Helicopters Magazine

Corporate Jet and Helicopter Finance Conference set for take-off

February 1, 2012  By Carey Fredericks

Feb. 1, 2012, London, U.K. - The second annual International Corporate Jet and Helicopter Finance Conference will play host to some 200 delegates and speakers from the global aviation industry next week (7-8th February).  Organized by Corporate Jet Investor, the event, to be held at The Hilton, London Tower Bridge, is growing in significance given that that 70 per cent of all business jets and helicopters (from the smallest jets through to the large Boeing and Airbus Corporate Jets) are typically financed. 

“We recognize that it is relatively easy for western European and U.S. aircraft buyers to secure business jet finance, but acknowledge it is so much harder for international owners,” said Alasdair Whyte, editor, Corporate Jet Investor. “Currently most orders for new aircraft are coming from outside the US and western Europe. This unique conference has been created with the specific aim of helping corporate aircraft and helicopter buyers worldwide find financing to suit their needs.”

The event has attracted speakers from all around the world, including key international aircraft operators and senior representatives from global financial institutions. Leading business aircraft operator speakers (a new element for this year) include Luis Pinto, CFO, NetJets Europe; Thomas Flohr, CEO and founder of VistaJet; Marwan Khalek, CEO and co-founder of Gama Group; and Patrick Margetson-Rushmore, CEO of LEA.

Representatives from established global financial institutions participating and speaking include AirFinance, BNDES, CIT, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Guggenheim Partners, Investec, Lloyds Banking Group, Milestone Leasing, Minsheng Financial Leasing, Rand Merchant Bank, Societe General, TD Securities, UBS Leasing and US Ex-Im Bank. The event has also attracted a larger number of brokers of pre-owned aircraft (fixed wing and rotor wing) reflecting the importance of finance to this market segment.

Delegates, including those from over 30 international financial institutions, will be flying in to London from 17 different countries spanning six continents.  And, recognizing the achievements of some of the industry’s outstanding players in business aircraft finance, the prestigious Corporate Jet Investor Awards will be held after the first day, applauding those financiers and lenders who have shown outstanding ability and achievement in the field of business jet and helicopter financing or lending during 2011.  Ten financial institutions will receive regional Corporate Jet Investor Financier of the Year Awards as determined by a judging panel of 25 leading finance specialists at manufacturers, brokers and other impartial organisations including OEMs Bombardier, Hawker Beechcraft, Embraer, Gulfstream and Dassault.


Corporate Jet Investor thanks this year’s sponsors – Ascend, Bombardier, Clyde & Co, Gates and Partners, IBA, Rolls-Royce, Airclaims, Altair Aero Projects, Avinode, Guggenheim and JSSI.


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