Executive Director, Seabury Aircraft Capital
Stephen Danner is an Executive Director at Seabury Aircraft Capital providing advisory, arranging and finance structuring services to the aviation and aerospace industries. Stephen has more than 27 years of capital finance experience in aerospace, rail, energy, real estate and general asset based financing and is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Prior to joining Seabury, Stephen was a co-Founding Principal of Structured Finance International (“SFI”); an investment banking firm that specialized in developing and arranging structured financing solutions and providing an array of consulting and M&A services for airlines, aerospace manufacturers, investors and government agencies across the globe. Stephen led and was responsible for the Canadian operations on the SFI Group of companies.
Over the past 20 years, the SFI team developed several first financing structures that are still in place today and arranged financing for more than 1,000 aircraft with an aggregated acquisition costs exceeding $18 billion (in 2020 dollars) on behalf of airlines, manufactures and investors since the SFI team members began working together in the 1990’s.
Prior to founding SFI in 2006, Stephen served eleven years as a Senior Director in the Capital Markets group with the CIT Group and the Newcourt Credit Group (“Newcourt”); where his main responsibility was to arrange, negotiate, underwrite and syndicate loan and lease financings for aviation clients of the Commercial Aviation Group at CIT and Newcourt. Asset types included fixed wing aircraft, helicopters, engines, simulators and spare parts.
Before joining Newcourt in 1995, Stephen was Assistant Vice President, Structured Finance and Capital Markets for NatWest Markets PLC (Canada) (“NatWest”) where his focus was on expanding the Capital Markets and Corporate Finance presence in Canada for the National Westminster Bank PLC. During his time at NatWest, he negotiated, structured and financed a large number of debt and lease transactions, both domestic and cross border, for a broad array of assets types.
Stephen holds an M.B.A and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Stephen is also NASD Certified Series 7, 24 and 63.