Helicopter Finance 2013

Alasdair Whyte
By Alasdair Whyte October 15, 2012 11:12
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International Helicopter Finance 2013

Monday February 11
The Royal Garden Hotel, London

“An excellent roster of speakers and very productive networking opportunities,” Sharon Desfor, HeliValues$

“The definitive helicopter finance conference,” David Hayler, LCI

New speakers: Joseph Baj, Vice President – Treasurer, Bristow; Suha Kocabal, Vice President, TD Securities; Eric Chartier, Customer Financing, Eurocopter-EADS; Luciano Luzi, Group Treasurer, AgustaWestland; John Turesson, Head of Project, Asset & Export Finance Norway, SEB; Sten L. Gustafson, Chief Executive Officer, Era Group; Brian Pelan, Customer Finance Manager, Sikorsky Aircraft

08.00 Registration and refreshments

09.00 Opening remarks
Alasdair Whyte, Editor, Corporate Jet Investor

09.05 Keynote: CHC Helicopter the world’s largest helicopter services company

  • The last 10 years
  • CHC’s financing strategy
  • Looking forward: what now for CHC

Clark McGinn, Managing Director, CHC Leasing Ireland

09.40 The state of global helicopter finance

  • Is there enough cash to finance growth?
  • Threats to helicopter finance: Basel III and IFRS
  • New sources of finance – Asian lenders, leasing companies, funds and others
  • Bank debt vs. leasing vs. export credit

John Sheldon, Director, SC Asset Finance and Advisor, Lease Corporate International

10.15 AgustaWestland: Building the growth

Roberto Garavaglia, SVP Marketing, AgustaWestland

10.35 Morning coffee

11.10 Keynote: ERA Group: The world’s oldest operator

  • Why splitting from SEACOR makes sense?
  • Owning (and selling) versus leasing
  • Financing helicopters compared to ships
  • Diversifying from energy support and the US

Sten Gustafson, CEO, Era Group

11.45 The OEM perspective: Supporting the delivered fleet

  • Deals do not end on delivery: supporting helicopters
  • Winning and managing long term contracts

Markus Steinke, Managing Director, Eurocopter UK

12.15 Helicopter values: What models are doing what?

  • Appraisers will identify key models and discuss what is affecting the
  • Sharon Desfor, President, HeliValue$

David Crick, Director, Lloyds Asset Services
Phil Seymour, President and COO, IBA Group

13.00 Lunch

14.15 Keynote: Bristow’s growth strategy

  • Bristow’s global footprint
  • The move to leasing

Joseph Baj, Vice President – Treasurer, Bristow

14.50 Bank panel: The importance of finance

  • How to get bank debt
  • What are banks looking for in the perfect deal?
  • Helicopters versus other assets
  • Financing leasing companies versus operators
  • Is bank debt drying up?
  • What can make financiers more comfortable with asset values?

Richard Moody, Managing Director, Deutsche Bank
Olivier Rambert, Insurance, Aviation & Credit Coordination Manager, Société Générale Equipment Finance
John Turesson, Head of Project, Asset & Export Finance Norway, SEB

15.20 Selling pre-owned helicopters: Where is the demand coming from?

  • Is it all about off-shore assets?
  • Are there any signs of recovery in the small helicopter market
  • Is China ready to become a big market?

Emmanuel Dupuy, Executive Sales Director – Europe, AvPro and Founder, HeliAsset

15.50 Afternoon tea

16.15 Helicopter export credit

  • Why do export credit agencies want to support helicopters?
  • Why do deals take so long?

Suha Kocabal, Vice President, TD Securities
Andrew Wolfson, Vice President Europe, Middle East and Africa, Airfinance

16.45 Customer finance: Financing the global fleet

  • Why banks should finance helicopters
  • Is there enough finance available?
  • Is there enough interest in emerging markets?
  • Working with export credit agencies

Eric Chartier, Customer Financing, Eurocopter-EADS
Luciano Luzi, Group Treasurer, AgustaWestland
Brian Pelan, Customer Finance Manager, Sikorsky Aircraft

17.25 Helicopter leasing: How big can the market get?

  • Why operators should lease
  • Is debt cheap enough to make the economics work?
  • Is there room for new entrants?

Jaspal Jandu, CFO, Lease Corporation International
Mirika Nakayama, President of ITC – Leasing and CFO, ITC –Aerospace

18.00 Chairman’s closing remarks followed by an AgustaWestland drinks reception


Lead Sponsor


Silver sponsors

Clyde & Co

Gates and Partners logo

Holman Fenwick Willan

 IBA Group Logo

 Bronze sponsors


Eurocopter UK


Investec sponsor

Jst Support Services

Mourant Ozannes

San Marino Aircraft Registry

The Registry of Aruba

Alasdair Whyte
By Alasdair Whyte October 15, 2012 11:12

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