Tom Healey helps clients finance aircraft. Recognized as a leader in aviation finance law by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Tom regularly closes aviation deals involving lease novations, junior and senior loans and intercreditor issues, and aircraft fleet orders, and he has won numerous deal-of-the-year awards from aviation industry publications. He has also represented creditors in numerous US airline Chapter 11 proceedings and has restructured financings for many aircraft in airline insolvencies.
Award-winning aviation deals
Tom “understands the dynamics of the business very well,” clients tell Chambers USA. “He is one of the guys that is trying to find ways to overcome challenging situations.” Tom represents financiers on all aspects of workouts for numerous aircraft in airline reorganizations in North and South America. He represents lessors, finance parties, operators and governments on export credit financings and works regularly on pre-delivery payment facilities and asset and credit support agreements. Buyers and sellers of business aircraft and participants in fractional programs seek Tom's counsel on purchase agreements, financing and regulatory compliance.
Tom represented the aircraft manufacturer Embraer on the Chapter 11 proceedings of Republic Airways, including its participation on the unsecured creditors' committee and the restructuring of financings for dozens of aircraft. He also worked on the 2011 Airfinance Journal Regional Jet Deal of the Year involving Aldus Aviation and on the 2003 Airfinance Journal Aircraft Order of the Year with JetBlue Airways. Tom's experience also includes the sale of a portfolio of junior debt secured by 80 aircraft, which was named Airfinance Journal's 2007 Aerospace Deal of the Year.
Articles in the National Law Review database by Tom Healey
Katten is a National Law Review Go-To Thought Leader for the firm’s thought leadership on the Coronavirus pandemic's impact on the aviation industry, specifically the government’s on-going operation support for the airlines and aviation finance and leases. Katten’s thought leadership in aviation addresses leases and financing and the insurance of aircraft assets during bankruptcies, as well as government regulation and oversight of the aviation industry including the Treasury Department’s payroll support for airline workers and special payments earmarked for the airline industry under the CARES Act. The following Katten attorney authors were notable aviation law contributors in 2020: Lisa A. Clark, Tom Healey, Stewart B. Herman, Timothy J. Lynes, Brett J. Seifarth and Miran Vila.