(until 1st August)




20-21 October 2021 | Metropolitan Club, One East Sixtieth Street, New York, USA


Day One: 20th October 2021

Chairman: Jaime Nieto, Vice President – Lessors & OEM at Rolls-Royce & Partners Finance


08:55 | The Americas Airline Market overview

Helane Becker, Managing Director, Cowen

09:35 | Global update on Cape Town (through c-19), GATS, Back to Service, and ESG

Moderator: Jeffrey Wool, Secretary General, Aviation Working Group (AWG)

10:00 | ABS & EETC aircraft valuations panel

Valuations of aircraft within ABS & EETC deals and a look at the fluidity of valuations of aircraft within the same and the effect it has.

Moderator:Gueric Dechavanne, Vice President, ISTAT Certified Senior Appraiser, Collateral Verifications

Panel: Marjan Riggi, Kroll Bond Rating Agency, Kroll Bond Rating Agency/ Phil Seymour, President, IBA Group / Scott Debano, Managing Director, Citi / Guy Dominy, Director, Business Development – Americas, Maples Group / Stuart Rubin, Vice President & Managing Director, ICF

10:40 | Capital markets panel

Moderator: Jonathon Meloy, Partner, MAPLES

Panel: Dana A. Barta, Executive Director – Global Capital Markets, Morgan Stanley / Rafael Kuhn, Managing Director, Deutsche Bank / Vinodh Srinivasan. Managing Director, Co-Head Strategic Credit Group Mizuho Securities USA / Matt Simonetti, Managing Director, Citi

11:30 | Aircraft lessor CEO panel

Moderator: Joe O’Mara, Partner, KPMG

Panel: Robert Korn, CEO & President, Carlyle Aviation Partners / Tim Meyers Boeing Capital Corp. / Karl Griffin, CEO, Genesis / Michael Steen, CEO, Titan Aviation Leasing

12:15 | Airline Panel

Robert Neal, SVP, Corporate Finance,  Treasurer, Allegiant Travel Company / Chris Monroe, Treasurer, Southwest Airlines / Dave Davis, CFO, Sun Country Airlines

13:00 | Lunch

14:05 | Airline ECA and supported finance focus

Bob Morin, Managing Director, Transaction and Business Development Leader, Aircraft Finance Insurance Consortium, Marsh USA Inc.

14:50 | Airline rating panel

Moderator: Stuart Rubin, Vice President Managing Director Aviation, ICF

Panel: Stuart Hatcher, Chief Operating Officer, IBA / Marjan Riggi, Kroll Bond Rating Agency, Kroll Bond Rating Agency

15:35 | The aviation ABS panel

Moderator: Robert Cassidy, Senior Manager, PAFS Ireland Ltd

Panel: Robert Sheldon, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc / Rosemary Kelley, Senior Managing Director and Head of ABS, Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) / Yezdan Badrakhan, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley Global Capital Markets / Pooja Gardemal, Managing Director, bk associates  

16:20 | Aviation investment panel

Panel: Tony Diaz, Chairman, Zephyrus Aviation / Thomas Light, Senior Portfolio Manager, Muzinich / John Beekman, Chief Financial Officer, Griffin Global Asset Management (Servicer) LLC


DAY 2: 21st October 2021

Chairman: Ben Hughes, Vice President – Business Development, Rolls-Royce & Partners Finance


08:55 | Lessor Market Overview & outlook

Rob Morris, Ascend by CIRIUM

09:35 | Financing & investing in aircraft & engines in a cyclical industry

Moderator: Phil Seymour, President, IBA Group

Panel: Ted OByrne, Managing Director & Co Head of Aviation, Carlyle Aviation Partners /John Mowry, Managing Director, Alton Aviation Consultancy / Marc S Iarchy, Director, World Star Aviation / Vahan Callan, Senior Managing Director, DelMorgan & Co.

10:20 | Fireside chat – John Plueger, CEO & President of Air Lease Corporation & Stan Deal, CEO of Boeing Commercial Aircraft

11:00 | Aviation Private Placements

Panel: Rafael Kuhn, Director and Co-Head of US Private Placements, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. / Michael Dickey Morgan, Executive Managing Director, Burnham Sterling & Company / Madelaine O’Connell, Vice President – Private Placement Origination and Syndication desk, Goldman Sachs & Co.

11:45 | Commercial Market Outlook

Darren A. Hulst, Vice President – Commercial Marketing, Boeing Commercial Aircraft

12:20 | Alternative financing – accessing the value of loyalty programs, routes, slots and gates

Moderator: Pooja Gardemal, Managing Director, bk associates

13:00 | Lunch

14:00 | Lessor Rating panel

Moderator: Marjan Riggi, Kroll Bond Rating Agency, Kroll Bond Rating Agency

Panel: Betsy Snyder, S&P Global / Johann Juan, Senior Director, Fitch Ratings / David Laterza, Senior Vice President, Head of US Non-Bank FIG Global Financial Institutions Group, DBRS, Inc.

14:45 | Engine lessor CEO panel

Moderator: Ran Ackerman, Head of EMEA and Asia, MK Aviation

Panel: Tom Barrett, CEO, Engine Lease Finance / Bobby Janagan, CEO, Rolls Royce & Partners Leasing / Brian R. Hole, President, Willis Lease Finance / Roger Welaratne, CEO, SMBC Aero Engine Lease / Abdol Moabery, Chief Executive Officer, GA Telesis, LLC

15:30 | Airline panel

Panel: Meghan Montana, Vice President and Treasurer of American Airlines American Airlines / Nat Pieper, Senior Vice President – Fleet, Finance and Alliances and Treasurer, Alaska Air Group (Virtually) / Marie-Aude Gagnon Rousseau | Canada | Senior Director, Fleet Transactions at Air Canada

16:15 | Aviation finance & investment panel – Hot topics & challenges looking to 2022

Including: Innovations in deal structuring. Interest rate concerns and the possible rush to borrow/refinance.

Moderator: Anne Agnew Correa, Vice President Forecasting & Modelling, MBA Aviation

Panel: Cole Ryba, Director, LibreMax Capital / Mark S. Streeter, CFA, Managing Director – REIT, Airline/EETC, Aircraft Leasing, Rail, Parcel, Freight, Transportation HG/HY Coverage, North America Credit Research, J.P. Morgan / Olga Razzhivina, Oriel / Richard Hakes, Partner, ReedSmith


20th October 2021

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09:15 | Welcome note

Conor McElhinney, KPMG

09:20 | Differentiating the credit strengths of aircraft lessors

Mark Wasden, Moody’s

10:00 | Capital raise & credit & risk management

Vahan Callan, Managing Director, DelMorgan & Co.

10:40 | The taxation of leasing platforms

Conor McElhinney, KPMG

11:20 | The impact of defaults on aircraft leasing economics

John Mowry, Managing Director, Alton Aviation Consultancy

12:10 | Assessing and managing key risks in airlines

13:00 | Lunch

14:30 | How investors can use maintenance cash flow modeling to manage and mitigate risk  

Ganesh Nair, Manager, ICF

15:20 | The return of ABS – key structural considerations

16:00 | The dynamics of the engine leasing market

Ed Connolly, SVP, Capital Markets, Engine Lease Finance

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