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Asia Pacific Deal of the Year

Ortus Aircraft Leasing II 
$300m  Aviation Fund

Banks: Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank

Arranger: Novus Aviation Capital

Legal Advisor: Clifford Chance


North America 
Deal of the Year

Hawaiian Airlines Six Aircraft Commercial Loan

Airline: Hawaiian  Airlines

Advisor: Burnham Sterling & Company

Legal Advisers: Hughes Hubbard, Nishimura & Asahi, K&L Gates



Guaranteed Financing 
Deal of the Year

El Al $150m 787-9 AFIC 
Covered Jolco

Banks: Development Bank of Japan

Arranger: ABL Aviation

Insurers: Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty, AXIS Capital, Fidelis and Sompo International

Legal Advisers: Milbank, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Norton Rose Fulbright, Nishimura & Asahi, Herzog Fox and Neeman 


Operating Lease 
Deal of the Year

Vietjet Air 10-Aircraft 
Operating Leases

Lessor: Novus Aviation Capital

Lessee: Vietjet Air

Lawyers: K&L gates

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Equity Deal of the Year

Titan Aviation $400m Aviation Fund 

Lessor: Titan Aviation Holdings

Investor: Bain Capital

Bank: BNP Paribas

Legal Advisers: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, Kirkland & Ellis


Airline Unsecured Bond 
Deal of the Year

IAG €500m Bond Issuance

Banks: BNP Paribas, J.P. Morgan Securities, Merrill Lynch International, Banco Santander, Credit Agricole-CIB 


ABS Equity Deal of the Year

Horizon 2019-2 $541m for 18 Aircraft

Minority equity holder: BBAM

Manager/Servicer: BBAM

Lead bookrunners: Citibank, Mizuho Securities

Agents: Citibank, Mizuho Securities

Rating Agencies: Kroll Bond Rating Agency, Fitch Ratings

Legal Advisers: Milbank, Clifford Chance


Overall Deal of the Year

Apollo Global Management/Athene 
$3.5bn M&A

Banks:  Citigroup Global Markets, RBC Capital Markets, Mizuho

Advisors: RBC Capital Markets, Citi, Goldman Sachs

Legal Advisers: Paul Weiss, Clifford Chance, Shearman & Sterling, Sidley Austin, Latham & Watkins, McCann Fitzgerald, Anderson Mōri & Tomotsune, A&L Goodbody and K&L Gates






Europe Deal of the Year

Avolon $2.5bn Bond Issuance

Banks: Barclays Capital, BNP Paribas Securities, Credit Agricole Securities (USA), Deutsche Bank Securities, Fifth Third Securities, ING Financial Markets, J.P. Morgan Securities, Mizuho Securities (USA), Morgan Stanley & Co, Natixis Securities Americas, SG Americas Securities, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey and Wells Fargo Securities

Legal Adviser: Weil, Gotshal and Manges


Middle East Deal of the Year

Dara Aviation $500m Islamic Financing for 18 Aircraft 

Lessor: AerCap

Investor: NCB Capital

Banks: BNP Paribas, Citi

Legal Advisers: Hughes Hubbard, 
Milbank, Clifford Chance and A&L Goodbody


Tax Lease Deal of the Year

TAP Portugal $200m French Tax 
Lease for A330neos

Banks/Financing parties: BNP Paribas, Tamweel Aviation Finance II

Arranger: BNP Paribas

Legal Advisers: Clifford Chance, Norton 
Rose Fulbright, REN Legal


Sale and Leaseback 
Deal of the Year

Air Europa $215m Sale Leaseback 
and PDP financing

Lessor: Goshawk

Lessee: Air Europa

Banks: Natixis

Legal Advisors: Herbert Smith Freehills, Walkers, Dentons Europe Abogados, Holman Fenwick Willan


M&A Deal of the Year

MUFG-DVB Bank €4bn M&A

Advisers: Goldman Sachs, Bank of America 

Banks: MUFG Bank, DVB Bank

Legal Advisers: Freshfields, Linklaters, A&L Goodbody,Clifford Chance and Norton Rose Fulbright

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EETC Deal of the Year

American Airlines $650m Engine 
EETC Private Placement

Banks: Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Credit Agricole-CIB


Innovative Deal of the Year

Avation Commercial Loan for Three 
ATR72-600s

Bank: Deutsche Bank

Lessor: Avation

Lessee: Braathens Regional Airways

Advisor: Vigeo Eiris

Legal Adviser: K&L Gates

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Editor's Deal of the Year

Cargolux Airlines Two 747F Jolco Refinancing

Banks: Credit Agricole-CIB, DVB Bank, Korea Development Bank, Credit Industriel & Commercial, Shinsei Bank

Legal Adviser: Norton Rose Fulbright, 
Allen & Overy

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Africa Deal of the Year

Air Austral - Five Aircraft 
Commercial  & PDP Loans

Banks: Investec, La Banque Postale

Airline: Air Austral

Legal Advisers: White & Case, Holman Fenwick Willan, Watson Farley & Williams, Hogan Lovells


Latin America Deal of the Year

Avianca $4.5bn 53-aircraft Lease 
and Debt Re-Profiling Programme

Advisor: Seabury Securities, Burnham Sterling & Company

ECAs: Bpifrance, Euler Hermes, SACE, UKEF, US Ex-Im

Legal Adviser: Allen & Overy, Milbank, Greenberg Traurig, Smith Gambrell, White & Case, Grindal PC, Vedder Price, Pillsbury, Clifford Chance, Norton Rose, Robert Wray, Holland & Knight, Hughes Hubbard, Cadwalader, Cahill



Bank Loan Deal of the Year

PK AirFinance $3.6bn 
Commercial Loan

Banks: RBC Capital Markets, Citi and Mizuho 

Legal Advisers: K&L Gates, Milbank, Paul Weiss, Clifford Chance, Shearman & Sterling, Sidley Austin, Latham & Watkins, Nixon Peabody, McCann Fitzgerald and Anderson Mōri & Tomotsune 


Structured Lease 
Deal of the Year

Crianza Aviation 787-9 
Commercial Loan

Banks: First Abu Dhabi Bank, 
Woori Bank, KEB Hana

Arranger: EastMerchant Capital

Legal Advisers: Vedder Price, Watson Farley & Williams, Matheson, Jipyong, Yulchon


Used Aircraft Deal of the Year

Sunclass Airlines Lease Restructuring 
for Three A321s

Lessor: CCB Leasing

Lessee: Sunclass Airlines

Bank: MUFG Bank

Legal Advisers: Bird & Bird, White & Case, Gorrissen Federspiel

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Lessor Unsecured Bond 
Deal of the Year

Nordic Aviation Capital $786m 
Private Placement

Banks: Citigroup Global Markets, Goldman Sachs & Co, RBC Capital Markets and Deutsche Bank Securities

Legal Advisers: Clifford Chance, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, McCann FitzGerald, A&L Goodbody


ABS Deal of the Year

JOL Air $554m ABS for 15 Aircraft

Arranger/Servicer: Stratos

Equity Underwriter: JP Lease Products 
and Services

Advisor: KPMG

Agent/Trustee: Phoenix American 
Financial Services, Wilmington Trust

Rating Agencies: KBRA, Standard & Poor’s

Legal Advisers: Milbank, Clifford Chance, K&L Gates, Walkers, Nishimura & Asahi, Hogan Lovells, Stephenson Harwood, Holman Fenwick Willian, Blakes, Tay and Partners, Sycip, Dentons, Arias, Morris & James and DFPHJ


Overall Capital Markets 
Deal of the Year

Norwegian Air Shuttle $340m Amendment to Commercial Bonds 

Bank: DNB Markets

Airline: Norweigan Air Shuttle

Financial Advisor: Pareto Securities

Legal Advisers: Bahr, Watson Farley & Williams, Wikborg Rein

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Airfinance Journal Global Awards

News Event of the Year

Launch of Airbus A321XLR


Aviation Finance House of the Year

BNP Paribas

Aviation Woman of the Year

Marilyn Gan

Managing Director and Head of Origination of Asia Pacific

DVB Bank/ MUFG

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Lessor Treasury Team of the Year

Avolon


Lessor of the Year

Tokyo Century

Lifetime Achievement

Tom Hollahan

Former Managing Director/Head of Aviation

Citi

Aviation Person of the Year

Rich Wiley

Executive Chairman

SKY Leasing

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