IFLR1000 Reviews

Financial and corporate

Founded in 1866, Milbank has grown to 12 offices worldwide. In the United States, the firm has offices in New York, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. It is a market leader in infrastructure project development, project finance and restructuring and insolvency.  



While the firm has an outstanding national restructuring and insolvency practice, it is a market leader in the restructuring practice in California.   

Milbank’s banking and capital markets practices includes asset financing, specializing in the aviation industry. The banking team advises borrowers and lenders in acquisition finance, aircraft leases and warehouse financing. Its aviation team is very prominent in the market and works on a lot of aircraft financing matters. 

The debt capital markets team advises underwriters and issuers in investment grade, high yield, convertible, Eurobonds, global and green bond offerings. The equity capital markets practice also represents underwriters in follow on offerings, common share offerings, preferred share placements and IPOs. In structure finance and securitizations, the firm is proficient in CLOs and ABS’, representing firms in the banking and financial services industry.  

The M&A practice acts on the buy and sell side in private equity and strategic acquisitions. It also participates in other corporate transactions including mergers, private equity investments and joint ventures.  

The restructuring and insolvency practice represents creditors and debtors in Chapter 11 bankruptcies and out of court financial restructurings.  

In addition to the aviation industry, the firm also has a specialty real estate practice. It represents REITs, investors and developers in real estate related transactions including development, financing and acquisitions.   


Key clients  

Key clients for the firm include NCB Capital, Citibank, Crédit Agricole, Deutsche Bank Securities, Export Development Canada, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, BNP Paribas, Santander, RB Capital Markets, TD Securities, Park Square Capital, Marble Point Credit Management, KKR, BlackRock, QIC Global Infrastructure, Mitsui & Co, Apollo Global Management, PIMCO, HPS Investment Partners, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, official committee of unsecured creditors for PG&E, Ambac Assurance and the Raymond Sackler family.   


Research period review: 32nd edition (2021/2022) 

Throughout the most recent research period, the firm was active in the banking , M&A, restructuring and real estate industries. In banking, the leveraged finance team acted for arrangers and lenders largely in in acquisition financings, but also in corporate financings and recapitalizations. The project finance team acted largely on the lender side, but also supported borrowers. The projects the team worked on financing were in the energy and infrastructure industries, with most of the projects related to traditional energy. 

The M&A team acted on both the buy and sell side in private equity buyouts and public acquisitions. The team worked across a number of industries, including aviation, where the firm is considered to be a to a leader. 

The New York office in particular was very active in real estate, representing borrowers and lenders in real estate financings. It also represented clients in acquisitions and joint ventures. 

In restructuring and insolvency, the team acted for debtors and creditors in Chapter 11 and out of court restructurings. 

In terms of lateral moves, banking partner Marc Hanrahan retired, while partner Kamal Nesfield moved over from Latham & Watkins. On the M&A team, partners Andrew Fadale and Richard Presutti joined the firm from Schulte Roth & Zabel. 


Deal highlights: 32nd edition (2021/2022) 

Avianca Airlines Chapter 11 

Hellman & Friedman $1.175 billion financing  

Maverick Aviation Partnership $4 billion acquisition of AMCK Aviation’s aircraft portfolio