Vinson & Elkins launches aviation finance group with Milbank lawyers

  • Four lawyers have joined Texas-founded Vinson & Elkins’ New York office
  • Attorneys’ clients include investors and aircraft companies working on financing and acquisitions

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(Reuters) – A pair of aviation-focused lawyers have joined Houston-based Vinson & Elkins as partners in New York to open an aviation finance practice, the firm said Tuesday.

David Berkery of Dublin-based A&L Goodbody and Niels Jensen of Milbank will co-lead the practice, along with two associates joining from Milbank. Before moving to A&L Goodbody, Berkery spent five years at Milbank with the rest of the team.

At Milbank, all of the lawyers advised financial institutions, investors and aircraft companies on aircraft financing, acquisition and leasing, according to Jensen.

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Jensen said New York continues to be a hub for central players in aviation investment.

“Even when we would do a capital markets deal for American Airlines, where the team is built in Texas, it’s still a New York-run deal,” said Jensen.

Jensen said the team decided to move to Vinson & Elkins because the firm allowed them to make the jump together and continue building out their practice.

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