Walkers Wins Nine Aviation Deal Awards

Walkers is delighted to have been involved with six of the high profile award winning deals recognised across nine categories at the recent Ishka Global and Airline Economics awards events in New York. The transactions involved leading lawyers across Walkers' global asset finance and aviation group from its Cayman Islands, Dublin, Dubai and Asia offices.

The Ishka Deal of the Year Awards highlight the best aviation financing transactions of 2020, recognising financing transactions and M&A for airlines, lessors and investors:

  • Best American Deal of the Year 2020 - Delta Air Lines SkyMiles $9bn financing
  • Best MEA Deal of the Year 2020 - TAAG Dash 8-400 financing
  • Most Innovative Deal of the Year 2020 - United Airlines $6.8bn Loyalty financing
  • Best Restructuring Deal of the Year 2020 – Virgin Atlantic £1.2bn Recapitilisation plan

In its tenth year, Airline Economics Aviation 100 awards celebrate all of the very best companies, individuals and transactions in the aviation finance and leasing sector over the past year:

  • Global Leaders Overall Deal of the Year 2020 - United Airlines MileagePlus $6.8bn secured bond and term loan
  • Global & Americas M&A Deal of the Year 2020 - $7.4bn Marubeni/Mizuho Leasing Aircastle Acquisition
  • Americas M&A Deal of the Year - Carlyle Aviation Partners acquisition of FLY Leasing
  • Americas Editor’s Deal of the Year 2021 (YTD) - Carlyle Aviation Partners acquisition of FLY Leasing
  • Americas Overall Deal of the Year 2021 (YTD) - American Airlines $10bn AAdavantage loyalty programme package

Cayman Islands aviation expert Sarah Humpleby commented, "It is fantastic to see market recognition for all the hard work our clients have put in over the past 12 months and we are proud to have partnered with them in what has been another challenging period for the aviation industry. I am delighted that the matters the Walkers global asset finance team have worked on have benefitted the strategy and operations of the businesses we represent.”

Walkers' Asset Finance practice is backed by an experienced bench of aviation and shipping specialists across our 10 global offices. Our global asset finance team provides Bermuda, BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Irish and Jersey law advice in relation to a wide range of transactions. Through Walkers Professional Services and our dedicated asset finance director bench, we provide specialised corporate, fiduciary and administration services to special purpose vehicles that participate in all forms of asset finance transactions.

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