A Fireside Chat with Prof. David Yu, Chairman of China Aviation Valuation Advisors

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Helane Becker, Cowen’s Airlines & Aircraft Leasing analyst speaks with Professor David Yu, Chairman of China Aviation Valuation Advisors and Asia Aviation Valuation Advisors. They discuss the reopening of China’s economy, current thoughts on market values for aircraft and lease rates, and expectations regarding the recovery of the aviation sector.

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Cowen Host:

Helane Becker, Airlines & Aircraft Leasing Analyst


Prof. David Yu Chairman of China Aviation Valuation Advisors, based in Shanghai

Professor David Yu is Chairman of CAVA & AAVA. He is the only Senior ISTAT (International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading) Certified Aviation Appraiser in N. Asia & China and one of ~20 globally. He is a professor of practice in finance at New York University Shanghai and Stern School and is a recognized expert in cross border investing, financing and valuation. His articles and op-eds have appeared in Forbes, Nikkei Asian Review, Business Traveler, Airline Economics and he is a contributing editor at Airfinance Journal. He is an active business and economics commentator for China Radio International, ARD German, ABC Australia, among other media. He is a Senior Instructor for IATA. He is the external thought leader in aviation finance and leasing for KPMG Ireland and also a recognized Aviation Expert by the Export Import Bank of China and the Tianjin Free Trade Zones among others. He acts as a board director or advisor of companies (incl. airlines) and investment funds.

Previously, he was the Managing Director and Head of Asia for IBA Group, a UK based aviation valuation firm. CIO of Inception Aviation and the China Chief Representative, VP Asia (Head of Asia) and Executive Committee member at Libra Group, a large Greek family investment conglomerate, where he was responsible for all of Libra’s Asian interests including aviation, shipping, energy, hotels and real estate. Prof. Yu was based in four continents before running Asia and founding the China business. Prior to Libra, Prof. Yu worked in investment banking with Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Global Industries Group, where he focused on M&A, debt and equity transactions in transportation, aerospace and defense, and diversified industrials.

Prof. Yu is a CFA Charterholder and has a double major B.A. (full honors) and an M.S. from Johns Hopkins University. He also has an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He has a Ph.D. in Finance from University of Nottingham Business School and studied at Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management and the National University of Singapore’s School of Business. He is a member of ISTAT and CFA Institute and is a frequently invited speaker at conferences.

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