Phillip Durham is a partner in the New York office of Holland & Knight. His practice focuses on domestic and cross-border asset-based financing, leasing, acquisitioqns, sales and securitizations, with a particular emphasis on aviation and equipment finance in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Mr. Durham’s client roster includes some of the biggest names in aviation finance for which he has handled billions of dollars of transactions around the globe, including Airline Economics’ 2015 Debt Deal of the Year, the Airfinance Journal’s2015 North American deal of the year, the Airfinance Journal’s capital markets deal of the year and Jane’s Transport Finance’s aviation deal of the year.
His work on behalf of these clients, in addition to his leadership in the industry, has resulted in him garnering numerous industry accolades. Mr. Durham represents operating lessors, international financial institutions, airlines, private equity firms, high-net-worth individuals and investors in connection with all manner of equipment operating leases, equipment sales and acquisitions, asset-backed financings, credit facilities and capital markets offerings, such as portfolio securitizations and asset-backed bond issuances.
Mr. Durham also has significant experience in negotiating restructurings of equipment finance transactions and assisting with foreclosures, repossessions and the remarketing of aircraft, aircraft engines and aircraft spare parts in jurisdictions all over the world.
In addition to his work around the globe, Mr. Durham has dedicated himself to sharing his substantial knowledge of the equipment finance industry. He has had numerous speaking engagements, from addressing the Colombian financial services industry in Bogotá (with respect of secured transaction reforms), to speaking at the Latin American Airfinance conference in Rio de Janeiro, to presenting at the Cape Town Academic Conference at Oxford University.
Mr. Durham is a current member of Executive Board of Directors for the Mining, Agricultural and Construction Equipment Working Group and has been actively involved in the study group tasked by UNIDROIT with developing a 4th Protocol to the Cape Town Convention covering mining, agricultural and construction equipment.
His depth and breadth of experience in aviation finance transactions in Latin America also led to him being appointed to co-direct the annual Euromoney School of Aviation Finance in Latin America. Closer to home, he acts as the chairman of the American Bar Association’s Aircraft Financing Subcommittee.
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