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Vedder Thinking | News Vedder Price’s Mark Ditto, Michael Draz, Christopher Setteducati and Clay Thomas Named 2017 LMG Rising Stars in Aviation

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Vedder Price is pleased to announce that Shareholders Mark J. Ditto, Michael E. Draz, Christopher A. Setteducati, and Associate Clay C. Thomas on the Global Transportation Finance team, were recently included in Euromoney’s Aviation Expert 2017 Rising Star Guide.

The Rising Stars guide represents a listing of the brightest and most talented upcoming practitioners in the area of business law and related practices. Rising Stars are classified as energetic, professional and skillful attorneys who have already demonstrated their abilities in recent notable transactions.

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.

Mr. Draz focuses his practice in aircraft, railcar and general equipment finance. He counsels and represents lenders, borrowers, lessors, lessees, equity participants and other financiers in a variety of transactions including operating leases, structured financings, secured loans and portfolio acquisitions and divestitures.

Mr. Setteducati’s practice is focused on aircraft and other commercial finance matters. He represents lenders and borrowers in various equipment financing transactions, including back-leveraged and aircraft lease portfolio facilities, mortgage financings, U.S. Ex-Im Bank-supported financings, EETCs and leveraged leases. He is also experienced in other secured and unsecured lending transactions, such as acquisition financings, asset-based working capital facilities and investment-grade loans.

Mr. Thomas counsels a variety of clients including borrowers, lenders, lessors, lessees and equity investors engaged in debt, equity and lease financing transactions. He focuses his practice on the aviation and rail industries and has represented clients engaged in U.S. and cross-border sale, lease and financing transactions, including aircraft and rolling stock portfolio acquisitions, sale-leaseback transactions, operating leases, export credit agency supported financings, mortgage financings, pooled collateral/warehouse loan facilities and securitizations.

A part of Euromoney, an international publications and industry information corporation, Legal Media Group's Expert Guides series provides authoritative coverage of the global legal market and is a preeminent resource for corporate heads and in-house counsel worldwide. For the Rising Stars edition of these guides, over 10,000 questionnaires were sent to senior practitioners asking them to nominate exceptional individuals.


Mark J. Ditto


Michael E. Draz


Christopher A. Setteducati


Clay C. Thomas