Merx Aviation Finance

Merx Aviation Finance is a global aircraft leasing, management and finance company headquartered in New York, NY.  Merx was founded in September, 2012 by Apollo Investment Corporation, a publicly traded NASDAQ listed Business Development Company.  Since inception, Merx has acquired 107 commercial aircraft across both its owned and managed fleets with an asset value in excess of $2.5 billion.

Investment Strategy

Merx Aviation Finance targets unique investment opportunities that provide attractive risk adjusted returns. Merx maintains an asset agnostic approach and has built a portfolio diversified across aircraft types, ages, jurisdictions, lease tenures and financing structures. Merx relies on its extensive aviation relationship network comprised of other lessors, private equity and hedge funds, aircraft asset managers, part-out firms, OEM’s and airlines to source proprietary deal flow.

Merx’s rigorous underwriting process focuses on the underlying intrinsic value of the metal, utilizing the management team’s extensive knowledge and experience in hard asset investing and contemplates multiple exit strategies for each investment.

Merx has a demonstrated track record of responsiveness, flexibility and transparency that makes it a preferred trading partner with many other aircraft investors.

Merx follows a “platform light” model, outsourcing servicing and remarketing services on an as and when needed basis and leveraging larger leasing platforms when appropriate.


Since Inception, Merx has acquired 107 owned and managed commercial aircraft with an asset value in excess of $2.5 billion representing a diverse array of asset types, geographic jurisdictions, aircraft ages, lease maturities and lessees. The Merx owned fleet is operated by 35 lessees across 18 countries as highlighted below.


Gary Rothschild is the President of Merx Aviation Finance, forming the Company in September of 2012. Gary has over 20 years of experience in the aviation finance space. Immediately prior to Merx, Gary was a Managing Director at Citi in the Structured Finance Group. While at Citi, Gary was responsible for the build out and management of Citi’s aircraft trading and leasing business. Gary joined Citi in 1998 from Milbank, where he was a member of its Equipment and Transportation Finance Group. Gary is a graduate of Stanford University and The New York University School of Law.

David Van Dorn is the Chief Investment Officer of Merx Aviation Finance, joining the Company in November, 2012. David has over 10 years of experience in the aviation finance space. Previously, David was a Director in the Structured Finance Group at Citi, where, amongst other responsibilities, he worked on the build out and management of Citi’s aircraft trading and leasing business. David is a graduate of Boston University and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.