Managing Director, CEO
Legal, Structuring, Regulatory
Dr. Peter Smeets
Since writing his dissertation on aircraft finance 25+ years ago advising clients on the structuring / financing of aircraft finance transactions on a regular basis / qualified as a Bank Board Member (Kreditinstitutsleiter) by German Banking Supervisory Authority (BaFin) / (mandate-related) advising asset management companies on compliance and regulatory matters
Peter Smeets is an admitted attorney at the law firm Bruski Smeets & Lange Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft. He has extensive expertise in the areas of Aviation and Aircraft & Structured Finance. Peter Smeets is qualified as a business manager of a credit institution by the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) and is also the founder and CEO of 360 Aircraft Finance GmbH in Frankfurt am Main.

Founded in 2018, 360 Aircraft Finance GmbH (360AF) under the leadership of Peter Smeets has established itself as a specialized consulting boutique for aviation corporate finance and for aircraft asset management services for professional investors, airlines and banking institutions.

Peter Smeets studied law at the Universities of Constance and Frankfurt am Main and received his doctorate from the University of Constance in the area of aviation finance. After completing his studies, he started his career in 1995 at the renowned law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. In early 2001, he founded his own law firm, Smeets Haas Wolff, which merged with the major international law firm Paul Hastings in 2008. From 2008 to 2015, Peter Smeets was head of Paul Hastings' Frankfurt office and a member of the firm's global management committee. In 2016, he founded the current law firm Bruski Smeets & Lange, and since 2018, the advisory approach has expanded entrepreneurially via 360AF to all relevant fields in aviation & aircraft finance as well as legal restructuring consulting.

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Managing Director, CFO 
Financial Asset Management, Calculation, Reporting, Controlling
Thomas Leidenberger

Asset & finance management, financial planning and fleet management for various international airlines

Thomas Leidenberger has been successfully implementing corporate finance, project and asset finance with a focus on the aviation sector for more than 25 years and has many years of experience in asset management, restructuring and remarketing of aircraft.

Prior to joining 360AF, Thomas was responsible for Alternative Investments at Hannover Leasing, where he structured aircraft funds (both debt and equity) for private and institutional investors.

Before, Thomas built up LBBW's aircraft finance business as Head of Structured Finance and managed this and other asset classes for almost 15 years. There, he was responsible for a portfolio of approximately EUR 15 billion.

The business graduate started his professional career at KfW IPEX where he structured international export and project finance for 9 years - including a two-year secondment to the German Ministry for Economic Affairs where he decided on all Hermes guarantees for Airbus.

Thomas has numerous personal contacts at international banks, airlines and aircraft leasing companies.

 

Special transactions:

Structuring and arranging aircraft financings from USD 50 million up to > USD 1 billion

Managing director of numerous fund companies, responsible for asset management.

Restructuring of various operating lease transactions with airlines in economic difficulties.

Disposal of aircraft in "distressed" situations: Repossession, technical refurbishment and sale. 

Financing the acquisition of aircraft for the public sector, while respecting the budgetary debt limits of the state.

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Managing Director, COO
Corporate Finance, Due Diligence, Operations
Jan-Hendrik Petersen
25+ years experience in structured finance, investments and entrepreneurship
Jan-Hendrik looks back on 25 years of structuring, executing and managing complex financing transactions enabling companies across the globe to implement their growth strategies or to realign their business models. 

Before joining 360AF, Jan-Hendrik was a corporate finance consultant to a number of international and German domestic corporations, as well as managing partner and advisor to several start-up companies. 

Prior to this, he spent 20 years in investment banking, with senior roles at Deutsche Bank, Dresdner Kleinwort and Barclays. During an 11-year career with Barclays in London, Jan-Hendrik led the Structured Equity-Linked Financing business globally and was a member of the Bank’s Equity & Funds Structured Markets Global Operating Committee. He has assessed >1,000 structured corporate finance and special situations transactions from every corner of the world, executing over 200 deals with a total cash outlay of >$15 billion. 

Jan-Hendrik graduated with distinction in Corporate Finance, Banking and Public Finance from the University RWTH in Aachen, Germany. Based in Munich, he is a keen cyclist, who enjoys travel, politics and history. Jan-Hendrik is also a holder of a private pilot license.

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AnalystGyörgy Weidemann
Master of Business Administration (MBA) at WHU with a specialization in finance
György Weidemann joined 360 AF as an analyst in November 2021. Prior to joining, he completed his Master of Business Administration (MBA) at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, with a specialization in finance. Before pivoting to corporate finance, György Weidemann helped to establish the marketing team of the Berlin based startup mydealz, for which he worked for six years. During his time at mydealz, György Weidemann oversaw the paid and social marketing activities for multiple countries, leading efforts to accelerate growth, while reducing user acquisition costs. His responsibilities included the analysis of the firms marketing activities and development of standardized reports for the company’s leadership team. At mydealz, György Weidemann also managed the company’s email newsletter with over 150.000 subscribers and its mobile marketing efforts, achieving more than 1,000,000 downloads in multiple countries. Before joining the startup György Weidemann completed a Bachelor of Business Administration in the Netherlands. 

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