EMP dedicates itself exclusively to aircraft leasing, be it arranging individual transactions or developing portfolio solutions. EMP is a unique, reliable and transparent company with real entrepreneurial spirit. EMP is not only an advisor, but also arranges investments at its own risk, providing essential alignment of investor and manager interests.
This is also reflected in the entrepreneurial character of the management involved in the company. The team at EMP stands for an excellent and proven transaction history and has an international network of established partners. The circle of shareholders consists of the management as well as the investment company of a German single family office.
Florian founded EMP in 2013 with Philipp Prior and has been a Managing Partner since. He led EMP through extensive growth, being mainly responsible for strategy, business development and investment structures. Florian has built up extensive experience and industry network in the field of alternative investments including aviation and private equity over the past 20 years. Prior to EMP, Florian was Global Co-Head of Alternative Investments at Hannover Leasing. He started his career at a global accounting firm and holds a business degree.
Philipp founded EMP in 2013 with Florian Maier and has been a Managing Partner since. He led EMP through extensive growth, being mainly responsible for strategy and origination through his global aviation network. Philipp has built up extensive experience in the aviation and alternative investments sector over the past 20 years. Prior to EMP, Philipp was Global Head of Alternative Investments at Hannover Leasing. He holds a business degree.
Volker joined EMP in 2018 and is responsible for deal origination. He is a seasoned industry executive with broad experience in the aircraft financing sector. Prior to EMP, Volker was CEO of Elix Aviation and held several executive positions at major leasing companies including Intrepid and BOC Aviation. Volker has a banking background.
Ulf joined EMP in 2020 and is responsible for deal origination, transaction structuring and capital market products. In his role as Executive Vice President EMP Germany and Managing Director Ireland he will contribute from his broad experience in the aircraft financing sector as well as in the capital markets. Prior to joining EMP, Ulf was Director of Knighthood Capital, Senior Vice President Finance at Etihad and CFO of airberlin. He started his career at Commerzbank and holds a business degree.
Stefan Ziegler advises EMP’s management team in further developing and expanding the company’s business areas and in opening new investment opportunities for national and international investors. For that, Stefan Ziegler brings his experience in the field of aircraft financing and investment products from his previous positions. As a long-time managing director of the KGAL Group, as well as managing director and board member of Lufthansa Leasing GmbH, he was responsible for the leasing transactions of the Lufthansa Group as well as for the initiation of institutional investment funds in the areas of aviation, other alternative assets and real estate.
Patrice joined EMP in 2013 and is responsible for transaction structuring, documentation and implementation. He has more than 15 years' experience in international structured asset finance and has a deep understanding of financing alternatives for aircraft transactions. Prior to EMP, Patrice was project director at Hannover Leasing. He holds a business degree.
Klaus joined EMP in 2013 and is responsible for investor reporting and portfolio management with all regulatory aspects. He has more than 15 years experience in international asset finance focusing on asset management and implementation of infrastructure projects. Prior to EMP, Klaus was project director at Hannover Leasing. He stared his career at Arthur Andersen and holds a business degree.
Spike joined EMP in 2017 and is responsible for Pricing and Client Relations. He has more than 12 years experience in the aerospace industry. Prior to EMP, Spike held senior positions in customer services and customer finance at Airbus. He has an MEng in aerospace engineering and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Based out of EMP Aviation Ireland Ltd., Mark is responsible for financial modelling and transactional support. From his work for KPMG Kuwait, his audit background provides an in-depth understanding of the operational and financial structure of multiple institutions within manufacturing, service, and financial industries in the Middle East. He is also a recent graduate of the MSc in Aviation Finance from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School in Dublin and prior to joining EMP, he worked for SMBC Aviation Capital.
EMP is one of the market leaders for structured aircraft financing in Germany. EMP arranges and structures long-term airline lease financing and places the resulting tranches as institutional products with national and international insurance companies, pension funds, family offices and foundations.
Aircraft leasing investments are characterized by special success factors:
The team at EMP closely supports investors in answering fundamental implementation questions around portfolio construction and supports clients in the areas of risk management, reporting and regulation.
Aircraft leasing investments as an integral component of a long-term portfolio strategy.
Aircraft financing is becoming a major cost factor in today's airline business.
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