Jeffrey Tenen and Israel Sanchez
Jeffrey Tenen and Israel Sanchez ()

After a brief split from Greenberg Traurig, longtime Miami shareholders Jeffrey Tenen and Israel Sanchez have returned to form a new global aircraft and equipment finance and leasing practice.

Tenen and Sanchez return to Greenberg Traurig from a one-year layover at Hughes Hubbard & Reed. They are bringing along Ellen Fontanella as a senior associate in the new practice.

Tenen, who had worked at Greenberg for 20 years before the brief departure, said he and Sanchez were lured back by Greenberg’s offer to grow a national global aircraft and equipment finance and leasing practice. They hope to expand the practice to Greenberg’s offices in New York and London offices, where the majority of aircraft finance deals are done, with new attorney hires.

“Our practice area is fundamentally international…and Greenberg offers us a global platform for that,” said Tenen. “They came back and recruited us and convinced us they were committed to growing the practice area.”

Tenen, who will lead the practice, specializes in cross-border structured lending, asset-based financings, securitizations, export credit financing, OPIC transactions and commercial airplane transactions. His clients have included Avianca, Volaris, Copa Airlines, LATAM Airlines Group, Aeroflot and Satmex.

Sanchez previously spent eight years at Greenberg.

The duo’s return comes weeks after the firm’s addition of Miami shareholders Robert Downing and Emilio J. Alvarez-Farre.