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Airlines & Aviation

Experience Highlights

  • Southwest Airlines Co. in its $500 million public offering of investment grade notes

  • Southwest Airlines in its $3.4 billion acquisition of AirTran Holdings

  • Continental Airlines in its $3.2 billion all-stock merger with United Airlines

  • An airline in antitrust litigation brought on by the U.S. Department of Justice challenging the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways

  • An airline in an arbitration proceeding concerning a contract dispute with one of its spinoffs in which the company reduced its rates by over $14 million; obtained judgment

  • Southwest Airlines Co. in its $300 million investment grade offering of notes 

  • United Airlines, Inc. in its international joint ventures with Lufthansa and Air Canada, and with All Nippon Airways

  • Continental Airlines, Inc. in its transition from the SkyTeam Alliance to the Star Alliance, involving the termination and replacement of more than 50 contracts with airlines around the world

  • ExpressJet Airlines in its $480 million initial public offering of common stock, the largest initial public offering of a domestic airline at the time of closing

  • Selling stockholder in the combined $321 million offerings of Copa Holdings, S.A. common stock 

  • Pinnacle Airlines in the acquisition of Mesaba Airlines from Delta Airlines

  • Discovery Americas in its formation of Volaris, a leading low-cost airline and second-largest domestic airline in Mexico 

  • Venture capital firm in the financing of a supersonic business jet 

  • Southwest Airlines Co. in its $7 million initial public offering of common stock, establishing the firm’s relationship with Southwest Airlines in 1971

  • An airline in a putative consumer class action alleging price fixing of checked baggage fees

  • An airline in connection with litigation and regulatory proceedings to obtain landing rights at slot-constrained airports

  • Obtained dismissal and Fifth Circuit affirmation in a putative class action on behalf of an airline and its retirement plan in a matter involving the interplay of ERISA and the Railway Labor Act