Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has landed aviation finance expert Jonathan Goldstein as a partner to lead its high-end transportation and structured financing practice in its New York office.

Goldstein arrives at Pillsbury after a two-year stint at Katten Muchin Rosenman, where he specialized in banking, structured finance, bankruptcy, equipment leasing and general corporate work in in the aviation and transportation industries.

He was formerly head of transportation finance at Shearman and Sterling, where he focused on international financial and corporate transactions across transportation and other “esoteric” structured finance areas, according to Pillsbury.

 “Jonathan is a very highly regarded lawyer with a rapidly growing reputation as a leader and problem solver,” said Pillsbury finance practice section leader and New York office managing partner Jonathan Whitney, in a release. “His arrival marks an important step in the continued development of both our global transportation and structured finance teams, as well as our New York office.”

Goldstein also spent more than nine years at the Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, where he was a senior associate attorney concentrating on the aviation, rail, shipping and broader transportation industries.

His work for sponsors, lenders, hedge funds, commercial banks and leasing companies has included public offerings, private securities placements (both equipment notes and portfolio securitizations), structured financings, bank loans, leases, sales, joint ventures and restructurings. He has earned honors from trade publication AirFinance Journal for its various deal of the year awards, and is ranked among the Legal 500 and the IFLR 1000.

Goldstein is a graduate of the Fordham University School of Law, and is a CPA with an accounting degree from the University of Delaware.

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