NEW YORK (May 30, 2017) – Global law firm Reed Smith LLP today announced the formation of a new area of focus for the firm– Aviation and Aerospace Finance and Commercial Space Business – with the addition of two attorneys:  partner Elizabeth (Liz) Evans joins the firm’s New York office and senior counsel Delbert (Del) D. Smith, PhD will be resident in the firm’s Tysons office.  Both attorneys were most recently with Dentons, where Liz was the global co-head of the Aviation and Aerospace Group and Del led that firm’s Space Business Group.
“Building our finance capabilities at the highest levels in order to align with our clients’ businesses is a priority of the firms, so Liz and Del are ideal additions,” said Ed Estrada, chair of Reed Smith's Financial Industry Group. “We’ve seen growth in the aviation and satellite finance sectors, as well as the equipment finance area, and Liz and Del’s experience, specifically their space and satellite practice, is market-leading and involves cutting-edge work.  We believe that their practice, already at the top of aviation and aerospace industries, will continue to develop at Reed Smith, and we anticipate that our bank and fund clients, which are collectively driving more and more deals in the aircraft, satellite and equipment finance markets, will find the team’s experience to be extremely beneficial.”