Helfried Schwarz

Helfried is the General Counsel at ORIX Aviation and began working for the company in February 2021.

Prior to joining ORIX, Helfried was a partner in Milbank LLP’s Transportation and Space Group where he practiced for over 30 years. During his extensive time at Milbank, Helfried was based in the firm’s New York, Frankfurt and London offices, and served as managing partner of the firm’s Frankfurt office from 2001 to 2005. Before joining Milbank, Helfried worked as a tax associate for PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York, and a commercial law firm in his hometown of Vienna.

Helfried is highly regarded as one of the top aviation lawyers globally, including consistent recognition from Chambers USA as a “Band 1” Aviation Finance Lawyer, The International Who’s Who of Aviation Lawyers, ILFR Notable Practitioners, Legal 500 USA and the Legal Media Group’s Best of the Best (Top 30) Aviation. In addition to this significant industry-specific recognition, Helfried was a longtime member of the Legal Advisory Panel to the Aviation Working Group and served as a Board Member of the New York University Law Alumni Association.

Helfried holds a Master of Laws in Comparative Jurisprudence from New York University School of Law and a Doctor Juris from the University of Vienna.