Mr. Smith has represented and advised lessors, lessees, lenders, intermediaries and equity interests in a wide variety of equipment leasing and finance transactions involving aircraft (commercial and corporate), vessels, railroad rolling stock, telecommunications equipment and buses. These transactions have included portfolio securitizations, portfolio acquisitions and sales, operating leases, debt financings, cross-border leverage leases, Japanese operating and leverage leases and Islamic financings.
Mr. Smith has significant experience in aircraft leasing and finance transactions and airline restructurings and bankruptcies. He recently acted for management in a management buyout of a major aircraft lessor. His recent aircraft transactions have involved many jurisdictions in addition to the United States, including the United Kingdom, France, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Mexico, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Malaysia, Ireland, Iceland, Germany, Japan, Turkey, Dubai, Switzerland, Russia, China, India, Australia and Spain. Documentation for these transactions has been governed for the most part by either United States or English law.