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Investec acquires 2 Boeing 737-800 aircraft

We're pleased to announce the acquisition of two Boeing 737-800 aircraft by its managed equity fund, Investec Aircraft Syndicate 2. Each aircraft is subject to an operating lease, one with Xiamen Airlines and one with Shandong Airlines of China.

Whether you're a commercial airline, a lessor needing innovative financing solutions or an investor looking for aviation products we have the right solutions for you.

Aviation lending and leasing

We provide lending solutions across the capital stack as well as taking residual value positions in aircraft and providing recourse/non-recourse options to airlines and lessors. Our operating lease solutions to airlines meet fleet financing needs, including vanilla operating leases as well as highly structured solutions.

Bespoke funding solutions

We can tailor bespoke solutions to your needs. Our flexible, fast-moving and solution-driven team delivers Out of the Ordinary service.

Fund and asset management

As a leading aircraft specialist fund manager, our aircraft debt and equity funds under management provide institutional partners with access to aircraft as an asset class, across both aviation debt and aircraft leasing. We can tailor products to meet investors’ risk/return preferences.

Treasury Risk Solutions

Our treasury team helps clients manage their risk, providing a breadth of experience across FX and interest rates, commodities, money markets and inflation.

COVID-19 has an unprecedented impact on the world economy and in particular to the aviation sector. Investec continue to provide solutions across the market

Helping airlines and lessors find solutions in the current market – through new financings or restructuring existing ones

Helping investors manage their exposures in the aviation sector – through prudent portfolio and asset management

Helping investors to navigate the current market and find the right opportunities – through conservative structures and market adjusted returns

Learn more about our Aviation fund offerring

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Meet the Team

  • Ajeeth Narayan - Global Head of Investec Aviation Finance

    Ajeeth Narayan

    Global Head of Investec Aviation Finance

    Ajeeth is one of the three founders of the Investec Aviation Finance franchise in 2002, and has more than 22 years' experience in the aviation industry. Ajeeth started his aviation career in 1997 with a financing of two Boeing 737-400 aircraft in an emerging market jurisdiction. Since then, he has closed financing for well in excess of 100 aircraft using various structures including senior debt, mezzanine debt, pre/delivery finance and operating leases, ECA/ EXIM debt, Japanese leases, Australian leases and UK leases. He was responsible for hiring and training previous heads of Investec’s aviation business, including Ramki Sundaram and Alok Wadhawan. After founding the aviation franchise, Ajeeth created Investec’s India business – a profitable business, growing from zero employees to a current team of more than 85 people. Ajeeth is now the Global Head of Investec Aviation and will be working hard to solidify Investec’s position as a market-leading aviation franchise.

  • James Paterson - Head of Structured Finance

    James Paterson

    Head of Structured Finance

    James has over 20 years of aviation finance experience. James is responsible for origination and structuring of equity and debt transactions.  Prior to Investec, James worked at DVB Bank focussing on structured debt financings for airlines and lessors alike. Prior to DVB Bank, James ran the EMEA Aviation Finance Team at SMBC Europe that was responsible for all aspects of transactions from origination to execution, and before that led teams at HSH Nordbank and HypoVereinsbank. In the last 10 years, James was responsible for the origination of over $1.5bn of aircraft financing transactions.

  • Celia Britt - COO Investec Aviation Finance

    Celia Britt

    Chief Operating Officer of Investec Aviation Finance

    Celia has over 25 years of experience in asset based leasing and finance, with Investec since 2005 and prior to that Barclays Bank. Celia is responsible for the management of Investec’s aviation portfolio, driving strategic optimisation of processes and budgetary oversight.  As part of the senior management team, Celia is responsible for coordinating and driving the implementation of strategies within the regulatory landscape and managing both internal and external stakeholders.

  • Paul da Vall - Head of Investec Aviation Equity Fund

    Paul da Vall

    Head of Investec Aviation Equity Fund

    Paul has over 25 years experience in the aviation sector, covering numerous disciplines including aircraft remarketing, operating lease negotiation, debt and equity structuring, acquiring direct equity stakes in several LCC airlines and negotiating the acquisition and sale of aircraft on behalf of third party investors.  As Head of the Aviation Equity Funds business at Investec, Paul has overall responsibility for strategic direction, execution and optimisation of fund investments.  Prior to joining Investec, Paul was at DVB for 15 years, most recently as head of Portfolio Management and Sales for the Deucalion Aviation Funds. Paul holds a BSc (Econ) from University College London and is a member of the Securities Institute.

  • David Louzado - Head of Technical

    David Louzado

    Head of Technical

    David Louzado has 30 years of experience in the aviation industry and specializes in aircraft advisory, asset management, and technical services. Prior to joining Investec in 2019, David held technical management positions with a number of airlines and lessors, including Thomson Airways (formerly Britannia Airways), easyJet, BAE Systems Asset Management, and Nordic Aviation Capital. David has an aircraft maintenance engineers license issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

  • Derek Wong

    Head of Investec Aviation Debt Funds

    Derek has over 10 years of experience in the aircraft financing and leasing industry and is Head of the Aviation Debt Funds with ~$1bn assets under management. Derek is also responsible for European airline coverage and is involved in the analysis, structuring and execution of debt financing transactions. He has raised over $450m of debt financing at Investec. Derek previously held financing roles at SMBC and HSH Nordbank and was responsible for aircraft valuations and market analysis at lessor, Global Aviation Asset Management. Derek is an ISTAT certified Aircraft Appraiser.

Meet the Team

Ajeeth Narayan - Global Head of Investec Aviation Finance
James Paterson - Head of Structured Finance
Celia Britt - COO Investec Aviation Finance
Paul da Vall - Head of Investec Aviation Equity Fund
David Louzado - Head of Technical

Ajeeth Narayan

Global Head of Investec Aviation Finance

Ajeeth is one of the three founders of the Investec Aviation Finance franchise in 2002, and has more than 22 years' experience in the aviation industry. Ajeeth started his aviation career in 1997 with a financing of two Boeing 737-400 aircraft in an emerging market jurisdiction. Since then, he has closed financing for well in excess of 100 aircraft using various structures including senior debt, mezzanine debt, pre/delivery finance and operating leases, ECA/ EXIM debt, Japanese leases, Australian leases and UK leases. He was responsible for hiring and training previous heads of Investec’s aviation business, including Ramki Sundaram and Alok Wadhawan. After founding the aviation franchise, Ajeeth created Investec’s India business – a profitable business, growing from zero employees to a current team of more than 85 people. Ajeeth is now the Global Head of Investec Aviation and will be working hard to solidify Investec’s position as a market-leading aviation franchise.

James Paterson

Head of Structured Finance

James has over 20 years of aviation finance experience. James is responsible for origination and structuring of equity and debt transactions.  Prior to Investec, James worked at DVB Bank focussing on structured debt financings for airlines and lessors alike. Prior to DVB Bank, James ran the EMEA Aviation Finance Team at SMBC Europe that was responsible for all aspects of transactions from origination to execution, and before that led teams at HSH Nordbank and HypoVereinsbank. In the last 10 years, James was responsible for the origination of over $1.5bn of aircraft financing transactions.

Celia Britt

Chief Operating Officer of Investec Aviation Finance

Celia has over 25 years of experience in asset based leasing and finance, with Investec since 2005 and prior to that Barclays Bank. Celia is responsible for the management of Investec’s aviation portfolio, driving strategic optimisation of processes and budgetary oversight.  As part of the senior management team, Celia is responsible for coordinating and driving the implementation of strategies within the regulatory landscape and managing both internal and external stakeholders.

Paul da Vall

Head of Investec Aviation Equity Fund

Paul has over 25 years experience in the aviation sector, covering numerous disciplines including aircraft remarketing, operating lease negotiation, debt and equity structuring, acquiring direct equity stakes in several LCC airlines and negotiating the acquisition and sale of aircraft on behalf of third party investors.  As Head of the Aviation Equity Funds business at Investec, Paul has overall responsibility for strategic direction, execution and optimisation of fund investments.  Prior to joining Investec, Paul was at DVB for 15 years, most recently as head of Portfolio Management and Sales for the Deucalion Aviation Funds. Paul holds a BSc (Econ) from University College London and is a member of the Securities Institute.

David Louzado

Head of Technical

David Louzado has 30 years of experience in the aviation industry and specializes in aircraft advisory, asset management, and technical services. Prior to joining Investec in 2019, David held technical management positions with a number of airlines and lessors, including Thomson Airways (formerly Britannia Airways), easyJet, BAE Systems Asset Management, and Nordic Aviation Capital. David has an aircraft maintenance engineers license issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Derek Wong

Head of Investec Aviation Debt Funds

Derek has over 10 years of experience in the aircraft financing and leasing industry and is Head of the Aviation Debt Funds with ~$1bn assets under management. Derek is also responsible for European airline coverage and is involved in the analysis, structuring and execution of debt financing transactions. He has raised over $450m of debt financing at Investec. Derek previously held financing roles at SMBC and HSH Nordbank and was responsible for aircraft valuations and market analysis at lessor, Global Aviation Asset Management. Derek is an ISTAT certified Aircraft Appraiser.

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