Airfinance Journal Dublin School 2020

21-22 January 2020

The Convention Centre Dublin

Dublin, Ireland

Event Overview

Airfinance Journal Dublin School 2020

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Taking place over January 21st-22nd , the Dublin School of Aviation Finance reflects Airfinance Journal’s commitment to the future of the aviation finance industry by offering junior industry professionals the opportunity to expand their knowledge and network with senior decision-makers. Featuring some of the industry’s most senior veteran voices, over 2 days students will delve into the fundamental challenges and opportunities facing aviation finance professionals today, in addition to completing a practical task reflecting the process of structuring an aircraft financing. The school is a must-attend for anyone wishing to advance through the ranks of aviation finance.





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08 00 AM Registration & morning refreshments
08 55 AM Chairperson's opening remarks
09 05 AM Introduction to the aircraft finance industry
  • Drivers of Air Travel – A Cyclical Business
  • Development of the Aircraft Finance Industry
  • Products & Services
  • Aircraft suitable for Leasing
  • Typical Operating Lease Arrangements
  • Patrick Blaney, Chairman Aviation Leasing Finance & Law Programme, UCD Graduate Business School
10 00 AM Financing an aircraft case study introduction
10 15 AM How are aircraft financed?
  • Sources of Financing 2019
  • Banking Markets
  • Capital Markets
  • Structured Finance
  • Export Finance
  • Insurance Products
11 15 AM Morning networking & refreshment break
11 30 AM What makes a financeable aircraft?
  • Value considerations
  • Key components of Aircraft Values
  • Product Life Cycle
  • Technology Impact
  • Maintenance – Impact on Value       
  • Tasos Michael, Chief Executive Officer, Inception Aviation Fund
12 30 PM Networking lunch
13 30 PM Structuring an aircraft financing
  • Typical Structures used in Aircraft Financing
  • Use of Special Purpose Entities
  • Financing Terms & Conditions
  • Cape Town Convention
  • Sylvain Gloux, Director, Origination - Aerospace Finance, Erste Group Bank AG
14 30 PM The implications of European airline insolvency for the aviation finance industry
  • The current framework of airline insolvency in the UK
  • How the framework may change in the future
  • What happens when a customer ceases operations?
  • How effective has Cape Town been in aiding lessors & financiers to repossess their assets?
15 15 PM Afternoon networking & refreshment break
15 30 PM The operating leasing industry
  • What adaptations do lessors need to make in a fundamentally more hostile operating environment?
  • What are the various operating leasing models and in which contexts should they be employed?
  • What is the key to building customer relationships and leveraging those relationships to generate revenue?
  • What does the relationship between lessors and OEMs look like?
16 00 PM How an airlines access better rates on aircraft finance loans by bolstering their sustainability offering?
  • How exactly do green loans work and what advantages can they offer those who use them?
  • What steps are being taken to make the aviation industry “green”?
  • Will poor environmental performance become a key concern for airlines and what steps can they take to be ahead of the curve?
16 45 PM Case study - Structuring an aircraft financing transaction
17 55 PM Chairperson's closing remarks and school review
18 00 PM Networking drinks reception
08 00 AM Morning refreshments & networking breakfast
09 00 AM Chairperson's opening remarks
09 10 AM Why is the aircraft ABS product proving so popular and what is the outlook for the market?
  • How is a typical aircraft ABS structured and how have structures changed over time?
  • Who are the investors?
  • How has the sector performed and where are the spreads and total returns?
  • What is the outlook for market growth?
  • Mary E Kane, Managing Director, Head of ABS Research, Citi
09 55 AM Students and faculty move to main conference room
10 00 AM Will a fragmented European airline market maintain profitability in 2020? *Main conference session

Structurally, the European airline market is significantly more fragmented than in North America, with more than half the continent’s profits being generated by the “Big Four”.  Hear from the leaders of some of Europe’s most successful airlines give a rare insight into the fleet and financing strategies that keep them ahead of the competition.

10 50 AM Case study review 2
11 10 AM Morning networking break & refreshments
11 30 AM Risk management - Portfolio & credit risk
  • Airline Credit vs. Portfolio Risk Management
  • Identifying Risks in a Portfolio
  • Building a Balanced Portfolio
  • Structuring a Transaction to Mitigate Risk
  • Philip Ziegler, Director - Risk Management - Aviation Industry, Citi
12 30 PM Networking lunch
13 30 PM What impact has insurance backed financing options had on airline customers’ ability to access capital?
  • An evaluation on the success of the AFIC and Balthazar products
  • What is drawing insurance capital to this space?
  • Do we expect more products to emerge in 2020/21?
  • Gabriel Okolski, Senior Vice President, Credit & Financial Analyst, Aircraft Finance Insurance Consortium,, Marsh USA Inc., a Marsh & McLennan Company
  • Leslie Kurshan, Managing Director, Global AFIC Credit Specialties Leader, Marsh Ltd
14 15 PM The lenders of last resort: Everything you need to know about export credit financing
  • Hannah Steadman, Business Manager - Aerospace & Defence, UK Export Finance
15 00 PM Afternoon networking break & refreshments
15 30 PM Case study review
16 15 PM Students & faculty move to main conference room
16 30 PM Lessor CEO interviews

Hear the CEO's of the world's most influential leasing companies discuss what they see as the future of aviation finance and their strategies for achieving it.

17 50 PM Chairperson's closing remarks
17 55 PM 40th anniversary celebratory drinks reception


Iain Wetherall

Chief Financial Officer

Wizz Air

Raffael Alves

Chief Financial Officer

TAP Air Portugal

Greg Conlon

President & Chief Executive Officer


Greg Lee

Managing Director

Goldman Sachs

John Plueger

Chief Executive Officer & President

Air Lease Corporation

Laura Mueller

Managing Director

Airfinance Journal

Aengus Kelly

Chief Executive Officer


Domhnal Slattery

Chief Executive Officer


Gabriel Okolski

Senior Vice President, Credit & Financial Analyst, Aircraft Finance Insurance Consortium,

Marsh USA Inc., a Marsh & McLennan Company

Leslie Kurshan

Managing Director, Global AFIC Credit Specialties Leader

Marsh Ltd

Sylvain Gloux

Director, Origination - Aerospace Finance

Erste Group Bank AG

Richard Skipper


DLA Piper

Patrick Blaney

Chairman Aviation Leasing Finance & Law Programme

UCD Graduate Business School

Tasos Michael

Chief Executive Officer

Inception Aviation Fund

Torbjørn Wist

Chief Financial Officer

SAS Airlines

Steve Gunning

Chief Financial Officer

International Airlines Group

Philip Ziegler

Director - Risk Management - Aviation Industry


Mary E Kane

Managing Director, Head of ABS Research


Hannah Steadman

Business Manager - Aerospace & Defence

UK Export Finance


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The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, N Wall Quay,

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