Michael W. Smith concentrates on aircraft finance, equipment leasing, and other corporate transactions. His aircraft finance experience includes US Ex-Im Bank and other export credit agency-supported transactions, leveraged finance and operating leases, portfolio acquisitions and finance transactions, vendor finance matters, PDP financings, restructuring and bankruptcy matters, ABS transactions, securitizations, securities offerings and sales of lease receivables.
Mr. Smith has been identified as a leading aviation, transportation and asset finance lawyer in independent publications and surveys from Chambers, Legal 500, Euromoney plc, Who's Who Legal, US News—Best Lawyers and others.
His recent aircraft finance transactions include the representation of ICBC Financial Leasing, ABC Financial Leasing, Toronto Dominion, Aviation Capital Group, Pegasus Airlines, Virgin Australia, and other airlines, leasing companies and financial institutions in connection with the US Ex-Im Bank-supported financing of Boeing and Gulfstream aircraft and Sikorsky helicopters, including guaranteed loan structures, direct loans, capital markets take-out transactions and direct to capital markets and prefunded transactions.
Mr. Smith has worked on financings involving a wide range of assets, including aircraft and engines, helicopters, railroad rolling stock, air traffic control equipment, power plants, telecommunications equipment and semi-conductor production equipment. He also has experience in project finance, joint ventures, shipping, acquisition finance, trade receivables finance, venture capital and leveraged buyout transactions.
He is active in pro bono matters for numerous clients including Acumen, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, Rainforest Alliance and Carnegie Hall.
Mr. Smith was previously based in Greece, England, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.