The aviation sector is volatile, especially in emerging markets: ones which were ‘hot yesterday can cool or collapse today, and then be back tomorrow again’, Kern, Credit Suisse’s co-head of aviation finance, has told Spear’s. ‘This requires adapting quickly to cultural aspects, to dealmaking, structuring and risk assessment,’ he adds. The proud owner of a private pilot’s licence, Kern began his career in aircraft maintenance and engineering. He joined Credit Suisse in 2005, where he developed the bank’s aviation finance activities in the Asia-Pacific. Having survived the financial crisis better than some of its competitors, Credit Suisse has refocused, reducing its investment banking activities in favour of private banking and wealth management. it is within this area that the aviation finance service sits — a rare service for a private bank.