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REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

Amanda L. Darling

Acting for Lenders (Aviation)

Assisted Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited, New York Branch as lender’s counsel with the financing of two (2) Airbus A320-271N aircraft with MSN 8764 and MSN 8872. Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited, New York Branch, was joined by Shinsei Bank, Limited, The Iyo Bank, Limited and The Tokyo Star Bank, Limited as additional lenders. The aircraft are owned and operated by Hawaiian Airlines. This deal was awarded "North America Deal of the Year" by Airfinance Journal in 2019.

Assisted JA Mitsui Leasing, Ltd. as lenders’ New York counsel with the financing of four (4) Airbus A330-200 aircraft with MSN 1217, MSN 1259, MSN 1295 and MSN 1302. Financing was provided by JA Mitsui Leasing, Ltd., Norinchukin Bank, Nissay Leasing Company, Limited and The Hyakugo Bank, Ltd. The aircraft are owned and operated by Hawaiian Airlines. This deal was awarded "North America Deal of the Year" by Airfinance Journal in 2019.

Represented TCC as senior lender to a US-based Borrower in connection with Boeing 777 Components on lease to LATAM. The transaction was the first Component Financing in South America and is backed by a Letter of Credit issued by Deutsche Bank AG, New York Branch.
Advised Citi, Royal Bank of Canada, and Mizuho on the financing aspects around the acquisition of PK AirFinance from GE. Involving the financing of a complex aviation loan portfolio of more than $3.6 billion of financing receivables, the deal was one of the largest acquisitions in the aviation sector in the recent past. This matter was recognized as the "Bank Loan Deal of the Year" in 2019 by Airfinance Journal, the “Aviation 100 Overall Deal of the Year” and “Americas M&A Deal of the Year” by Aviation 100 Global Leaders Award in 2020
Represented Tokyo Century Corporation (formerly Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation) (“TCC”) as senior lender to a US-based Borrower in connection with Boeing 777 Components on lease to LATAM. The transaction was the first Component Financing in South America and is backed by a Letter of Credit issued by Deutsche Bank AG, New York Branch.
Represented TCC as junior lender with respect to a portfolio purchase and financing transaction between AerCap (as seller and continuing servicer) and subsidiaries of DVB and KKR. The syndicate of senior lenders were lead by BNP Paribas, Paris. The portfolio comprises aircraft on lease to the following airlines: Norwegian Air International, Westjet, Air Europa, KLM, Air France, Nouvelair, Aerolineas Argentinas, Aegean, Free Bird, T’Way, Garuda Indonesia, Finnair, Air Berlin, Air Transat, Royal Jordanian, SwissAir, Brussels Airlines, Boliviana, Xiamen Airlines, P.T. Sriwijaya Air, Comair, Iberia, TAME, Air Asia, Jet2.com, VECA, Hainan Airlines, and EuroAtlantic.
Represented TCC as junior lender with respect to a portfolio purchase and financing transaction between AerCap (as seller and continuing servicer) and subsidiaries of Magnetar. The syndicate of senior lenders were lead by BNP Paribas, Paris. The portfolio comprises aircraft on lease to the following airlines: Air France, Etihad, Air Seychelles, Air Berlin, and Emirates.
Assisted MUFG Bank, Ltd. as lender’s counsel with the purchase, finance and JOL leasing of two (2) Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with MSNs 41073 and 42319. The aircraft are on lease to Emirates.
Assisted Tokyo Century (USA) Inc. as lender’s counsel with the sale and loan refinance and later assisted with the loan repayment and security release of six (6) Embraer ERJ 170-100SU aircraft with MSN 17000026, MSN 17000034, MSN 17000039, MSN 17000044, MSN 17000045 and MSN 17000084. The aircraft are on lease to Republic Airways Inc.
Represented a syndicate of lenders, led by BNP Paribas, Singapore for the JOLCO financing of three A320 Aircraft to ICBC Leasing on long-term lease to the Garuda Indonesia group, this transaction was awarded Global Transport Finance’s “Aircraft Leasing Deal of the Year 2014 - Asia.”
Represented BNP Paribas, Paris in the capacities of Security Trustee, Facility Agent, ECA Agent and French Lender; BNP Paribas, London in the capacity of British Lender, BNP Paribas, Frankfurt in the capacity of German Lender and BNP Paribas Bank & Trust Cayman Limited in the capacity of Trustee in relation to the termination, release, and unwind of the financing for one (1) Airbus A340-600 aircraft on lease to China Eastern Airlines, with export credit backing.
Represented a syndicate of lenders, led by BNP Paribas, Singapore for the JOLCO financing of three (3) A320 Aircraft to ICBC Leasing on long-term lease to the Garuda Indonesia group
Acted for TCC in relation to the refinancing of a mezzanine loan previously maintained as notes by the outgoing lender. The loan was made to a subsidiary of KV Aviation with respect to one (1) Boeing 777-300ER aircraft operated by EVA Air.
Acting for Deutsche Bank AG in relation to the JOLCO finance of two (2) Boeing 737-800 aircraft on lease to a subsidiary of Financial Products Group and subleased to TUIFly GmbH
Represented as preferred Lender counsel to ANZ Bank, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Development Bank of Japan, The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi for financing of A320s and ATR Aircraft to Air New Zealand under the JOLCO structure
Assisted TC Skyward Aviation U.S., Inc. as senior and mezzanine lenders’ counsel in the financing, security, lease negotiation and purchase of certain Boeing 787 Dreamliner Components. The components are on lease to Kenya Airways PLC.

Acting for Lessors (Aviation)

Represented TCC with its acquisition of 20% U.S. based aircraft leasing company Aviation Capital Group (“ACG”). Prior to the 20% acquisition by TCC, ACG was a 100% subsidiary of Pacific Life Insurance. ACG’s current portfolio is around 270 aircraft (mostly narrow-body planes) with plans to increase this to a portfolio of around 440. This deal was awarded ‘Equity Deal of the Year Award’ by Airline Economics in 2017
Represented TCC in their capacity as a bidder in relation to the purchase of the aircraft-leasing business of CIT Group (“CIT”), the CIT fleet includes in excess of 350 commercial aircraft. We completed due diligence on both the lease and loan portfolio including the provision of a detailed due diligence report with a summary of our findings. The portfolio is estimated to be worth US$10 billion
Represented a Japanese based operating Lessor in relation to two (2) JOLCOs involving Pegasus Airlines. This was the first JOLCO for Pegasus and was named “Aircraft Lessor JOLCO Deal of the Year” at the Global Transport Finance Awards in 2016.
Assisted an Irish leasing company backed by a Korean Investor Fund with the purchase, finance and leasing of one Boeing 777-300ER on lease to Air Canada. The financing was provided by Nonghyup Bank, Kookmin Bank and CMIG Aviation Capital Holding Ireland DAC through a series of Junior and Mezzanine Notes and a Senior Loan.
Assisted Financial Products Group Co., Ltd. as buyer’s/borrower’s/lessor’s English, German and Japanese counsel in the sale, purchase and JOL leasing of one (1) Boeing 737-800 aircraft with MSN 37245. The financing was provided by DVB Transport Finance Limited, Tokyo Branch. The aircraft is on lease to TUI Travel Aviation Finance Limited and subleased to TUIfly GmbH.
Assisted Sumitomo Mitsui Financing and Leasing Company, Limited ("SMFL") as lessor’s/borrower’s counsel with the purchase, finance and JOLCO leasing of five (5) Boeing 737-MAX9 aircraft with MSNs 44161, 44162, 44163, 44164 and 44165. The aircraft are on lease to Copa Airlines and the financing was provided by SMBC Europe.
Assisted SMFL as lessor’s/borrower’s counsel with the purchase, finance and JOLCO leasing of one (1) Boeing 737-8 aircraft with MSN 60011. The aircraft is on lease to Royal Air Maroc and the financing was provided by SMBC Europe.
Assisted SMFL as lessor's/borrower's counsel with the purchase, finance and JOLCO leasing of two (2) Boeing 737-800 aircraft with MSNs 64441 and 64442. The aircraft are on lease to Dart Group Plc and the financing was provided by SMBC
Represented Minsheng Commercial Aviation Limited with two (2) separate aircraft portfolio purchases across multiple jurisdictions, we provided support from the due diligence phase through to closing the sale and purchase and post-closing financing. One of the deals was named “China Deal of the Year” which was awarded by AirFinance Journal in 2014.
Represented a large Japanese corporate with respect to the purchase, finance, and JOLCO leasing of two (2) Boeing 737-800 aircraft on lease to China Southern Airlines. The syndicate of lenders was led by BNP Paribas, Tokyo who also acted in the capacities of Mandated Lead Arranger and Facility Agent and BNP Paribas, Singapore acted in the capacity of Security Trustee.
Assisted Hanshin Juken Co., Ltd. as buyer’s/borrower’s counsel with the purchase, financing and JOL leasing of one (1) Boeing 737-800 aircraft with MSN 44423. The aircraft is on lease to Oman Air SAOC
Assisted Chishima Real Estate Co., Ltd. as buyer’s/lessor’s counsel in the purchase and JOL leasing of one (1) Boeing 737-8 aircraft with MSN 44596. The aircraft is on lease to TUI Airlines Nederland B.V.
Assisted Chishima Real Estate Co., Ltd. as seller’s counsel in the sale and lease termination of one (1) Airbus A320-200 aircraft with MSN 3359, the Aircraft was on lease to Alaska Airlines (as legal successor to Virgin America).
Assisted WASAMI Co., Ltd. as buyer’s/borrower’s counsel in the purchase, finance and leasing of one (1) Airbus A320-232 aircraft with MSN 5492 and the financing provided by Saitama Resona Bank, Limited. The aircraft is on lease to Jetstar Japan Co., Ltd.
Assisted SMFL as lessor’s/borrower’s counsel with the purchase, finance and JOLCO leasing of two (2) Airbus A320-251N aircraft with MSNs 8792 and 8956 and two (2) Airbus A321-251NX aircraft with MSNs 8936 and 8979. The aircraft are on lease to Pegasus Hava Tasimaciligi A.S. and the financing was provided by SMBC Europe.
Advised Sumitomo Mitsui Financing and Leasing Co., Ltd. as lessor’s/seller’s counsel on the exercise of a purchase option by the lessee at the end of the lease term for one (1) Airbus A320-200 with MSN 4261, one (1) Airbus A321-200 with MSN 3592 and one (1) Airbus A330-300 with MSN 905. Advised Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank as lender’s counsel on the exercise of a purchase option by the lessee at the end of the lease term for one (1) Airbus A320-200 with MSN 4261. The aircraft were purchased by Deutsche Lufthansa AG. Assisted Sumitomo Mitsui Financing and Leasing Company, Limited as lessor’s/borrower’s counsel in the purchase, finance and JOLCO leasing of one (1) Airbus A350-900 aircraft with MSN 0087 and the financing was provided by ING Bank. The aircraft is on lease to Lufthansa.

Acting for Airlines (Aviation)

Assisted Republic Airways Inc. as purchaser's counsel with the sale of two (2) Embraer 170 SU aircraft with MSNs 17000042 and 17000046. The aircraft are on lease to Republic Airways Inc.
Assisted Republic Airways Holdings, Inc. as lessee’s counsel with the refinance of three (3) Embraer ERJ170-200LR aircraft with MSNs 17000168, MSN 17000172 and MSN 17000173. The aircraft are on lease to Republic Airlines and the financing was provided by Wells Fargo.
Assisted Republic Airways Inc. as purchaser’s counsel in relation to the sale of one (1) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR aircraft with MSN 17000231. The aircraft is on lease to Republic Airways.
Assisted Republic Airways Inc. as lessee’s counsel with the sale and lease amendment of six (6) Embraer ERJ 170-100SU aircraft with MSN 17000026, MSN 17000034, MSN 17000039, MSN 17000044, MSN 17000045 and MSN 17000084. GA Telesis, LLC sold the Aircraft to TrueNoord Monroe B.V., TrueNoord financed their acquisition through Erste Group Bank AG, London Branch.
Assisted Republic Airways Holdings Inc. as lessee’s counsel with the lease four (4) Embraer ERJ 170-22LR aircraft with MSN 17000226, MSN 17000244, MSN 1700045 and MSN 17000246.
Assisted CareFlight Limited as purchaser’s/airline’s counsel with the sale, purchase and financing as well as the title transfer from the US Owner Trustee, FAA deregistration, export from the US and registration with the Australian CASA in connection with one (1) Israel Industries Gulfstream G150 with MSN 235. The financing was provided by Westpac Banking Corporation.

Other Aviation Experience

Assisted JAMBB, LLC as purchaser’s counsel with the purchase and FAA registration for three (3) Sikorsky HH-60L helicopters with MSNs 84-23941, 87-24668 and 87-24660.

Acting for Ship Owners and Sponsors (Shipping)

Represented Seaspan International in a JOL financing of four (4) container vessels each on an eight year Time Charter to MOL
Represented Yamasa Sangyo with the financing of a container vessel m.v. “OOCL KOREA” using a Japanese Operating Lease (JOL) structure on charter to Orient Overseas Container Line.
Represented Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha and their joint venture partner Chubu Electric in the formation of a joint venture to acquire, own, operate and charter two (2) newbuild LNG ships and project financing of their acquisition. The representation included negotiating the Shipbuilding Contracts, negotiating and drafting the Bareboat Charter Agreements, Corporate Service Agreements, Ship Management Agreements, Technical Services Agreements, and the entire suite of financing documents including, but not limited to the Common Terms Agreement, Commercial Loan Agreement, JBIC Loan Agreement, Deeds of Covenant, Share Mortgages, Account Charges, and Insurance Assignments.
Represented a Japanese trading company in a joint venture with a Japanese constructor to purchase an LNG vessel from said constructor for charter to a Spanish utility. Retained to complete the negotiation of project and finance documents for construction, chartering, management, ownership, and financing of the vessel.
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