We are delighted to announce the appointment of Colum Carr as leader of our Aviation Finance Advisory Services practice. Colum has over 30 years of experience in the aircraft finance sector based in Ireland, the USA and Asia. His role at PwC will include advising various private equity and institutional investors, lessors, airlines and other participants in the aviation marketplace.
Speaking of the appointment, Yvonne Thompson Aviation Finance Markets Leader said, "Colum brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the role having served in senior leadership positions in both the aircraft leasing industry and advisory practices across the world. Colum will be a fantastic addition to our Dublin based team who along with Bryson Monteleone, continue to establish our position as unrivalled global experts in aviation finance."
Colum's career in aviation finance spans more than thirty years, where he has worked with major lessors, a financial services company and as an advisor. His clients have included investors, lenders, lessors and airlines and his work has ranged from raising capital in the banking and capital markets, advising on investments, hedging financial risks, restructuring and improving business operations. He has a particular interest in working in the Japanese market, where he has raised financing from banks, lessors, JOL and JOLCO investors.
Prior to joining the PwC AFAS team, Colum advised airlines and lessors on the acquisition and financing of new and used aircraft, assisted lenders in developing their portfolios and managed an advisory company owned jointly by a leading advisor and two major airlines, His work has included serving at Board level for an advisory company, two Asset Backed Securitisations (ABS), an aircraft lease servicer and a Business School. Colum is a Chartered Management Accountant and holds an MBA from the National University of Ireland, Galway.
The PwC Aviation Finance Advisory Services (AFAS) team has been established to strategically guide and support stakeholders throughout the entirety of a deal cycle across all aspects of commercial aviation. The AFAS team are highly experienced aviation specialists who have worked exclusively in the aircraft finance sector as financiers, appraisers and advisors to airlines, lessors, investors, banks, manufacturers and governments.