Oliver T. Althoff

Managing Director

Oliver is a Managing Director for Capital Markets at Seabury Capital advising clients in the aviation and aerospace industries.  Prior to Seabury, Oliver held the financial officer role of Managing Director-Head of Capital Markets & Treasury for Waypoint Leasing, a private-equity owned, global helicopter leasing company.  Oliver was also a Director for CIT’s Transportation principal finance business. His clients included middle market private equity firms, aviation and aerospace and defense industry suppliers. Prior to CIT, Oliver held roles at GE Capital, Bank of America, and Mitchell Madison Group. Oliver received his B.A. and M.P.A. from Cornell University, and a M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ellen Artist

Managing Director, Seabury Capital Advisors, LLC

Ellen is a Managing Director with more than 30 years’ experience in global aviation finance as a financial advisor, investment principal and commercial lender.  She is experienced in financial restructurings, both in court and out of court and has acted as liquidating trustee and advisor to the trustee in two airline liquidations including claims settlement and wind down activities.  Her career has included arranging financing for billions of dollars of equipment financing utilizing leveraged leasing structures as well as debt, finance leases and operating leases.  She was a founding partner at both The Seabury Group, LLC and SkyWorks Capital, LLC.

Christopher D. Cantwell

Managing Director

Chris is a Managing Director at Seabury Capital providing advisory services to the aviation and aerospace industries specializing in asset-backed financings and leasing transactions and with a focus on parts, engines and the global supply chain. Prior to Seabury, Chris was Managing Director and Group Head for CIT Corporate Finance, Aerospace & Defense.  Chris has also worked at GECAS where he managed structuring and origination in the spare engine and spare parts leasing and financing businesses. Chris joined GECAS from Bankers Trust where he was a member of the Airline & Aerospace investment banking team.  Chris holds a MBA from New York University and a BA from Hamilton College.

Benoit Debains

Managing Director, Seabury Securities

Benoit Debains is a Managing Director with Seabury Securities. Previously he served as advisor to Plane View Partners and as Managing Director at Skyworks where he advised major airlines on the purchase of new aircraft.

He has 35 years of experience in aircraft financing and selling.

Benoit was global head of sales finance for Airbus, 13 years where he built the deal analysis model, created the sales finance team in North America, founded and managed Airbus Financial Services before being promoted to SVP Finance and Treasury with the addition of corporate finance, cash and currency management, and led strategy in currency hedging between 2001 and 2007.

As head of Airbus’ sales finance arm, he was involved in all major Airbus sales campaigns, served as a member of the Airbus deal approval committee, and lead the direct financing of more than 300 aircraft, credited as a critical factor of Airbus’ success.

Kevin Diamond

Chief Financial Officer, SING for Service Mepco

Kevin Diamond joined Seabury Asset Management I LLC in 2017 as Chief Financial Officer. He leads our efforts working with major third party providers to acquire and service payment plans for the vehicle service contract (“VSC”) market. In this role, he has oversight of all functions for the company’s VSC operations.

Greg Ethier

Managing Director, Seabury International Corporate Finance LLC

Gregory Ethier rejoined Seabury in June 2020 following 9 years at Aircastle Advisor LLC, a leading aircraft lessor. While at Aircastle, Greg led North American marketing efforts, including portfolio lease placements and aircraft acquisitions (consistently $1.5B+ annually). In addition, Greg was responsible for OEM coverage and led the evaluation of new technology offerings of Embraer, Airbus and Boeing, identified and supported new business development opportunities and led and managed Aircastle’s freighter aircraft portfolio, including the evaluation of freighter conversion programs. Prior to Aircastle, Greg spent 12 years at Seabury executing on numerous M&A advisory, financial restructuring, aircraft related and creditor assignments.

Rob Fleschler

President and Chief Executive Officer, Seabury Global Markets

Rob Fleschler is a Senior Advisor to Seabury Asset Management specializing in portfolio companies within the financial technology space.  Rob has more than 25 years of experience in the Financial Services industry with a background in cash, futures and options sales & trading; day to day management of global institutional sales teams and building electronic execution products and distribution capabilities.  Rob’s  previous work experience includes more than a decade with financial institutions in the US and abroad including JP Morgan (NY, London), UBS (NY, Tokyo and Singapore), Lehman Brothers (NY), Goldman Sachs (NY) and another decade with software companies and electronic execution venues.  Mr. Fleschler holds a B.A. from DePauw University and joins Seabury from Hotspot, now part of Cboe FX Markets LLC..

Layne Grindal

Managing Director, Seabury Securities

Layne Grindal joined Seabury in 2020 and has nearly 20 years of experience advising airlines and aircraft investors on complex financing and business transactions.  Prior to joining Seabury, he spent two years at a transportation-focused investment bank where he helped originate, syndicate and close nearly $1.0 billion of aircraft financings for airlines globally.  Previously Layne was Deputy General Counsel of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc., a publicly traded cargo airline and aircraft leasing company, where he advised on over $4.5 billion of aircraft and capital market financings and over $3.5 billion of aircraft acquisitions.  He joined Atlas from Haynes and Boone, LLP, where he was a corporate lawyer specializing in mergers and acquisitions, securities law, corporate finance and corporate restructurings.  He is a member of the State Bar of New York and holds Series 7, 63 and 79 licenses from FINRA.

Ginger Hughes

Managing Director, Seabury Aviation Advisors

Ginger Hughes joined Seabury in 2002 and is a Managing Director, Seabury Aviation Advisors. Ms. Hughes has over 20 years of global airline experience covering a wide range of matters including multiple successful airline restructurings, crisis cash management, due diligence, strategic sourcing negotiations, cost reduction programs and mergers & acquisitions advisory. She has a senior role in liquidity management, vendor negotiation and restructuring issues.

Stephan T. Krastev

Managing Director, Seabury Merchant Banking

Stephan Krastev joined Seabury in April 2002. During his tenure at Seabury, Mr. Krastev has structured and executed a broad range of transactions, including capital raising, M&A advisory (buy- and sell-side) and restructuring. Currently, Mr. Krastev is involved in a number of sell-side aerospace banking engagements involving M&A and equity raising.

Robert Lin

President and Chief Executive Officer, Seabury Trade Finance Exchange LLC (Seabury TFX)

Robert is CEO of Seabury Trade Finance Exchange LLC (Seabury TFX) and holds overall responsibility for the company’s strategy and key business initiatives. With more than 20 years of industry experience, he has a unique background in trade, finance, supply chain and technology as a practitioner and as a service provider. Prior to Seabury TFX, he was managing director of TradeCard Inc., now GTNexus, where he built and oversaw the company’s global supplier business to a network of over 20,000 companies. Before TradeCard, Lin held management positions at NewView Technologies, Omnivision Technologies, and Cargill Financial Markets Group. He holds a B.A. in cognitive science from University of California, San Diego and an M.B.A. from University of Southern California. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and events on supply chain and trade finance.

Paolo Lironi

CEO, SGI Aviation

Paolo Lironi is SGI’s CEO. He joined SGI in 2008, with more than 10 years of experience in commercial aviation.

Mr. Lironi has a strong track record in aircraft leasing, contract negotiation, redeliveries, buyouts, and end-of-life scenario planning. His clients include financial institutions as well as large lessors and commercial airlines.

Ross McKenzie

Executive Director, Seabury Securities

Ross McKenzie is an Executive Director with Seabury Securities with over 20 years of experience in airline business and financial planning, restructurings, and fleet analysis.  Mr. McKenzie leads Seabury’s business planning team, a group of financial planning specialists responsible for evaluating and developing airline business plans and financial projections.  At Seabury, Mr. McKenzie has developed financial projections and other analyses to support a broad spectrum of projects, including restructurings, due diligence reviews, corporate financing projects and fleet campaigns.  Mr. McKenzie and the business planning team have worked with more than 50 airlines worldwide of all sizes and strategies.

Bijoy Mechery

CEO, Seabury Enterprise Solutons and
CEO, Seabury IT/Software Advisory

Bijoy Mechery joined the Seabury in 2002 as a Managing Director as well as Chief Executive Officer of Seabury’s IT software consulting and development firm, Seabury Enterprise Solutions, LLC (SES). SES provides comprehensive IT consulting services to Seabury’s aviation and private equity clients including vendor selection, IT spend analysis and improvement and IT due diligence. SES has also developed a suite of proprietary, cross industry, decision support and analysis applications including what Seabury believes to be the most robust and comprehensive airline enterprise assessment software (Seabury’s Airline Performance Analysis System, or “APAS”).

Ken Raff

Executive Director, Seabury Securities

Ken Raff has been engaged on over 20 aircraft acquisition campaigns since joining Seabury in 2001. He takes a lead role for client fleet evaluation, planning and aircraft analysis including performance and specification selection. He manages aircraft procurement and restructuring campaigns with a focus on evaluating and negotiating (or renegotiating) aircraft and engine purchase agreements and associated long term maintenance contracts. Prior to joining Seabury, Mr. Raff spent 15 years at American Airlines in various finance roles including fleet planning and transactions, and three years conducting certification flight tests at Boeing.

Antares Reis

Managing Director, European Aviation, Aerospace & Defense Investment Banking

Mr. Antares Reis is the MD of Seabury’s European Aerospace & Defense Investment Banking team. Antares’ primary responsibilities include origination and execution of Investment Banking-related transactions in the A&D industry.

Prior to joining Seabury in early 2013, he spent a career establishing his expertise and A&D as Vice-President at Barons, CIT Aerospace, and General Electric. He led and was an integral part of a variety of financing and M&A transactions, spanning key A&D market segments that are complementary to Seabury’s core advisory practices, including the MRO, Aerospace Distribution & Logistics, Aircraft Interiors, Aerospace Propulsion, Aerostructures, Training & Simulation, and Defense Systems. During his career, Antares also held positions with McKinsey, PwC, CCF Bank, and Pactual Bank.

Andrew J. Schmidt

Managing Director, Seabury Capital

Andrew (Andy) Schmidt is a Managing Director in Seabury Capital focused on private equity investing and asset management.  He has 30 years’ experience in the aviation industry, including engineering, management consulting, investment banking and corporate leadership.

Prior to joining Seabury, Mr. Schmidt was a Senior Vice President at AAR where he was responsible for its technical support and digital services businesses.  He also led AAR’s M&A activities in the areas of technology, software and analytics.  Before AAR, Mr. Schmidt was a Vice President at Macquarie Capital and a partner at Oliver Wyman.

Mr. Schmidt is a private pilot and holds a BS degree in aeronautical engineering from Embry-Riddle and an MBA from Northwestern University.

Neal Wesson

Senior Vice President, Seabury Structured Finance

Neal Wesson joined Seabury in 2007. Neal has worked on wide ranging transactions consisting of in- and out-of-court restructurings, liquidity programs, and arranging and structuring aircraft financings including secured debt, operating, leveraged and tax leases, PDP financing, and fleet sourcing and remarketing. Neal has extensive expertise in analyzing fleet sourcing and financing options to optimize ownership costs and mitigate risk. He works with clients to understand, analyze and select funding structures and negotiating and executing commitments and documentation. Since joining Seabury, Neal executed over 50 transactions totaling over $25 billion and 300 aircraft. Neal holds a B.S. in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Stacey Wilson

Managing Director, Seabury Aircraft Capital

Stacey Wilson is Managing Director for Seabury Aircraft Capital and has over 23 years of aircraft financing experience as a cofounder of SFI International LLC, a Director at CIT Group, and a Vice President at Newcourt Capital providing aircraft financing solutions to global clientele closing over 1000 aircraft valued at $18B.  He is a former USAF Pilot and veteran of war.  He has an MBA from the Wharton School and a BS from the US Air Force Academy. He is FINRA licensed (series 24, 7, 63).

Edward M.A. Zimny

President & CEO, Seabury Maritime

Prior to assuming his current role, Mr. Zimny was associated with PFRA since 1994, where he directed advisory assignments on a global basis for a complete host of industry stakeholders. He is a high-honors graduate of the University of Rhode Island’s Marine Transportation & Marine Affairs Program, and has supplemented his education with certificates/diplomas in sea-going operations, business administration and logistics. He has held postings in Asia, Europe and South America, and prior to his work with PFRA, was employed by Royal Nedlloyd Group, Crowley Maritime Corporation, and SeaLand Services.