O’Melveny Welcomes Aviation Finance Partner in New York

Adding strength to its top-ranked Aviation Industry Group, O’Melveny announced today the arrival of Jason Kaplan as a partner in its Corporate Finance Practice in New York.

Kaplan, who joins from the equipment finance group of another international law firm, focuses on all aspects of aviation and equipment finance, including representation of domestic and foreign airlines, aircraft and engine leasing companies, banks, and private equity investors. For more than a decade, he has specialized in negotiating and drafting complex agreements for the transfer, use, and financing of aircraft and other transportation equipment. He has experience in a wide array of structured equipment financings, including enhanced equipment trust certificates and secured notes issuances, securitizations, syndicated credit facilities, second lien facilities, warehouse facilities, and sale/leasebacks and restructuring.

“Jason’s specialty in aviation finance is a perfect complement to our interdisciplinary aviation team,” said O’Melveny chair Bradley J. Butwin. “He is known for his experience handling just the kinds of complex financing structures that our aviation industry clients use to finance their fleets. He will work alongside our leading lawyers in capital markets, infrastructure, M&A, restructuring, labor and employment, and litigation to provide our aviation industry clients comprehensive, 360-degree service.”

With a track record that stretches back more than a half-century, O’Melveny is counsel of choice to the biggest names in aviation. The firm has been named Law360’s Transportation Practice Group of the Year for three years running and one of the publication’s “6 Go-To Firms For the Airline Industry.” Chambers USA notes that O’Melveny is “an indomitable presence in the airline industry.”

Kaplan has been recognized as a “Rising Star” and member of numerous “Deal of the Year” teams by Airfinance Journal. He earned his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Pace Law School in 2007. He holds both bachelor and master of Business Administration degrees from Pace University.

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