Susanne Burstein


T: +1 212 922 2200
D: +1 212 922 2208
M: +1 646 577 6514

Summary Open

Susanne is Counsel in the Finance group. Her practice focuses on asset and structured finance, notably aviation and maritime.

Susanne advises domestic and international borrowers, project sponsors, banks and institutional investors across a range of asset and structured finance transactions including restructurings. Her work includes advising on New York law loan and security documentation, locally and in cross-border, multi-jurisdictional transactions.

Susanne has presented at conferences, contributed to legal journals, and graduated from Tulane University. She is a member of the New York City Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and the Louisiana State Bar Association.

Experience Open

    Susanne’s experience includes:
    • Advising vessel owner with respect to US$300m project financing of U.S. Jones Act tankers.
    • Advising on creation of warehousing structure ownership of distressed fleet of offshore support vessels.
    • Advising borrower with respect to Spanish ECA-backed vessel construction and financing.
    • Advising an aircraft-leasing company in connection with an US$85m senior secured financing of Agusta Westland AW139, Sikorsky S-76C++ and Sikorsky S-92 helicopters.
    • Advising a helicopter leasing company in connection with a senior unsecured financing of US$60m.
    • Advising a helicopter-owning company in connection with the US$125m financing and refinancing of Bell Helicopter 412EP helicopters.
    • Advising purchasers on the acquisition and financing of private jets.
    • Acting for DBS with respect to the PDP financing of 12 A320s for Tiger Air.
    • Advising two German banks regarding the consensual repossession of three B747 freighter aircraft from a Chinese airline and on the refinancing arrangements in respect of two of the aircraft.
    • Advising a state-owned electricity network operator in connection with the collateralization of obligations owed by a major U.S. insurance company in relation to, and the subsequent restructuring and early termination of, cross-border leases involving power transmission equipment with an aggregate appraised value of approximately US$1bn.
    • Advising the project sponsor in connection with a US$488m loan facility provided by a leading multinational development bank and a syndicate of commercial banks to finance the construction and operation of a semisubmersible drilling vessel for use in Brazilian territorial waters.
    • Terminating and restructured more than 50 lease transactions including combined sale and termination of all leases in lease portfolio.

Education Open

  • 2003:  Tulane University, J.D. with a Certificate of Specialization in Admiralty and Maritime Law
    Managing Editor, Tulane Maritime Law Journal
  • 2000: Tufts University, B.A., International Relations and Russian

Author/Speaker/Awards Open

  • Speaker, Helicopter Investor Conference, “New York Mortgages and How They are Used for Both US Registered and Non-US Registered Helicopters” (Miami, October 2015)
  • Saving Steel Over Souls: The Human Cost of U.S. Salvage Law, 27 Tul. Mar. L.J. 307

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association
  • New York City Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association

Employment Record Open

  • 2007 – present: Watson Farley & Williams, New York, Counsel
  • 2003 – 2006: Chaffe McCall, LLP, New Orleans, Louisiana, Associate

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