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Lucien D. White

Lucien D. White

Of Counsel

Lucien White is a senior structured-finance professional with substantial experience designing and executing complex, bespoke structured finance and secured loan transactions involving numerous asset classes, including aircraft, rail cars, ships and other transportation equipment, whole loans, RMBS, CMBS, satellite transponders, high-yield bonds and tobacco fee settlements and escrow funds, in challenging, multi-party settings.

Lucien has represented lenders, borrowers, originators, credit enhancers and collateral managers in several billion dollars of US-based, offshore and cross-border transactions. He has substantial experience in financing transactions using Cayman Islands and Irish special-purpose vehicles. 

Bar admissionsNew York


Representative Transportation Equipment Transactions
  • Representation of sponsor in multi-equipment, tri-party leveraged lease transaction involving 38 separate transportation equipment pools
  • Representation of a publicly-traded helicopter manufacturing and operating company in the leveraged acquisition of a privately-held helicopter company
  • Representation of a commercial aircraft engine manufacturer in a US$180 million tri-party aircraft engine purchase/financing transaction involving a major US airline and major European aircraft manufacturer
  • Representation of the purchaser in a leveraged acquisition of several DC10-30CF aircraft
  • Representation of the lender in the financing of the acquisition of a regional airline’s fleet of aircraft
  • Representation of a foreign air carrier in a series of Ex-Im Bank backed bank financed acquisitions with capital markets take outs
  • Representation of an Italian bank in a SACE-backed financing of aircraft acquisitions
Representative Non-Transportation Equipment Transactions
  • Representation of a top-tier investment bank in the sale of a US$250,000,000+ pool of performing and non-performing first-lien residential mortgages
  • Representation of multiple secondary-market residential mortgage loan purchasers in leveraged purchases of mid-sized pools of residential first- and second-lien mortgage loans, including one transaction involving the securitization of a pool via an off-shore entity
  • Representation of the sponsor in a series of structured repackaging transactions involving RMBS, CMBS and other asset classes (with an initial issuance of US$690 million) that elevated DLA Piper to the top ten in Asset-Backed Alert’s League Tables for underwriter counsel of US ABS/MBS in 2008
  • Representation of the originator in a US$2.7 billion rated multi-party CDO/SIV hybrid that included US$2.4 billion in pari passu RMBS repurchase facilities at the top of the capital structure with three major investment banks
  • Representation of the sponsor in a US$350 million rated real estate securitization in Dubai under a shari'a compliant structure, one of the first rated securitizations in the Middle East
  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law 1984
  • B.S.E., Princeton University 1981


  • Co-author, "Residential Mortgage Covered Bonds in the US: Will They Ever Get Off the Ground?," International Securitization & Finance Report, Vol. 14, No. 2, January 31, 2011


  • Panelist, "Does your client have a validly perfected security interest?" DLA Piper (October 18, 2023)