Clay Smith
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Clay Smith

Split Rock

United States

Clay Smith is an aviation financial professional with 25 years of experience as a portfolio manager and a banker/broker.  He has successfully led early-stage company financings, corporate bond issuances, restructurings and bankruptcies, and structured credit transactions.  In his time as a distressed fund manager, he was directly responsible for structured aviation assets worth over $1 billion.  He spent over 10 years in senior asset management roles at AIG, American Express and Deephaven Capital Management.  In 2019, Clay became a partner at Split Rock Aviation, an aviation consultancy and financial service provider.

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The aircraft ABS market saw an incredible revival at the end of 2021, but how healthy are these structures really? Senior notes fared well in the second-largest year for ABS issuances on record, but C notes and tradeable e-notes have seen limited or no take-up. What implications does this have for aircraft ABS investors going forwards?

  • How has the performance of pre-covid ABS issuances impacted how new deals are being structured?  
  • Is there still distress in the C tranches? What implications does this have for aircraft ABS investors?  
  • How will new deals need to be structured to entice potential e-note buyers back to the market? Will this happen in 2022? 
  • Will there be a substantial change in how sponsors compose new ABS portfolios this year? 
    Lourens Geldenhuys
    Chief Financial Officer, Stratos
    Vijay Jethwa
    Executive Director, Mizuho
    Clay Smith
    Partner, Split Rock
    Kevin MacLeod
    Shareholder, Vedder Price
    Robert Cassidy
    Senior Manager, PAFS Ireland