Debevoise & Plimpton LLP today announced that Brian E. Liu, a leading aviation finance lawyer, has joined the firm’s New York office as a partner and member of the Aviation Practice Group. Mr. Liu’s practice will focus on all aspects of aviation and equipment finance.
Mr. Liu has a broad range of experience in the equipment finance space, where his prior practice included the representation of airlines, leasing companies and financial institutions. Having counseled clients in each aspect of the aviation finance industry, he has gained rare insight into this quickly evolving finance market.
“We are excited to welcome Brian to Debevoise,” said Michael W. Blair, the firm’s Presiding Partner. “Brian’s in-depth knowledge of this sophisticated market will bring additional perspective and insight as we continue to help guide clients through what can be a very turbulent environment.”
“The aviation finance market continues to evolve with increasingly complex financial products and with more diverse and interesting participants entering the space. I’m confident that Brian’s experience, energy and excitement will serve our clients well,” said partner John T. Curry III, Chair of the firm’s Aviation Practice Group.
Having devoted the great majority of his legal career to representing both lenders and borrowers in the equipment and aviation finance space, Mr. Liu has advised on enhanced equipment trust certificate and secured notes issuances, securitizations, syndicated credit facilities, second lien facilities, warehouse facilities, sale/leasebacks and restructurings.
“I’m looking forward to joining Debevoise’s industry-leading Aviation Practice and to working alongside this highly regarded team to help clients achieve their financing goals,” said Mr. Liu.
Mr. Liu most recently served as a partner at an international law firm, focusing on equipment finance matters. He was named a “Rising Star” by Airfinance Journal in 2014.
Mr. Liu earned his J.D. in 2006 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and received his B.A. from Northwestern University in 2003.
Debevoise has been at the forefront of the aviation sector for more than 60 years and represents airlines and other industry participants in the full range of aviation transactional matters. Acknowledged in Chambers for consistently delivering the highest quality work, the Group’s multidisciplinary and international team is known for its ability to tackle challenging transactions in the face of demanding time constraints.