Chairman, President & CEO, Seabury Securities LLC, Seabury Capital Group LLC
John Luth is Chairman, President & CEO of Seabury Capital Group, founded in 1995, which focuses on aviation, aerospace & defense, space and travel industries via its investment banking, asset management, software and trade finance firms. Seabury’s value add to its clients is its global presence, core competency and industry expertise. Seabury has executed over 1,700 engagements for 300+ clients in more than 60 countries. Mr. Luth is also CEO of Seabury Capital LLC which owns a number of investment funds and asset-backed portfolio businesses.
Mr. Luth has advised on more than $200B equity, debt and lease placements/restructurings and over $400B in aircraft orders (amounts in 2023 dollars). Mr. Luth currently leads Seabury’s engagement as investment banker and restructuring advisors for Scandinavian Airlines in its Chapter 11 case, raising $500M of DIP financing and $1.2bn of exit equity and convertible debt financing commitments. He advised Azul Airlines on a highly successful out-of-court restructuring including $4.5B lease restructuring, $865M of public bond exchange, $350M of convertible bond exchange and $800M of new debt financing (2023). In 2020-2021, he advised Avianca Holdings SA as restructuring advisor and lead investment bank on its $2.0B DIP financing and $2.7B of equity and debt exit financing in its Chapter 11 proceeding. Mr. Luth also led a team that arranged a $325M convertible note placement for Azul Airlines (2020).
Mr. Luth was CFO & CIO of Continental Airlines. Prior to Continental, he served as VP, Syndications at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company. Prior to that, he served in the Corporate Finance Division of Exxon Corporation. Mr. Luth holds A.B. in Economics magna cum laude from the College of the Holy Cross (1974) and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton Graduate School of the University of Pennsylvania (1976). He is a FINRA Registered Principal, and is Series 7, 63, 79 and 24 qualified, and is also FCA (UK) licensed. He serves on the Advisory Board of Holy Cross and was a Trustee from 2005-2013.