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Patrick O'Reilly

Patrick O'Reilly

Partner

Partner
Patrick O'Reilly

Patrick O'Reilly focuses on asset finance and has broad experience advising lenders, underwriters, operating lessors, manufacturers and export credit agencies in a wide variety of aircraft finance and related matters.

Patrick has expertise in the areas of secured and unsecured lending, private placements, finance leases, operating leases, leveraged leases, portfolio acquisitions and sales, securitizations, restructurings, PDP financings and export credit financings.

  • AWAS in connection its Diamond Head Aviation 2015 Limited securitization
  • International Lease Finance Corporation in connection with its 2014 US$1.5bn rated term loan facility, at the time the largest term loan facility for any aircraft operating lessor
  • GE Capital Aviation Services in connection with its servicing and sale of a portfolio of 26 aircraft to RISE Ltd. through an asset-backed securitization
  • A major Aircraft Lender in connection with its refinancing of notes issued by an aircraft securitization vehicle
  • Avolon Aerospace Leasing Limited in connection with its 2013 Emerald Aviation Limited securitization
  • GE Capital Aviation Services in connection with its servicing and sale of a portfolio of 26 aircraft to AABS Ltd. through an asset-backed securitization. Recipient of various deal of the year awards, including by AirFinance Journal and Airline Economics
  • AWAS in connection with its 2012 revolving aircraft pre-delivery payment facility, a transaction which was awarded AirFinance Journal's 2012 PDP Deal of the Year Award
  • BNDES, as lender, in connection with a Brazilian ECA supported multi-aircraft acquisition term loan facility for an operating lessor. The transaction was awarded AirFinance Journal's 2013 Regional Aircraft Deal of the Year Award
  • International Lease Finance Corporation in connection with its 2012 $750m rated term loan facility and in connection with its 2013 re-pricing and re-sizing of that facility
  • International Lease Finance Corporation in connection with its 2012 $550m rated term loan facility
  • A major Aircraft Lessor in connection with a 2015 sale and lease-back transaction with a South American air carrier in respect of three Boeing 737-800s
  • A major Aircraft Lessor in connection with its purchase order for new aircraft
  • An ECA in connection with its financing of six aircraft for a South American air carrier in a Spanish operating lease structure

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Career and qualifications

  • Trinity College, University of Dublin (LLB) 2001
  • University of Cambridge (LLM) 2002
  • Joined Clifford Chance London 2004
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 2006
  • Transferred to the New York Office 2009
  • Legal Consultant in New York 2009
  • Admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in New York 2014
  • Partner since 2016

Professional bodies

  • Member of the Law Society of England & Wales
  • Member of the American Bar Association

Awards and citations

  • Named as a Rising Star by AirFinance Journal in 2014