managing partner, airfinance
Kirsten Bartok Touw is the founder and Managing Partner of AirFinance Leasing LLC, a firm that specializes in the financing of helicopters and business jets globally.
AirFinance's core business is as an originator and servicer of business jet and helicopter loans that are backed by the United States Export Import Bank. AirFinance also works with Canada's Export Development Bank and since 2012 has originated and approved more than $750M in general aviation financings.
In 2015, AirFinance won Corporate Jet Investors’ award for the Most Innovative Financier Europe Middle East and Africa for a G450 financing into Nigeria to a first time buyer. In 2014, the firm won the over award for the Most Innovative Financier globally with the US Export Import Bank for their creation of the Qualified Advisor Program and in 2013, AirFinance won Deal of the Year for developing and structuring Flight Options' Phenom 300 financing by BNDES, Brazil's ECA.
Before AirFinance, Kirsten was a co-founder, board member and CFO of XOJET, a US based next generation fleet operator sold to TPG Capital in the fall of 2007. As CFO, she oversaw financial and strategic initiatives including aircraft purchasing and financing for XOJET’s 50 plus aircraft. At XOJET, Kirsten structured and raised more than $3 billion of equity and debt financing which included the first export credit agency pre-delivery payments financing in the business jet space, the first commercial style business jet leasing transaction by a major investment bank, and the first sovereign government financed equity and debt facility.