About

Michael Rurik Halaby

Michael Halaby has 20+ years of providing strategic funding advice to C-suite executives in the aviation, automotive and financial institution sectors on accessing the US$ and international bond, secured bank debt, and regional financing markets; he has arranged over US$122 billion in debt financing via ~270 transactions for borrowers in the US, Europe and Middle East. 

  • Based in London, Michael was Head of Aviation Debt Origination – EMEA at Deutsche Bank for over six years; he was responsible for client coverage of airlines, aircraft operating lessors and aviation-related businesses across the debt product suite (eg secured bank debt, EETC, unsecured bonds, private placements, ABS, Schuldschein, Jolco); he increasingly spent time on equity private placements and M&A  
  • Michael has also been an active speaker/panellist on ESG financing for the sector   
  • Previously Michael was a Senior Transactor in Deutsche Bank’s Structured Finance team structuring secured debt transactions for airlines and aircraft leasing companies located in EMEA and some select names in the US  
  • Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Michael worked at Valais Advisory for two years providing issuers and investors with impartial, independent assistance in securing and understanding debt capital markets financing  
  • Previous to Valais, Michael was at BNP Paribas in New York for six years as Managing Director — Debt Capital Markets where he was responsible for financials and aviation DCM.  He personally executed 104 transactions with a total value of US$66.8 billion as Lead Manager/Bookrunner. Michael also built and ran the Yankee bond product group  
  • Before BNP Paribas, Michael worked for ABN AMRO, for ten years, initially in Amsterdam then London and New York in their Debt Capital Markets group covering US aviation, auto and FIG clients.  At ABN AMRO, Michael executed 152 transactions with a total value of US$55.3bn as Lead Manager/Bookrunner  
  • Michael received his MBA from Columbia Business School and received his BSBA from the University of Denver; he also attended the Université de la Sorbonne (diplomé in French Civilisation)  
  • Before business school, Michael worked for four years at American Express Carte – France and for American Express Bank, both in Paris  
  • Michael often speaks at company presentations and conferences on the state of the debt markets for borrowers and lenders/investors, including ICAO, Airline Economics, AirFinance Journal, Air Convention, Ishka  
  • He also is quoted in various publications including the Financial Times, Airfinance Journal, Airline Economics  
  • He is FSA registered and a US registered representative (Series 17, 24 and 63); he is a British-American citizen  
  • Michael is a member of ISTAT and sits on the ISTAT Humanitarian Committee; he is also a member of The Aviation Club UK  
  • He was a helicopter pilot (R44), designed a line of aviation-themed notebooks: FLIGHTBOOK and is an avid amateur aviation photographer    


Select list of presentations and press quotes 
Work-related:         

Panelist, Ishka European conference, 2021
Moderator, Ishka sustainable aviation webinar, 2021
Panellist, IBA sustainable aviation webinar, 2021
Moderator at Ishka’s Private placement debt for airlines panel, 2021
Judge for AirFinance Journal 2020 Deals of the Year, 2021
ISTAT humanitarian committee member, 2017-2020
Table leader, IBA sustainable aviation roundtable, 2020
Panellist, ICAO sustainable aviation financing, 2020
Panellist, Regulatory Finance panel, 2020
Quote in Aerotime News, 2019 
Panellist, Airline Economics, Growth Frontiers: Dubai, 2019
Panellist, Air Convention, Riga, 2019
Quote in AirFinance Journal, 2018
Panellist, Engine leasing panel, 2018
Presenter, Ishka Frankfurt, 2018 
Panellist, Airline Economics, Growth Frontiers: Dubai, 2018
Quote on Zephryus ABS, 2018 
Quote in Embry-Riddle on Zephyrus ABS, 2018
Co-Author Airfinance Annual 2011/12, 2012
Quote in IFR, 2011 
Quote in the Financial Times, 2009 
Quote in Euromoney magazine on bank debt, 2008   


Personal:

Aviation photography finalist, 2020 
Created aviation-themed paper notebooks in which the paper is Forest Stewardship Council-certified and made with 100% renewable green electricity