Walkers Acts on Novel Aircraft Finance Purchases - AFIC

The Marsh-sponsored Aircraft Finance Insurance Consortium (AFIC) has been the buzz of the air finance community since officially launching almost a year ago. The AFIC product is a non‐payment insurance product designed for banks and capital markets investors that are funding new aircraft purchases from Boeing. The product is underwritten by four global insurance companies: Allianz, AXIS Capital, Sompo International (formerly Endurance) and Fidelis.

AFIC was created to fill a gap left by the reduced activity of export credit agency (ECA) and US EXIM Bank financings. AFIC has exceeded expectations by closing approximately US$1.5 billion in financing on 16 Boeing aircraft in its first year. In the recently announced 2017 Airfinance Journal Awards, two AFIC financings received recognition, including for Overall Deal of the Year and Tax Lease Deal of the Year.

Walkers has represented clients in a number of AFIC structured transactions. Walkers was Irish counsel on Intrepid Aviation's closing of its first AFIC backed financing for one 747-8 Freighter, and is significant as it is the first non-payment insurance backed financing ever closed by an operating lessor.

Walkers also acted as Cayman Islands legal counsel on Norwegian Air Shuttle's AFIC backed-bonds financing six Boeing 737 aircraft. As well as legal counsel, Walkers Professional Services acted as fiduciary advisor providing SPV and director services to the aircraft owning SPV. Norwegian is the first airline to use this finance structure to purchase Max 8 aircraft, and is the first AFIC transaction in the Cayman Islands.

With AFIC already mandated on 14 aircraft in 2018, and a goal of up to 60 more, we expect the acceleration of AFIC to continue well into the coming months. Given Walkers' expertise with this novel product from a legal and SPV services perspective, do please reach out to Walkers if we can assist with any of your AFIC needs.

James BurchPartnerT +1 345 814 4634james.burch@walkersglobal.com
Paul OsborneSenior CounselT +1 345 814 4510paul.osborne@walkersglobal.com
Steven ManningChief Executive Officer – WPST +1 345 814 7612steven.manning@walkersglobal.com

Fiona de LacyManaging DirectorT +353 1 470 6611fiona.delacy@walkersglobal.com

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