4th – 6th November 2019 | Grand Hyatt, Hong Kong, China


Tuesday 5th November 2019

08:00 | Registration open/morning refreshments

Rolling all day breaks in conference foyer

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08:30 | Opening of conference – chairman opening remarks

Charlie Ferguson, Marketing Director, Rolls-Royce & Partners Finance

08:30 | Macro-economic & political dynamics

The commercial aviation industry is affected and guided by macro-economic and political fluctuations and as such it is essential to start by looking from the outside in. To assess what factors have and will affect aviation in 2019/20 in order to plan for the coming months.

Rob Morris, Global Head of Consultancy, Ascend by Cirium

09:15 | Opening keynote

Mike Poon, CEO, CALC

09:40 | Industry keynote

Robert Martin, CEO, BOC Aviation

10:05 | JOL & JOLCO Panel

Simon Collins, Partner, White & Case LLP 

John Wikoff, FPG / Prof. David Yu 于达,教授, CFA, ISTAT Certified Aviation Appraiser / Ali Ben Lmadani, CEO, ABL Aviation /  Gary Fitzgerald, CEO, Stratos / Kate Scanlin, Senior Director, Structured Finance Ratings, S&P Global Ratings

10:45 | Capital markets outlook

As Capital market demand for aviation assets continues to increase globally can the aviation community keep pace and develop further institutional interest in 2019/20 across the range of products and what role does the APAC market have to play in the near term?

Patrick Kaufer, Managing Director, Deutsche Bank

Cristina Chang, Capital Markets Origination, Citi / Taeho Lee, Assistant Manager – DB Financial Investment AI Solution Team 2, Dongbu Securities Co., Ltd / Betsy Snyder, Director, Corporate Ratings , S&P Global Ratings / Peter Davis, Treasurer, BOC Aviation

11:25 | Lessor CEO Panel

As new deliveries continue to be plagued by problems the lease extension has been a go-to for airlines. How can lessors further help airlines in 2019/20 and beyond as the delivery cycle accelerates?

Tom Woods, Partner, KPMG

Firoz Tarapore, CEO, DAE /James Meyler, Chief Executive Officer, ORIX Aviation Group / Ruth Kelly, CEO, Goshawk / Patrick Hannigan, President, CDB Aviation

12:10 | Keynote

Dr Paul Ryan, Director International Finance Division of the Department for Finance, Republic of Ireland

12:25 | GATS Update

Jeffrey Wool, head of the Aviation Working Group / John Ludden, Chief Legal Counsel, GECAS / David Walton, COO, BOC Aviation

13:05 | Lunch

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14:05 | Regional aircraft specialist leasing & finance panel

The growing footprint of regional aircraft leasing specialisation

George Paterson, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Anne-Bart Tieleman, CEO, TrueNoord / Mr Victor Vieira, Marketing Director, Asia Pacific, Embraer Commercial Aircraft / Karine Guenan, Vice President, Leasing, Asset Management & Freighter, ATR Aircraft / Anders “Andy” Solem, Managing Director & Head of Marketing, China and North Asia, Nordic Aviation Capital

14:45 | Supported finance – ECAs and alternatives (AFIC and beyond)

Mike Skinner, Chief Executive, AMS Aircraft Services Limited

Bob Morin, Managing Director, Transaction and Business Development Leader, Aircraft Finance Insurance Consortium, Marsh USA Inc / Iain Phillips, Business Manager – Aerospace & Defence, UK EXPORT FINANCE / Eric Agote, Head of Unit – Airbus Unconditional Guarantee, Bpifrance / Bob Roy, Managing Director, Aircraft Financing Solutions Group, Aviation Capital Group / Jean Ladoues, Customer Finance Manager, Airbus

15:25 | Trading and investing in mid-life aircraft & engines

Robert Korn, President, Carlyle Aviation Partners

Marc S. Iarchy, Director, World Star Aviation / Paul O’Dwyer, Chief Commercial Officer, ORIX Aviation Group / Russ Hubbard, Director – Aircraft Remarketing, Air Partner / Seah Beng Kiat, Managing Director – Structured Finance and Portfolio Trading, CALC

16:10 | Hong Kong Tax Regime

Joe O’Mara, Tax Partner, KPMG / John Timpany, Tax Partner, KPMG / Dewey Yee, Dewey Yee (Dr), Visiting Lecturer Chairman, Steering Committee of Master of Science (MSc in Aviation Finance) / Martin McCoy, SVP – Funding & Corporate Tax, SMBC Aviation Capital

16:45 | THE BIG DEBATE – Airline & Leasing Panel
Aircraft supply and Lessor content – too many, too few or just right?

Is there still a lot of interest in SLBs and order backlog placements at favourable rates (for airlines). How have the lessors managed their neo/MAX unplaced backlogs. Also, how lessors can justify LRFs of below 0.5 which would not cover even the depreciation.  And having branded appraisers being “too low” how do they expect to sell down deals with such LRFs.

Ben Hughes, Marketing & Business Development Director, Rolls-Royce & Partners Finance

Olga Razzhivina, Director, Oriel / Mark Pearman Wright, Head of Leasing & Investor Marketing, Airbus / Stuart Hatcher, Chief Operating Officer, IBA / Gueric Dechavanne, Vice President, ISTAT Certified Senior Appraiser / Steve Herzberg, Director – Fleet Transactions, United Airlines

17:30 | AIRLINE KEYNOTE:Vietjet Presentation

Donal Boylan – Vietjet Board member

18:00 | Chairman closing remarks – close of day one

Charlie Ferguson, Marketing Director, Rolls-Royce & Partners Finance

16:30 | IAWA Drinks reception, Poolhouse 11th floor, Grand Hyatt Hotel

18:00 – 19:00 | Pre awards drinks

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19:15 | 6th Airline Economics – Aviation 100 Asia Pacific Awards

At the Grand Hyatt Ballroom

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5th November 2019

Grand Hyatt Pool House, 11th floor



08:55 | Airline Economics Leasing School – opening remarks

James Kelly, Tax partner, KPMG

09:00 | Where do we stand in the cycle & general introduction

Peter Huijbers, CEO, PH Aviation Asia

09:40 | Analyzing the credit risks of aircraft leasing companies

Emphasis on liquidity risk assessment, capital adequacy, and fleet risk management

Sean Hung, Vice President-Senior Analyst, Moody‘s

10:20 | Coffee break

10:35 | Aircraft Redelivery Pitfalls and Case Studies on Where Things Have Gone Badly Wrong

Common redelivery disputes, how to avoid them on documentations stages and what to do when such disputes arises, together with real life case studies.

Marcus Gordon, Partner, WFW LLP London

11:15 | Plane sale-ing

A guide to managing aircraft portfolio processes, so that you can (almost) do without the lawyers.

Ashleigh Standen, Partner, Reed Smith LLP

11:50 | ‘When to pull the trigger:  An overview on negotiating events of default in aircraft lease agreements

Amanda Teoh,
Senior Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

12:20 | Trends in Aviation Finance

James Kelly, tax partner, KPMG

13:00 | Lunch – on the meazzanine level

14:00 | M&A and leasing market overview

David Yu

14:40 | Current Developments in Aircraft Pre-Delivery Payment Financing Transactions

Cameron A. Gee, Shareholder, Vedder Price

15:20 | Operating leases: a lessee’s perspective

A look at key documentary issues from the lessee’s perspective arising in the documentation of operating leases.

Steven Catanzariti,
Senior Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills

16:05 | Enforcement/repossession considerations

Tejaswi Nimmagadda, Partner, Tiang & Partners / Nai Kwok, Counsel, Tiang & Partnerss

5th November 2019

Grand Hyatt Pool House, 11th floor

GATS information session (Hong Kong) – Agenda

17:00 | Welcome remarks – David Walton (BOC Aviation)

17:10 | Panel 1 – Commercial benefits of using the Global Aircraft Trading System (GATS)

  • What are the main commercial benefits of GATS?
  • How will fees be structured?
  • What efforts are being made to enhance the recognition of trusts?
  • Are there any tax consequences of using GATS?
  • Future applications of the GATS platform

David Swan (SMBC)

John Ludden (GECAS)
Tom Woods (KPMG)
Jeffrey Wool (AWG)

17:35 | Panel 2 – Legal background to GATS

  • What are the legal concepts underpinning GATS?
  • How will airlines benefit and are an airline’s rights protected?
  • How will the GATS Platform actually work?
  • Interaction with Cape Town Convention
  • Who can use GATS and how do they go about becoming a GATS Party?

Dominic Pearson (WFW)

Drew Fine (Milbank)
David Berkery (ALG)

17:58 | Demonstration of the GATS platform video

18:00 | Reception sponsored by Rolls Royce & Partners Finance

Wednesday 6th November 2019

08:00 | Registration open/morning refreshments

Rolling all day breaks in conference foyer

Sponsored by:


08:50 | Opening of conference day 2 – Chairman opening remarks for day 2

Jon Oates, Marketing Director – Asia, Rolls-Royce & Partners Finance

08:55 | The financial health of APAC airlines and the outlook for 2019/20

A senior figure looks at major players in the APAC market and assesses their financial strength going forward.

Helane Becker, Cowen Securities

09:35 | Ratings & Valuation Panel

Angus Mackay, Principal, ICF

Sean Hung, Vice President-Senior Analyst, Moody‘s / Betsy R. Snyder, CFA, Director, S&P Global / John Mowry, Managing Director, Alton Aviation Consultancy

10:15 | Lessor panel: Success in the Aircraft & Lessor ABS/Capital markets arena

James Kinsley, Partner, Maples Group

Marc S. Iarchy, Director, World Star Aviation / Mark Lapidus, CEO, Amedeo / Stephen Hannahs, CEO, Wings Capital Partners / Robert Korn, President, Carlyle Aviation Partners / Doug Brennan, CEO, Stellwagon Group / Brian Jeffery, Chief Commercial Officer, Stratos

10:55 | Lessor financing panel

Leading lessors are quizzed on their financing strategies and the effects on the same if they continue to use unsecured capital markets.

Christian McCormick, CEO, Athyenia

Madhu Vijay Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Aviation Capital Group / Jennifer Creevey, Chief Financial Officer, DAE Capital / Stephen Murphy, Head of corporate finance, Goshawk / Marie-Louise Kelly, CFO, Orix Aviation / Roy Chandran, EVP Corporate Finance & Strategy, Aircastle Advisor LLC

11:35 | Banking Panel

Our esteemed panel will look at what options they are willing to put forward during 2019/20, what risks they are willing to take and what areas of the market they find exciting and want to do business in. The panel will also look at the continuing evolution of the JOLCO.

Jose Abramovici, Global Head of Asset Finance, Credit Agricole Corporate Investment Bank

Arnaud Fiscel, Head of Transportation, Corporate Banking Department, Bank of China (UK) Limited Bank of China Limited London Branch / Richard Finlayson, Managing Director, Asset Finance Asia, Deutsche Bank / Munawar Noorani, Managing Director, Head of Aviation EMEA & APAC, Citigroup / Jean Chedeville, Head of aircraft finance, Asia Pacific, Natixis / Shumpei Tsuda, Global Aviation Team | Co-Head of Global Aviation Team | Head of Americas and APAC, Development Bank of Japan (DBJ)

12:20 | Airline finance Panel

Managing currency, capacity and delivery financing risk in a fluctuating market.

Justin Lee, Doric Asset Finance GmbH & Co KG

Ian F Reid, Senior Financial Adviser, Philippine Airlines / Yasantha Dissanayake, Head of Financial Management, SriLankan Airlines Ltd / Meghan Montana, Managing Director & Assistant Treasurer, American Airlines

13:05 | Lunch

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14:05 | Emerging market (aviation) debt/ lease

Shyamal Jeewoolall, Partner, HFW

Sohinder Singh, Head Customer Finance EMEA and South Asia, GE Aviation / Antony Snelleman, Co-Chief Commercial Officer & Global Head of Risk, Aergo Capital Asia Limited / Li Liu, EVP China, GECAS / Marian Pistik, Head of Asset Management, International Airfinance Corporation (IAFC)

14:45 | Engine investment Panel

Joseph W. O’Brien, Chief Commercial Officer, Engine Lease Finance

Andrea Luebke, Managing Director, MTU Maintenance Lease Services B.V. / Bobby Janagan, General Manager, Rolls-Royce & Partners Finance Limited / Christopher Rodrigues, SVP, Sales & Marketing, Asia & CIS, SMBC Aero Engine Lease. / Roger Welaratne, SVP, GECAS Engines / Franklin L. Pray, Alinda Capital Partners

15:25 | Financing & Investing in helicopters

We draw together a group of seasoned commercial helicopter industry investors, who have experienced first-hand the rapid growth and recent cyclical turn of the business. All are active in the market looking for helicopter deals, each with a totally different approach, but all looking to invest in the right asset at the right time.

Elizabeth H. Evans, Partner, K&L Gates

Michael York, Co-Founder, Asian Sky Group / Max Buirski, Co-Founder, Asian Sky Group

16:00 | Aircraft Lessor Panel

Duncan Batchelor, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Huang Bo, Chief Commercial Officer, CMB Leasing / David Swan, Chief Operating Officer, SMBC Aviation Capital / John Ludden, Chairman, GECAS Ltd & General Counsel

16:40 | Asset management panel

Gary Fitzgerald, Managing Director, Stratos

Eamonn Forbes, Chief Commercial Officer, FPG Amentum / Takamasa Marito, Joint General Manager, Tokyo Century Corporation / John Leech, Head of Global Used Aircraft Leasing and Sales, ARI / Marc Wilson, Head of Technical, MBA / Peter Walter, Director – Asset Management, IBA / Li Liu. Executive Vice President at GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS)

17:20 | Lessor Panel

Matthew Leigh, Partner, Hogan Lovells

Peter Huijbers, CEO, PH Aviation Asia / Lune Wang, President and Director – Airline investment, X-Aircraft Asset Management Group / Jochen Baltes, Managing Director, GOAL KG / John Leech, Head of used aircraft Leasing & Trading, ARI – CALC / John Duffy, Chief Commercial Officer, SKY Leasing

18:00 | Chairman closing remarks

Jon Oates, Marketing Director – Asia, Rolls-Royce & Partners Finance

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