Press Release
December 14, 2020

Secretary General of Aviation Working Group Jeffrey Wool Joins Holland & Knight

MIAMI (December 14, 2020) – Holland & Knight has appointed Jeffrey Wool as its director of international law and policy. The appointment is effective on January 1, 2021.

Mr. Wool serves as the secretary general of the Aviation Working Group (AWG), a not-for-profit international industry group that works on the development of policies, regulations and rules designed to facilitate advanced international aviation financing and leasing. Since AWG's inception in 1994, he has coordinated its policy development and government consultations on a wide range of commercial and international law and regulatory issues.

Mr. Wool will continue in this role for AWG on secondment from Holland & Knight, which will serve as AWG’s international counsel.

On behalf of AWG, Mr. Wool has had a lead role in the development, negotiation, and national ratification and implementation of the Cape Town Convention (CTC), and he chaired the group that prepared the initial draft of the Aircraft Protocol. He currently leads global projects relating to the interpretation of, and compliance with, the CTC.  Mr. Wool is in charge of formulating principles relating to airline restructurings in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also handles AWG's projects relating to the assessment of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors geared to the context of aviation financing and leasing and is responsible for directing the development of the global aircraft trading system (GATS).

Mr. Wool is a senior research fellow at the University of Oxford's Harris Manchester College and an affiliate member of the university's law faculty. He has previously been professor of global business law at the University of Washington, where he was founding co-director of its global business law institute and led in the development of courses on transnational commercial law, comparative commercial law and international business compliance.

"Jeffrey's deep knowledge of international law and policy, especially with respect to aviation financing and leasing, is unrivaled. He has been widely recognized as the principal thought leader in this space for many years," said Phillip Durham, the leader of Holland & Knight's Asset Finance Group.

"We are excited about having Jeffrey in this important role at the firm and supporting AWG at this pivotal time for the aviation financing sector as it deals with the range of issues related to the pandemic," adds Steven Sonberg, the managing partner of Holland & Knight.

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