Christian Orton is an associate in our Asset Finance practice group, based in Tokyo, and is the Co-Chair of the Tokyo office's Pro Bono and CSR Committee. He has experience in a range of financing matters including banking, projects and asset finance transactions with a particular focus on the aviation sector.
Prior to joining White & Case, Christian worked in the Toronto, Canada office of an internationally recognized law firm where he worked on corporate and commercial matters and complex financing transactions including aviation finance and project finance for the energy and infrastructure industries.
Christian has worked on matters for aircraft lessors, operators, financial institutions, corporate aircraft owners and investors in a variety of aviation sector related transactions, including financing, purchase and sales transactions and aviation regulatory matters. For project finance, Christian has significant experience working on matters for sponsors and financial institutions in renewable energy, transportation and social infrastructure projects.
Christian is a member of various professional associations, including the Daini Tokyo Bar Association, Law Society of Ontario and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan.
Aircraft lessors in connection with fleet financing, including negotiation of the loan and security package and creating security in relation to the purchase and sale and leasing of specific aircraft post-financial close.*
Institutional lenders and corporate borrowers, respectively, in connection with the acquisition and financing of business jets to be used for corporate purposes, and associated matters such as the negotiation of chartering and operator agreements and regulatory compliance.*
An aviation supply company in connection with aviation fuel purchase and sale agreement and related secured assets.*
Air operators and corporate aircraft owners in connection with Canadian regulatory matters, including “cabotage”, foreign ownership, licensing and landing rights and the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones).*
Project sponsors in connection with the development of the light rail transit system of a major Canadian city, including acting for the project entity in the commercial and financial close to design, build, finance and maintain part of the second stage expansion of the rail project.
Projects sponsors in the preparation and negotiation of proposals in response to RFPs for public-private partnership projects as well as facilitating financial close of successful bids and the post-financial close operation and maintenance of infrastructure assets.
MUFG Union Bank, N.A., Union Bank, Canada Branch and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation of Canada in connection with a CA$121 million project financing to be used for the development, construction, ownership and operation of a 40 MW wind power energy generation facility of Grand Valley 2 Limited Partnership in Ontario (published in Lexpert).*
Agent and syndicate of lenders on the CA$150 million financing of an energy co-generation plant.*
Project sponsor in connection with the bid for the acquisition of various infrastructure assets of a target company including the assignment of 23 existing energy projects in Canada and Europe.*
Agents and lenders in the financing of various renewable energy projects including of wind and solar projects.*
*Experience prior to joining White & Case.
New Bail-In Regime for Banks In Canada, co-author, Legal Alert (November, 2016).
Aircraft Liens and Detention Rights, assisted with research, updating and editing of Canada chapter, Sweet & Maxwell; Ed. Graham S. McBain (February, 2016).
The legislative "black hole" in aircraft creditors' rights in Canada: Pre-Cape Town Convention Interests, co-author, Legal Alert (May, 2014). Also published in Commercial Insolvency Reporter (October, 2014).
Aircraft Finance: Registration, Security and Enforcement, assisted with research, updating and editing of Canada chapter, Sweet & Maxwell; Ed. Graham S. McBain (September, 2014).
Come back in two hours for your forgery, co-author, IFAR Journal, Vol. 14, No.4/Vol. 15, No. 1 (April, 2014).
Trustee Compensation, Special Fees, and the Role of the Lawyer for the Estate Trustee, co-author, 6 Minute Estates Lawyer Conference (April, 2013).