Michael Mulitz is a Partner in the Finance Department and Co-Head of the Aviation Finance and Leasing Practice. He concentrates on commercial, cargo and private jet aircraft transactions, with broad experience in the structuring, drafting and negotiation of acquisition, financing and leasing transactions and portfolio sales (including tax-based leveraged and cross-border leasing, operating leases, PDP financings, portfolio securitizations and Ex-Im Bank/ECA supported financings) on behalf of banks, leasing companies, financial institutions, hedge and private equity funds and other companies acting as debt and equity participants, lenders, lessors, lessees, operating lessors, owner trustees, indenture/loan trustees, guarantors, airframe and engine manufacturers, management and remarketing agents and purchasers and sellers of equipment involving commercial, private and cargo aircraft and aircraft engines and spare parts. He also has extensive experience in fleet financing, acquisition and financing of private jet aircraft and helicopters, fractional interest ownership, time sharing and card membership programs.
Michael, with over 25 years of experience, is internationally recognized for commercial aviation finance and leasing transactions. He has been recognized annually as a leader in Transportation: Aviation Finance nationwide by Chambers USA (2008-2015), has been commended by Legal 500 US (2013-2015) for his work in Asset Finance and Leasing and was named in Who’s Who Legal: Transport 2015 and 2016 as a leading practitioner in aviation. He was also named in Euromoney’s Expert Guides to The Best of the Best USA (2013-2014) as one of the best attorneys in the nation for Aviation and was selected by Expert Guides for inclusion in its Aviation Lawyers 2013 and 2014 Guides and its Banking Finance & Transactional 2012 Guide for Structured Finance and Securitization. The 2015 edition of Chambers USA notes that Michael is “brilliant” and “clearly knows the area like the back of his hand,” while impressed sources in the 2014 edition praise his dedication to projects as well as his “vast knowledge of the aviation space.”
Michael has been a regular speaker for many years at aviation-related conferences, including those sponsored by AirFinance Journal, the Airline Economics Growth Frontiers Dublin Conference and the International Centre for Business Information’s Geneva International Aviation Forum. He has organized and chaired many conferences on Commercial Aircraft Finance Transactions and Corporate Jet Finance Transactions. He is on the Board of Editors for the LJN’s Equipment Leasing Newsletter and frequently writes articles on aviation finance and leasing for various publications. He is a member of the Legal Advisory Panel to the Aviation Working Group for the Cape Town Convention, ABA, NBAA and ISTAT.
In the Market
- Who’s Who Legal 2016 Honors Kaye Scholer Lawyers February 2016
- Mulitz, Hartnett, Schneider Participate in Panel at Airline Economics Growth Frontiers Conference January 17-20, 2016
- How to Mitigate Casualty Liability Risk in Aviation Finance October 23, 2015