The Aviation Finance Conference, (AFC2019)
Tuesday 15th October 2019
The Trading, Investing and Aircraft Financing Ecosystem:
AFC2019 will present highlights of the publication's overview on the aviation finance and leasing cycle, and arising from this, Aircraft Trading is the central theme of this year's conference agenda. This is because it is an important source of profit for lessors, with aircraft lease rates under pressure, and therefore an area of heightened interest. Hand in hand with this we will be asking who are the customers that will make the trading environment attractive? This will feature the insights of investment bankers, trading leaders, and investors in aircraft as an asset class, among other members of the global trading, investing and aircraft financing ecosystem.
See and experience it at AFC2019
Aircraft TradingAFC2019 will feature panels, and keynote addresses and interviews with aviation financing leaders from all quarters of the globe, with analysts and traders from firms that represent over half of the global commercial aircraft trading market. AFC2019 will build on the insights of AFC2018, which featured, as speakers, the CEOs of 40% of the world's leased aircraft fleet. AFC 2019 will provide an important input into the agenda for state of the art aircraft financing in 2020. AFC2019 on October 15th in Dublin Castle will take place in conjunction with the Financial Centres Summit, Dublin, 2019 the following day, October 16th, which AFC2019 delegates can book for separately at AFC delegate rates. Delegates at both events are entitled to attend the Summit Reception at Dublin Castle on the evening of October 15th with incoming delegates at the Financial Centres Summit 2019, October 16th.
Vice President, Aircraft Trading, Carlyle Aviation Management Limited
Peter is Vice President Aircraft Trading at Apollo Aviation Group, now acquired by The Carlyle Group, and is a Member Board of Directors of The International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT).
SVP Aircraft Trading, GECAS
Alan Buckley is SVP Aircraft Trading at GECAS. He is responsible for aircraft trading outside of the US and mature aircraft sales worldwide for the the world's largest lessor fleet.
Chief Marketing Officer, Merx Aviation Finance Assets Ireland Ltd
The newly elected president for a 3 year term, of ISTAT, Gerry Butler is CMO of Merx Aviation Finance Assets Ireland Ltd. Founded in 1983, the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) currently represents over 5,000 members worldwide who are involved in operating, manufacturing, maintaining, selling, purchasing, financing, leasing, appraising, insuring and other activities related to commercial aviation. Mr. Butler joined Merx in 2015 to head the Dublin office and operations and serves as global head of marketing.
Former SEC Commissioner, USA; Partner, Leader Securities Department, WilmerHale,
Daniel M Gallagher former Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from November 7, 2011 to October 2, 2015, and is Deputy Chair of the Securities Department of WilmerHale. He was President of Patomak Global Partners, LLC, until 2017, was Chief Legal Officer of Mylan Corp, and is a former director of the Irish Stock Exchange. As SEC Commissioner, he directed the SEC's reform of Money Market Funds regulation in the United States. See Dan speaking about the last financial crisis and its potential to happen again on CNBC, Sept 9th 2018.
Contributing Editor, Aviation Finance
Joe is Contributing Editor, Aviation Finance, at: aviationfinance.aero the world-leading fortnightly publication on the financing and economics of air transport, and Director of Corporate Broking in Goodbody Stockbrokers.
President & Chief Commercial Officer, CDB Aviation Lease Finance
Pat Hannigan is President and Chief Commercial Officer of China Development Bank-owned CDB Aviation Lease Finance (CDBALF), the wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank, the world's largest development finance institution. He was a founding shareholder of Avolon in 2010 and served as CEO of Avolon's leasing joint venture with Wells Fargo. Previously, Hannigan served as Senior Vice President, Marketing, for RBS Aviation Capital (now SMBC). He also held the role of Vice President Marketing at GE Capital Aviation Services, where he managed the pricing and marketing support function, as well as led the development of the company's operations in the Middle East and Africa.
Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, AerCap
Mr Kelly was appointed Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of AerCap on May 18, 2011. Previously he served as Chief Executive Officer of AerCap's U.S. operations from January 2008 to May 2011. Mr. Kelly served as AerCap's Group Treasurer from 2005 through December 31, 2007. He started his career in the aviation leasing and financing business with Guinness Peat Aviation (GPA) in 1998 and continued working with its successors AerFi in Ireland and debis AirFinance and AerCap in Amsterdam. Prior to joining GPA in 1998, he spent three years with KPMG in Dublin. Mr. Kelly is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce and a Master's degree in Accounting from University College, Dublin.
Head of Trading, CDB Aviation
John Leenane is Head of Trading at CDB Aviation. Mr. Leenane has extensive experience in the aircraft operating leasing industry and brings deep expertise to CDB Aviation's leadership team in areas such as lending, financing, trading, pricing, portfolio management, aircraft acquisition, and development of strategic relationships. Prior to CDB Aviation, Mr. Leenane was Regional Director, Europe & Asia - Financial Institutions Group at CIT Aerospace.
Head of Trading and Portfolio Management, AerCap
Mr. Ligthart joined the AerCap Trading team in 2007. He was appointed to the position of Head of Trading and Portfolio Management in 2018. Mr. Ligthart has 11 years of experience in aircraft trading and portfolio management in both wide and narrow body aircraft. Prior to joining AerCap he worked at Deloitte and Touche in Amsterdam where he served as Manager Transactions Services. Mr. Ligthart received his B.A in Commercial Economics from Inholland University, and his MSc in Finance Management from from Nyenrode Business University.
Non-executive director and aviation consultant., M.J. McMahon & Company Limited
John led the initial public offering and New York Stock Exchange listing of Genesis Lease Limited, a global aircraft leasing company, where he served as Chairman and CEO from 2006 until its merger with AerCap in 2010. Previously, he held senior management positions at Lloyds TSB Bank and debis AirFinance (now AerCap) and executive roles at GE Capital Aviation Services, GPA Group and Aer Lingus.
Head of Aircraft Trading, SMBC Aviation Capital
Michael Weiss is responsible for the Aircraft Trading team in SMBC Aviation Capital. During his 25 year career, Michael has worked in a small number of financial institutions around the world, including Swiss Bank Corporation, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (both in London and Singapore) and Investec Bank PLC, where he was Head of Aircraft Finance. Michael graduated from Manchester University with a BSc in Aeronautical Engineering.
Chief Justice, The Supreme Court of Ireland
Mr. Justice Frank Clarke was appointed the 12th Chief Justice of Ireland on the 28th July, 2017. He was appointed (March 2018) as one of seven members of the Panel which exists under Article 255 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union that opines on the appointments of judges to the Courts of the European Union in Luxembourg, such appointments requiring a nomination by a member state followed by an opinion from the Article 255 Panel.
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