cross-border operating lease transactions, distressed-debt transactions, and the structuring of offshore leasing platforms. He also represents the Export-Import Bank of the United States in export credit agency supported financings, including transactions utilizing the capital markets, and he advises clients on various day-to-day matters such as tax-based corporate structuring, consignment arrangements, servicing and management agreements, and general corporate and securities law matters. Mr. Ditto also has experience in facility financings, including those in the manufacturing, distribution, and water treatment industries.

In 2015, Mr. Ditto acted as counsel for Macquarie AirFinance 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 counsel for Castlelake, L.P. in its 2015 and 2016 securitizations of sizable aircraft and engine portfolios.

Prior to joining Vedder Price, Mr. Ditto’s practice focused on securitization financings in public and private markets, compliance with securities laws and exchange listing standards, and general public company representation matters. Mr. Ditto has also been involved in several pro bono matters representing political asylum clients from Darfur, the Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, and Tibet.

Mr. Ditto was recognized as an Emerging Lawyer in Chicago Lawyer Magazine’s February 2017 issue. He was also recognized as an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers in 2017. In 2016, Mr. Ditto was selected for inclusion in Euromoney’s LMG Rising Stars Expert Guide for Aviation. In 2015 and 2017, Vedder Price was named Airline Economics Aviation 100 Law Firm of the Year.

Mark J. Ditto

Shareholder

Education

  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2007, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • DePauw University, B.A., 2004, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Mark J. Ditto

Shareholder

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2007

Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member, International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT)

Mark J. Ditto

Shareholder

Mark J. Ditto

Shareholder

  • Past Events

    1. September 9, 2016 | Seminar
    2. September 18, 2015 | Seminar