At Graystone we helps clients buy, register, finance and structure the operations of business and commercial aircraft worldwide. We offer fully integrated representation in all types of aviation transactions, including purchase, sale, leasing, financing and insuring, as well as bankruptcy and insolvency matters. In addition to assisting with the commercial, legal and tax issues that typically arise in financial transactions in the aviation industry, our attorneys develop innovative structures involving true leases, loan securitization, enhanced equipment trust certificates, pooled aircraft securitizations, asset preservation, credit enhancement and residual value support.
We represent clients in administrative and regulatory matters before the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Transportation, including applications for charter and other extra-bilateral authority, and we advise Part 135 operators on compliance issues. Katten attorneys have acted on behalf of clients in commercial litigation in the aviation industry involving maintenance, parts distribution and other related business issues. Our attorneys are recognized for their ability to resolve international disputes economically with positive results for clients.
Our team also provides counsel on the environmental regulatory and legislative matters affecting the aviation industry. We work with our Environmental and Workplace Safety attorneys to address climate legislation related to greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft engines and manufacturing facilities. Drawing on deep and diverse industry experience, our Aviation team acts as trusted advisors to clients, offering an interdisciplinary approach to meeting their unique business, regulatory and litigation challenges.
Graystone Solicitors is a recognized market leader in representing financial institutions including commercial banks and other lending institutions, bank and financial holding companies, money center banks, investment funds, investment banks, broker-dealers, futures commission merchants, savings associations, insurance companies, credit unions, and trust companies and their respective parent holding companies in all aspects of their businesses. Our attorneys have extensive experience in a variety of industries, including energy, real estate, health care, gaming, hospitality, aviation, manufacturing and agriculture, among others.
Graystone's experienced finance, regulatory, insolvency, real estate, tax and litigation attorneys work together to support the business needs of our financial institution clients Nationwide. Our Commercial Finance practice represents banks, investment funds, finance companies and other financial institutions providing debt capital in a wide variety of financing transactions, including leveraged buyouts (LBOs), acquisition and growth financing, refinancings, cross-border transactions, restructurings, debt conversions, and recapitalizations. Our Real Estate Finance and Lending team is accustomed to dealing with the complex financing structures in real estate transactions and creatively orchestrating the best outcomes for our clients. Our Insolvency and Restructuring practice represents domestic and international banks and other financial institutions in their capacity as administrative agent in connection with the restructure of large syndicated loans, "club" and middle-market loans, and individual lenders in bilateral credit transactions and debtor-in-possession financing. We also represent indenture trustees in corporate trust default administration in workouts, bankruptcy proceedings and related litigation.
Our Financial Services attorneys advise financial institutions, exchanges, market intermediaries, asset managers and proprietary trading firms on regulatory, tax, corporate and compliance matters. We assist in structuring, negotiating and documenting both structured investments as well as the full range of exchange-traded and over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives transactions. Our attorneys guide clients through all aspects of regulatory compliance and provide comprehensive representation in investigations and enforcement actions brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Department of Justice (DOJ), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Federal Reserve, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), state regulators, and securities and futures exchanges. In addition, we counsel both first-time and well-established sponsors in the formation of funds in a variety of sectors of the fund industry, including hedge funds, venture funds, LBO funds, mezzanine funds, real estate funds, commodity and futures funds, industry-specific funds, and funds-of-funds.
Graystones's Tax Planning group, with our lawyers we provides advice on a wide range of corporate and partnership transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, investments, debt and equity raises, fund formation, real estate development and joint venture transactions, and financings. Our team coordinates tax, corporate and legal planning for companies, banks, investment funds, private equity firms and families in the United States, Europe and throughout the world.
We take into account business needs, reporting required for generally accepted accounting principles, corporate and securities law issues, and regulatory matters. We become involved in private equity and venture capital transactions at an early stage to evaluate the tax and other legal implications of such transactions. We assess both the intended and unexpected potential tax consequences and risks of new financial products to structure transactions for companies and individuals. We efficiently address the tax consequences for mergers and acquisitions, and represent both founders and investors in structuring domestic and multinational start-up businesses and venture capital investments to take advantage of the many benefits offered by tax laws. Our team develops creative solutions for the tax issues associated with capital market or financial endeavors to ensure that the structures work for our clients. We structure real estate investment trusts (REITs), umbrella partnership real estate investment trusts (UPREITs), real estate mortgage investment conduits (REMICs) and real estate workout transactions to maximize the after-tax results of an investment.
Our Tax Controversy and Litigation attorneys work to save clients from large proposed tax liabilities by winning tax issues at trial, and even prevent charges from being filed against our clients in civil or criminal accusations or tax fraud indictments. If necessary, we litigate issues in the US Tax Court, the US District Court or the Federal Court of Claims. From capital markets to real estate, Katten's Tax Planning group offers buyers, sellers and investors proficient, creative tax advice and planning consistent with their business plans and fiscal goals.