Donna Ager
physical attendance
Donna Ager

Maples Group

United Kingdom

Donna is head of Maples and Calder's European Aviation team and is based in the Maples Group's London office. Donna advises on tax-efficient leasing and financing structures, in addition to platform establishments and transportation business acquisitions and disposals, all from an Irish law perspective. Having worked on the acquisition, finance, leasing and disposal of transportation assets for more than 15 years, Donna has extensive industry and structuring knowledge, notably in the aviation sector where she specialises. Regarded by her clients as practical and commercial, Donna's expertise extends across all transportation assets and her London city training provides for a unique and refreshing approach to the role of Irish counsel.

Upgrade to initiate conversation first



Several lessors have publicly announced they are exploring the possibility of launching an aircraft loan CLO while SALT 2021-1, a debut aircraft loan ABS, achieved an oversubscription across all four series of notes. Our panel examines two very distinct approaches to securitizing aircraft loans and the potential impact on the aircraft financing market. 

  • How do aircraft loan ABS deals differ compared to aircraft leases? 
  • What are the pros and cons of using an ABS vs a CLO when securitizing aircraft loans from an issuer’s perspective? 
  • How thick is the potential deal pipeline? 
  • What key risks should investors be aware of when assessing a pool of aircraft loans? 
Eelco van de Stadt
Managing Director, President, Apollo Global Management Inc/PK AirFinance
Donna Ager
Partner, Maples Group
Cian Dooley
Founding Partner, Airborne Capital
Dickon Harris
Editor, Ishka