Airfinance Journal has revealed the winners of 2016 Deals of the Year awards, which will take place at the New York Marriot Marquis on 17 May.
Now in its 21st year, the awards are an essential calendar fixture for airlines and the global aviation finance sector.
The winners were selected by a judging panel of senior aviation finance executives, including Bertrand Grabowski (former board member and head of aircraft finance at DVB Bank), Jeff Knittel (president CIT Transportation & International Finance) and Norm Liu (former CEO and chairman of GECAS).
More than a 130 submissions were received for 92 deal categories, comprising 80 unique transactions valued at approximately $50 billion. The submissions were then narrowed down to three deals per category by Airfinance Journal's editorial and data experts before being presented to the judges.
Members of the judging panel recused themselves from deliberations relating to a category where their current or immediate past employer was short-listed.
The 2016 Winners of the best industry deals:
Bank Loan Deal of the Year
Accipiter $1.2bn 7-year recourse financing of 43 aircraft
Export Credit Deal of the Year
Sun Express Exim-French Lease
Tax Lease Deal of the Year
Aeromexico JOLCO 1x787
Operating Lease Deal of the Year
IAFC/Saudia operating lease of 30xA320s + 20xA330s
Sale and Leaseback Deal of the Year
Etihad Natixis ADGM 2xA380
Equity Deal of the Year
BOC Aviation $1.13 billion IPO
M&A Deal of the Year
FedEx $4.8 billion purchase of TNT Express
Capital Markets Deal of the Year
Blackbird $1 billion ABS
Innovative Deal of the Year
Emirates EMP Korean E-note
Editor's Deal of the Year
Labrador $709 million ABS (GECAS)
Overall Deal of the Year
Bohai $7.6 billion Avolon acquisition
Individual and Team awards
The industry has spoken and voted for the winners of Airfinance Journal’s individual and team awards through a publicly available “survey monkey” platform, which was open for submissions throughout the entire month of February. Winners of these prestigious awards will also be presented during the 2016 Deals of the Year ceremony.
Airline Treasury Team of the Year
Lessor Treasury Team of the Year
Aviation Woman of the Year
Amelia Anderson (American Airlines)
Aviation Young Person of the Year
Ahsan Gulabkhan (Virgin Atlantic)
Lifetime Achievement Award
Tom Budgett (BLP)
Most Improved Airline of 2016
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