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Maples Group Recognised on Five Award-Winning Aviation Finance Deals

10 May 2022

The Maples Group's global Asset Finance team has once again been recognised for its role on five award-winning deals at the Airline Economics Aviation Finance Deals of the Year Awards 2022.  Impressively, the team advised on Debt Deal of the Year: American Airlines' US$10 billion Advantage Loyalty Programme1, Sustainability Overall Deal of the Year: Avolon's $2bn eVTOL aircraft order from Vertical Aerospace Ltd2 and Americas Capital Markets Deal of the Year: SALT 2021-1 ABS3.

The team is proud to have advised on the winning deals across the following categories:

Airline Economics Aviation 100 Deals of the Year Awards 2022:

• Debt Deal of the Year: American Airlines $10bn Advantage loyalty programme package  (Cayman Islands counsel)

• Editor's Deal of the Year: Griffin Global Asset Management Operating and Finance Lease Warehouse (Cayman Islands and Irish counsel)

• Sustainability Overall Deal of the Year: Avolon's $2bn Vertical Aerospace VX4 eVTOL order & placement (Cayman Islands counsel)

• Asia-Pacific M&A Deal of the Year:
 Stonepeak Purchase of NAB aircraft loan portfolio (Cayman Islands counsel)

• Americas Capital Markets Deal of the Year: SALT 2021-1 ABS (Cayman Islands and Irish counsel)

Jonathon Meloy, Partner and co-head of the Cayman Islands Asset Finance practice said; "We are honoured to have been selected by our clients to assist with so many high profile and innovative international aviation transactions over the past 12 months.  These awards are testament to both our valued clients and our talented and dedicated global team of aviation lawyers and professionals based across several locations covering five legal jurisdictions, who continue to provide market-leading legal advice and fiduciary services to the sector."

The Maples Group's global Asset Finance team is comprised of lawyers and fiduciary services professionals located in the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Dubai, Hong Kong, Ireland, London and Singapore.

Lawyers involved in the award-winning deals included Finance Partners Jonathon Meloy, Donna Ager, Sherice Arman, Manuela Belmontes, James Kinsley, Anthony Philp, Mary O'Neill and Shari Howell as well as a number of others across specialist practice areas.

Professionals from the Group's fiduciary services team provided a suite of fiduciary, administration, managing agent and AML / regulatory services on some of the award-winning deals and included Senior Vice Presidents Phillip Hinds, Julian Dunphy, Jarlath Canning and Paul Griffin and Vice President Linval Stewart.


  1. https://maples.com/en/search/?search=American%20Airlines%27%20US$10%20billion%20Advantage%20Loyalty%20Programme
  2. https://maples.com/en/news/2021/7/maples-advises-avolon-on-record-us$2-billion-evtol-aircraft-order
  3. Maples Group Assists Stonepeak on the Aviation Sector's First Broadly Syndicated Aircraft Loan Securitisation

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