Geraldine R.S. Mataka

Ms. Mataka is the Managing Member of the firm. She practices in the areas of international commercial and financial law, with a focus on aviation finance.

She has extensive experience representing clients in the financing of aircraft, engines and other aviation equipment and services for commercial airlines, operating lessors, financial leasing companies, and helicopter lessors and operators. These complex cross-border structured finance transactions have involved capital markets offerings, export credit agency financings, subordinated debt and pre-delivery payments financings. Ms. Mataka has represented the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) for many years and has been lead counsel in a number of novel and noteworthy Ex-Im Bank transactions, including the financing of business jets for commercial and state-owned Chinese leasing companies and the first and largest Ex-Im Bank guaranteed bond issuance by a global helicopter leasing company for the financing of Sikorsky helicopters.

Ms. Mataka also has substantial experience in a variety of other cross-border matters. She has advised major international microfinance organizations on the transformation of non-profit entities into regulated financial institutions, divestment from microfinance operations overseas, government expropriation of assets and general corporate matters. She has represented a large cruise company in the development of political risk insurance coverage, a concession company in a transaction involving the privatization of the international airport in Belize, a lending bank in the financing of a geothermal field and power plant project in Nicaragua, and an air transport IT company in acquisitions, licensing and general corporate matters.

Ms. Mataka was recognized by Who’s Who Legal: Transport as a leader in the field of aviation finance in 2015, 2016 and 2017. She received her B.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and earned her J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.


  • 2016 Airfinance Journal: Export Credit Deal of the Year – SunExpress/Ex-Im Bank French Lease
  • 2012 Airfinance Journal: Africa Deal of the Year – Ethiopian Airlines
  • 2012 Trade Finance Magazine: Deal of the Year – Ethiopian Airlines
  • 2012 Airfinance Journal: South America Deal of the Year – Gol Linhas Aéreas S.A.
  • 2010 Jane’s Transport Finance: African Aircraft Debt Deal of the Year – Ethiopian Airlines
  • 2008 Airfinance Journal: Latin America Deal of the Year – TAM Linhas Aéreas S.A.

Geraldine R.S. Mataka