Dean Gerber is currently Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Valkyrie BTO Aviation (a Blackstone company). In his previous role, he served as General Counsel for Orix Aviation. Prior to that he served as Executive Chair of the Global Transportation Finance team at Vedder Price P.C. in Chicago (where he practiced for over 25 years) and served on the firm’s Executive Committee. Mr. Gerber is regularly named one of the top aviation lawyers in the world by a variety of legal publications including Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides, the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and Chambers Global. He has extensive experience in transactions involving aircraft operating lessors, airlines, credit enhancers, underwriters, governmental agencies and others on various aspects of aircraft acquisition, finance and leasing. His experience includes securitizations (including ABS and EETCs), operating leasing, mortgage and synthetic lease financings, manufacturer-supported financings, bankruptcies, restructurings and workouts. Mr. Gerber, also a certified public accountant, previously served on the Executive Committee of the Aviation Working Group's Legal Advisory Panel and currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT).