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Joseph Stefano


New York

Stefano Joseph
Joseph Stefano


New York

Joe heads up our U.S. structured lending and asset finance practice. He has over 25 years of extensive experience structuring and restructuring a broad range of secured and unsecured financings in connection with corporate finance, trade & export finance, big ticket asset finance, and infrastructure finance transactions, including with many “bespoke” or “first of their kind” structures.

He regularly advises banks, financial services companies, insurance companies, funds, multi-lateral and government agencies, airlines, leasing companies and other corporate clients, providing him with an invaluable 360° perspective of transactional issues. Joe is a true cross border transaction specialist, having closed transactions involving, in the aggregate, parties based in more than 70 different jurisdictions.

“Joseph Stefano and the team at Allen & Overy impress me. They are very responsive, give great advice with key business considerations in mind and are helpful and reasonable.” CHAMBERS UNPUBLISHED (CLIENT) 2019

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New York

1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York
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Admitted: Bar of the State of New York, 1996

Admitted: Bar of the State of New Jersey, 1996


J.D., Cornell Law School, 1995

B.A., Rutgers University, 1992

Other noteworthy experience

  • Representing the lead arrangers and lenders in a series of four loan transactions financing $3.5bn of equipment for Verizon Wireless, with credit support provided by EKN, Finnvera and KSURE, respectively.
  • Representing a US based special situations and alternative credit provider in connection with a secured borrowing base facility for a South African headquartered automobile rental company.
  • Representing the lead arranger and lenders in connection with a syndicated unsecured revolving credit facility for the financing of fund investor redemptions.
  • Representing an international airline in connection with the US ExIm Bank guaranteed financing of two Boeing 777 and one Boeing 787 aircraft.
  • Representing the lead arranger and lenders in connection with a syndicated senior revolving and letter of credit facility for a US based power development, investment and operating company.
  • Representing the lenders in connection with a Finnvera guaranteed facility financing manufacturing equipment for a Brazilian paper manufacturing company.
  • Representing the arranger and lender in connection with the loan and repackaging for the Nature Conservancy’s Blue Bond for marine conservation for Belize.
  • Representing the lead arranger and lenders in connection with a letter of credit facility for the North American and Mexican subsidiaries of a global energy infrastructure company.
  • Representing the JV Consortium in connection with a $2bn receivables financing for the Panama Metro Line 3 Project, with partial credit support provided by KSURE and KEXIM.
  • Representing a US based fund in connection with the launch of a direct aviation lending platform and in connection with the warehouse financing and a series of subsequent loan transactions.