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Michael E. Draz

Shareholder

Michael E. Draz is a Shareholder at Vedder Price and a member of the firm’s Global Transportation Finance Team, focusing his practice on aviation and rail finance.

Mr. Draz has significant experience representing commercial banks, operating lessors, finance companies, manufacturers, private equity funds, hedge funds and other investors in a variety of transaction structures, including securitizations, warehouse loan facilities and other structured financings, cross-border operating leases, leveraged leases and portfolio acquisitions and divestitures. Mr. Draz also has experience representing investors in structuring and establishing strategic joint ventures and new leasing platforms for aviation and rail assets.

 

Mr. Draz was listed as one of the Legal 500 United States Leading Lawyers in the category of Transport: Rail and Road—Finance in 2019 and 2020. He has been recommended by Legal 500 United States in the Transport: Aviation and Air Travel—Finance in 2018 and 2019. In 2019 and 2020, he was included in Airline Economics “40 Under 40” list, which recognizes the most talented individuals in the commercial aviation industry. In 2020, he also received the “Highly Commended” designation due to the significant volume of nominations he received from colleagues, clients and peers.Additionally, Mr. Draz has been recognized as a “Rising Star” in aviation each year since 2015 and, since 2019, recognized among the world’s leading aviation attorneys by Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides. Mr. Draz was also recognized as an Emerging Lawyer in the Corporate Finance Law and Secured Transactions Law categories by Leading Lawyers from 2017 to 2020.

Mr. Draz is conversant in Polish and Spanish.

Michael E. Draz

Shareholder

Education

  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 2008, magna cum laude
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., 2005

Michael E. Draz

Shareholder

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2008
  • New York, 2016

Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association, Aircraft Financing Subcommittee

Michael E. Draz

Shareholder

Michael E. Draz

Shareholder